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Puerto Vallarta Maps & Geography

Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.

Puerto Vallarta is located in the west of the Jalisco state where Sierra Madre Occidental and Bahía de Banderas meet in the Pacific Ocean. It borders the Nayarit state to the north and to the south, it borders the town of Cabo Corrientes and Talpa de Allende. To the east it borders with San Sebastian and Mascota and to the west it borders with the Pacific Ocean.

Downtown

Known as “the Heart of Puerto Vallarta” and declared as cultural heritage by the State of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown is located between the imponent Malecon and the most emblematic constructions that shape the area. All the way along the Malecon it is possible to find sculptures, artistic manifestations, Huichol art, the worldwide famous Arcos, and spectacular views of Bahia de Banderas.

Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown is shaped by the Kiosk, meeting point for festivities and lots of activities for locals and visitors; the City Hall, located at the northern side; and the Parrish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a neoclassic building located half a block, and whose crown and tower have become an icon of Puerto Vallarta. It is possible to observe this spectacular building from almost every point of the city.

Romantic Zone (Zona Romantica)

It is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most traditional areas because of its red tile buildings, narrow streets, art galleries, small cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as for its boutique hotels located beach front, and its traditional markets with typical food and souvenirs. It is known as a friendly and diverse area where fun is present during the whole day and night.

Marina Vallarta.

The Marina is a very exclusive area because of its luxury hotels and condos, its yachts, boats and cruise ships, its restaurants that delight all tastes, its cafes, stores and supermarkets where it is possible to buy organic food, art, music and many other products. Because of its wide and modern streets with a “city touch”, it is an excellent option to take a walk while enjoying all of the attractions located alongside.

Beaches North Zone.

Spreading from Downtown up to the Marina Vallarta, Playa Norte is an area with a vast offering of 5 starts hotels with wide beaches, as well as many restaurants, bars, night clubs and shopping centers located along the main avenue. With world class golf courses, Playa Norte is the meeting point for sports events and conventions and, being so close to the airport, it is considered as cosmopolite. Nevertheless, it is impossible to forget the natural areas where many species, essential for the environment, are preserved.

Beaches South Zone.

This area is where the most beautiful natural landscapes are found: Playa Los Muertos, Garza Blanca, Boca de Tomatlán, Las Animas and the fishing villages of Quimixto, Majahuitas and Yelapa. Los Arcos National Park, with its imponent size, is one of the favorite spots for national and foreign visitors because of all the activities that can be done. In addition, several world class resorts are located nearby. The Botanical Garden is also an excellent option for Nature lovers since it is possible to look at the region’s flora and fauna throughout its halls and patios. Paradisiac places in the middle of the tropical forest that connect with river streams that flow from the Sierra Madre Occidental to the Bahia de Banderas. This is Puerto Vallarta’s Playa Sur.


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