Destination guide

Mi casa es su casa – vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta

Is this paradise? No, it's just Puerto Vallarta! Nestled along Mexico's Pacific coast, the resort town is known for its beaches, lush jungles, and water-based adventures, including surfing, whale watching, scuba diving, and snorkelling. The bustling city also features an active nightlife, where the Malecon, a beachside promenade, buzzes with bars, lounges, and nightclubs, plus an array of street performers. Year-round sunshine and mild temperatures mean the region is constantly catering to tourists – from families and large groups, to solo travellers and couples – but you'll find plenty of lavish resorts, vacation rentals, and hostels on hand to suit your needs.

History

Those looking to delve into the past can do so at Cuale Archaeological Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of pre-Hispanic artwork and archaeological discoveries. For a brush with more recent history, you can visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the early 1900s to honor the patron saint of Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. The church's crown-topped tower dominates the city's skyline and remains one of its most beloved symbols. El Nino on a Seahorse is another iconic landmark, a 3-metre-high sculpture in the heart of the city. The piece has achieved legendary status due to the fact it's been swept out to sea by a storm, not once, but twice since being erected in 1960.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Puerto Vallarta

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Puerto Vallarta a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Marina Golf Club (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Vista Vallarta Club de Golf (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Vallarta Zoo (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Nayar Vidanta Golf (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Splash Water Park Vallarta (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Vallarta Adventures (6.7 mi / 10.7 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Puerto Vallarta

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, July, August, June and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 93°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Puerto Vallarta

Travelers appreciate the breathtaking sunsets and beautiful ocean views, which is just a taste of what Puerto Vallarta has to offer. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Las Caletas Beach (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)
  • Cuale Island (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Olas Atlas Beach (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Camarones Beach (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Playa de los Muertos (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Puerto Vallarta

Fly into Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (PVR-Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the city center.

You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Central Camionera Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

How to get around

How to navigate from your Puerto Vallarta vacation rental

You could drive yourself around Puerto Vallarta, but the streets are often jam-packed with cars and the roads in outlying neighbourhoods usually offer less-than-ideal conditions. Instead, leave the driving to the professionals and hail one of the many taxis zipping through town. You may be in store for a wild and bumpy ride, but you might even be able to negotiate down to a cheaper rate on a slow day – just remember to tip well if you end up scoring a deal. Public buses are another inexpensive way to get around town and they run frequently for added convenience.

Food & drink 

Feasting on pescado and pozole throughout Puerto Vallarta

You won't go hungry in Puerto Vallarta, home to some of the tastiest food in all of Mexico. For a quick bite, grab a street taco or pescado embarazado, roasted fish on a stick, from one of the countless stands throughout town. On a cool day, treat yourself to a piping bowl of pozole, a spicy broth with hominy and meat – and don't forget to add shredded cabbage, radishes, and avocado as toppings. Tequila originates from the Mexican state of Jalisco, so you'll find plenty of distilleries throughout the region offering a wide variety of tequila concoctions.

Essential info

Key facts for your vacation rental stay in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is home to 221,000 residents. You'll want to brush up on your Spanish before visiting since it's the official language, but many locals speak English as well. Like most Mexican resort towns, Puerto Vallarta is relatively safe and well-patrolled by police – just make sure you keep an eye on your belongings while at the beach, and consider wearing a concealed money belt for added security. If you do encounter an emergency, call 060 for assistance. The legal drinking age is 18, but when it comes to drinking the water, it's safest to stick with the bottled stuff. Puerto Vallarta's official currency is the Mexican peso.

Where to stay near Puerto Vallarta?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 5,172 house rentals near Puerto Vallarta. From 2,948 Condos/Apartments to 647 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Puerto Vallarta is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Puerto Vallarta?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Hotel Zone: 650 vacation rentals
  • Romantic Zone: 1,803 vacation rentals
  • Marina Vallarta: 407 vacation rentals
  • South Shore Hotel Area: 2,025 vacation rentals
  • Colonia 5 de Diciembre: 210 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Puerto Vallarta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Puerto Vallarta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bay of Banderas: 5,820 home rentals
  • Playa Gemelas: 5,068 home rentals
  • Malecon: 5,067 home rentals
  • Playa Mismaloya: 5,070 home rentals
  • Marina Golf Club: 5,909 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puerto Vallarta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,948 Condos/Apartments in Puerto Vallarta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta include:

  • Houses: 647 lodging choices
  • Villas: 612 lodging choices
  • Resorts: 528 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,941 vacation homes with pool available in Puerto Vallarta.

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