Puerto Vallarta and its surroundings are, to help locals and visitors, divided into discrete zones, they are, from North to South:
- North zone starts at the northern tip of the Banderas Bay and ends in Bucerías.
- Nuevo Vallarta starts south of Bucerías and Ends north of Boca de Tomates.
- Airport & Las Juntas, from Boca de Tomates to the Marina area (see map).
- Marina Vallarta starts off south of the airport and ends by the Cruise terminal (harbor) area.
- Hotel Zone starts by the harbor and ends north of Brasilia Street.
- Downtown starts south of Brasilia street and ends at the Cuale River.
- Old Vallarta (Romantic zone) starts on the northern side of the Cuale River and ends where the highway south starts, and the
- South zone from the Romantic zone all the way to Boca de Tomatlán.
To get a better idea of the zones, use this map:
Features and landmarks on the map, north to south: