Destination guide

Puerto Vallarta – endless fun in the Mexican sun

Situated on Mexico’s glittering Pacific Coast, and overlooked by verdant mountains, Puerto Vallarta is deservedly among the country’s best-loved vacation destinations. An eclectic array of Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals ensures that you can tailor your trip to your precise wants and needs – take your pick from romantic beachfront apartments, villas with lush landscaped gardens, or sprawling luxury condos with private pools. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time for lazy days lounging on golden, powder-soft sand, soaking up the beguiling atmosphere of Old Town, and marveling at sunsets with ice-cold cocktails in hand.

Things to do

Watery wonders and amazing art in Puerto Vallarta

You’ll find a wealth of enticing attractions within easy reach of your Puerto Vallarta vacation rental. If you’re visiting with kids, or are a child at heart yourself, a day out at Aquaventuras Park is a must. Here, you’ll find nerve-shredding water slides, a winding lazy river, and plenty of shimmering pools to cool off in. For a truly unforgettable experience, you can even go swimming with dolphins. Culture vultures will be enchanted by the galleries of Old Town, which showcase everything from Mexican fine art to contemporary photography. Around 12 miles out of town you’ll find the sprawling Vallarta Botanical Gardens, home to countless species of stunning tropical plants.


Deep sea discoveries in Puerto Vallarta

Life from your Puerto Vallarta vacation rental can be as action-packed or as decadently lazy as you like. If you’re visiting between December and March, be sure to join a whale watching expedition. The majestic humpback whales are the star attraction, but you might also spot graceful dolphins and playful porpoises, enjoying life in their spectacular natural habitat. If you can’t get enough of the local marine life, Puerto Vallarta’s clear waters are also great for scuba diving and snorkeling. Golfers can while away days on lush green seafront courses, while shopaholics can salivate over gorgeous handmade textiles and indigenous art.


Tropical heat and sizzling sunshine in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta enjoys an enviable tropical climate, ensuring dependably hot weather and plenty of sunshine at most times of year. Peak season runs from December to March, when visitors flock here from chillier regions to soak up some much-needed winter sun. Naturally, this means that demand for accommodation is at its highest during this period. The rainy season runs from June to October, but downpours are usually over quickly, so are unlikely to interfere with your plans. Visit during this time, and you may be able to secure a sensational Puerto Vallarta vacation rental at a discounted rate.

Natural features

Blissful beaches and jungle jaunts in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is truly an archetypal tropical paradise – think turquoise ocean, expansive stretches of golden sand fringed with swaying palm trees, and densely forested mountains on the horizon. If you’re feeling adventurous, the vast jungle that surrounds Puerto Vallarta simply begs to be explored, by foot, mountain bike, or on horseback. Join an expedition and you may encounter colorful tropical birds, cheeky monkeys, or graceful ocelots. Popular hiking trails may lead you to cascading waterfalls and secluded, crystal-clear swimming holes.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Puerto Vallarta

Fly into Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (PVR-Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the city center.

You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Central Camionera Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Where to stay around Puerto Vallarta?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,101 vacation rentals near Puerto Vallarta. From 2,869 Condos/Apartments to 614 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Puerto Vallarta for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Puerto Vallarta?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Hotel Zone: 655 vacation rentals
  • South Shore Hotel Area: 1,970 vacation rentals
  • Romantic Zone: 1,795 vacation rentals
  • Marina Vallarta: 410 vacation rentals
  • Emiliano Zapata: 1,558 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Puerto Vallarta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Puerto Vallarta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bay of Banderas: 5,880 vacation rentals
  • Playa Gemelas: 5,151 vacation rentals
  • Playa Mismaloya: 5,110 vacation rentals
  • Malecon: 5,101 vacation rentals
  • Garza Blanca Beach: 5,172 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puerto Vallarta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,869 Condos/Apartments in Puerto Vallarta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta include:

  • Houses: 614 rentals available
  • Villas: 637 rentals available
  • Resorts: 538 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,949 vacation rentals with pool available in Puerto Vallarta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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