Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
The Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit area is comprised of several different “hotel zones”. Starting south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, there are several hotels, tucked away on secluded beaches, and just a short taxi ride from downtown. Going north, you get into the beachfront city of Puerto Vallarta, with its Romantic Zone at the heart and Hotel Zone just to the north. Here you’ll find the highest concentration of restaurants, bars, and shops — and most of it is within walking distance. Going north along Banderas Bay, into Riviera Nayarit from the Marina and beyond, the majority of resorts are large, all-inclusive, and all-encompassing, offering everything you could wish for in a Mexico vacation destination. Riviera Nayarit also boasts miles and miles of beach and more than six championship golf courses.
Why Go To Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit
Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit are the best of all vacation worlds, as no other Mexican beach resort offers such a wide array of activities, entertainment, shopping, dining, and tour options, perfect for a vacation to Mexico. In addition, the historic area of Puerto Vallarta is also considered “Mexico’s Most Romantic Destination" by About.com’s Reader's Choice. Banderas Bay and north past Punta Mita in the Riviera Nayarit offer nearly 200 miles of beach and accommodations that range from charming, smaller hotels to large, all-encompassing, all-inclusive resorts, making for the perfect beach vacation.
Who Should Go
With more than 400 restaurants — more per capita than any city in Mexico (except Mexico City) and two food/restaurant festivals, Puerto Vallarta is one of the food capitals of Mexico.
Active Travelers & Families
Great all-inclusive resorts, plenty of watersports, the delight of getting close to dolphins and sea lions, championship golf courses, plus the Sierra Madre mountains with their eco-adventures offer a myriad of opportunities for people on the go.
With more than 180 miles of beach in just the Riviera Nayarit alone, it’s easy to find the perfect one… active, quiet, secluded, you name it.
The “Romantic Zone” is aptly named. Cobblestone streets, red tile roofs, fabulous restaurants, and unique art galleries and boutiques make the charming and historic area of Puerto Vallarta a favorite for strolling hand-in-hand, no matter what kind of couple you are, as the Romantic Zone is LGBT-friendly, as well. Hotels are smaller and more intimate in this area.
Sculptures at sunset along the Malecon