Puerto Vallarta (which would translate into English as “Port Vallarta”) is a city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Some English language speakers call the city P.V. for short, due to the difficulty some have in pronouncing the double “L” in “Vallarta”.
The city fronts the Bahía de Banderas on the Pacific Ocean. The city is important primarily as a tourist destination. Shipping traffic consists of cruise ships which arrive almost daily, and occasional visits by U.S. Navy frigates. The Mexican Navy maintains a base at the port, as well as a well-known naval hospital in the city center. In 2003 Puerto Vallarta reported an estimated population of 165,800 and about 5 million overnight stays by tourists. It is also a popular spring break hotspot.