#8 wallet-friendly trips destination
Puerto Vallarta
Mexico
36% less than average North American trip cost

You're going to love Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort city that has evolved into a modern hotspot with a rich nightlife and a world-famous EDM festival. It is also a popular LGBTQ destination.
Puerto Vallarta is great for beach, relaxation & nightlife.

Hacker Tip

Head to El Malecon, a photogenic seaside boardwalk that’s closed to vehicle traffic. Wander by scuptures, shops, galleries and restaurants. If you come later in the day, you’ll also find plenty of nightlife options.
Los Arcos Amphitheater Caballito Marina Vallarta
203,342
population
Spanish
language
72nd
largest city in Mexico
18.79
Mexican Peso equals $1 USD
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Getting to Puerto Vallarta

The airport is just 5 miles away from downtown. Taxis are your best bet, but airport taxis are not the same as regular taxis and can only pick up at the airport. When you need to get back to the airport, you’ll take a regular taxi (which is also cheaper).

Median airfare by month

$349 Median airfare from US to Puerto Vallarta in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$399 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Puerto Vallarta

For the most affordable lodging, stay downtown in Old Vallarta. You’ll also be closeby nightlife and dining options, which will save you on transportation costs.

Median hotel rate by month

$218 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$277 Median Sunday hotel rate

Wallet-Friendly Puerto Vallarta hotels

Hotel Posada de Roger Hotel Posada de Roger
8.7 Excellent | $25+
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Hotel Eloisa Hotel Eloisa
8.2 Excellent | $28+
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Rosita Hotel Rosita Hotel
8.5 Excellent | $34+
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When in Puerto Vallarta

Must-see in Puerto Vallarta

Malecon
Malecon
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Isla Cuale
Isla Cuale

Weather in Puerto Vallarta

Average Temperature (°F)
70° Average temperature in January

Eating in Puerto Vallarta

What should you order while you’re in Puerto Vallarta?

One of the most popular local eats is pescado embarazado – fish roasted on a stick. Find this flavorful snack at food stalls on the beach. Since it comes on the stick, it’s perfect to eat on the go.
Puerto Vallarta

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

$3-7
Cheap meal
$2
A beer
$20-30
Nice dinner for 2
10-20%
Standard tip for good service

Where to eat in Puerto Vallarta

The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Mexicana
4.8 Excellent
$$$$ más de MXN500
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Hacienda San Angel Gourmet Hacienda San Angel Gourmet
Internacional
4.8 Excellent
$$$$ más de MXN500
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La Cappella Italian Cusine La Cappella Italian Cusine
Internacional
4.8 Excellent
$$$$ más de MXN500
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Restaurante Icu Restaurante Icu
Internacional
4.7 Excellent
$$$ De MXN310 a MXN500
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