This area is aptly named, since it is where the majority of the hotels have been built as Vallarta has grown over the years. It starts at Marina Vallarta and extends south along the coastline to downtown Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. However, as Vallarta has grown, there has been extensive development behind the shoreline heading inland, including developments such as Fluvial Vallarta and Versalles and towns such as Pitillal, along with residential neighborhoods of differing ages and affluence, well-serviced by a number of shopping centers and stores, such as Sam's, Walmart, Soriana and Costco and La Comer.
- Gallerias Vallarta is a large, air-conditioned shopping center in front of the cruise ship terminal offering a large department store (Liverpool), movie theaters, eateries, sporting goods, and casino. Next door to Walmart and Sam's and across the street from Puerto Vallarta’s Maritime Terminal.
- Vallarta's newest shopping center is La Isla, located behind the Grand Venetians condominium towers and next to Plaza Peninsula. It has many shops, boutiques, restaurants and movie theaters.
- Plaza Peninsula offers fine restaurants, boutiques, and nightclubs, situated behind the Peninsula condominium towers. Currently, there are not many of their locals rented out, most are now to just banks.
- Plaza Caracol offers a number of different service shops, grocery store (Soriana), movie theaters, and smaller convenience stores. Located across the street from the Friendly Hotel.
Most recently, the coastline has become popular for the development of high-rise condominiums, not just hotel rooms. The location is convenient, easy to reach from both downtown and the airport, as well as the coastal highway heading north and south.
Vallarta Hotel Zone Real Estate Options
For the most part the Vallarta Hotel Zone Real Estate options are tower-living condominiums for sale that are relatively new and offer fantastic panoramic views of the bay and town, and for the most part, with very nice beaches out front. They also provide easy access into town and to the airport, and to most of the area's shopping centers.
For those interested in a home for sale in this area, there really nothing along the beach, but across the highway, there are a lot of options in the developments and neighborhoods of Fluvial Vallarta and Versalles.