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 - Adults Only
Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
BLVD FRANCISCO MEDINA ASCENCIO 2179, Puerto Vallarta, JAL, 48333
The price is CA $101 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16
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! (929 reviews)
Excelent hotel
"todos muy amables , los cuartos muy limpios y modernos , la alberca muy bonita y con musica en vivo por las tardes, pero lo mas bueno fue el desayuno que incluyen"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2022

Barceló Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
Barceló Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 11.5 Zona Hotelera Sur, Puerto Vallarta, 48300
The price is CA $224 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Seriously this has best my best experience with me and my girlfriend there is both negative from my part to say about this place"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

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
The price is CA $167 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
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! (1,196 reviews)
"relatively quiet, with multiple pools and lots of activities to choose."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

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.
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! (1,196 reviews)
"relatively quiet, with multiple pools and lots of activities to choose."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences
Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de los Corales 139, Conchas Chinas, Puerto Vallarta, 48390
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,084 reviews)
"Staff was very welcoming. Salvador was very nice and helpful. Best view. Very clean and their restaurant has amazing dishes!!!!"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2022

Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
David Alfaro Siqueiros No.164-A lote B, Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, Puerto Vallarta, 48333
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,066 reviews)
"I liked the kindness of all employees, including when we were there during the earthquake. Thank you !"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

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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