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Puerto Vallarta
Travel Guide

Swim, snorkel or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular vacation spots in sunny Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is an oceanfront city on the west coast of Mexico. The area began as a collection of sleepy fishing and pearl-diving villages. Today, the city and surrounding parts of the Bay of Banderas (Bahía de Banderas) are popular with tourists as a resort destination. You will find a range of outdoor family activities here, from water sports to secluded beaches and botanical gardens.

The Bay of Banderas is a 62-mile (100-kilometer) stretch of beach with rocky outcrops, white sand and clear water. Puerto Vallarta is the largest community here, and is home to the elegant Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Snorkel or scuba dive off the coast and see manta rays, sea bass and dolphins.

Las Caletas is a small, private beach accessible only by water. Take the Vallarta Adventures catamaran to go on hikes in the jungle, visit a small zoo and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. The beach is the former private residence of Hollywood director John Huston.

Take an evening stroll along the Malecon, the pedestrian promenade that lines the Puerto Vallarta coast. The area is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists and is lined with restaurants, street performers and food vendors. Enjoy a cool tejuino, a local drink made with fermented corn, or buy grilled fish by the skewer.

The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens give insight into the local wildlife and vegetation. The gardens include conservation areas dedicated to the blue agave plant, used in tequila production, as well as native vanilla orchids.

Puerto Vallarta is particularly popular between January and March. Gostavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is a short bus trip from the city center. Get around the city on foot or by local buses, which are cheap and run frequently. Try taco stands for cheap street food, or the cafés and restaurants in the old town for sit-down meals.

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
4 out of 5
Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio km 2.5, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM539 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cruise Ship Terminal and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Bay of Banderas are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,337 reviews)

"Friendly stuff members , food not so food overall good ."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad Km 4.5, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is RM904 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this South Shore Hotel Area resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Punta Negra Beach, Garza Blanca Beach and Playa Gemelas. Playa de los Muertos ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,040 reviews)

"From the moment we pulled up everything was perfect about this hotel . The staff was welcoming . The scene coming in to the hotel was beautiful, the check-in process was easy and friendly . They brought up our bags just in time when we got in the room . The room was spacious with a perfect view on ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad, Km. 3.5 Zona Hotelera Sur, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is RM1,077 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this South Shore Hotel Area resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Estaca and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon and Olas Altas Street are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,348 reviews)

"Awesome property! Beautiful beach and pools. Very friendly service. Outstanding food and the weather couldn’t have been any better!!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
3.5 out of 5
Paseo De La Marina Sur 205, Frac. Mar. Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is RM539 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Marina Vallarta, this beachfront condominium resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of El Faro Lighthouse and Bay of Banderas. Cruise ...

4.2/5Very Good! (428 reviews)

"Staff always friendly, they make you feel like home, great place to stay. Even with COVID-19 going around they sure make sure to make you feel safe."…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
Villa Lala Hotel Boutique - Adults Only
Villa Lala Hotel Boutique - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad Km. 16.8, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is RM560 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Vallarta villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Mismaloya and Playa Las Animas. Los Arcos and Playa Gemelas are also within 6 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)

"Wow! What a wonderful hotel. Not only the location and hotel were beautiful. The staff could not have been more helpful, attentive and friendly. It doesn’t feel like a hotel it feels like a good friend’s home in Paradise! Thank you for the wonderful stay!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Villa Lala Hotel Boutique - Adults Only
San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
3.5 out of 5
Flamingos 161, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is RM315 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar

Located in Marina Vallarta, this golf aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Marina Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Bay of Banderas and Cruise Ship Terminal. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"I can't say enough about this place. Simply comfortable and it will be my choice many times again in the future. Thanks Saul for everything!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2020

San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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25 Nov 2019

Old Town is beautiful and full of great bars, stylish restaurants and a great gay scene. We were in Conchas Chinos for a wedding and it was gorgeous

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

A great holiday destination

4/5 - Good

UKexpat

30 May 2019

Overpriced, too many buildings under construction. Do not use Vidanta golf unless you like being disappointed. Went as a change to Cancun won’t be back.

4/5 - Good

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4 Nov 2018

Friendly people and cheap to live.