Hotels in Downtown Puerto Vallarta

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What you should know about Downtown Puerto Vallarta

The beach resort of downtown Puerto Vallarta is set in the stunning Bay of Banderas, nestled between hills lush with rich vegetation and the sparkling ocean of Mexico’s sunny west coast. Lounge on the white-sand tropical beaches of Camarones and Los Muertos, try some of the freshest seafood imaginable, or walk the charming cobblestone streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta’s gorgeous Old Town. Whether you’ve come for sun, sea, food, or shopping, you’re guaranteed a wonderful stay in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Hotels in downtown Puerto Vallarta


Boutique hotels in downtown Puerto Vallarta are widely renowned for their excellent facilities. Spoil yourself with a massage at the Mediterranean-style Luna Líquida Hotel Boutique, which offers spa services and a sunny deck for soaking up the heat. There’s also fantastic budget accommodation in downtown Puerto Vallarta, like Hostal Vallarta Suites where guests can relax in comfort and enjoy a rooftop terrace that provides majestic views of the vast ocean. Outdoor swimming pools are a popular feature of downtown Puerto Vallarta hotels, and the 4-star Hacienda San Angel in Centro has 3 to choose from, as well as a courtyard garden and an opulent balcony restaurant.

Things to see in downtown Puerto Vallarta


One of the main draws to downtown Puerto Vallarta is its fantastic boating tours which give you an up-close look at the incredible marine life native to the area. The bay becomes the mating ground for humpback whales from December to March every year and several tour operators around Marina Vallarta and Isla Iguana provide an unforgettable experience. With such bountiful fauna, Puerto Vallarta is also a gem for snorkeling and scuba diving, allowing you to explore the ocean and swim with an unbelievable array of tropical fish. The mile-long Malecon boardwalk is also well worth a visit and is lined with bustling restaurants and stores. Take in one of the city’s most famous landmarks with a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This lavish church is topped with an ornate crown, the design of which is said to be based on the tiara of one of Emperor Maximilian’s mistresses.

Good for luxury travelers


Hotels in downtown Puerto Vallarta are built for luxury and provide the perfect backdrop for an indulgent getaway. Head to one of the area’s world-famous beaches, where you can devote entire days to working on your tan, pausing only for dips in the crystal-clear ocean. Shopping aficionados will revel in the wealth of upscale retail options on offer, with designer stores and boutiques dotted all over downtown Puerto Vallarta. After you’ve worked up an appetite, dine in style with a truly sumptuous meal of local delicacies like marinated red snapper, ceviche, and fresh mahi-mahi in one of the neighborhood’s gourmet restaurants.

How to get to downtown Puerto Vallarta


Located in the north of downtown Puerto Vallarta, Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport is one of Mexico’s busiest airports and welcomes flights from many international cities. Taxis are widely available but private transportation can be pre-arranged too. You can also catch a local bus from the airport into downtown Puerto Vallarta for next to nothing. Once settled, you can use the affordable and reliable local buses to get around downtown Puerto Vallarta, as most residents do, or hop in one of the omnipresent taxis. With cobblestone streets and wide, long boardwalks, this beachside neighborhood is easily accessible by foot.

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