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San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta Route Information

Travel Distance:1,557 Miles
Airlines Flying This Route:Alaska Airlines, United Airlines
Weekly Flights:8
Avg. Flight Duration:22.05 Hours

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Airports in San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport is an international airport serving the city of San Francisco, California. It is a public airport situated approximately 21 kilometers away from the city's center. The airport is owned by City and County of San Francisco and managed by San Francisco Airport Commission. It serves as a hub for United Airlines and Virgin America. The airport offers both passenger & cargo services to numerous domestic as well as international destinations. Some of these include Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Portland, London, Seoul, Taipei, and more. Passengers can easily commute to and from here using various modes of transportations available here such as app-based ride services, charter operators, limousines, taxis, public transit, and more.

Explore Puerto Vallarta

There are many great activities for those spending just a day in PV. Catch a bus or take a taxi to the beautiful Malecon, the boardwalk that runs parallel to Banderas Bay. Then take your time strolling past the unusual statues and intricate sand sculptures found there, stopping for pictures or looking inside one of the art galleries along the way. You will probably end your walk at Los Arcos or the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe — two of the most iconic images of the city. If you have more than a day to spare, plan on spending one or two hours at the Botanical Gardens of Vallarta or in the northern seaside town of Bucerias.

Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta


A great place to experience the joys of a resort town without the tourist-palooza that is Puerto Vallarta, the small fishing village of Bucerias is steadily becoming a popular day trip for PV vacationers. If you have the time to spare, take a bus to this beach hideaway up the coastline for an afternoon of fishing, swimming, art gallery-gazing or beachside dining (recent guests recommend you try some tacos while in town). If you are looking for a place off the tourist track, Bucerias is your secluded oasis - some travelers even said there were times when they were the only ones on the entire beach. To visit from Puerto Vallarta, you will need to take a bus from the downtown area.

Los Arcos and El Malecon

One of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks of Puerto Vallarta, Los Arcos refers to the row of arches in the oceanfront square of Plaza Morelos on the city’s southern end. The dramatic seaside arches also serve as an amphitheater. Los Arcos is a great place to stroll during the evenings, especially along the Malecon, the oceanfront walkway that runs along a portion of the Bahía de Banderas (Banderas Bay). Here you will find an assortment of sand sculptures, statues, art pieces, street performers and merchants. Free cultural performances on the Malecon and at Los Arcos are standard during the weekends.

Isla Rio Cuale

Isla Río Cuale is almost in the heart of the city and is an island set upon an inlet of the Banderas Bay. To see the island, simply walk south from the old town until you run into the chain bridges thatbring you to the island. The island’s small crafts and fruit markets are reminiscent of the city’s pre-resort past. Recent travelers praise the beautiful pottery and friendly locals willing to help the clueless tourists. The island also contains a small museum for those interested in PVs archaeological and cultural history known to have great sculptures.

Best Time to Fly to Puerto Vallarta

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June when the weather is pleasant, and the room rates are affordable. During these months, rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists. If you are interested in whale watching, however, visit from January to March. Just prepare yourself for the area’s most astronomical travel fares.

Puerto Vallarta Travelers' Reviews

Puerto Vallarta-very welcoming!

We often go to Puerto Vallarta, great food, warm, welcoming people, lots to do, beautiful….! - Jon  Jul 09, 2021