Peninsula, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone starts south of the Marina Area, some include this zone together with the Marina, but geographically the marina ends in our eyes north of Plaza Galerias.

Hotel Zone hotels and resorts

Hotel Zone Puerto Vallarta


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):

  • Playa de Oro (Gold Beach)
  • Playa Los Tules
  • Playa Las Glorias &
  • Playa Tranquila

Also includes three important malls:

  • Plaza Galerías
  • Plaza Peninsula
  • La Isla
  • Macroplaza Puerto Vallarta
  • Plaza Genovesa
  • Plaza Caracol

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.

Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone as seen from the bay

PV Hotel Zone as seen from the sea

In the area you’ll not only find great restaurants, cafés, and nighttime activities, you can also shop in supermarkets and even Sam’s Club and Walmart.

Even though the hotel zone can be a bit far from downtown Vallarta on foot, there are all kinds of transportation options at very reasonable prices, so the hotel zone doesn’t feel far from it all.

Plaza Galerias

Plaza GaleríasPlaza Galerías Puerto Vallarta

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 multi-cinema (see the 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, Chilli’s, and Arrachera House.

Address: Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio No.2920, Col. Educación.
Open from Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Phone: (322) 209-0923

Plaza Peninsula

Plaza Peninsula, Hotel Zone Puerto Vallarta

Plaza Peninsula, Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

Plaza Peninsula is located on Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio, just north of the Pitillal River and south of Hotel Krystal. A relatively new mall was built together with the Peninsula Condo towers. Includes many stores and services, banks, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Stores include:

  • EA Lingerie
  • Lacoste
  • No Name Boutique
  • Squalo
  • Touché Store
  • Xàbia
  • Zion Deportes
  • 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
  • Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse

La Isla Puerto Vallarta Shopping Village

La Isla, Zona Hotelera

La Isla Shopping Village, Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

Shopping is just part of the experience at La Isla Puerto Vallarta Shopping Village. The mall was designed in the spirit of a city square, with a river and fountains. This new outdoor shopping center has more than 80 stores, restaurants, and top-level attractions. The warmth of its cozy outdoor design is further enhanced by the unique local architecture, fountains, tropical gardens, and a placid river that flows through it. This, the newest shopping center in Vallarta, is located near the harbor area and the cruise ships terminal in the PV Hotel Zone, where Avenida Fluvial Vallarta crosses Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, by the banks of the Pitillal River.


  • Crate & Barrel
  • American Eagle
  • Forever 21
  • Pull&Bear
  • Bershka
  • Sanborn’s
  • Benetton
  • Guess
  • Coach
  • H&M


  • De Santos
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Starbucks
  • Italianni’s
  • Applebee’s

Other featured attractions

  • Vallarta Adventures Dolphin Tank
  • Cinépolis VIP Cinemas
  • Juegos para niños
  • Food court

Macroplaza Puerto Vallarta

Macroplaza Puerto Vallarta

Macroplaza Puerto Vallarta

Macroplaza, in the hotel zone, a newer plaza inaugurated at the end of 2009 with a Walmart supermarket, includes an Office Depot, Muebles América, a large movie complex (Cinemex), and dozens of smaller stores, restaurants, and more in two floors.

Av. Francisco Villa  No. 1526 Col. Los Sauces, Puerto Vallarta.
Phone: (322) 293-1020.

Plaza Caracol

Plaza Caracol

Plaza Caracol, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

Plaza Caracol is located in mid-town (Colonia Versalles), in the hotel zone, includes a Soriana Supermarket, has many small shops, banks, and boutiques, along with some ice-cream and fast food outlets.

Address: Ampliación Av. Los Tules 178, Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, Puerto Vallarta
Phone: (322) 224-3444

Plaza Genovesa

Plaza Genovesa, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

Plaza Genovesa, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

Plaza Genovesa, also located in the hotel zone, a short distance south of Plaza Caracol. It offers many small shops, bank offices and a number of restaurants.

Address: Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio, Las Glorias Zona Hotelera, Puerto Vallarta
Phone: (322) 224-4826

Hotel Zone Beaches

Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone has 2.4 miles (3.9 km) of beaches. Most are wide and with clear sand. There are parts, for example, Tranquila Beach, that are very rocky and are not really useful for a day at the beach. There are four beaches in the area, from North to South, some hotels call the beach by their own names, but they are only be used as a location reference.

Beaches of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

Hotel Zone beaches (north on the left, south to the right)

Playa de Oro Beach

Playa de Oro Beach looking south, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

Playa de Oro (Gold Beach) Puerto Vallarta hotel zone

The northern hotel zone has a beach that runs along its edge that’s called Playa de Oro (Gold Beach). It is bounded on the north side by the harbor area and runs along the edge of various hotels and condos until Peninsula Condominiums and the Pitillal River.

There are a number of well-known hotels & condos in this area that share this great Vallarta Beach, including, from north to south: Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta, Icon Condos, Crown Paradise Golden Puerto Vallarta, Hotel Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm, Krystal Puerto Vallarta, and Peninsula Condos.

The beach’s name derives from one of the first hotels built in this area of the city, called Hotel Playa de Oro.

It’s 15 minutes, 6km, approximately 4 miles from the main square in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Read a full article on Playa de Oro Beach

Los Tules Beach (Playa Los Tules)

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).

Read a full article on Los Tules Beach, location, maps, how to get there, and more

Las Glorias Beach (Playa Las Glorias)

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.

More Vallarta Beaches or check out the Northern Beach Guide.

Tranquila Beach (Playa Tranquila)

Tranquila Beach, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

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.

More Vallarta Beaches or check out the Northern Beach Guide.

Puerto Vallarta Beaches Map