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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
The price is CA $168 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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! (1,335 reviews)

"Staff is so kind and there to help. Rooms are clean and very simple. The pool is beautiful and can’t complain about the location on the beach. Food was good for the buffet, but the Asian restaurant was top notch!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 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 CA $281 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

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! (1,037 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 Feb. 24, 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 CA $335 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,347 reviews)

"Amazing service! For all inclusive, the food was great. You have your own private beach! The pool and the views from the hotel are gorgeous! They have a great COVID protocol and because we stayed 3 nights, we received a complimentary covid test for our flight back! Overall it was like a quick trip ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 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 CA $167 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (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 Feb. 9, 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 CA $174 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (87 reviews)

"Beautiful and unique property A quiet and serene spot nestled in a cul du sac of green!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 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 CA $91 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

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! (106 reviews)

"I was skeptical at the beginning to book this hotel because it doesn't have many reviews. But good thing i did. I love it, it was clean great rooms, and quiet. Also it's only 8 minutes away from the airport. Love the Excellent customer service from Saul! Also is family friendly. I will be definately ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 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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