Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta

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.

Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
BLVD FRANCISCO MEDINA ASCENCIO 2179, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $83 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)
"Did like the place, just to loud and hot. ac wasn't working correctly. And music, you need to play different variety."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

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 CA $167 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Nestled on the beach, this South Shore Hotel Area property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vallarta Zoo and Playa Mismaloya. Playa Gemelas and Los Arcos are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
"Excellent property employees. Some food could be better but we were fine. The drinking cups were clean."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Barceló Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Olas Altas 380, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $111 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Romantic Zone, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Playa de los Muertos and Olas Altas Street. Olas Altas Beach and Los ...
4/5Very Good! (1,042 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and accommodating, safety measures were in place. (Face covering by mask, hand sanitizer) Spa was a nice extra. Times for breakfast were misleading, advertised is 7:30am (online and sign by the elevator for example) We were turned away and told to come back at 8am. Too late, ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa
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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 CA $96 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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! (125 reviews)
"It is just like in the pictures. It's a very nice and friendly boutique hotel. They play a really good music selection by the pool and restaurant area. In addition to that, their people are so gentle and friendly (Saul, Rigo, Abi, the frondesk and housekeeping team.) Thank you."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
Pinnacle Resorts 220
Pinnacle Resorts 220
4 out of 5
Pulpito 220, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $159 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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! (699 reviews)
"The property was amazing! The front desk was helpful And they cleaned my room everyday! I would Recommend this property to anyone going to PVR"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2021

Pinnacle Resorts 220
Vallarta Shores Beach Hotel
Vallarta Shores Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Malecon 400, Amapas, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $130 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Romantic Zone, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa de los Muertos, Olas Altas Street, and Los Muertos Pier. Conchas Chinas Beach and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (125 reviews)
"This is our third trip to PV and lucky for us, the hotel we usually stay at was sold out. We searhced for a comparable place based on reviews and landed on Vallarta Shores. What a great choice! We are already planning our return because this experience is far and above any hotel we have ever experienced! ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 21, 2021

Vallarta Shores Beach Hotel
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