The Puerto Vallarta Fireworks Festival Starts off with a Bang

Puerto Vallarta became the first Mexican city to host the International Fireworks Festival, which ran from Christmas Day until New Year’s Eve. Pyrotechnic teams from four different countries (Canada, Italy, Spain and the USA) as well as those from five Mexican states (Jalisco, Mexico State, Puebla, Sonora and Zacatecas) took part in the event.

Dazzling fireworks displays lit the sky above Bandaras Bay every night during the holidays. Fireworks were launched from 3 different locations: Los Muertos Pier, the Malecón and Peninsula. Live concerts featuring popular bands and musicians such as Lila Downs, Los 3 Zenzontles, Azul Violeta and many others were also part of the program.

In honor of the festival, Ally Cat, a charter company from Sayulita, organized a special evening cruise on December 29th.. Participants had the opportunity of sailing to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the brilliant fireworks display from a unique vantage point on-board.

Participants boarded the Ally Cat bus in downtown Sayulita for the short trip to La Cruz, where the spacious catamaran was waiting. The boat launched around 6.30 pm and, not that it wasn’t already a treat to be spending a random Monday night on board, nature spoiled us with an amazing sunset just as we were leaving the harbor.

The fireworks competition began at 9pm and Ally Cat had front-row seats for sure! From here, we were able to enjoy the world class fireworks display without having to contend with the hustle and bustle on shore. Instead, we were able to sit back on the uncrowded deck, surrounded by beautiful ocean waves, and sip margaritas while watching the colorful display. Over the course of the 30-minute show, every color imaginable was splashed onto the Vallarta skyline.

Overall, the Puerto Vallarta International Fireworks Festival was a resounding success, with the local Hotel Association reporting 100% occupancy over the course of the event. With such spectacular results, there is little doubt that it will become an annual event on the Puerto Vallarta festival circuit.

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Photos by:
Christian Frausto Bernal
Scott Cresswell