MLSVallarta recently did an informal study to determine which area or regions of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are the most popular for new homebuyers. This was done by calculating how many times the individual regional pages on are visited. These pages include descriptions of each popular area, describes what you’ll find there, what the most commonly found types of real estate, along with pictures, map location and then a selection of properties that are currently listed for sale in these areas.

By far the most popular region was Central Vallarta South with more than 4,000 visit this past December. This area is also known as Zona Romantica or Emiliano Zapata, and encompasses the area south of the Rio Cuale to Los Muertos and back up into the streets behind. There has been a resurgence of interest here in the last few years as people trend to preferring the downtown, where you can walk easily to the beach, shops and restaurants, and prices are reasonable. There’s lots of activity always going on, and one can get by quite well without a vehicle. That is not the case for many of the other popular regions. Developers are filling the demand with small boutique condo projects, many with rooftop common areas that feature infinity pools, lounge areas, great views and a sky bar.

The next two most popular regions for new homeowners were Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias with more than 3,000 visits. Nuevo Vallarta is a very large region that offers a wide variety of options for those interested in real estate around Banderas Bay. There’s four golf courses that offer fairway homes and condominiums, a marina for oceanfront and marina-view condos, and one of the finest beaches on the bay for primarily condo living with exceptional views. Bucerias has always been popular but it seems to really be these days. Although it is on the same beach as Nuevo Vallarta, it offers a more traditional side of a Mexican lifestyle, with homes and condos along the beach and the streets behind.

After that, coming in about even, were AmapasConchas ChinasLa CruzMarina Vallarta and Punta de Mita. Strangely, Sayulita, which is a very popular spot, did not place well. We think is most likely is because there are a number of great websites that provide good information on Sayulita specifically, something you don’t find for other regions, so people may have been getting their information from those sites.