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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

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort - All Inclusive
Sheraton Buganvilias Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio No 999, Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is £197 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Located in South Hotel Zone, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Las Glorias and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Olas ...
4.2/5Very Good! (379 reviews)
"It is Nice place to stay and everything was good."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort - 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
The price is £251 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,407 reviews)
"Everything was excellent. Great service and food was delicious."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

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 £358 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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! (1,123 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful and the food was excellent. Could use more night life."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
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.
Amapas Apartments Puerto Vallarta
Amapas Apartments Puerto Vallarta
3 out of 5
Amapas 115, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is £33 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Located in Romantic Zone, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Cruise Ship Terminal and Los Arcos are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (296 reviews)
"No hot water the entire week I was there. I told staff twice, they came to my room to test the no hot water situation yet they did not fix it and never followed up with a fix or a resolution. They just ignored the entire situation. The water was not even luke warm. You ran the water for sooooo long ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

Amapas Apartments Puerto Vallarta
Los Tules Villas del Sol
Los Tules Villas del Sol
2.5 out of 5
Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio Km, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is £71 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Caracol and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (330 reviews)
"The property was lovely, several pools to visit, good restaurant on site. Buildings look a little run down, but our room was comfortable and clean. Staff was helpful, but not as friendly as other places we've been. Overall great place to stay."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Los Tules Villas del Sol
San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
3.5 out of 5
Flamingos 161, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is £69 per night from 19 Jul to 19 Jul
Located in Marina Vallarta, this golf aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Marina Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Bay of Banderas and Cruise Ship Terminal. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)
"San Tropico Hotel is a true delight… the property has tremendous charm, is extremely well-maintained and has a lot great amenities…the greatest asset of this boutique gem, though, is definitely the staff…time and again, they made us feel welcome, they made us feel like we were part of their family…specifically ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

San Trópico Petit Hotel & Peaceful Escape
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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