Five Places To Stay on a Vacation to Puerto Vallarta

by Craig Zabransky on April 11, 2012

People often ask me about specific hotels or resorts in Puerto Vallarta and if they are safe. On safety, I already answered the question in an earlier post, Is Puerto Vallarta Safe for Tourists? And, yes it is.

As for specific resorts, I can’t possibly know them all, but I do know the neighborhoods. And when you are flying to PVR it is important to know not just what resort, but also what area you booked for your vacation.

Here are five areas people stay on vacation:

Punta de Mita

An hour drive north of the airport in the state of Nayarit visitors find Punta de Mita. Most visitors come for the luxury resorts located inside the Punta Mita development. Here five star resorts offer a relaxing vacation with clear blue ocean waters and two of Puerto Vallarta’s best golf courses. Plus, a few quaint Mexican pueblos are relatively close to visit if you have a car.

quite a lovely pool scene... (photo: Four Seasons)

Where did I stay? I rented a Jeep Wrangler from Avis and drove to the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort. It was my first time at a Four Seasons property and it will not be my last. I still talk about the service.

Nuevo Vallarta

Just 20 minutes north of the airport and also on the Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta offers visitors the all-inclusive vacation. Here you are too far from downtown Puerto Vallarta to make it a nightly adventure, but not to worry, the resorts offer all the entertainment, food, drinks, and activities visitors need on a vacation.

the view of the property.. (Photo: Dreams)

Where did I stay? I spent my time at the Dreams Villamagna Resort. At the all-inclusive I enjoyed the fine dinning and the numerous bars. I found the festive crowd, but I also noticed many family friendly activities.

Marina Vallarta

Very close to the airport and the Marine terminal (the locations for cruise ships and sea excursions) visitors find Marina Vallarta. The location offers familiar American hotel names, proximity to the mall and popular chain restaurants, and is a small taxi fare from downtown.

the pool and beach at the Marriott. (photo: Marriott)

Where did I Stay? I stayed at the CasaMagna Marriott. The resort is very comfortable with all the typical Marriott amenities and also very family friendly. The resort’s two main highlights for me were the house made Tequila and Ohtli – the spa.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta

As much as Puerto Vallarta is a beach destination, the main city streets can be filled with hustle and bustle.  And if you want to stay in the action of Puerto Vallarta, a downtown hotel is a great option. Smaller boutique places are just walking distance from the heart of the city, the new malecon and the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

the lobby of Hotel Catedral ... (photo: Craig Zabransky)

Where did I stay? The charming boutique Hotel Catedral is in a perfect location. The hotel is a short walk from the popular beaches (beach club access is included) and to the vibrant night life. Plus, it offers a majestic view of the Church’s iconic crown from its new sun deck. Definitely visit the rooftop at sunset.

Boca de Tomatlan, Majahuitas, Yelapa

Traveling south from Puerto Vallarta and along the coast the road ends at Boca de Tomatlan. From there guests must take passage via boats to get to additional coastal towns of Majahuitas or Yelapa. All places are popular day excursions, however many people find it an escape and spend a few nights in this part of Mexico.

the view from my open air room (photo: Craig Zabransky)

Where did I stay? Halfway between Boca de Tomatlan and Yelapa, Las Majahuitas Resort, offers that complete escape. In an iconic setting, visitors find a sense of seclusion and the ability to relax on the shore amidst jungle and mountains.

Photos: Hotel Catedral and Las Majahuitas  by Craig Zabransky. The other photos courtesy of the hotel mentioned. All the places I mentioned I stayed during my recent trip to Puerto Vallarta in February and they hosted my stay.

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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