Puerto Vallarta is a city and one of the 125 municipalities in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
The municipality is located in the North Coast Region of the state. Bordered on the north by the state of Nayarit, on the south by the municipality of Cabo Corrientes and Talpa de Allende, to the east with San Sebastian and Mascota and west by the Pacific Ocean.
In 2005, the city had an estimated population of 307.107 people and five million annual tourists. Together with the municipality of Bahia de Banderas Nayarit state, forming the Metropolitan Area of Puerto Vallarta making it the second most populous in both states. Also the town is one of the highest population growth recorded in the state, even more than the central municipalities.
It is the second most important economic region of the state of Jalisco and the third largest port in Mexico. Currently, it is one of the most visited places in the country. The name of this beautiful harbor is embodied in several popular songs.
The Metropolitan Area of Puerto Vallarta (ZMPV) is the urban region resulting from the merger of the municipality of Bahia de Banderas in Nayarit with the municipality of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico, these two municipalities share a continuous conurbation has a population of over 304 107 residents, making it the 36th most populous metropolitan area in Mexico and the 2nd most populous in the state of Jalisco and Nayarit, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography in 2005.