Centro or downtown Puerto Vallarta is located at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, almost at the mid-point of the beautiful Banderas Bay – the heart of the area. Vallarta’s famous hotel zone stretches all along the Banderas Bay to the north, followed by the exclusive marina area and further on across the river the state of Nayarit.
South of the Centro you will find the Romantic Zone, close to the famous beach “Los Muertos”. Further south Conchas Chinas and Mismaloya. Beyond Boca de Tomatlan, the last town on the Pacific Coast before the road turns inland, there are many seaside villages only accessible by water taxi or tour boat. These quaint, quiet villages are an excellent option for interesting day trips.
While Puerto Vallarta is often thought of as a tropical beach destination, it is so much more. There are places and things to experience appealing to every style, from back-packers to jet-setters and everyone in between.
With art exhibitions and cultural events, sun filled sandy beaches, tropical jungle getaways, sailboats and discos Puerto Vallarta offers an infinite variety of attractions, entertainment options, activities and restaurants. As a culinary paradise, Vallarta has everything from American–style fast food (McDonalds, Burger King and KFC) to international Haute Cuisine with over 900 family owned and worldwide recognized gourmet restaurants to please every palate.