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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is divided into five zones, each offering a different experience. Choose the zone that best suits you for your accommodation. The North Zone includes Nuevo Vallarta, a tourist destination, and the upmarket Marina Vallarta with its many resorts and golf courses. The Hotel Zone can be found around the harbour, while all the action is in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The charmingly named Romantic Zone, south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, is so-called because of its historical, colonial charm complete with cobbled streets and beautiful architecture. Finally, the South Zone is known for its resorts, big beaches and calm surf. Accommodation options in the city range from 5-star hotels and all-inclusive resorts on private beaches to laid-back bungalows.   

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  • The Romantic Zone

    Hotel Playa Los Arcos is an all-inclusive resort that ticks all the boxes if you want to level up on luxury, with the beach on your doorstep. In the heart of the Romantic Zone, you’ll be within walking distance of the action at the Malecón boardwalk. You can also take advantage of typical resort amenities, such as an infinity pool, oceanfront dining options and a pool bar. If you’d prefer something slightly more laid-back during your stay in Puerto, spend a few nights at Estancia San Carlos. This comfy three-star bungalow offers free WiFi, a sun deck and a pool for the kiddies (there’s an adult version, too!). Aside from being budget-friendly, it boasts an excellent location in the Romantic Zone, just two blocks from the Malecón boardwalk. 

  • The North Zone

    Offering stunning ocean views, the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Marina Vallarta also has all the mod cons to elevate your stay, including luxury rooms and suites, six restaurants, a fitness centre, a spa and an infinity pool.

  • The Hotel Zone

    If you enjoy doing the self-catering thing, Mako 54 is for you! Situated 700m from Camarones Beach, these stylish, modern apartments have fully equipped kitchens and balconies. There’s a covered rooftop pool on site and only six suites, ensuring a peaceful, private stay.

  • Downtown

    How about a traditional boutique hotel with fun, colourful Mexican décor? Casa Colibrí Malecón (Hummingbird House Malecón) is perfectly situated just 300m from the city centre. Choose from studios, rooms or suites. There’s a shared kitchen on site, a rooftop terrace, free WiFi and friendly staff to welcome you. Recommended for women solo travellers!

  • The South Zone

    Picture an opulent Mexican homestead set against a mountain with the jungle all around and the beach a short walk away. Hacienda Maria Elena’s prime location is just the start. Offering six luxury rooms in the main house, you could also opt to live large and hire the adjacent, private, five-bedroom villa that comes with a chef service!

Frequently asked questions

Puerto Vallarta's beaches offer the perfect trifecta – sand, sun and fun! From the impossibly clear waters of Playa de Oro to the buzzing boardwalk of Los Muertos, there's no shortage of sun-kissed beach bliss in this vibrant Mexican city.

Puerto Vallarta is often ranked as one of the friendliest cities by various polls so is considered safe for international visitors. Zona Romantica (the Romantic Zone), Marina Vallarta and Zona Hotelera (the Hotel Zone) are the ideal spots to feast on fresh seafood and soak up the sun with peace of mind!

Glad you asked! The best time to head to Puerto Vallarta is from April to June when the weather is warm and there are smaller crowds than peak season. If you have your heart set on whale watching, aim for December to March to catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals as they make their annual migration to Banderas Bay.

Swim with dolphins and sea lions, spot some whales, check out life under the sea with a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving, learn to sail, eat your way around on a self-guided food tour, fly through the jungle canopy on a zip line, go parasailing, do some sightseeing, skip from bar to bar, the list is endless!

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Puerto Vallarta is best known for its glorious stretches of beach, vibrant nightlife and delightfully fresh seafood. Whether you're looking to roll out a towel and relax on the sand or dance the night away, Puerto Vallarta has something for every kind of traveller.

Pack your swimsuits and flip flops (jandals or thongs, depending on what you call them in your part of the world) because you're heading to Puerto Vallarta, baby! Don't forget to throw in a hat, sunscreen, and your adventurous spirit for exploring the colourful town and soaking in that soul-filling ‘vitamin sea’ and stunning beach views.

Be captivated by the charm of Old Town, hit the beaches for some fun in the sun, or take a boat trip to the stunning Marietas Islands for a day of snorkelling and exploring hidden beaches. Get a dose of traditional Mexican culture at San Sebastian Del Oeste or stroll around the buzzing boardwalk of Los Muertos, the hardest part will be trying to narrow down your list of destinations to squeeze in!

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