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Puerto VallartaMexico

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

Top Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

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
The price is NT$4,730 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,302 reviews)

"Pros: Beautiful view to the ocean; safe, clean and secluded private beach area, tasty food with good variety to choose from, friendly and thoughtful staff, creative activities for kids Cons: understaffed (maybe due to COVID-19) and some waiters were exhausted by dinner time"…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/2

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2477, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$1,693 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in South Hotel Zone, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon and International Convention Center are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (761 reviews)

"Best hotel in vallarta. LA Isla is amazing location"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/23

Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Paseo De La Marina 435, Fracc. Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$4,226 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in Marina Vallarta, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of International Convention Center and Bay of Banderas. Cruise ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,267 reviews)

"Great location, outstanding customer service and delicious food!!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/28

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
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.

Vacation Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

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 NT$4,056 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

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

4.2/5Very Good! (400 reviews)

"Friendly staff, great location, good value, food is ok"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/28

Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
Pinnacle Resorts 220
Pinnacle Resorts 220
4 out of 5
Pulpito 220, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is NT$5,157 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in Romantic Zone, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Playa Gemelas and Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 6 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (624 reviews)

"In Romantic Zone, near all the great restaurants and the beach activities."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/30

Pinnacle Resorts 220
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 NT$2,123 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (103 reviews)

"I loved everything about this hotel. Perfect pool, amazing breakfast, rooms are spacious and clean. The hotel is simply beautiful. The staff is really nice. I can’t wait to go back!!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/1

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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Reviews of Puerto Vallarta

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 67.24832214765101%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.91275167785235%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.586129753914989%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9843400447427293%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2684563758389262%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2020

Food, shops, quaintness, charm, all so great. Very few bumbs, great weather, great beaches, lots to do. I hope to retire there, at least part time in the future. And they have a COSTCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2020

Beautiful city, very safe and clean, friendly people and beautiful beaches!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Other people at other places in Puerto Vallarta were very friendly and happy to see tourist

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Very peaceful and relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

Excellent, safe, clean and the most friendly people you can meet.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

Visit it’s beautiful

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