Best Areas to Stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta – A guide to Jalisco’s port

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular cities in the state of Jalisco, home of the third most important port in Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific Coast, near the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, 186 miles from Guadalajara.

It is a city with a lot of tourists, thanks to its beaches, monuments and landscapes that, in many opportunities, have been the location of multiple films.

Puerto Vallarta enjoys a privileged location, being between the huge Banderas Bay and the mountain range known as the Sierra Madre Occidental.

Places like Playa de los Muertos attract thousands of visitors looking to enjoy summer vacations.

The historical-cultural sites of Puerto Vallarta are located on the Malecon, home of the Naval Museum, the Arches Amphitheater, as well as many sculptures.

The city also has a good number of malls and markets in its Historic Center, ideal for shopping enthusiasts.

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between March and June, when sunny days abound, allowing you to enjoy the beach and outdoor activities easily.

The main gateway to Puerto Vallarta is the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, located 4 miles from the City Center.

Another alternative is to arrive in Puerto Vallarta by Cruise.

Among the best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta is Viejo Vallerta or Old Vallarta, also known as the Zona Romántica or romantic area. This district stands out for its colonial atmosphere, great hotels and restaurants (See accommodation in Zona Romántica).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta

1. Our favorite area: Zona Romántica

Zona Rómantica or Romantic Area, officially called Colonia Emiliano Zapata, is formed by Avenida Insurgentes, Playa de los Muertos, Calle Aquiles Serdán, among other important sites.

It is one of the oldest and most attractive areas of Puerto Vallarta, located just outside the City Center.

It was called Zona Romántica for its narrow streets, for its beautiful sunsets and colorful houses, as well as for being one of the favorite destinations of newly married couples or those celebrating their wedding anniversary.

It is, par excellence, the gay area of ​​Puerto Vallarta, thanks to its events and many bars and clubs for the LGBT community.

Zona Romantica is one of the closest to the City Center and other attractions such as the Malecon, therefore, you can walk or take a taxi to move to every corner of the city from this area.

Zona Romantica offers small hotels, resort type accommodation and comfortable apartments, which makes it a recommended area to stay in Puerto Vallarta.

Best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta - Zona Romántica

Best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta – Zona Romántica

Accommodation in Zona Romántica – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Zona Romántica – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Central location
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Great food
  • LGBT-friendly
  • Resort-type hotels
  • Pedestrian-friendly

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Amaca Puerto Vallarta – Adults Only

Hotel Amaca Puerto Vallarta – Adults Only has an outdoor pool. It also offers free Wi-Fi connection in all its facilities. The rooms are equipped with TV.

from US$54
Budget

Hotel Villa del Mar Tradicional

Hotel Villa del Mar, located in the historic center of Puerto Vallarta, offers a free Wi-Fi zone, 24-hour reception and tourist information service. Its bright rooms have a fan.

from US$33
Luxury

San Marino Vallarta Centro Beach Front

The San Marino hotel is located in the city of Puerto Vallarta, in front of Los Muertos beach. It has outdoor swimming pools, a private beach area and daily leisure offers.

from US$107
 

 

 

2. Zona Hotelera or Hotel Area

Zona Hotelera or Hotel Area is located west of Puerto Vallarta City Center, covering from the south of the marina area to Plaza de las Galerías.

It lives up to its name by having the largest offer of hotels in the city, but it is also an area known for its squares and beaches.

Among the most relevant tourist sites in the Hotel Area are Plaza Galerias, Plaza Peninsula and a large shopping complex with more than 80 stores and restaurants known as the Puerto Vallarta Island Shopping Village.

To move from the Hotel Area to the City Center or to the Zona Romantica, you can take the bus or a taxi on the Fluvial Vallarta Avenue or on the Francisco Medina Boulevard.

The accommodation in the Hotel Area is, for the most part, luxurious, with large resort-type hotels and world-renowned brands.

Zona Hotelera is one of the best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta for being close to the beaches, shopping centers and luxurious restaurants.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta - Zona Hotelera

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta – Zona Hotelera

Accommodation in Zona Hotelera – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Zona Hotelera – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Isla Shopping Village
  • Plaza Península
  • Luxury hotels
  • Great beaches
  • Plaza de las Galerías
  • Connected by public transport

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

City Express Plus Puerto Vallarta

The City Express Plus Puerto Vallarta offers free WiFi is located in Puerto Vallarta, about 600 meters from the cruise ship dock and 5 km from the center.

from US$89
Budget

Hotel & Suites Coral

The Hotel & amp; Suites Coral has an outdoor pool and is located in Puerto Vallarta, 2.5 km from the city center, 5 minutes walk from the main shopping centers.

from US$33
Luxury

Sheraton Buganvilias All Inclusive Resort

The Sheraton Buganvilias All Inclusive Resort in Puerto Vallarta offers accommodation with a private beach area, water sports facilities and a tennis court.

from US$250
 

 

 

3. Puerto Vallarta City Center

The center of Puerto Vallarta retains much of the colonial atmosphere that used to reign in the city.

It is the oldest area and one of the most visited by tourists who annually travel to the city.

Today, the Malecon is considered the heart of Puerto Vallarta, thanks to street vendors, local artists, art galleries, street concerts and the large number of well-preserved sculptures that are exhibited throughout the area.

Some of its popular monuments are the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Millennium Sculpture and the Fountain of Friendship, among others.

The center is the best area to stay in Puerto Vallarta for sightseeing. In addition, it is also a good option to stay in Puerto Vallarta for nightlife.

Staying in the City Center is a great option, due to its location, wide variety of hotels and affordable prices.

Best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta - City Center

Best areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta – City Center

Accommodation in City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Art galleries
  • Best location in the city
  • Monuments
  • Malecón
  • All kinds of hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Porto Allegro Puerto Vallarta

The Hotel Porto Alegre Puerto Vallarta is located in the center of Puerto Vallarta, 50 meters from the Plaza de Armas. It offers free Wi-Fi, and a gym.

from US$76
Budget

Jaguar lnn

The Jaguar lnn is conveniently located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, 6 km from the cruise ship dock. The property is 11 km from the center.

from US$25
Luxury

HOTEL CINCO22

HOTEL CINCO22 is located in Puerto Vallarta and offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and access to a terrace.

from US$92
 

 

 

4. Conchas Chinas

Conchas Chinas beach is located south of Puerto Vallarta, less than a mile away from Playa de los Muertos, and near Zona Rómantica.

It is divided into two areas, the first is ideal for walks along the sea, while the other is perfect for kayaking or snorkeling to admire fish and lobsters.

It is a fairly quiet corner of the city, and distant from the bustle of the Malecón, so it is necessary to take a taxi to move to other parts of Puerto Vallarta.

Hotels near Conchas Chinas beach offer great comfort for a small fee. In addition, most of them have ocean views, making this area one of the best areas to to stay in Puerto Vallarta.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Conchas Chinas

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Conchas Chinas

Accommodation in Conchas Chinas – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Conchas Chinas – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Beach area
  • Peaceful area
  • Cheap area to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea

Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea is located about 10 km from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and has a private beach and swimming pool.

from US$72
Budget

La Terraza Inn

La Terraza Inn is a gay-friendly hotel located on Los Muertos beach. It offers luxury accommodation with free Wi-Fi, terraces, gardens.

from US$49
Luxury

Vallarta Shores Beach Hotel

The Vallarta Shores Condohotel is located on the beach of Los Muertos, in Puerto Vallarta. It offers 1 and 2 bedroom suites with Mexican decor, kitchen.

from US$150
 

 

 

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