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 €84 per night from 9 Aug to 10 Aug
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! (858 reviews)
"I had a wonderful stay I would recommend very clean staff really nice."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Hotel Mio Vallarta - Adults Only
Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Puerto Vallarta
Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Puerto Vallarta
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad Km 4.5, Puerto Vallarta, JAL, 48390
The price is €294 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,088 reviews)
"The beach is perfect for swimming"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Puerto Vallarta
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 €296 per night from 15 Aug to 16 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,350 reviews)
"Our entire stay was fantastic! Starting with our check in, we showed up earlier then check in time but the resort took our bags for us and gave us our bracelets so we were free to explore the resort and start eating and drinking u tip our rooms were ready. We had 3 rooms and the front desk staff ..."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

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.
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 €117 per night from 7 Sep to 8 Sep
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! (1,130 reviews)
"It has easy access to the beach. The pools are decent, wonderful water slide. They just need more employees to help around though out the resort. Everything seems to take forever. From dining to anything in general. The spa is very little. But the massage ladies are professionals. They give incredible ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta
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
The price is €155 per night from 8 Sep to 9 Sep
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! (1,043 reviews)
"This was our first trip to Puerto Vallarta. Grand Miramar made it the best vacation ever. The property is beautiful, the staff couldn’t be friendlier or more accommodating. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone!"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences
Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa
Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Km. 7.5 A Barra De Navidad, Puerto Vallarta, 48326
The price is €283 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,015 reviews)
"The best place I’ve ever stayed by far!!! Amazing facilities, luxurious room, delicious upscale food, but the best asset is the staff. Mike and Jay from pool activities, Jorge and Christian from breakfast buffet, and Elliot from de concierge services were absolutely amazing!!!!!! Impecable in all ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2022

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & 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.

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