Zona Romantica (Romantic Zone) is a trendy area filled with lively bars, plus some of the best restaurants in the area serving global fare. You will find quaint courtyard cafes and contemporary art galleries alongside boutique hotels and luxury resorts. The incredibly popular Los Muertos Beach draws locals and visitors to its curved pier, which lights up at night.
Centro Puerto Vallarta
Centro Puerta Vallarta is where you will find the heartbeat of the downtown area. With plenty of shops, restaurants, and nightlife, this is a great centrally located base for your time in Puerto Vallarta. The picturesque area is filled with lovely Colonial-era buildings with red-tiled roofs. Make sure to stroll the beachside promenade of El Malecon while staying here.
Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Zone (or Zona Hotelera) has numerous hotels, condos and resorts. This waterfront area draws travelers and locals alike thanks to malls like the Galerías Vallarta, with international fashion brands, a movie theater, and American chain restaurants. Nearby, the traditional town of El Pitillal is known for its stone church and beautiful, lively town square.
If you are looking for a more upscale area, Marina Vallarta is the place for you. This modern area is known for its elegant hotels and luxury resorts, beautiful sandy beaches, and a large marina home to quite a few luxury yachts. Stroll to upscale boutiques and delicious restaurants that serve global fare. The most prominent landmark, El Faro lighthouse, has a rooftop bar with views of the marina and hills beyond.