With an altitude of just 7 meters, Puerto Vallarta is a great tropical getaway. It boasts of an amazing nightlife. Also, the waters on the borders of Puerto Vallarta offer excellent opportunities for fun activities like horseback riding, scuba diving, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Whether you seek isolation or want to party, this city has a beach for you. Ironically, Playa Los Muertos (literally translated as the beach of the dead) is the liveliest beach in the city. In the southern part of this beach is the most popular gay beach area in the city. Playa Conchas Chinas is among Puerto Vallarta’s most laidback and peaceful beaches.
Make sure you take a stroll along the mile-long esplanade along Banderas Bay, El Malecón. Street vendors here serve very tasty quick bites. As you walk, you will come across the magnificent Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. El Malecón also has the iconic Las Arcos Amphitheater. It hosts live music and local dance performances almost every night! You should go here around sunset.
Another must-do at El Malecón is the private whale-watching tour. The best time for such a tour is from early December to late February. Puerto Vallarta is among the best whale-watching destinations in the world. You can also see various birds like Pelicans and parakeets at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Known as Old Vallarta, The Zona Romantica is also a must-visit. Here you will find some of the best restaurants in the city.
Here is our list of the 10 most luxurious hotels in Puerto Vallarta:
- Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
Carr. Costera a Barra de Navidad, Zona Hotelera Sur, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, safes, and minibars are present in all the rooms. You will enjoy the suites more, thanks to the fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and a private plunge pool. The foodie in you is going to enjoy Hyatt Ziva a lot as food served here is inspired by Celebrity Chef, Maximo Lopez.
- Krystal Puerto Vallarta
Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio S/N, Zona Hotelera, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
The Krystal comes with a handful of packages to choose from – relaxed rooms, family rooms, upgraded rooms, and suites. All suites come with a small kitchen and share a private pool. The business folk will like the business center. The hotel also has several meeting rooms. A lot of eating variety is available thanks to Japanese and Italian restaurants, poolside eatery, a café, and 2 bars.
- Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Paseo de Los Cocoteros 19, Villa 8, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico
Most of the rooms in the Hard Rock Hotel provide wonderful views of the Bay of Banderas. The hotel’s décor is an interesting mix of modern and colonial themes. Its 4 bars and 6 restaurants are enough to keep our palate and tummy happy. Among these, the open-air eatery is perfect for a romantic rendezvous.
- Casa Velas
Calle Pelícanos 311, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
An adults-only hotel, the Casa Velas is surrounded by tropical gardens. You can enjoy the pleasant views of the greenery around you only from the suites. One of the two restaurants serve Asian cuisine. Fitness enthusiasts should try out the contemporary gym facilities. Make it a point to relax in a cabana on the private beach.
- Barcelo Puerto Vallarta
Zona Hotelera Sur, Km. 11,5, Zona Hotelera, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Thanks to its 4 swimming pools and a great spa, you can relax here properly. With 5 restaurants to choose from, there is a diversity of food worth trying here. While La Fuente is a buffet restaurant, Don Quijote serves Spanish dishes, Capri specializes in Italian cuisine, La Cantina serves Mexican specialties, and Los Arcos is known for its snacks and grill. Water sports enthusiasts can go for a scuba-diving session.
- Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel
San Salvador St. 117, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
This 5-star beachfront hotel offers different packages for accommodation. The suites come with in-room Jacuzzi and hammocks. Some of these rooms come with private balconies that provide outstanding views of the ocean. The 3 in-house restaurants serve quality food while there are 2 bars in Villa Premiere. Wouldn’t you fancy having a drink in the pool bar?
- Hotel Mousai
Carr. a Barra de Navidad Km. 7.5, Sur, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
All the rooms of Hotel Mousai come with private terraces and hammocks. Complimentary breakfast is served. The rooftop infinity pool is the spotlight of Hotel Mousai. In the day, you can experience fine views of the Garza Blanca Beach from here. The creatures of the night will love the party setting of live music and cigar lounge.
- Hotelito Mio
Playa Caballo, 48292 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Hotelito Mio has 8 villas for accommodation. The views of the jungle and the thatched roofs make you feel closer to nature. Your mind and body will love body massage treatments. Those seeking absolute tranquility can also access the secluded beach. The sea-facing San Miguel restaurant serves proper Mexican food using local produce.
- Casa Dona Susana
Manuel M. Dieguez 171, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Pieces of handcrafted wood furnishing and folk-art grace the interiors of the rooms. Suites and upgraded suites provide a grander experience thanks to the kitchenettes and balconies. They also have a 24-hour currency exchange and concierge services. The rooftop sunporch stands out though. You can experience 360-degree views of the bustling city from there.
- Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla
Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio 2479, Zona Hotelera, Las Glorias, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Shopaholics are going to love the Fiesta Inn as it is set inside the La Isla shopping center. The rooms are very modern thanks to amenities like free Wi-Fi and minibar. The terrace is equipped with a cocktail lounge and an outdoor pool, perfect for crowd watching. Formal meetings can be conducted in their business center.
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