From the initial reports it appears that Puerto Vallarta dodged a bullet following Hurricane Patricia that swept through the west coast of Mexico Friday night. Puerto Vallarta’s tourism office posted a video on its Facebook page Saturday morning showing no damage along the city’s famed Malecon walkway.
“Everything comes back to normal after Hurricane Patricia in Puerto Vallarta,” the video was captioned. The narrator says in Spanish that things appear normal there. The skies were blue and there was no wind. Some plywood sheets were seen alongside of some of the business there. They were apparently taken down this morning when it was clear that the storm passed Puerto Vallarta by.
A live streaming video of Puerto Vallarta Saturday morning showed no signs of damage along the city’s famed beaches. Mexico’s president announced Saturday that the the damage was much less than expected and that they storm passed by the country’s most populated areas around Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
CNN reported Saturday that President Enrique Peña Nieto said “damages have been minor to those corresponding to a hurricane of this magnitude.”
A number of people weathered the storm unscathed at the newly constructed gay hotel, Pinata PV. The bottom line: Don’t cancel your trip to Puerto Vallarta. The city got away with little damage and it appeared by Saturday morning that the resort town was quickly returning to normal. As of Saturday morning, there were no signs of major damage.
The Mexican newspaper, the Tribuna de La Bahia, reported Saturday that the Puerto Vallarta airport reopened at 7 am Saturday morning. The paper reported that hotels were reopening and that things were quickly returning to normal.
The mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Arturo Davolos Pena, announced Saturday that everything was normal and that the city escaped any significant damage, NoticiasPV reported. He said that businesses were returning to normal Saturday.
In an email sent out Saturday afternoon, the popular Puerto Vallarta tour company, Vallarta Adventures, wrote, “We are extremely happy to report that Puerto Vallarta and Vallarta Adventures were not affected by Hurricane Patricia and that all of our tours and activities will be operating normally as from tomorrow.”
Hurricane Patricia hit 65 miles southeast of Puerto Vallarta, which was protected from much of the storm by mountains.
“We were fortunate as to where it made landfall. It was not a densely populated area,” Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the U.S. National Hurricane Center told the AP in a San Francisco Chronicle-published article. “You and I would be having a very different conversation if this went over the top of Puerto Vallarta.”