Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Pacific Coast paradise of Puerto Vallarta (or “Vallarta,” as the locals call it) is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Mexico. The natural beauty of Puerto Vallarta is undeniable—the area stretches the length of Banderas Bay and is backed by the towering Sierra Madre Mountains.

A Puerto Vallarta vacation guarantees a classic beach experience, with plenty of sun, sand, and surf. But don’t expect to lounge all day long. There’s no shortage of activities to fill your days: You can go snorkeling in the warm crystalline waters; take a leisurely stroll through the Zona Romantica (romantic zone); sample fresh catch of the day at a fish market; sip cocktails at a bar along the Malecón (boardwalk); or learn to salsa in a Havana-style nightclub.

Puerto Vallarta also offers plenty of authentic Mexican culture: There are ancient archaeological sites, vibrant festivals hosted throughout the year, botanical gardens filled with native flora, museums dedicated to pre-Hispanic indigenous groups, and colorful Catholic cathedrals that beg to be photographed.

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Things to Do

Cruise To and Through Town

Cruise To and Through Town

Many think of Puerto Vallarta only as a popular stop for cruise ships sailing between California and Mexico—thanks to that old television show The Love Boat.

A Fresh Look at Puerto Vallarta

A Fresh Look at Puerto Vallarta

After the summer rains, Puerto Vallarta's hillsides turn a lush green and rivers tumble over boulders toward the sea.

Summer Lovin'

Summer Lovin'

The city’s historic center excites all the senses: Candlelit restaurants and streetside taco stands tempt your tastebuds.

Puerto-Vallarta

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Undiscovered Jewels of Puerto Vallarta

Slip away from the town’s main stretch to find secluded beaches, waterfalls, wildlife and more.

BY JIMMY IM

Sprawling beaches. Cobblestoned streets. Vibrant art galleries. Hollywood history. Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has tantalized vacationers with this winning formula since the area was spotlighted by the 1970s TV series The Love Boat. But beyond the area’s Old Town and sun-drenched Los Muertos beach, you’ll find unforgettable places that locals have long kept secret, and for good reason. Read on for our top picks.
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Casa Velas Boutique Hotel

Casa Velas Boutique Hotel #8573 

"This place is absolutely amazing! They simply bend over backwards to accommodate!"

– Kelly L

Raintree's Club Regina Puerto Vallarta

Raintree's Club Regina Puerto Vallarta #2659 

"The rooms are awesome and prefect and the grounds are spotless."

– Jennifer C

Club Velas Vallarta

Club Velas Vallarta #2688 

"The resort is absolute beautiful and the peacocks add a great touch"

– T F

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For complete member reviews (as member reviews have been condensed), visit the resort's detail page on RCI.com.

 
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