Puerto Vallarta Maps
These free, printable travel maps of Puerto Vallarta are divided into four regions:
- Puerto Vallarta
- Around the Bay of Banderas
- Sayulita and the Riviera Nayarit
- Barra de Navidad and the Jalisco Coast
Explore Puerto Vallarta with these helpful travel maps from the tenth edition of Moon Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is divided north and south by the gentle, vine-swathed Río Cuale, rippling down from its foothill canyon. The original town north and south of the river retains much of its charm, especially south of the river in the Old Town or Zona Romántica and the adjacent Playa los Muertos. In spite of a squadron of massively overbuilt hotels and apartment buildings, the appeal continues to the south, along the villa-decorated Conchas Chinas headland, past the village of Mismaloya and the nearby offshore Los Arcos underwater sanctuary, and farther south, to petite Boca de Tomatlán shoreline village.
North of the Río Cuale, El Centro, or downtown, spreads uphill to the meandering lanes of Gringo Gulch, and sweeps along past the bay-front Los Arcos amphitheater and the airy Malecón shoreline promenade. Farther north, the beach boulevard passes through the Zona Hotelera lineup of world-class hotels along golden-sand Playa de Oro, continuing past the plush Marina condo-home district and golf course to the airport at the town limits.
Around the Bay of Banderas
There are many wonderful things to do and see around the Bay of Banderas. Bucerías lies along the northern shoreline, followed by an abundance of lovely beaches climaxing at Punta Mita and coral-strewn Playa Anclote, great places for sunbathing, surfing, and snorkeling. Excursions to wildlife-rich offshore Islas Marietas are a popular adventure as well.
Visitors find even more in the cool Sierra Cuale, home to a trio of invitingly Old World colonial-era towns, not far east of Puerto Vallarta. San Sebastián, curled around a precious little plaza, offers comfy country inns and old gold mines to explore. Colorful Mascota adds tasty home-cooked country food and museums. Further up in the hills, picturesque Talpa is a pilgrimage town, home of the miraculous Virgin of Talpa, a fine museum, and good restaurants.
Sayulita and the Riviera Nayarit
For years, the Nayarit Coast was one of Puerto Vallarta’s best-kept secrets, but no longer: Sayulita has emerged as a major destination in Nayarit. Visitors come to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, good surfing, snorkeling, wildlife-watching, and cowboy-country ambience, along with Sayulita’s increasingly sophisticated shopping and dining attractions.
Moving north, the highlights beyond Sayulita include sleepy San Francisco, the still untouristed (by norteamericanos) towns of Lo de Marcos, Guayabitos, La Peñita, and precious Chacala. Finally comes San Blas, famous for bird-watching, wildlife viewing, and occasional world-class surfing. Beyond San Blas is the idyllic automobile-free Mexcaltitán, an island village where an excellent museum tells the island’s fascinating story.
Barra de Navidad and the Jalisco Coast
For travelers yearning to follow the path less traveled, the Jalisco Coast may be just the ticket. From Puerto Vallarta, it stretches more than 100 miles south, traversing pine-tufted mountains, desert-like savanna, lush tropical forest, and seemingly endless pristine golden strands.
On the three broad bays that indent the Jalisco Coast, a few villages, including Perula and La Manzanilla, provide a modicum of food, lodging, and services for travelers seeking a Mexican paradise. A number of splendidly isolated boutique hotels sprinkle the Jalisco Coast. If you enjoy being pampered in the wilderness, this is the place. Many travelers’ Jalisco Coast journeys wind down at the drowsy far-southern twin resorts of Melaque and Barra de Navidad, where they enjoy lots of sun, golden sand, and sparkling Pacific sunsets.
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