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About South Shore and Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta

About South Shore and History of Puerto VallartaAbout South Shore, Puerto Vallarta 

South Shore is a tranquil residential community in Puerto Vallarta featuring a scenic blend of low-density residences that dot the tropical forest canopy lining the coastal highway.

Nearly all of the luxury vacation rentals in South Shore boast of magnificent vista views of the enchanting Bandaras Bay.  

South Shore is an infinite picture of dense tropical jungle combined with surf-splashed rocks and towering palm trees that line the shores and private coves of Bandaras Bay.

While primarily a residential neighborhood, there are still many things to do in South Shore besides simply relish in the breathtaking ocean views.

Things to Do in South Shore, Puerto Vallarta

Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound in South Shore, Puerto Vallarta. Witness Puerto Vallarta’s wildlife in its natural habitat and embark upon a bird watching, dolphin watching or whale watching adventure in South Shore.

Snorkel the shores of Bandaras Bay or experience the thrill of a scuba diving eco-adventure tour while on vacation in South Shore, Puerto Vallarta.

Explore the tropical jungle of South Shore Puerto Vallarta on an exciting zip lining tour, horseback riding tour or all-terrain excursion. For a more relaxing day in South Shore, completely unwind at the rustic spa hidden from the main road in nearby El Nogalito


About South Shore Puerto Vallarta Garza Yacht Beach Resort

The History of South Shore, Puerto Vallarta

The South Shore community was originally home to Puerto Vallarta’s first resort, the Garza Blanca development, after the destination boomed on the international circuit thanks to the celebrated John Huston film, “Night of the Iguana”.

Once word got out that the filming of “Night of the Iguana” took place on the shores of Mismaloya, yachts filled coastline as South Shore became the de facto destination for jetsetters worldwide.

Residents and guests on vacation in South Shore enjoy the tranquil atmosphere that now more appropriately describes the area.

It’s proximity along the coast is close to Downtown Vallarta where shopping and restaurants can be enjoyed, but residents appreciate the peaceful serenity of South Shore due to the small distance between towns.

About Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta

Mismaloya sits upon the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains that surround the crystal clear waters of Bandaras Bay, located at the southernmost point of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

Mismaloya boasts of some of the most breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta, from relaxing beachfront restaurants to quiet mornings on the ocean view terrace of your luxury vacation rental.

About Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta, Night of the Iguana

Jump in your rental car and explore the many roadside vantage points hidden throughout Mismaloya for an afternoon in Puerto Vallarta off the beaten path.  

Mismaloya came to fame after the release of Tennessee Williams’ 1964 film, “Night of the Iguana”.

Directed by the celebrated John Huston, the beach at Mismaloya was chosen as the setting of this famous film and brought swells of globe-trotting jetsetters to Puerto Vallarta from across the world.

The publicity created by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's love affair put Puerto Vallarta on the world's map as interest grew about the tropical Mexican town where it occurred.

At the far end of the beach at Mismaloya, ruins from the movie set of “Night of the Iguana” still exist.

Bandaras Bay at Mismaloya in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The History of Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta

The settlements around the bay were first named in 1541. The entire area was originally named "Las Penas" after the massive rocks that guard the entrance and serve as landmarks of Mismaloya Bay. “Las Penas” (“the rocks”) was deemed so by Spanish explorer Captain Don Pedro de Alvarado after disembarking in Mismaloya.

The city was officially renamed Puerto Vallarta in honor of the Governor of Jalisco, Don Ignacio L. Vallarta in 1918.

The rainy season in Mismaloya offers the ideal ecological setting for avid bird watchers on vacation in Puerto Vallarta. The glimmering river swells to new levels, offering a multitude of stunning tropical plants, brilliant flowers and vibrant birds.  

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