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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

There are 2,930 vacation rentals available all over Puerto Vallarta, and we’re confident you’ll find a property that meets your needs and your budget for your next adventure. If you’re in search of an affordable vacation rental anywhere in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll be pleased to find that 20% of properties cost less than $72 a night. Whether you’re seeking a luxury villa near Plaza de Armas, a hotel close to Galleria Dante, or you’re looking for a place that also gives you close access to Puerto Vallarta — our mission is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website lists a wide selection of properties from leading travel sites like Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. Finding your dream vacation home at a reasonable price has never been this easy. Travel to Puerto Vallarta with VacationRenter today.

Where Is Puerto Vallarta?

A stunning, scenic beach resort city on the coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta looks like it was brought to life from a celestial vision depicting paradise. Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is the second largest urbanised area in the state after Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. The city sits as the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta, which is composed of not only the city, but several other populated areas. To the north, the city borders the southernmost parts of the state of Nayarit, the municipality of Mascota borders the east and to the south, the municipalities of Talpa de Allende and Cabo Corrientes sit.

What Is Puerto Vallarta Known For?

A resort town that languorously stretches around the Bahía de Banderas, and features stretches of fine sand, sun-drenched beaches, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most alluring coastal destinations. Widely known for its beaches, watersports, and nightlife, Puerto Vallarta attracts visitors in their millions to recline on its sandy beaches, dine its elegant restaurants, sip piña coladas in trendy bars, and amble along the picturesque boardwalk. Spend your day taking boat trips, horseback rides, or driving trips, then party the night away in the city’s lively bars, lounges, and nightclubs. A hotspot of LGBT-friendly options, Puerto Vallarta now bears the proud moniker of the gay beach capital of Mexico.

A Quick Guide to Puerto Vallarta

  • Isla Río Cuale: A tiny arts and crafts market that paints tourists a detailed picture of the culture of Puerto Vallarta of bygone decades, Isla Río Cuale reconciles visitors to the genuine Mexican heritage of the town, before the influx of all-inclusive resorts poured in. A bustling market where you can purchase local art, pottery, souvenirs, and homemade crafts, Isla Río Cuale is affordable and authentic. With a small museum that tells the story of the region’s archaeological past, there is something for every aficionado of art or architecture on this small islet of Bahía de Banderas.
  • Vallarta Food Tours: Arguably, one of the best things about vacations is trying all the food. In Puerto Vallarta, go on your very own gourmet food journey by embarking on a taco tour, led by Vallarta Food Tours. Offering several routes throughout the town, Vallarta Food Tours allows you to get to know Puerto Vallarta not only by your eyes, but by your taste buds. Stop at the several food trucks and local restaurants dotted about the town to get to know your holiday destination like never before.
  • The Malecón: Puerto Vallarta’s very own boardwalk, this bayfront promenade features stunning waterfront vistas, eclectic street art, fascinating street performers, and endless opportunities to people watch. Feel the sun on your face, smell the salty scent of the sea and see the picturesque scenes of the Bahía de Banderas. Pop into the eclectic shops, sip a cocktail at one of the many bars lining the promenade, and marvel at the creative flair of the local artists with the super cool street and sand sculptures.

Popular Destinations Near Puerto Vallarta

  • Las Islas Marietas: Floating in the Bahía de Banderas lies a series of small islands that are a national treasure. A national marine park, Las Islas Marietas is a cluster of islands abundant with fascinating caves and exotic wildlife. Although the vibrant blue water is a temptation too good to resist for snorkelers and divers, the Hidden Beach is the most popular attraction of the islands. Surrounded by cavernous walls, the beach is hidden in plain sight and can only be accessed by swimming or kayaking through a tunnel. A tropical paradise, Las Islas Marietas are an absolute must-see when in Puerto Vallarta.
  • Mismaloya: Surrounded by the wilderness of jungle, Mismaloya is a former fishing village that attracts visitors in their droves, with its namesake beach and authentic beachfront eateries. Home to Los Arcos National Park and Vallarta Zoo, Mismaloya is the place to go to see all the Mexican sealife and wildlife thrive under the Mexican sun. Whether you dive or snorkel in the blue Bahía de Banderas, soak in the rays on the Mismaloya Beach or gorge yourself on delicious Mexican seafood platters, Mismaloya is a destination not to be missed!

Best Neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta

  • Zona Romántica: A trendy area favored by tourists, expats, and locals alike, Zona Romántica goes beyond simple romanticism. Offering both quaint street side cafes and art galleries, Zona Romántica also provides stylish and modern vibes in their sheer number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. With the highest concentration of restaurants and bars in Puerto Vallarta, Zona Romántica provides the authentic Mexican flavor, whilst still being accessible to tourists. During the day, catch a few rays on Los Muertos Beach. In the night, walk along the illuminated and vibrant pier. Whether you stay at a trendy boutique, hotel, affordable hostel, or budget residencie, Zona Romántica provides all the activities and amenities you are looking for on a Mexican vacation, whilst still being kind to your wallet.

Home-types in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Puerto Vallarta:

Points of interests in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Puerto Vallarta: