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Holly Perea, Executive Assistant


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico became a Sister City on June 12, 1973. It is a beachside community that is, in many ways, similar to Santa Barbara. Over the years, citizens of both cities have enjoyed active people-to-people contact. Exchanges of all types have taken place to build strong links between our two cities. Yearly activities include a well attended winter sojourn to Puerto Vallarta. In return, our friends from Mexico are hosted in Santa Barbara homes in August during the annual Fiesta celebrating Old Spanish Days.

With the help of various community groups, we have undertaken many humanitarian projects, including

  • donation of a decompression chamber
  • building a Rehabilitation Center and Clinic
  • yearly deliveries of supplies to disadvantaged schools
  • gifts of police equipment, renovated ambulances and fire trucks

We are the largest sister city program in Santa Barbara. Our membership is very involved in fostering sister city goals, and we have lots of fun.