Best hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Zones


Puerto Vallarta is located in Bahia de Banderas, which means Bay of Flags. This has been one of the favorite holiday destinations for Americans and Europeans for a very long time because off the golden sand beaches, beautiful year-round weather, as a home to dolphins and manta rays and as a site for sea turtle nesting. You can also find extreme and water sports, romantic escapes and places for weddings, anniversaries or birthday celebrations.


The area offers a fantastic variety of accommodations, which means there is something for every style and budget. 


Puerto Vallarta has many zones to enjoy based on your interests. 


The North Zone, Airport & Las Juntas, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Downtown, the Hotel Zone, the Romantic Zone and the South Zone.


How to choose a hotel in Puerto Vallarta?


In order to decide which hotel is the best for your stay in Puerto Vallarta, you should consider the following:  What are your main interests? What kind of food would you like? Are you looking for a small or large place? How long are you planning to stay? Are your vacations going to be with family, friends or other couples? Would you like a beachfront hotel or a condo close to the beach?


These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before you begin your hotel search.


About the North zone:


The northern area is quite large, starting in Punta Mita and ending in Bucerias.


One of the highlights here are the Marietas Islands, also known as “ The Beach of Love” or “Hidden Beach”.  This group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the state of Nayarit, is a popular tourist destination because of its forty-four different species of plants and wild sea animals.  It is also part of the UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserve.

The airport is also in the North Zone of Vallarta only five minutes from Marina Vallarta, famous for family friendly activities, numerous spas, luxury boutiques and restaurants, golf activities, yachts, boats and cruises.


Old Vallarta, now known as the Romantic Zone


Discover Old Vallarta (Romantic Zone) and all the color of México in the Downtown and Hotel Zones. 

It is a great place to enjoy sights, shopping, nightlife, performing arts, sports and activities all within a short walking distance.


About the South Zone


In contrast to the North zone, the South is all about the jungle and mountains.


Some of the highlights here include Mismaloya Beach, where the zoo is located and El Eden, which was used as a film set for the movie “Predator”.


You can also visit Boca de Tomatlan, a quaint fishing village known for its rustic and traditional restaurants.