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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Your Puerto Vallarta vacation

Drenched in sunshine, Puerto Vallarta draws outdoor enthusiasts to its rugged Pacific Coast with over 40 distinct beaches, each one different from the next. Explore hidden coves, go scuba diving or settle along the shore to watch the sunset. Now a fully modern resort town, it's still a spot loaded with archaeological wonders and iconic architecture.

Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect Puerto Vallarta vacation, complete with visits to botanical gardens and artsy enclaves. With insider tips, you'll get the scoop on the best time to go, where to explore and what to eat during your Puerto Vallarta getaway.

Best time to take a vacation to Puerto Vallarta

  • Sporting a tropical climate, Puerta Vallarta's average temperatures range from the low 70s to the low 80s. Heat spikes are common in August and September when the mercury can climb well into the 90s. Winter is driest, and February and March are sunniest. Temperatures climb from July to mid-October when monsoon-like rains are common, especially at night.

    To sync the weather with crowds, fall and early summer are more laid-back and you can find lower rates. Mid-November through April is peak season so plan well in advance.

    Annual festivals include the Flower and Garden Festival, held during the last week of February, and the arts-driven May Festival, which nods to Puerto Vallarta's anniversary. Not to be overlooked is the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe in December.

Insider tips for Puerto Vallarta travel

  • Playa de Oro

    For beachfront serenity, visit Puerto Vallarta's northern reaches, home to rock-frocked Playa de Oro.

  • Marina district

    Get a taste of the local flavor in the marina part of town where you'll find many unpretentious, locally loved restaurants that specialize in seafood.

  • Public markets

    Hit the public markets Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale, where you'll find stands selling artisan wares.

  • Dining tip

    Be sure to seek out ceviche and Huachinango Sarandeado, a dish of red snapper infused with a garlicky roasted red pepper flavors.

  • De Santos

    Add a little disco to your paella. This hip, rustic restaurant on Juarez Street (downtown) mixes the candlelit vibe with late-night DJs.

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Puerto Vallarta Vacation Packages

Hotel only $67

1 Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

3 stars
3.6 / 5 246 reviews

Olas Altas 380 Map

2 kids up to 7 years old stay FREE and 20% on SPA

Highlights171 renovated Mexican Colonial-inspired roomsThemed dinner shows three nights a weekThree freshwater poolsDaily activities program and children's clubSpa treatments Tropical resort hosts daily activities, themed dinners and kids' clubPlaya Los Arcos Hotel Beach... More

Hotel only $85

2 Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

4 stars
4.2 / 5 313 reviews

Ave. Francisco M. Ascencio Km 2.5 Map

FREE City Tour and WiFi

Puerto Vallarta hotel woos with swim-up bar, restaurants and kids' clubsUpon walking into Fiesta American Puerto Vallarta, guests are greeted by an open-air palapa and waterfall, both features that sum up the feeling at the resort. Tasteful rooms face the gleaming Bay of... More

Hotel only $115

3 Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 54 reviews

Diego Rivera 121 Zona Hotelera las Glorias Map

FREE City Tour, FREE WiFI, Butler Service & MORE

Well-equipped Puerto Vallarta seafront resort with spa and free Wi-Fi Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa welcomes travellers to a stylish foreshore-set resort that offers plush spaces and recreation facilities set in the scenic tourist destination in Mexico. This Puerto... More

Hotel only $156

4 Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa Adults Only

4 stars
4.5 / 5 110 reviews

Calle San Salvador 117 Map

FREE City Tour, Honeymoon Bonus and FREE WiFi

Puerto Vallarta hotel offers serene water views and infinity poolVilla Premiere Hotel and Spa Adults Only is tailor-made for singles' or couples' vacations. With a swim-up bar, full-service spa and sweeping ocean views from private balconies, the 83-hotel helps guests... More

