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Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta: Best Areas and Hotels

Choosing where to stay in Puerto Vallarta can be a bit daunting, but I got you!

This slice of paradise on Mexico’s Pacific coast is more than just a pretty face; it’s a vibrant city with soul, flavor, and fun at every turn.

Whether you’re a beach bum, a culture vulture, or a foodie, PV (as the locals call it) has something special just for you.

But where should you stay in Puerto Vallarta? This place isn’t exactly small…

Let’s go over the different areas of Puerto Vallarta (I’ve stayed in most of them), and then I’ll show you the best budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels to stay at in that spot!

Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta

Here is the quick low down for your trip! These are the FIVE areas of Puerto Vallarta, what they are known for, and the top place to stay!

1. Zona Romantica – LGBTQ+, nightlife and lively

๐Ÿ‘‰ TOP PICK: Hotel Posada De Roger

2. Marina Vallarta – Families and resort life

๐Ÿ‘‰ TOP PICK: Velas Vallarta

3. Zona Hotelera and Las Glorias – Beachy resorts, all-inclusives, central

๐Ÿ‘‰ TOP PICK: Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa

4. Centro and 5 de Diciembre – Budget-friendly, more local vibes

๐Ÿ‘‰ TOP PICK: Paramar Beachfront Boutique Hotel

5. Conchas Chinas – Romantic and secluded

๐Ÿ‘‰ TOP PICK: Hyatt Ziva

1. Zona Romantica

Zona Romantica is the vibrant hub of Puerto Vallarta, buzzing with life day and night. It’s a cultural hotspot where historic streets are lined with art galleries, cozy cafes, and an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants.

A man on a yellow jet ski on the ocean beside the high hotels and high rises of the Zona Hotelera in Puerto Vallarta.
Enjoy the coastline in Zona Romantica!

It’s ideal for those who love to mingle with fellow travelers and the LGBTQ+ community (this is YOUR spot), and it’s also appealing to couples looking to have fun.

I will say this will be the most touristy area of Puerto Vallarta, and you can expect prices to reflect that, too. With that said, it’s a popular spot, and if it sounds like your vibe, then you won’t be disappointed staying here!

Pros ๐Ÿคฉ

  • Very walkable and safe.
  • Wide range of dining and nightlife options.
  • Close to Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta’s most famous beach, and where you’ll catch the boat to nearby spots and tours.

Cons ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Streets can be noisy, especially at night.
  • Crowded during peak seasons, which might not suit everyone.
  • A bit touristy compared to the other areas.

Where to Stay in Zona Romantica

  • $: Los Muertos Hostel – Just steps away from the beach and tons of budget dorm rooms to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
  • $$: Hotel Posada De Roger – You’re just a block away from the pier, there’s a pool and rooftop terrace, and you’ll be surrounded by stunning Mexican interior design!
  • $$$: Vallarta Shores Beach Hotel – Your own spacious apartment will be just a mere few steps from the sandy shores at this hotel. You’re tucked away away from loudness of this area in Puerto Vallarta yet close enough to walk there in a few minutes!

๐Ÿ‘‰ More Accommodation in Zona Romantica

2. Marina Vallarta

Marina Vallarta stands out with its luxurious ambiance, centered around a world-class marina filled with impressive yachts and surrounded by top-notch golf courses.

Itโ€™s a polished slice of paradise for those who love the finer things in life, including high-end shopping and dining options.

A view over the huge Velas Vallarta hotel and swimming pool area in the Las Glorias area of Puerto Vallarta.
Velas Vallarta

The Marinaโ€™s boardwalk is a picturesque spot for an evening stroll, lined with art galleries and cafes that offer a serene view of the boats.

Itโ€™s particularly appealing to families and couples looking for a tranquil escape, as well as golf enthusiasts and boating aficionados craving a dose of luxury on their vacation.

Pros ๐Ÿคฉ

  • Exclusive, upscale atmosphere with less crowded beaches.
  • Access to premium golf courses and boating activities.
  • Variety of high-end shops and gourmet restaurants.
  • You’re very close to the airport.

Cons ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Farther from the traditional Mexican cultural experiences of downtown.
  • Prices for dining and shopping can be higher than in other areas.
  • Not really walkable, you’ll need taxis.
  • Decent beaches but the not best in the area.

Where to Stay in Marina Vallarta

  • $: Casa las Flores – This area is spendy overall, but for a budget spot, you can feel at home here. You won’t be on a beach but you’ll have a great pool just outside your room.
  • $$: The Westin Resort & Spa – This is a perfect spot for families to get away from it all. You’ll get ocean front views and tons of amenities on site so you don’ need to leave if you don’t want to!
  • $$$: Velas Vallarta – This is one of the places I’ve stayed in Puerto Vallarta, and wow! This resort is truly incredible, with stunning views from literally every single room, great dining options, two massive pools, and a sandy beach right in front of you. It’s great for families or couples.
    *However, if you’re looking for an adults-only getaway, you have to check out their sister property, Casa Velas!

๐Ÿ‘‰ More Accommodation in Marina Vallarta

3. Zona Hotelera and Las Glorias

If you’re dreaming of stepping straight from your hotel onto a sandy beach, then Zona Hotelera and Las Glorias, is your go-to spot.

This stretch is home to many of Puerto Vallarta’s most renowned resorts and hotels, offering beachfront access with a backdrop of the stunning Sierra Madre mountains.

Nina posing on the steps to a wooden lifeguard tower on a sunny day in Velas Vallarta.
Posing along the beach!

