Puerto Vallarta's hotel zone starts south of the Marina Area, some include the this zone together with the Marina, but geographically the marina ends in our eyes north of Plaza Galerias.
The hotel zone offers wide soft beaches that extend
from the Marina into town. There are 4 beaches in the area, from North to South, some hotels call their beach by their own names, but they are not official names (just so you know):
The PV Hotel Zone from the seaside (click image to enlarge)
The biggest resorts in PV are found at the Marina and also in the Hotel Zone, well known hotel chains like Sheraton and Holiday Inn share space with other more local hotels, like Crown Paradise, Krystal or Las Palmas, all these hotels are by the edge of the ocean and offer easy access to these family friendly beaches.
Even though the hotel zone can be a bit far from downtown Vallarta on foot, there is all kinds of transportation options at very reasonable prices, so the hotel zone doesn't feel far from it all.
A relatively new mall in the northern end of the hotel zone, offers many different stores, restaurants and fast food, a big department store (Liverpool), a multicinema (see movie schedule), a casino, a gym, an entertainment area for kids and much more. Among the restaurants and coffee shops in this mall, we can mention Sirloin Stockade, Starbucks, Chili's and Arrachera House.
Address: Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio No.2920, Col. Educación.
Open from Monday to Sunday 11:00AM to 9:00PM
Phone: (322) 209-0923
Plaza Peninsula is located on Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio, just north of the Pitillal River and south of Hotel Krystal. A relatively new mall, built together with the Peninsula Condo towers. Includes many stores and services, banks, coffee shops and restaurants.
Stores include: EA Lingerie,
No Name Boutique,
Dermatype Farmacia Dermatológica,
DNA Vita Therapeutics,
Feet Haüs Professional Pedicure,
L'Occoco Salon & Spa. Some furniture stores. Banks include: Banamex,
Banco del Bajio,
Grupo Financiero Monex,
Scotiabank (see all banks). A gym, money exchange, various bars and quite a few restaurants and coffee shops, such as: Starbucks, Chili's, El Portón, 8 Tostadas and
Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse
A wide soft sanded beach, approximately 2000 feet long, that extends from Crown Paradise Club in the north, passes in front of Torre Vallarta, Golden Crown Paradise, Krystal and Torre Peninsula, on the south in ends right before the location of the Holiday Inn hotel. It's common to see people horseback riding in the area. Waves are soft and it's a good place for swimming.
A natural extension of the beach that runs from the northern hotel zone, wide, soft sand beach, waves are family friendly and runs from the Holiday Inn to the north, by Villa del Palmar, Hola Vallarta, Fiesta Americana until Mexican Resort (Los Tules).
A very quiet beach, it's mostly used by the hotel visitors as access from the street is not that easy. The beach starts off south of Los Tules, passes in front of Las Palmas, Grand Pelicanos, Plaza Pelicanos, Canto del Sol and Costa Club Punta Arena.
Starts off just south of Punta Arena, is the beach that is in front of the Sheraton Buganvilias Hotel and the Buganvilias Resort, a wide soft beach as the rest to the north, but around the Sheraton it becomes rocky and steep, not useful for sunbathing or swimming.