Banderas Bay’s Neighborhoods at a Glance


Looking to buy real estate or choose a vacation rental and not sure which neighborhood is right for you in the Puerto Vallarta area? Browse this section to get an insight into the different communities in and around Banderas Bay. Our expert real estate agents have provided information about all the regions to help you make your choice.






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Aralias and Gaviotas are traditionally favored by middle-class families and working professionals, boasting a clean and safe environment with a wide selection of family homes and low-rise apartment blocks. Close to the Francisco Villa main road with all its stores and services and within easy reach of Downtown and the Marina, these communities are conveniently located.



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Aramara this easy to access, residential area of Puerto Vallarta has become a favorite site for expats due to its quiet atmosphere and safe ambiance. The Galerias shopping mall has become a landmark anchored by the chic Liverpool department store and many other high street brands. Here you can enjoy supermarkets like Wal-Mart and Soriana as well as close proximity to hospitals, pharmacies, restaurants, fitness clubs and many more attractions.



Bucerias is an enchanting beach town offering simple Mexico charms of cobblestone streets and brightly colored homes. Visitors come in search of fun and relaxation to this pristine destination known for its mellow ambiance, fine sands, welcoming hotels, and tranquil surf. Beachfront properties are available at affordable prices boasting beautiful sunsets. You will find amazing properties  from luxury villas, exclusive beachfront condos, apartments and more.



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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  chic ambience.

Costa Alegre is about 300 kilometers of sheer beauty heading south from Puerto Vallarta towards the State of Colima. Some of the most famous beaches here include Bahía de Tenacatita, Careyes, La Manzanilla, Boca de Iguanas, El Tamarindo, Bahía de Chamela, and the list goes on and on. Costa Alegre is currently in the developmental stages heading towards being the next great international tourist destinations in the State of Jalisco.


Costa Notre Nayarit is characterized by low levels of tourism, this area is ideal for those seeking exclusive properties with ocean views or close proximity to the beach without the crowds. Enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with good accessibility to urban conveniences and a range of high-end properties at more affordable prices than you might find in Banderas Bay. Luxury villas, modern condos and traditional Mexican homes are available. And a favorite of Canadians.

Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown area and Gringo Gulch is characterized by charming cobblestone streets and ocean views, ideal for those seeking that authentic Puerto Vallarta atmosphere. Here you will find all kinds of properties at affordable prices, from traditional to todern homes, luxury villas, and spaces for commercial ventures. Close access to the Malecon, the beach, restaurants, entertainment, make it a popular choice for living or for rental income.

Fluvial and Versalles are both charming and quiet neighborhoods where you will find a number of schools and enjoy easy access to Costco, Plaza Caracol, Marco Plaza, supermarkets, cinemas and hospitals. The development of Fluvial extending west from Versalles has created a large number of available building lots and newly constructed ‘middle-class’ housing.



Guayabitos, Chacala and La Peñita. This area has long been favored by residents of Tepic and Guadalajara for holidays, and international vacationers desiring a smaller, less populated beach and snowbirds who spend several months here. In this area you will find the enchanting town of Rincon de Guayabitos which shares the lovely area of the Nayarit coastline with the towns of Los Ayala, Chacala and La Peñita de Jaltemba.



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Hotel Zone Despite being home to many of Puerto Vallarta’s first hotels and new resort developments, the Hotel Zone remains an affordable option for real estate with close access to the beach. with numerous options from high-end luxury condos to classic Mexican style apartments. Convenience is key, making it the ideal investment for vacation rentals as well as family homes or retirees looking to be within close distance to modern facilities.



Ixtapa, Universida & Progresso These towns are very relaxed with a typical Mexican feel, having changed very little over the past 20 years. Infrastructure is improving and the area is a good long-term investment for first time buyers. The population is mainly Mexican with few expats, although it is becoming increasingly more popular for those wishing to purchase affordable plots of land and larger real estate.



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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle This laid-back beach town is a great choice for those seeking the tranquility and natural beauty of Punta Mita at more accessible prices. A popular location for foreigners choosing to make Banderas Bay their home whether permanently or temporarily, and a great little spot for a vacation home. The marina also offers spaces for mooring

The Marina Vallarta neighborhood has long been renowned for its exclusivity and high-end real estate, having formed a solid residential community of both year-round and vacation home owners. Particularly popular among affluent families and professionals, it has a reputation for cleanliness, safety and tranquility, perfect for investment. Residents enjoy a wide variety of amenities, restaurants, spas/gyms, malls, boutique stores, golf and access to a sandy public beach.

Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlán Mismaloya basks in beauty and historical significance, as the set for John Huston’s 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 of luxury villas and traditional style housing.

Nuevo Vallarta - Flamingos is one of Banderas Bay’s most modern residential areas, benefiting from contemporary urban planning and infrastructure, a marina, golf courses and a stunning long stretch of sandy beach. Here you will find a number of luxury homes, condos and exclusive gated communities such as Flamingos and El Tigre private neighborhoods, boasting waterfront or golf course views, and  other residential communities as well

Nuevo Vallarta East, Jarretaderas & Mezcales Nuevo Vallarta East is a fast-growing residential area which consists primarily of three main developments: Las Ceibas, Rincon del Cielo and Valle Dorado. Jarretaderas is a small laid back typical Mexican town just 9 kilometers north from Puerto Vallarta. Mezcales on the other hand is more than a small town, it is more like a region stretching inland many miles from the main highway intersection.



Pitillal This picturesque area of Puerto Vallarta has been somewhat ignored, or better said, kept a secret. The little town/suburb has grown significantly and is definitely becoming an interesting alternative for people with a modest budget for living and purchasing a home.



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Punta Mita and Litibu For centuries, native indigenous groups such as those from the Wixárika tradition (commonly known as Huicholes) considered Punta Mita and its surrounding areas to be a sacred place to reconnect with the spiritual side of nature. Today it continues to draw people looking for that deeper connection, with spa retreats, 5 star hotels. Without a doubt, this area is home to the most exclusive private communities in Banderas Bay.



The Romantic Zone is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most authentic neighborhoods a favorite for those looking to live within the thick of things and boasting a friendly gay community. Cobblestone streets contrast with newly developed modern condos, apartments, hotels and beachfront resorts to form one of the most colorful and enchanting communities. Enjoy having everything within walking distance to including a weekly farmer’s market.



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Sayulita, San Pancho , Los de Marco Three towns with very distinct characters, all three boast laid back beach life-styles. Sayulita is a busy tourist town, packed with surfers and vacationers looking for alternative experiences. San Pancho is quieter but attracts much the same crowd with a more tranquil atmosphere. Los de Marco is still very much a Mexican beach town with more affordable and opportunities to purchase land more readily available.

The Sierra Madre These towns enjoy stunning mountain views and a quaint Mexican vibe for those looking to purchase property in areas where nature is king. El Tuito is a small traditional Mexican town with just over 3,500 inhabitants located in a lush valley while the areas around Cabo Corrientes and Tomatlán offer many options for sustainable architecture and ecologically conscious developments.

The Airport Neighborhood This area of Puerto Vallarta is mostly identified as being a location rich for retail, offices and warehouses, especially properties fronting the main highway, and is home to the city’s International Convention Center. Affordable real estate in this neighborhood has made it the perfect location for all kinds of construction stores offering building materials, interior designers, mechanics, tire suppliers, beauty academies and more.