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Popular amenities for Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals

Stay near Puerto Vallarta's top sights

Malecon Puerto Vallarta770 locals recommend
Plaza Caracol106 locals recommend
Galerias Vallarta Shopping Mall245 locals recommend
Playa de los Muertos61 locals recommend
La Isla283 locals recommend
Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport95 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta

  • Total rentals

    10K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    254K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    5.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.1K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    7.2K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    5K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Puerto Vallarta

Welcome to Puerto Vallarta

From sleepy fishing village to one of Mexico’s top resort destinations, Puerto Vallarta is a place of many moods. Located on the Pacific coast of Jalisco, the city and nearby towns are oriented around the Bay of Banderas, where migrating whales and dolphins play. Newer communities wrap around the bay’s north end, toward Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita, where gated enclaves attract celebrities with sprawling golf courses and increasingly luxurious amenities. The laid-back beach towns to the north draw surfers and RVers, while the older part of Puerto Vallarta proper is home to American and Canadian snowbirds and retirees, many of whom eventually make their vacations permanent.

Restaurants, markets, art galleries, and taco stands line the cobblestone streets, and open-air beachfront palapas house dozens of restaurants where you can dine with your toes in the sand. While strolling past the iconic cathedral and down the seaside malecon (a pedestrian promenade studded with palm trees and contemporary sculptures), it’s easy to see what made the Hollywood set fall so in love with the place in the 1960s.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Puerto Vallarta

The weather is best in Vallarta from November to April — that’s when most of the town’s part-time residents arrive, escaping their frigid northern homes for the winter. It also happens to coincide with whale-watching season, which runs roughly from December to March. Tourism is especially high around Christmas and Easter. The annual Virgin of Guadalupe pilgrimage, which takes place over the first 12 days in December, is one of the year’s most anticipated events, complete with parade floats, festive costumes, and a night market where vendors sell tamales, pies, and crafts. The weather turns hot and muggy around May, and by July the summer rains come steadily, keeping crowds at bay until around October. Temperature-wise, the Pacific Ocean is swimmable all year round, but it’s wise to stay out of the water for a few days after a heavy storm.

Top things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Wednesday Night ArtWalk

Every Wednesday evening during high season (late October to late May), Puerto Vallarta’s downtown galleries host a kind of communal open house, keeping their doors open late as art lovers mill about drinking wine and checking out the latest exhibitions from the region’s renowned contemporary painters, sculptors, and photographers. Notable stops include Galería Uno, the city’s oldest gallery, and Galería Pacifico.

San Sebastián del Oeste

Founded in 1605, this silver-mining town in the Sierra Madre mountains offers a glimpse at what colonial life was like in Jalisco, and makes a great day-trip from the city (it’s about a 90-minute scenic drive from downtown). Visit its historic churches and haciendas, and for those interested in spirits, check out the regional drink raicilla — a type of piney mezcal distilled from cooked agave.

Sayulita and San Pancho

Colorful papel picado flutters above the cobblestone streets of the picture-postcard pueblo mágico (magical town) of Sayulita, in the state of Nayarit, about a 45-minute drive from the airport. Shop for jewelry and crafts in the pastel-colored boutiques, take a surf lesson, or join a yoga retreat. Up the road in San Pancho, you’ll find laid-back village vibes and art made by the local Huichol community.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Puerto Vallarta?

    Puerto Vallarta enjoys a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round. The dry season from November to May has average temperatures around 86°F (30°C), while the rainy season from June to October sees frequent, brief showers and temperatures around 91°F (33°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta?

    In Puerto Vallarta, guests can experience diverse activities such as whale watching in Banderas Bay, lounging on Playa Los Muertos, and exploring the lively Zona Romantica neighborhood. Art enthusiasts may enjoy the numerous art galleries downtown, or the weekly Art Walk from October to May.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta?

    The most popular time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between November and April when the weather is most pleasant. During these months, local events such as the Festival Gourmet International and the Vallarta Art Walk occur, attracting numerous visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Puerto Vallarta?

    Popular areas to stay in Puerto Vallarta include the vibrant Zona Romantica, known for its charming streets and diverse cuisine, Marina Vallarta for its luxurious resorts and golf courses, and the Hotel Zone for its proximity to downtown and the beach.

  • What are the best places to visit in Puerto Vallarta?

    Puerto Vallarta is home to vibrant attractions such as the Malecón, a beachfront promenade with public art and street performers, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a historical landmark, and Los Muertos Pier, a modern architectural wonder. Animal lovers could also explore the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, home to diverse flora and fauna.

  • What are some hiking trails in Puerto Vallarta?

    Adventurous spirits can explore a range of hiking trails in Puerto Vallarta, including the Rio Cuale Island trail, which winds through a forested island. The Palo Maria River trail, leading to cascading waterfalls, and the Mirador Cerro de La Cruz trail, which provides panoramic views of the city and bay, are also frequently suggested.

  • What are some family activities to do in Puerto Vallarta?

    Families in Puerto Vallarta can enjoy a fun-filled day at Aquaventuras Park, home to water slides and dolphin encounters, or visit the El Eden, a jungle playground featured in the movie 'Predator'. The Interactive Aquarium Puerto Vallarta is a fantastic educational experience for children.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Puerto Vallarta?

    Day trips from Puerto Vallarta could include a visit to the charming coastal town of Sayulita, a trip to the Marietas Islands for snorkeling and wildlife viewing, or an excursion to the historic mining town of San Sebastian del Oeste, all within 64 miles (103 km) from the city.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Puerto Vallarta?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta. From over 3,590 apartment rentals, over 1,260 house rentals to over 3,540 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Puerto Vallarta?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 5,030 vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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