Knowing Puerto Vallarta: Tips for Tourists In Mexico
Puerto Vallarta has a population estimated to be 350,000 (including the town of Pitillal) in an area of 800 square miles. It would be very difficult to get an accurate count of the population due to the in-migration and out-migration of long term tourists and the shifting national population.
Due to the excellent weather and the beautiful ocean beaches, tourism provides the greatest economic benefit to the region. To take advantage of the tourist industry, the related construction of new hotels and condominiums, houses and businesses also fuel the economy. This in turn requires the upgrading of roads, streets and highways. More and more agriculture, which was a dominant industry, is playing a smaller role in the economy, but the area still produces large quantities of tropical fruits, tobacco and corn.