Puerto Vallarta

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Mio Vallarta Unique and Different - Adults Only
Hotel Mio Vallarta Unique and Different - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
BLVD FRANCISCO MEDINA ASCENCIO 2179, Puerto Vallarta, JAL, 48333
The price is CA $134 per night from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22
CA $134
per night
Feb. 21 - Feb. 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,128 reviews)
Stay at Mio
"Great location, nice room. Loved the shower pressure and room service was great both tines we used it."

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Hotel Mio Vallarta Unique and Different - Adults Only
Canto del Sol Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive
Canto del Sol Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Clemente Orozco 125, Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta, 48333
The price is CA $315 per night from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9
CA $315
per night
Feb. 8 - Feb. 9
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,177 reviews)
"Overall we were happy with our stay. The room is as advertised. Older room always had hot water and everything worked. The staff were friendly and the food was decent. A good value for the cost."

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Canto del Sol Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive
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, 48333
The price is CA $394 per night from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20
CA $394
per night
Feb. 19 - Feb. 20
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,310 reviews)
Love Fiesta Americana
"Wonderful vacation! Loved room and food! Room was a B+ for cleanliness. Coffee makers need to be replaced. The staff was the best ever!!!!"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & 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.
Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Blvd. Francisco Medina Acencio 3974, Las Flores, Puerto Vallarta, 48356
Stay at this 3-star spa aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,128 reviews)
"It was great"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta, an IHG Hotel
Canto del Sol Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive
Canto del Sol Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Clemente Orozco 125, Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta, 48333
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,177 reviews)
"Overall we were happy with our stay. The room is as advertised. Older room always had hot water and everything worked. The staff were friendly and the food was decent. A good value for the cost."

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Canto del Sol Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio Km 2.5, Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta, 48333
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,396 reviews)
"Room had musty odor"

Reviewed on Feb. 3, 2023

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta
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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