It’s a spot for beach lovers and those who enjoy having amenities and activities at their fingertips. Here, you can find everything from shopping malls to fine dining and casual beach bars.

It’s ideal for families, couples, and anyone looking for the quintessential beach resort experience.

Pros ๐Ÿคฉ

  • Direct beach access with plenty of water sports available.
  • Wide range of accommodations and dining options.
  • Close to shopping centers and other conveniences.
  • Central to all the areas mentioned here, so you can hop over easily.

Cons ๐Ÿ˜”

  • It can feel a bit commercial and less authentic compared to other parts of Puerto Vallarta.
  • Beaches can get crowded, especially during peak seasons and when day-trippers come by.

Where to Stay in Zona Hotelera and Las Glorias

  • $: Fiesta Inn – You’ll get some bang for your buck here. You’ll get all the great amenities, including a stunning pool and only a two-minute walk to the beach, but without the hefty price tag.
  • $$: Sheraton Buganvilias Resort – Directly on the ocean, on-site spa, access to the boardwalk, a great variety of dining options, and more… You really can have it all here!
  • $$$: Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa This is your 5-star, adults-only, luxury Mexican getaway at one of Puerto Vallarta’s best places to stay! Secrets has a beautiful, elegant, and sprawling property right on Las Glorias Beach. This spot is peak luxury and has exceptional amenities and service.

๐Ÿ‘‰ More Accommodation in Zona Hotelera and Las Glorias

4. Centro and 5 de Diciembre

The heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta can truly be felt in Centro and the 5 de Diciembre neighborhood. This area is bustling with the energy of local life, markets, and street food stalls that offer a taste of authentic Mexico.

The streets are lined with historic buildings and landmarks, including the iconic Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

People walking along Puerto Vallarta's malecon in front of shop fronts and palm trees on a sunny day.
Stroll along the Malecon in Centro.

It’s a cultural hotspot where art galleries, boutiques, and cafes abound, inviting visitors to explore and find themselves in the vibrant local scene.

If you’re asking for MY personal favorite area to stay in Puerto Vallarta, then this is it. I loved the mix of foreigners and locals intermingling and living life together. This is where I base and stay when I’m in Puerto Vallarta!

Pros ๐Ÿคฉ

  • Rich in culture and history, with plenty of landmarks and museums.
  • Vibrant nightlife and a wide variety of Western and local dining options.
  • More affordable shopping and dining compared to more tourist-centric areas.
  • A good mix of tourists and locals.

Cons ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Streets can be noisy and busy, not ideal for those seeking peace and quiet. However, you can find peace and quiet just up in the hills.
  • There’s not really a beach in this area, just the Malecon with a few sandy patches.

Where to Stay in Centro and 5 de Diciembre

  • $: Casa Colibrรญ Malecรณn – Smack dab between Centra and 5 de Diciembre AND budget-friendly? We loved this spot; the location couldn’t get any better as you are two seconds from the Malecon, and each room is so vibrantly decorated.
  • $$: Paramar Beachfront Boutique Hotel – You’re right on Playa Camerones at this 4-star hotel. Complete with a rooftop swimming pool, tons of delicious dining options, and comfy beaches, you really can’t go wrong with the mid-range spot.
  • $$$: Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel – Did someone ask for a luxury, adults-only, 5-star resort? Well, here ya go! Enjoy the shores of Playa Camerones, the swim-up pool bar, or even the gentle swaying of your private hammock and mini pool right off your suite!

๐Ÿ‘‰ More Accommodation in Centro and 5 de Diciembre

5. Conchas Chinas

Often referred to as the “Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta,” Conchas Chinas is an exclusive neighborhood known for its luxurious villas, secluded beaches, and stunning natural beauty.

In the lush hills south of the city, this area offers breathtaking views of the ocean and a quieter, more refined atmosphere.

An aerial view over the coastline of Conchas Chinas and a portion of hotels and mountain in Puerto Vallarta.
An amazing view over Conchas Chinas!

The beaches here are smaller and more private, making it an ideal location for romantic getaways or anyone seeking a serene escape from the bustling city.

Its close proximity to the lively Zona Romantica also means you’re never too far from excellent dining and entertainment options but you will be the most removed from Puerto Vallarta here… But maybe that’s exactly what you’re looking for?!

Pros ๐Ÿคฉ

  • Secluded and peaceful, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
  • Luxurious accommodations offering privacy and exclusivity.
  • Close to Zona Romantica for when you crave more activity.

Cons ๐Ÿ˜”

  • The remote location means a bit more travel to reach central activities and attractions.
  • There are very limited options for dining, bars, and shopping.
  • Very hilly, so you’ll be Ubering to get anywhere.

Where to Stay in Conchas Chinas

  • $: Mondavi – While you won’t be able to dip your toes in the ocean right off your bedroom, you’ll instead get stunning vistas of the beach from your very own hilltop apartment! A well-worth it pay-off.
  • $$: Hotel Luxury Patio Azul – This stunning 5-star property is perched high above on a hilltop with great views with a cool rooftop pool and lounge area. Relish in the easy-going vibes here and spot some whales from your patio!
  • $$$: Hyatt Ziva – Four pools, exclusive beach access, an adults-only pool, spa services, six bars, sports courts, friendly staff, and all-inclusive amenities… it’s really a no-brainer; this is one of the best places to stay in Puerto Vallarta in the Cochina Chinas area.

๐Ÿ‘‰ More Accommodation in Conchas Chinas

Read more of my guides for around Puerto Vallarta:

I hope this guide helped you choose where to stay in Puerto Vallarta!

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