Puerto Vallarta Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Puerto Vallarta

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El Malecon

4 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Like most boardwalks, Puerto Vallarta’s promenade, known as El Malecon, is dotted with sightseeing opportunities, cafes, shops, galleries, and performers. ...  Read more

La Marigalante

Step aboard the good ship Marigalante, and enter the fabulous world of pirates! The meticulously constructed Spanish galleon Marigalante was built to ...  Read more

Sierra Madre Mountains

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 114 Reviews

The jungle-clad Sierra Madre mountains stretch along Mexico’s western coast from Santa Cruz to Arizona. In this wilderness escape you can trek through the ...  Read more

Las Caletas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 102 Reviews

The private beach resort of Las Caletas is a day-trip destination like no other for spoiling the senses. The former home of maverick movie director John ...  Read more

Beach of the Dead (Playa de los Muertos)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The Beach of the Dead - or Playa de los Muertos - may not sound like the most promising place for a day by the sand, but for an authentic and truly lively ...  Read more

Marietas Islands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The small, uninhabited Marietas Islands are located in the Bay of Banderas off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Making up a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve, the ...  Read more

Boca de Tomatlan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Tucked into the corner of the Bahia de Banderas of the Pacific Ocean is the quiet fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan. A wonderful throwback to a simpler way ...  Read more

Zona Romantica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This ‘romantic zone’ of Puerto Vallarta is also called the Old Town or south side of the city. With lively cantinas, restaurants, and a newly reconstructed ...  Read more

Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

Located near Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) is famous for its 42-mile (68-kilometer) stretch of picturesque ...  Read more

Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Sail into the calm Bay of Banderas for a warm Mexican welcome at Puerto Vallarta. This lovely beach resort city is on the mid-west coast of Mexico, lapped by ...  Read more


4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Whether it’s the waves that rhythmically roll towards beaches covered in thatched-hut palapas, or the marlin, shrimp, and mahimahi tacos that are served with a ...  Read more

Los Arcos

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

One of the most popular snorkeling destinations in the Bay of Banderas is Los Arcos. The protected marine park has all manner of treats in store for avid ...  Read more

Marina Vallarta

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 9 Reviews

One of the major attractions in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta is a self-contained stretch of boardwalk, white sand and retail outlets that has become so ...  Read more

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 2 Reviews

Puerto Vallarta’s Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built over the course of several decades in the first half of the 20th century. Built in rustic pink ...  Read more

Nuevo Vallarta

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

A luxurious and spacious hotel and resort zone, Nuevo Vallarta lies at the center of beautiful Banderas Bay—a long, sandy stretch of beach and cool Pacific ...  Read more

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