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  • Writer's pictureAmanda

Area guide: Where to go and what to do in Puerto Vallarta

Updated: Jan 31

Two men in Puerto Vallarta viewing the sunset

Get ready to explore three of Puerto Vallarta's diverse neighborhoods—Old Town (Zona Romántica), Downtown (Zona Centro), and the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera). This guide will show you where to go, what to do, and where to eat in each of those areas.   

Having been here before, I'm excited to share some helpful tips as you plan your next trip. Let's dive straight into the details for navigating the distinct neighborhoods of this tropical haven. 

Old Town (Zona Romántica)

Puerto Vallarta Zona Romantica colorful buildings with people walking

In the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Old Town (Zona Romántica) is a district known for its lively atmosphere. Here, visitors can explore iconic bars, lounges, and restaurants, indulging in authentic Mexican street food at local favorites like Pancho's Tacos. 

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Downtown (Zona Centro)

Two older women walking downtown Puerto Vallarta

Downtown (Zona Centro) extends its charm along the Malecón Boardwalk, offering picturesque views of the Pacific. The vibe is dynamic and bustling, with many local shops and experiences to enjoy.  

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Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera)

Hotel zone in Puerto Vallarta beach chairs

Perched along the coast of Puerto Vallarta, the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera) is a quieter and unhurried atmosphere, set apart from the lively vibes of the Downtown (Zona Centro) and Old Town (Zona Romántica) districts. 

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Remember to check in online at 24 hours before your flight for a hassle-free start.

Ready to visit Puerto Vallarta? Dive into these authentic experiences, savor local flavors, and make memories that last a lifetime.  


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