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Nuevo Vallarta is a planned residential-resort community located in Mexico in the state of Nayarit. It is about fifteen minutes north of Puerto Vallarta's Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport by automobile. Nuevo Vallarta receives many tourists from both the United States and Canada. Nuevo Vallarta has many malls and stores that accept payment in either Mexican pesos or U.S. dollars.
The project was begun by the federal government over ten years ago and is home to luxury villas and estates with tropical gardens that line the canals, each with its own private docking pier.
The area also offers new deluxe resort amenities on more than three miles of white sandy beach. The marina development, featuring a 300-slip state-of-the-art marina, Padi 5-Star Career Development Dive Center, and condominiums are available to visitors and residents alike.
Between 1980 and 1990 Nuevo Vallarta’s population increased from 57,028 to 111,457 inhabitants. A new Marina is under construction, the constructors have fifteen long term lease programs. The construction consists in the removal of existing docks, pilings, and ramps to build six new docks with 230 mooring spaces ranging from 22’ to 130’ long.
Fauna and climate
In winter, the Caguama Turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta. Caguama Turtles have been in danger of extinction since 1978. Some people steal the turtle eggs and cook them; the police are trying to stop these illegal acts by taking the turtle eggs to a safe place with biologists and environmentalists who can take care of them.
The climate is hotter and wetter than in Puerto Vallarta. The annual average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F) and in the summer months the high temperatures can reach 32 °C (90 °F).