Although residents and tourists were evacuated from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, before the storm, the destination has returned to normal following landfall of Hurricane Patricia on Friday, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board reported this weekend.
"Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with 100 percent of its hotel and restaurant facilities open, as well as its International Airport (PVR), marina, cruise port, and convention center. All domestic and international airlines as well as buses, taxis, and other ground transport companies have resumed their normal service schedule," the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board said in a statement. "All tourists who were transferred to shelters and hotels outside of Puerto Vallarta as a precaution measure … have now been safely returned to Puerto Vallarta and enjoying a day of clear skies and sunshine."
The strongest hurricane ever recorded at sea, Patricia was expected to become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in history. The Category 5 storm quickly dissipated, however, and was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression. Although it toppled trees and power lines in Cuixmala, Mexico, approximately three hours south of Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta sustained "no human loss or infrastructure damage" from the storm, according to the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.