Playa de Oro (De Oro Beach / Gold Beach) Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

Playa de Oro (Gold Beach) Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

The beaches in the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone are from north to south:

The northern Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone has a beach that runs along its edge that’s called Playa de Oro (Gold Beach).

This Puerto Vallarta beach has three easy public access points within the 3470 ft (1060 m) long beach. It’s 15 minutes, 6km, approximately 4 miles from the main square in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

It is bounded on the north side by the harbour area and runs along the edge of various hotels and condos until Peninsula Condominiums and the Pitillal river, which is the southern end of Playa de Oro Beach.

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

Playa de Oro Beach looking south. Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone

The beach’s name derives from one of the first hotels built in this area of the city, called Hotel Playa de Oro. Playa de Oro Beach has soft golden sand (hence the name) that makes it an excellent option for those who enjoy a walk along the shore, followed by a dip in the crystal clear waters.

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 until the mouth of the Pitillal River.

Where is Playa de Oro?

Playa de Oro Beach, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

Playa de Oro beach is in Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone, that’s the area between Marina Vallarta & the harbor to the north and Downtown Puerto Vallarta to the south.

De Oro Beach is the northernmost beach of the hotel zone, located in what’s known as the North Hotel Zone.

Playa de Oro is specifically between the harbor area and Los Tules beach (Pitillal River).

What to do

Playa de Oro Beach, Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta

The activities in Playa de Oro Beach are very varied, and this is thanks to its ideal location, surrounded by hotels, clubs, and resorts of all kinds, so the activities include a wide variety of sports too. Swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, jet-skiing, fishing, whale watching, parasailing, are just some of the many activities that take place in Playa de Oro, in addition to being an ideal area for beach sports.

An ideal place to spend a day with family or friends, although the beach at times can be quite crowded so if that’s the case and you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place, during high season (Dec.- April) you may probably need to consider other options.

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 at the PV API area.

How to get to Playa de Oro

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

This Puerto Vallarta beach has three easy public access points along the 3400 ft (1040 m) long beach (see them on the map). 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.

  1. The northern access point is a gate from the Puerto Vallarta harbor area (the API). You walk from Francisco Medina Ascencio to the west, toward the beach, you’ll find the gate between Crown Paradise Club (to the south) and the harbor area.
  2. Via Quetzal Street, you get off on the corner of De Las Aguilas street by the Hacienda hotel, you walk westward toward IconVallarta, you then continue to the right (northward) until the end of Icon then you turn to the left (westward) on Quetzal Steet, there’s an OXXO there too. Go toward the sea, turn right, and 40 yards to the left you’ll find the public access point. 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.
  3. Souther access point: Along the northern edge of the Pitillal River entrance point by Plaza Península, you walk in on the south side of Peninsula Plaza (Mall), then along the edge of the mall, through the parking lot, then along the edge of the Pitillal River, until you get to the beach and the Pitillal River mouth (if it’s draining into the sea).

Playa de Oro Location and Access points

Where to stay by Playa de Oro Beach

Northern Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone, hotels and beach