About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s best beach town

Hola from gorgeous Puerto Vallarta!  

Crystal blue water, vine-hung foothills and an idyllic old town have made Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico’s most popular vacation destinations. Malecon bridge

Puerto Vallarta lies at the inner recess of the Bay of Banderas, one of the largest natural bays in Mexico . The town is positioned at the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, giving it a similar climate.

This past January, U.S. News & World Report’s travel editors named Puerto Vallarta in ‘The Best Places to Visit in Mexico’ and its beaches #3 in all of Mexico. Travel + Leisure’s World’s “Best Of” Awards named Puerto Vallarta  in the ‘Top 5 Cities of Mexico, and Central and South America’ category in

In November, 2013, after weeks of voting, the readers of US Today have voted Puerto Vallarta as one of the top 10 “Best Places to Watch a Sunset” in 10Best.com’s Readers’ Choice contest. From water sports to colonial history, there is a perfect Puerto Vallarta vacation for everyone.

Puerto Vallarta boasts miles of pristine beaches. From secluded sanctuaries to hopping hotspots, Vallarta Rental Listings can find a rental to meet your expectations. One of the town’s most famous and liveliest beaches is Los Muertos, located in the Romantic Zone.Los Muertos Beach RestThe area is full of hotels, restaurants and bars and for just a few pesos there is usually a friendly Mexican singer not too far away to share their music with you.

Puerto Vallarta’s old town, with cobbled streets and white stucco buildings, is also a huge draw for tourists and history buffs. Begin or end your day with stroll along the Malecon boardwalk  admiring the amazing sand sculptures and visit the Church of our Lady of the Guadalupe.

For the more adventurous visitors there is zip lining and ATV quadbike rides, horse trekking and boat trips to visit some neighbouring areas such as Yelapa.  The Olive Ridley marine turtle is a frequent visitor to Puerto Vallarta area during July to December to lay their eggs and releasing the tortugitas (baby turtles) is an experience not forgotten.

While in Puerto Vallarta, you have the chance to swim with dolphins or sea lions. If you visit between mid-December and the end of March, you can go whale watching in the Banderas Bay, possibly spotting humpback whales and wild dolphins, Pelicans and parakeets are just a few of the birds you can see at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

The waters surrounding Puerto Vallarta are a favorite for deep sea fishermen and are also a great place for kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving and in some areas, such as Destiladeras, kite surfing.  Destiladeras Beach -3Whether you are looking for fun in the sun or a complete cultural experience, Puerto Vallarta has something for you.



There is no end to dining choices in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding Banderas Bay area.  To get an idea of local food culture, you could start your vacation with a 3 hour Puerto Vallarta Food Tour.


The Mexican peso is the legal currency in Mexico although Canadian and American dollars are widely accepted.  Bank ATM’s will usually give you a re higher exchange rate than exchange booths or your hotel.


Tipping is an important part of the Mexican economy and it is usual to pay at least 15% of the bill as a tip.

Time Zone

The entire state of Jalisco is on Central time, and Nuevo Vallarta, though technically Mountain time, operates on Central time as well for the convenience of its guests.

Drinking Water

For the 17th year in a row, Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for human consumption.  Most hotels and large condo complexes have their own purification equipment.


The current fare for local buses are 7.5 pesos  per passenger.  There are no ‘transfers’ so a new ticket is required for each trip.

There are two different taxis.  The airport and Maritime port are usually vans and have prefixed rates per passenger.  The city cabs are yellow and charge by the ride not the passenger. It is a good idea to note the number of the cab in case you leave something in it. Fares start at 50 pesos.

Taxis do not have meters and the fare is set within defined zones.  Always agree on a price with the driver before getting into the taxi

Where to stay

Ask us – Puerto Vallarta has some unique vacation rental properties and the location can vary considerably.  Click on ‘rentals’ at the top of this page and check out some of the wonderful properties Vallarta Rental Listings can offer you.  If you don’t see what you want or haven’t got time to look simply ‘Contact us’ by email Info@VallartaRentalListings.com, Facebook or phone and we will send you some property options to choose from.

Hasta pronto from Drucilla and the team!