Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Where is the best area to stay in Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful beach resort city on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco. With the Sierra Madre mountains close by, it’s a stunning vacation spot that will seduce you with its natural beauty and rich culture. It’s a great place to stay to relax on its lovely white sand beaches, visit the nearby tropical rainforests, taste authentic Mexican cuisine, or enjoy the lively nightlife. If you love to snorkel, the uninhabited Marieta Islands make a great day trip just 25 miles off the coast. Located on the Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta offers a variety of hotel options from luxury to low cost to fabulous all-inclusive resorts, where you don’t have to worry about where to go for your next meal. Puerto Vallarta is also one of the safest locations in Mexico to vacation, and you can safely drink the water.


The best place to stay in Puerto Vallarta is the Romantic Zone, also known as the Old Town. This neighborhood is full of charm with its cobblestone streets, many small shops, and a variety of restaurants and cafes. This is a great area to stay for its nightlife and gay-friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to spend a good night out on the town, drink margaritas or listen to live music. This area offers a number of smaller hotels, inns, and B&Bs with a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Hotel   Avg price
Emperador Vallarta Beachfront Hotel and Suites
Amapas 114
48€ - 47$
Tropicana Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Amapas 214
59€ - 58$
Hotel Porto Allegro Puerto Vallarta
Hidalgo 119 Col. Centro
65€ - 64$
Hacienda Escondida Puerto Vallarta
Lázaro Cárdenas 567
184€ - 180$
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Boutique Rivera Del Rio
104 Calle Rivera del Rio
131€ - 128$
Almar Resort Luxury LGBT Beach Front Experience
Amapas 380
139€ - 136$
Casa Nicole Boutique Hotel
Pino Suárez 203
166€ - 163$
Vallarta Shores Beach Hotel
Malecón 400
271€ - 266$



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Romantic Zone, the best area to stay in Puerto Vallarta


Romantic ZoneThe Romantic Zone is the southern part of the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta and is bordered by the Rio Cuale to the north. The Romantic Zone is the best place to stay for nightlife and is known to be a gay-friendly area. This is an inviting neighborhood with many places to spend the night out on the town. With the highest concentration of restaurants and bars, it won’t disappoint with its exciting nightlife. Mr. Flamingo is one of the best and liveliest gay bars in the area. For live music, try Incanto Vallarta or Roxy Rock House.


The beaches are also a lively spot to hang out in the Romantic Zone. Los Muertos and Olas Altas are great beaches with outdoor restaurants and shops along the waterfront. A walk along the newly renovated pier with its nautical design and curving path is a must. From the pier you can enjoy the beautiful views of the city and beaches.



Hotels in Romantic Zone





Other areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta


El Centro (Downtown)


El CentroAs its name suggests, El Centro is located in central Puerto Vallarta across the river and just north of the Romantic Zone. This area is the best place to stay for shopping and dining. You can find great cuisine of all price ranges, as well as tasty street food and cheaper options. Visit Mabel’s Cocina, a popular favorite for margaritas and tacos. Another popular restaurant is No Sé Nada, which has a roof deck with a view where you can enjoy mouth-watering seafood dishes and appetizers. The mile-long Malecon boardwalk, which stretches for 12-blocks, is a top attraction in this area.


Here you can find many arts and crafts shops, as well as a mix of local and international restaurants. The vibrant boardwalk comes to life at night with its lively bar and club scene.



Hotels in El Centro




Hotel Zone


Hotel zoneThis area is located about three miles north of the Romantic Zone. As its name implies, the Hotel Zone is a neighborhood of many hotels, large resorts and high-rise condos. This is the best place to stay for its wide selection of hotels of all price ranges. In this area you can find fabulous resorts with swim-up bars, restaurants, kids clubs, and all kinds of services, such as spas and massages. There are even “adults only” hotels in this area, such as the Hotel Mio Vallarta, if you wish for a vacation away from children.


The prices in the Hotel Zone vary from inexpensive Holiday Inn accommodations to more expensive boutique hotels, such as Casa Nicole. There are even pet-friendly options, such as the Puerto de Luna, for those who like to bring the family pet along on vacation. For upscale dining, La Leche is a top rated restaurant, and it offers vegetarian and vegan options. Try El Oasis de Holi for cheaper eats on the beach with a spectacular view of the ocean.



Hotels in Hotel Zone




Marina de Puerto Vallarta


Marina de Puerto VallartaLocated six miles north of the Romantic Zone, The Marina is a great place to stay for families, as it’s a bit quieter than other areas and it offers a number of all-inclusive hotels. Some of the most popular and kid-friendly places to stay for families are Velas Vallarta, with its many pools and roaming live peacocks, Marriot’s CasaMagna with its turtle sanctuary, or the Westin Resort with its beautiful freeform pools and kids club.


For lower rates, try out the all-inclusive resort Vamar Vallarta, which has a buffet, Italian restaurant and two swim-up bars. The Marina area also boasts a world-class 18-hole golf course if you’d like a change of pace from the poolside.



Hotels in Marina de Puerto Vallarta




Conchas Chinas


Conchas ChinasJust a little over a mile south of the Romantic Zone, Conchas Chinas is slightly more secluded and removed from Puerto Vallarta. With its picturesque views of the Sierra Madre and coastline, this is a popular place to stay for couples and newlyweds, as well as singles who enjoy the natural beauty of the area. You can be sure that the waters and beaches are clean here, as it is a certified “Blue Flag” beach, which means that it is protected and maintained in a sustainable way. Enjoy the tide pools on the rocky formations of the beach, or try snorkeling or diving in the clear blue waters.


This area is the best place to stay for its exclusive resorts, such as the Villa Divina Luxury Boutique, the Grand Miramar or the Hotel Mondavi. Pamper yourself in deluxe amenities, and you might never want to leave.



Hotels in Conchas Chinas




Boca de Tomatlán


Boca de TomatlanBoca de Tomatlán is a fantastic place to stay for tourists who want to avoid the typical crowds of Puerto Vallarta, whilst experiencing equally stunning scenery. Located 11 miles south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, Boca de Tomatlán is a peaceful fishing village that really provides the authentic Mexican experience!


Here, you can find very budget-friendly hotels, as well as more luxury options with panoramic coastal views. Boca de Tomatlán also boasts some authentic local restaurants with very friendly locals making you feel at home. And if you want to take a trip to downtown Puerto Vallarta, you are a very short local bus or Uber ride away. Boca de Tomatlán is perfect for relaxing and admiring the tranquility of Jalisco’s coastline. However, there are more things to do here. You can participate in diving or snorkeling, visit the local botanical gardens and choose from some great local boat tours.



Hotels in Boca de Tomatlán