Hotel only $33

5 Emperador Vallarta Beachfront Hotel and Suites

2 stars
3.5 / 5 78 reviews

Amapas #114 Col. Emiliano Zapata Map

FREE City Tour and kids stay FREE

Hotel in Old Puerto Vallarta charms with tropical roomsEmperador Hotel & Suites enjoys a base in the heart of Old Puerto Vallarta just a few minutes away from downtown and the airport. And with Playa Los Muertos directly outside one of its towers, the hotel offers... More

Hotel only $64

6 Hotel Mercurio - A Gay-Friendly Hotel

2 stars
4.0 / 5 75 reviews

C. Francisca Rodriguez #168 Colonia Emiliano Zapata Map

FREE City Tour, Call and Free WiFi

Gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta hotel open to guests 18 and olderHotel Mercurio - a Gay-Friendly Hotel, a 28-room property in the heart of the Romantic Zone, attends to the needs of its gay and lesbian travelers. The haven boasts rustic wood furniture, tasteful artwork and... More

Hotel only $359

7 Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive - Adults Only

5 stars
4.4 / 5 72 reviews

David Alfaro Siqueiros No. 164. Map

FREE City Tour,$200US Resort Coupons and MORE

All-inclusive luxury oceanfront resort steps away from El MaleconEnjoy a luxurious holiday at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive - Adults Only, an upscale resort offering sophisticated spaces and state-of-the-art amenities situated on the beautiful... More

Hotel only $72

8 Hotel Tropicana Vallarta

3 stars
3.7 / 5 30 reviews

Amapas 214 Map

Free City Tour and kids stay FREE

Cozy hotel with convenient facilities and inviting accommodationsWhether in Puerto Vallarta for a corporate visit or leisure holiday, travelers find suitable base at the well-equipped accommodations and close-to-the-beach location of Hotel Tropicana Puerto Vallarta. The... More

Hotel only $39

9 Hotel Rosita

2 stars
3.0 / 5 12 reviews

Paseo Diaz Ordaz No 901 Map

Save 40% off per night

The Rosita Hotel is a property strategically right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta Mexico, this beautiful hotel, a tradition in the city, is on the beach and where the famous Malecon (Boardwalk) begins. You will enjoy strolling up and down the Malecon and visiting the... More

Hotel only $169

10 Golden Crown Paradise Resort Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive Adults Only

3 stars
3.9 / 5 281 reviews

Ave. de las Garzas Map

33% off per night!

Puerto Vallarta hotel engages with nightly entertainment and bay viewsGolden Crown Paradise Resort Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive Adults Only sizzles with action by the Banderas Bay. Guests set their own pace for activity here. While the outdoor pool is a staple, many... More

Puerto Vallarta highlights

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  • Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

    Located south of town, this verdant spot ­– nestled within a tropical rain forest ­– brims with 3,000 plant species. It's also a prime place to swim, dine al fresco and hike.

  • Plaza de Armas

    Head to the city's vibrant square, adjacent to City Hall, for prime people watching. Join the locals for concerts and holiday celebrations.

  • Museum Rio Cuale

    Spend an afternoon at this intimate destination which showcases Pre-Hispanic culture though displays of pottery, artifacts and even tombs.

  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    An iconic church done in varied architectural styles, its chiming bells emanate throughout town. Services are held daily, though things get particularly festive here in December when the cultural-spiritual Festival for the Virgin of Guadalupe is held.

  • Banderas Bay

    A great place to relax, this picturesque bay is also a launching pad for snorkeling ­ – particularly at its southern tip – with its vibrant, stingray-filled waters.

  • Púlpito and Pilitas

    Check out these famous rock formations on Los Muertos Beach. Púlpito refers to the tall headland, and Pilitas the rocks beneath. Pilitas is also the original location of the fabled "Boy on a Seahorse" sculpture.

  • Meander along this famed walkway and see contemporary sculptures by Sergio Bustamante, Ramiz Barquet and Alejandro Colunga.