Puerto Vallarta

Travel Guide
Puerto Vallarta showing a beach, general coastal views and kayaking or canoeing

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.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
BLVD FRANCISCO MEDINA ASCENCIO 2179, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$1,770 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in South Hotel Zone, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon and Playa de los Muertos are also within 6 mi (10 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (292 reviews)
"Good customer service. Nice hotel. Customer service will go above and beyond."

Reviewed on 2021/11/26

Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
Barceló Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
Barceló Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 11.5 Zona Hotelera Sur, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$4,423 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Nestled on the beach, this South Shore Hotel Area property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vallarta Zoo and Playa Mismaloya. Los Arcos and Playa Gemelas are also within ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Being right on the ocean where we could swim and go out on a boat fishing"

Reviewed on 2021/11/27

Barceló Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
David Alfaro Siqueiros No.164-A lote B, Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$15,659 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hotel Zone Beach, Malecon, and Camarones Beach. Cruise Ship Terminal and Playa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"The staff was great. Very friendly and helpful. The food was great for the most part. The breakfast buffet could be better and their drinks were only great at the lobby bar. The hotel looks a bit older but they keep it clean. The only thing that sucked was their beach. It was all rocks and that was ..."

Reviewed on 2021/11/24

Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa - 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.
Pinnacle Resorts 220
Pinnacle Resorts 220
4 out of 5
Pulpito 220, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$5,141 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Romantic Zone, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Cruise Ship Terminal and Playa Gemelas are also within 6 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (717 reviews)
"The Pinnacle Resorts 220 was fantastic. You cannot beat the rooftop pool and view. The rooms are amazing with great amenities and the location is great near tasty restaurants and fun bars. Awesome resort, I will be back for sure... and soon."

Reviewed on 2021/11/15

Pinnacle Resorts 220
Pinnacle Resorts 179
Pinnacle Resorts 179
4 out of 5
Pulpito 179, Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$5,263 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Located in Romantic Zone, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manuel Lepe House Museum and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon and Los Muertos Pier are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (35 reviews)
"The pool was fantastic and the location was the best"

Reviewed on 2021/11/24

Pinnacle Resorts 179
Pinnacle Resorts 180
Pinnacle Resorts 180
4 out of 5
Pulpito 180 Colonia Emiliana Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$5,728 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Located in Romantic Zone, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Cruise Ship Terminal and Playa Gemelas are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (502 reviews)
"Breathtaking view with very friendly employees and customer service!"

Reviewed on 2021/11/28

Pinnacle Resorts 180
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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