Hurricane Kenna hit this area in 2002. She was the second worst hurricane to do so in recorded history. She reached peak winds of 165 mph on October 25 while located about 255 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta. Weakening as it turned to the northeast, the hurricane struck Aticama, with winds of 140 mph.
The name "Kenna" was retired from the list of Pacific hurricane names due to its effects on Mexico, which included $101 million in damage ($123 million 2011 USD) and four deaths. The worst of the hurricane's effects occurred between San Blas in Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, where over 100 people were injured and thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. 95% of the buildings in San Blas were damaged, and hundreds of buildings were destroyed along coastal areas of Puerto Vallarta.
This is the shoreline in front of the Playa Amor RV Park, where we are staying. They rebuilt their shoreline last year.