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):
Also includes three important malls:
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 are 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 multi-cinema (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, 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 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, 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 and Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse
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
- De Santos
- Johnny Rockets
Other featured attractions
- Vallarta Adventures Dolphin Tank
- Cinépolis VIP Cinemas
- Juegos para niños
- Patio de comida
The northern hotel zone has a beach that runs along its edge that's called Playa de Oro (Gold Beach). To the north it starts off by the harbor area and runs south until it gets to the ex-Holiday Inn, now called Sunscape Resort.
Playa de Oro Beach is a certified Blue Flag beach, so it has clean waters, plus clear sands, soft waves (most of the time) and follows a number of requirements that insure your well-being and enjoyment as well as protecting the environment, including land and sea life. It features emerald-green waters and inviting clear sands on a medium width swath that extends south past the mouth of the Pitillal River.
There are a number of well-known hotels in this area that share this great Vallarta Beach, including, from north to south: Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta, Crown Paradise Golden Puerto Vallarta, Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm, Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, Krystal Puerto Vallarta, Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta Isla & Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (ex-Holiday Inn).
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. There's easy public access through Av. Las Águilas, the one that goes along the north side of Hotel Krystal, with the big potato sculptures, turn right on Las Garzas and then left on Quetzal street. You'll find a small picturesque arts and crafts market, with little souvenirs and things you might need at the beach, including sunblock and more.
There you'll find sightseeing tours on the local pangas (water taxis), maybe a banana boat ride or an exciting parasailing ride in a parachute. The beach is quite wide, you can enjoy the sun and there's plenty of space for beach sports too. You'll see people practicing beach volleyball or a sandy bout of football (what you might call soccer). It's not unusual to see people horseback riding in the area. Waves are soft and it's a good place for swimming.
Now that there are more and more cruise ships arriving in Puerto Vallarta, you might even be treated to the show of one of these tourist filled floating cities arriving to the PV API area.
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.