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Puerto VallartaMexico

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 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 $284 per night

Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cruise Ship Terminal and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Bay of Banderas are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,264 reviews)

"We arrived on the first day of reopening of the hotel after the Covid lockdown. There may have been 25 rooms occupied max. Upon arrival, we clearly noticed all of the health measures that had been implemented, from a disinfectant spraying machine at the looby to chairs and tables being wiped in front ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2020

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 $359 per night

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! (999 reviews)

"Beautiful beach and hotel, good food selection, the property and room was clean"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Paseo De La Marina 435, Fracc. Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $154 per night

Located in Marina Vallarta, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of International Convention Center and Bay of Banderas. Cruise ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,681 reviews)

"This is my favorite place to stay. We have come to PVR more than 20 times and stayed many places and this is by far our favorite. Victor at the pool is amazing. We will be back in October."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2020

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Puerto Vallarta

Malecon
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Malecon

4.5/5(1,392 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(962 reviews)

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

Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach

4.5/5(464 reviews)

Choose from a variety of water sports, watch dramatic sunsets and, in the right season, spot nesting sea turtles and migrating whales at this beach on Banderas Bay.

Top things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Guided City Tour Lunch & Tequila Tasting
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Puerto Vallarta Guided City Tour Lunch & Tequila Tasting

CA $88
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
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 $198
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Las Marietas Eco Discovery
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Las Marietas Eco Discovery

CA $108
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Las Caletas Beach Hideaway
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Las Caletas Beach Hideaway

CA $206
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Puerto Vallarta City Highlights, Tequila and Coffee Factory
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Puerto Vallarta City Highlights, Tequila and Coffee Factory

CA $31
Per adult
Botanical Garden, Tequila and Coffee Tour
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Botanical Garden, Tequila and Coffee Tour

CA $46
Per adult

Reviews of Puerto Vallarta

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.635838150289017%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 30, 2020

Puerto Vallarta is another large city. Too much traffic. I prefer smaller places to rest and relax.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 26, 2020

In you can leave your resort/hotel at anytime to explore the city, and the many places where you can enjoy delicious food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2020

Always enjoy the cafe/coffee shop across the street of the international market! Great fresh cigars! And the staff very friendly plus the amazing cappuccinos!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2020

Love Puerto Vallarta. Come here twice a year.

4/5 - Good

Beverly

Mar 24, 2020

Take a taxi to the Malecon. Beautiful walk and seeing the statues and town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Great city! Very friendly and safe. Can't wait to return!!!

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