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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.

Puerto Vallarta Hotels

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Blvd. Medina Ascencio 999 Map
3.9 / 5 218 reviews
  • Continental Breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi and MORE
  • Continental Breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi and MORE
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$121

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center aims for high style and Mexican flavor in the heart of Banderas Bay. A weekly fiesta and champagne brunch -- complete with Mariachi band -- sets the mood for the ultimate tropical vacation. Business travelers can manage... More

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Amapas #114 Col. Emiliano Zapata Map
3.6 / 5 83 reviews
  • FREE City Tour and kids stay FREE
  • FREE City Tour and kids stay FREE
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$54

Emperador 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 instant appeal for travelers who want to stroll to El... More

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Malecon y Almendro # 4 Map
3.0 / 5 196 reviews
  • 10% off on Food & Beverages
  • 10% off on Food & Beverages
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$83

Blue Chairs Resort by The Sea Gay & Lesbian beckons with ocean-view patios from every room and a casual ambiance suited for couples and singles. The 43-room property also holds the distinction as the only gay hotel in Puerto Vallarta with direct beach access.... More

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C. Francisca Rodriguez #168 Colonia Emiliano Zapata Map
4.1 / 5 78 reviews
  • FREE City Tour, Call and Free WiFi
  • FREE City Tour, Call and Free WiFi
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$64

Hotel 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 welcome conveniences such as free safe-sex products at bedside... More

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Olas Altas 380 Map
3.6 / 5 216 reviews
  • 2 kids up to 7 years old stay FREE and 20% on SPA
  • 2 kids up to 7 years old stay FREE and 20% on SPA
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171 renovated Mexican Colonial-inspired roomsThemed dinner shows three nights a weekThree freshwater poolsDaily activities program and children's clubSpa treatments DiningThe Bay of Banderas serves as a stunning backdrop for dining outside at Mi Pueblito, whose roomy... More

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Calle San Salvador 117 Map
4.4 / 5 111 reviews
  • FREE City Tour, Honeymoon Bonus and FREE WiFi
  • FREE City Tour, Honeymoon Bonus and FREE WiFi

Villa 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 melt stress away. Three restaurants -- including one in an open-air,... More

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Basilio badillo 237 col. Emiliano zapata Map
3.9 / 5 26 reviews
  • 2 Kids up to 11 years old stay FREE+FREE Wi-Fi
  • 2 Kids up to 11 years old stay FREE+FREE Wi-Fi

Visit a real Mexican-style hotel in downtown Vallarta. Rooms decorated with the charm of traditional Mexico, A/C, TV cable, telephone; free wifi internet and safety deposit box, community kitchen. Enjoy the swimming pool and roof terrace with a great mountain view. Visit... More

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Manuel M Dieguez # 171 Map
3.8 / 5 82 reviews
  • 20% on Spa Treatments
  • 20% on Spa Treatments
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Casa Dona Susana - Adults Only stirs romantic thoughts with its seaside setting and charming Mexican colonial architecture and decor. Folk art fills the rooms and live musicians create a festive dining atmosphere at Mi Pueblito, which boasts a gorgeous seaside terrace.... More

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Av. Paseo de La Marina No 455 Map
4.3 / 5 182 reviews
  • Rate includes breakfast
  • Rate includes breakfast

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa calls the glorious Marina Vallarta area home. Ocean-facing balconies or terraces and contemporary furniture bring a fresh look to the 404 rooms and 29 suites, which come with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and... More

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Rodolfo Gomez 111 Map
3.2 / 5 50 reviews
  • Kids under 12 stay and eat FREE
  • Kids under 12 stay and eat FREE
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Hotel San Marino Plaza attracts leisure travelers who seek direct access to Playa Los Muertos and El Malecon, the boardwalk and center of beach life in Puerto Vallarta. Tropical rooms show off their best asset: balconies with views of the town and surrounding Sierra Madre... More

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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.

  • P├║lpito 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.

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