Zona Romantica Real Estate

The south side of downtown Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant region that offers a number of different real estate options for those interested in living right downtown and close to the beach. Also commonly known as Zona Romantica or Romantic Zone, Downtown or Centro South, Olas Altas or Emiliano Zapata, it actually is a little bit of all these names and more. This is an eclectic, funky and fun area of Vallarta.

An entire city within a city, Emiliano Zapata comprises a 9 x 9-block grid south of the Rio Cuale, waiting to be explored. It encompasses all the areas and streets mentioned above, along with many others. From elementary schools to universities, 24/7 drugstores to hospitals, humble abodes to regrettable high-rises, Romantic Zone is as multifaceted as it gets.

As the road nears the Isla Rio Cuale bridge, Emiliano Zapata’s northern boundary, it turns and rises, revealing one of the colonia’s busiest thoroughfares, along with the gorgeous Conchas Chinas hills as a backdrop limiting its southern edge. The Cuale river wraps around Emiliano Zapata and, along with the small Libramiento (the name for the highway that loops around downtown Vallarta) tunnel, serves as its eastern boundary. On the opposite end, it meets Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta’s most popular beach.

As urban development progresses north and south of Puerto Vallarta, Emiliano Zapata’s privileged terrain has sheltered it from excessive expansion, for the most part, making this colonia a must-see for anybody visiting Puerto Vallarta for the first time. And for residents and seasoned visitors, a walk through its cobblestoned roads is a perfect way to rejoice and remember the fact that this is, after all, as typical as Mexican neighborhoods get.

Getting to Zona Romantica

Emiliano Zapata is easily accessible from points north of the city. Simply proceed along Francisco Medina Ascencio, Puerto Vallarta's principal access road, and continue onward. The road will change names as it enters colonias 5 de Diciembre and El Centro, until becoming I. Vallarta, once you cross the Isla Rio Cuale bridge. South of Emiliano Zapata, Carr. 200 Sur continues south toward the South Shore and points beyond, such that anybody driving to Puerto Vallarta along this highway will inevitably pass through Emiliano Zapata. Public parking is available throughout the entire colonia, and an underground parking lot located at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, provides centrally-located access to many of Romantic Zone's attractions.

Neighborhoods & Neighboring Regions

Emiliano Zapata is flanked on its northern edge by the Isla Río Cuale, the ocean (Los Muertos Beach) on the west, the Conchas Chinas and Amapas neighborhoods on the south, and the El Caloso neighborhood on the east. Popular neighborhoods within Emiliano Zapata include Olas Altas Street, home to many shops, restaurants and coffee shops with outdoor seating on the sidewalks, making them popular destinations to browse the internet, watch people walk by, and enjoy a nice latte, all at the same time. In fact, Olas Altas’ bustling outdoor cafe scene is the only place in town where you can purchase fine jewelry, find a hot date, sing and dance your heart out, and ride a real donkey, all on the same block.

Isla Rio Cuale, located between Emiliano Zapata and El Centro, is a destination of its own, one of Puerto Vallarta's verdant oasis. It stretches several blocks inland from the ocean, is accessible by foot at several access points along the way (including some suspension bridges worth tackling) and features a few restaurants, an outdoor artisan market featuring Mexican artifacts, and is also home to Puerto Vallarta's Cultural Center on its easternmost area.

Beaches

The beach at Emiliano Zapata, Los Muertos, is Puerto Vallarta's most popular beach. Many restaurants are located right next to it, providing visitors with all the services and amenities they might need while enjoying the view and the sun from shady palapas or beach umbrellas, provided by the restaurants. You will be expected to consume from the eateries in order to enjoy them. That said, most restaurants won't frown if you purchase, in addition, a snack or other goods from one of several authorized beach vendors in the area, wearing white uniforms.

Dividing Los Muertos Beach in half, is the new stylish Los Muertos pier, one of Puerto Vallarta's newest and most beautiful landmarks, that provides easy access to water taxis and day cruises that depart from the beach. The southernmost stretch of Los Muertos beach is particularly popular with the gay community with several restaurants catering to them.

Romantic Zone Real Estate Options

The south side of downtown Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant region that offers a number of different real estate listings for sale for those interested in living right downtown and close to the beach. This is an eclectic, funky and fun area of Vallarta. The beach of Los Muertos is very popular and is lined with hotels and some condominiums. Olas Altas is a busy street, lined with cafes and restaurants and shops and just a block away from the beach. Along this street and behind you'll find apartments for sale, small-to-medium size condominium projects (oceanfront and ocean view) and single family homes (very few with views). In recent years, many new condominium projects have been developed here that offer reasonable pricing with excellent access to all Romantic Zone area and downtown Vallarta. If you want to be close to where "the action is", this is the place!

Below are listed some of the Romantic Zone Real Estate properties currently listed for sale.

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Some Properties in South (Emiliano Zapata)

$162,828 USD

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Privada Del Bosque, South

FINISHED UNIT!!! 1 BEDROOM - 1 BATHROOM. Prowling the Internet for just the right p...

$75,000 USD

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131 Silvestre Revueltas, South

Great Studio overlooking the Pool, River, Mountains in El Remance. Gated community w...

$374,000 USD

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Basilio Badillo & Pino Suarez, South

Corner unit, Luxury finishes,top brand appliances, pool terrace and gym, enjoy the a...

$209,000 USD

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Basilio Badillo & Pino Suarez, South

Studio, Luxury finishes, top brand appliances, enjoy the amenities of been in the Ro...

$179,000 USD

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Basilio Badillo & Pino Suarez, South

Studio, Luxury finishes, top brand appliances, enjoy the amenities of been in the Ro...

$179,000 USD

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Basilio Badillo & Pino Suarez, South

Studio, Luxury finishes, top brand appliances, enjoy the amenities of been in the Ro...