Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas along the beautiful Banderas Bay coastline (areas listed North to South)
SAYULITA is a village on Mexico’s Pacific coast backed by the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. It’s known for beaches with strong surf, like the central Sayulita Beach. To the West, Los Muertos Beach is more sheltered, sandwiched between protective rocks. Galleries in Sayulita sell artworks by Huichol indigenous people. South-west, the Marietas Islands have diverse wildlife such as humpback whales and dolphins.
PUNTA MITA is a fishing village and luxury resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. It sits on a small peninsula on Banderas Bay. It’s known for upscale homes, golf courses and private beaches. The public El Anclote Beach, backed by restaurants, has gentle surf. Offshore are the biodiverse Marieta Islands, with wildlife such as humpback whales and blue-footed boobies. To the north is the laid-back surf village of Sayulita
LA CRUZ DE HUANACAXTLE is a Mexican fishing village situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas in the state of Nayarit. It is situated approximately 25 km from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The town was founded in the 1930s by the Chávez family. Cruz de Huanacaxtle The Chávez family still maintains a mango orchard on the outskirts of town. The Blanca family was also one of the original settlers of La Cruz as it is locally known. They, too, remain residents. In 2008, a major renovation of the harbour was completed and now hosts a marina, called Marina Riviera capable of handling vessels of all sizes up to 400 feet in length.
BUCERIAS meaning “place of divers”, is a small beach resort town in Nayarit on a stretch of that country’s Pacific coast known as the Riviera Nayarit, on the Bay of Banderas, between La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Nuevo Vallarta. Bucerias is one of the most visited destinations of the Riviera Nayarit, both by domestic and foreign tourists, who seek to have fun and relax in this place of fine sand, colourful hotels and quiet waves where children have fun floating on the seashore in curious inflatable, young people practicing sailing , kayaking or jet-ski, and tourists of all ages enjoying the wonders of the beach while resting in a palapa.
NUEVO VALLARTA is a planned resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast, just north of Puerto Vallarta. It sits on Banderas Bay, and is known for its golf courses, marina and long, sandy Nuevo Vallarta beach. A short distance off the coast, the biodiverse Marieta Islands are home to wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and humpback whales. Northwest is the laid-back village of Sayulita, which is known for surfing.
MARINA VALLARTA just south of the airport and a few miles north of Puerto Vallarta itself, Marina Vallarta is an upscale development that has grown up around the marina, with its cruise ship docks, yacht harbours, boat owners, and boat-related businesses. This is also a serious golf community, home to the Marina Vallarta Golf Club course. Marina Vallarta draws visitors from Puerto Vallarta with its excellent traditional dining (with the odd tableside mariachi band thrown in for good measure). No matter which hotel you book, the area’s shopping plazas and restaurants are all accessible by foot.
HOTEL ZONE despite being home to many of Puerto Vallarta’s first hotels as well as new resort developments, the Hotel Zone remains an affordable option for real estate with close access to the beach. Here you can find numerous options from high-end luxury condos to classic Mexican style apartments. Convenience is key here, making it the ideal investment for vacation rentals as well as family homes or retirees looking to be within close distance to modern facilities like restaurants, spas, banks, hospitals and shopping.
PUERTO VALLARTA DOWNTOWN area and Gringo Gulch is characterized by its cobblestone streets, terracotta coloured rooftops, balconies brimming with bugambilia, the iconic church tower,the town plaza and ocean views, ideal for those seeking that authentic Puerto Vallarta atmosphere. Here you will find all kinds of residential and commercial properties at affordable prices, from classic Mexican homes, luxury villas, traditional apartments, modern condos, studios and spaces for commercial ventures. Close access to the Malecon, the beach, restaurants, bars and entertainment make it a popular choice for living or for rental income.
ROMANTIC ZONE a favourite among professional expats and retirees looking to live within the thick of things and boasting a friendly gay community, the Romantic Zone is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most authentic neighbourhoods. Cobblestone streets contrast with newly developed modern condos, Mexican apartment blocks, hotels and beachfront resorts, bars and restaurants to form one of the most colorful and enchanting communities. Here you will enjoy having everything within walking distance: beaches, stores, cafés, bars, restaurants, day spas and a weekly farmer’s market.
CONCHAS CHINAS and AMAPAS exclusivity, beauty and nature’s blessings are the keywords to describe this area of Puerto Vallarta with its luxury condos, grand single- family homes, villas and five-star hotels. Together, the charismatic communities on the highway leading South give life to one of the most stylish areas on Banderas Bay, each with its own personality. Conchas Chinas radiates that classic, affluent Puerto Vallarta vibe while Amapas, closer to Old Town, emanates a more contemporary chic ambience.
MISMALOYA and BOCA DE TOMATLAN while Mismaloya basks in the beauty and historical significance of its Hollywood years, made famous as the set for John Huston’s movie, The Night of the Iguana starring Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner, Boca de Tomatlán is a quaint fishing village where you can take water taxis to the various beach towns along the southern coast. These communities are ideal for retired couples, vacation homes and investments boasting a mix of luxury villas and traditional style housing.