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Visit 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.

Top Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2477, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
CA $72
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Las Glorias, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (575 reviews)

"Convenient location for accessing transportation to the airport and around town."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
Krystal Vallarta
Krystal Vallarta
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Las Garzas, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
CA $113
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Vallarta resort is within a 15-minute walk of Cruise Ship Terminal and Marina Vallarta. Malecon and Bay of Banderas are also ...

3.4/5Good! (1,483 reviews)

"It’s clean green friendly and most important, Beach view!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Krystal Vallarta
Flamingo Vallarta Hotel & Marina
Flamingo Vallarta Hotel & Marina
3.5 out of 5
Condos Puerto Iguana #136, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
CA $75
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3

Located in Isla Iguana, this golf hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Bay of Banderas and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from La Isla. Malecon and Vallarta Adventures are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (1,583 reviews)

"Lovely property, clean well maintained. Very helpful staff, English spoken. Unfortunately their restaurant snack bar was very poor quality food."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Flamingo Vallarta Hotel & Marina

Popular things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Malecon
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Malecon

4.5/5(1,168 reviews)

Sip coconut water, eat grilled fish and check out the shopping and entertainment at this beachside promenade.

Bay of Banderas
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Bay of Banderas

4.5/5(803 reviews)

This stretch of Mexican coastline has sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and ideal spots to swim, surf or snorkel.

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(130 reviews)

See native birds, plants and animals in this secluded wildlife area just half an hour away from Puerto Vallarta.

Top activities in Puerto Vallarta

Rhythms of the Night - Sunset Cruise, Dinner & Performance at Las Caletas
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Rhythms of the Night - Sunset Cruise, Dinner & Performance at Las Caletas

CA $184

Take a scenic sunset cruise across Banderas Bay to one of the most secluded beaches in the world, Las Caletas, and enjoy a romantic evening out. Once on the island, enjoy a lavish dinner and a mesmerizing performance of ancient rituals and stories, revealed through music and modern dance.

Guided City Tour with Lunch & Tequila Tasting
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Guided City Tour with Lunch & Tequila Tasting

CA $86

Experience the culture, scenery, and cuisine of Puerto Vallarta on a comprehensive tour of the city's must-see sights. Check out architectural and artistic landmarks around town, admire the coastline from the beach, and relax over lunch and a tequila tasting in the rainforests of the Sierra Madre.

The Original Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour
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The Original Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour

CA $72

Discover Puerto Vallarta's delectable side as you taste its authentic flavors. This tour is perfect for those that want to get acquainted with regional dishes and learn the rich history of Puerto Vallarta.

Zipline Adventure, Speed Boat Ride & River Fun - Los Veranos
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Zipline Adventure, Speed Boat Ride & River Fun - Los Veranos

CA $131

Speed Boat Ride and fly above the jungle and river on the highest Ziplines… Exotic animals, Waterslides, Kayaks & River Fun, Tequila Tasting, Restaurant-Bar & More in Los Veranos Canopy Tour! Kick off your adventure tour as you jet across the bay in a speed boat, admiring beautiful views of Puerto Vallarta, including “Los Arcos” National Marine Park, or enjoy your way to the canopy in our land-only transportation.

Las Marietas Eco Discovery
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Las Marietas Eco Discovery

CA $113

Snorkel, swim, and kayak through the stunning rock formations scattered around the Marietas Islands. Beloved by Jacques Cousteau for their rich marine life and clear waters, this underwater playground is an ideal place to spend the afternoon.

Tequila Museum and Tequila Tasting in Puerto Vallarta
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Tequila Museum and Tequila Tasting in Puerto Vallarta

CA $33

The museum is located inside of “Teatro Vallarta” in the down town of Puerto Vallarta. Be welcome with a Delicious frozen Margarita or virgen margarita for the non drinkers. Discover the world of tequila since the ancestry times, the pass of this important regional drink, by using all your senses.

Reviews of Puerto Vallarta

4.5

Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 7, 2019

too many new monster condo buildings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 28, 2019

I have been to Puerto Vallarta many times , This time because I was there for a Bereavement, did not do a lot of extra activities, and because I'm limited with my walking did not do everything I would have liked to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 24, 2019

100% love puerto vallarta- coming back in January

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 24, 2019

We went on the pirate ship day trip and they were amazing. Excellent show, food was decent and the beach they took you too was beautiful

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 22, 2019

I just spent the night and flew out the next day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

Starting to get more expensive. Prices jumped from last year. Also getting very busy, may be time to look for a less busy destination.

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