Puerto Vallarta

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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 ¥7,838 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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! (370 reviews)
"Excelente hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort - All inclusive
Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort - All inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Avenue De Las Garzas S/n Zona Norte, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥29,488 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone property is within a 15-minute walk of Hotel Zone Beach and Cruise Ship Terminal. Bay of Banderas and Malecon are ...
3.9/5 Good! (599 reviews)
"The Hilton didn’t disappoint again this trip. We had amazing service everyday during our stay. Between Guillermo and Hilipito at the pool/on the beach we always had a laugh and fantastic service. Guillermo’s service was always prompt and he went above and beyond to make us comfortable during our ..."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort - All inclusive
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 ¥18,158 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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! (976 reviews)
"Very clean excellent housekeeping. Beautiful rooms and resort. Breakfast was very good orher meals were average. Drinks did not taste authentic. For example an absolut vodka with soda tasted very off."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Barceló 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.
Pinnacle Resorts 220
Pinnacle Resorts 220
4 out of 5
Pulpito 220, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is ¥27,930 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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! (739 reviews)
"Pinnacle is absolutely stunning. Each apartment is fully equipped with everything you need for an extended stay. Each modern home is furnished impeccably with all the accessories you need for daily living. With amazing service and attention to detail, this is the finest luxury rental I’ve experienced ..."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Pinnacle Resorts 220
Pinnacle Resorts 179
Pinnacle Resorts 179
4 out of 5
Pulpito 179, Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is ¥28,386 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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! (37 reviews)
"Great facilities in very convenient area"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Pinnacle Resorts 179
V Azul Vallarta - Luxury Vacation Rental- Adults Only
V Azul Vallarta - Luxury Vacation Rental- Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Amapas 317, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is ¥29,541 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Located in Romantic Zone, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olas Altas Street and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon and Los Muertos Pier are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (220 reviews)
"Great location, hotel room, and pool. The only negatives were that we had to trek up and down 3 flights of stairs everyday because the elevator wasn’t working, and apparently hasn’t been working in months. Otherwise great walkable location to everything (e.g beach, bars, restaurants)."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

V Azul Vallarta - Luxury Vacation Rental- Adults Only
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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