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9 Movies Made in Puerto Vallarta

Were you aware that many popular movies were filmed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico throughout the years? Due to PV’s small-town charm, quaint cobblestone streets, and beachside allure, Puerto Vallarta has been an ideal film set location for many popular movies. In addition, Puerto Vallarta and neighboring Riviera Nayarit are great locations to invest in a second home in Mexico. If you want to purchase Mexican real estate at the beach, Villa La Estancia offers beachfront residences in the tranquil and exclusive coastal community of Nuevo Vallarta. For ex-pats who want to buy a second home or retirement home in paradise, Villa La Estancia is a hotel-condo concept property that offers great amenities and services for homeowners.  Read below to learn more about 9 great movies filmed in Puerto Vallarta, and why Villa La Estancia is an ideal second home in Mexico for ex-pats.


9 Movies Made in Puerto Vallarta:


  • The Night of the Iguana (1964) 
  • Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
  • Predator (1987) 
  • Revenge (1990) 
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) 
  • Limitless  (2011) 
  • Sundown  (2016) 
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)


The Night of the Iguana  

To start with, the original Puerto Vallarta film that helped put PV on the map was The Night of the Iguana. Filmed in 1964, the film featured Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Although both actors were married to other people at the time, Burton and Taylor had a steamy affair that attracted the attention of news media outlets in the United States. As a result, tourism to Puerto Vallarta significantly increased after the film debuted in the mid-1960s. Many people even credit the film and Elizabeth Taylor for promoting Puerto Vallarta as a top tourist destination in Mexico. 


Herbie Goes Bananas, Predator and Revenge

15 years later in 1980, Herbie Goes Bananas was filmed in Puerto Vallarta. Herbie Goes Bananas was a 1980 American comedy adventure film. It was the fourth installment in the Herbie franchise which was produced by Walt Disney Productions. The Film starred Herbie, a white Volkswagen racing Beetle with a mind of its own. Herbie engaged in tons of adventure and fun in and around Puerto Vallarta including boarding a cruise ship that was docked at the PV terminal. Next, the movie Predator starring Schwarzenegger was filmed in 1987 in the Sierra Madre mountain jungle south of Puerto Vallarta.  It was an American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas. Schwarzenegger served as the leader of an elite military rescue team on a mission to save hostages in the guerrilla-held territory in Central America and became a very popular movie around the world. Revenge was a 1990 romantic thriller that had some scenes filmed in PV as well. 


Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Sundown, Limitless and Godzilla

In recent years, several films have been filmed in Puerto Vallarta. To start with, in 2008, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a story about Chloe, a chihuahua that gets lost in Mexico while on a vacation with her owner. She relies on her new friends and a lonesome German shepherd to protect her and help her get back home safely.  Based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, Limitless was a 2011 American science fiction thriller film directed by Neil Burger and written by Leslie Dixon that was filmed in Puerto Vallarta. Next, the movie Sundown was filmed in 2016, which followed two high schoolers that traveled to Puerto Vallarta for spring break. However, the teens up on a wild adventure after a local steal one of their father’s Rolex watches. Most recently, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an American Monster film that was partially filmed in Puerto Vallarta. 


As you can see, there have been many great movies filmed in Puerto Vallarta. Have you seen them all? Try to watch as many as you can and let us know which was your favorite and why.  Also, if you are interested in purchasing luxurious Mexican real estate at the beach, Villa La Estancia beachfront residences are a great choice. Ready to see what beachfront living in Riviera Nayarit can be like? Contact their professional real estate team at Villa La Estancia to schedule a property tour today. They also offer a “Try and Buy” program that allows prospective homeowners a chance to try out the PV beach lifestyle before they invest. Contact Villa La Estancia today for more information on how you can own your dream home in Mexico. 

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