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Stretching north to south, from Punta Mita to Mismaloya and east to west from the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay, is the resort areas of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Sometimes called Vallarta, this region is known for its beautiful sunsets, cobblestone streets, entertaining boardwalk and golden beaches. After the sun sets, this seemingly laidback destination turns up the heat with a vibrant nightlife filled with music, dancing and plenty of delicious dining venues.


Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit Hotels

Armony Luxury Resort & Spa - All-Inclusiveimage
Casa Velas Boutique Hotel - All-Inclusiveimage
Conrad Punta de Mitaimage
Dreams® Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort - All-Inclusiveimage
Dreams® Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa - All-Inclusiveimage
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta Hotel & Spa - All-Inclusiveimage
Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spaimage
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - All-Inclusiveimage
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta - All-Inclusiveimage
Hilton Vallarta Riviera - All-Inclusiveimage
Hotel Mousaiimage
Marival Distinct Luxury Residences - All-Inclusiveimage
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spaimage
Occidental Nuevo Vallarta - All-Inclusiveimage
Secrets® Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort - All-Inclusiveimage
Secrets® Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta - All-Inclusiveimage
Susurros del Corazón, Auberge Resorts Collectionimage
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resortimage
The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallartaimage
Velas Vallarta Suite Resort - All-Inclusiveimage
Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Riviera Nayaritimage
Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getawayimage
Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spaimage
W Punta de Mitaimage

More About Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


Vallarta is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. While most people think of the town of Puerto Vallarta, the resort area is technically two large regions: Vallarta and Nayarit. The north end of Banderas Bay is part of the Riviera Nayarit region which includes the towns of Punta Mita, Bucerias, and Nuevo Vallarta. On the southern end of Banderas Bay is the Puerto Vallarta region which consists of the city of Puerto Vallarta and Mismaloya.

This sleepy region began its transformation into a well-known hot spot with the help of Hollywood. The film The Night of the Iguana and the antics of its A-list cast led to extensive news coverage of Mismaloya and the Puerto Vallarta area. Interest in the area was growing, and with infrastructure improvements over the next few decades, the sleepy villages along the bay grew into the destination we know today.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official website at http://travel.gc.ca. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or licence for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling, please provide the appropriate travel documents for the trip. Review required documents here, https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/children-travel.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or https://travel.gc.ca for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official website at https://travel.gc.ca.

Average Celsius Temperature:
  • December through February: 28° to 27° (Winter)
  • March through May: 27° to 29° (Spring)
  • June through August: 32° to 32° (Summer)
  • September through November: 32° to 30° (Autumn)

Tropical Storm Season from May to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Local Currency: Mexican Peso

Currency Information: Banks and most hotels have currency exchange facilities, although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in resort areas. Major credit cards also are accepted.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America standard. Please note three-prong outlets are not widely available.

Time Zone: Central Standard, as of 2023 Mexico no longer observes Daylight Savings Time.

Local Language: Spanish

Transportation: Taxis are a popular mode of transportation. Ask the driver about the rate before getting into the taxi.

Top Experiences

  • Dining : From local cantinas to international dining venues, this region has you covered.

  • Golf : Play a round of golf at your choice of Championship golf courses.

  • Shopping : Local artists, potters, jewelry makers, and vendors sell their wares to guests on the beach as well as in the local markets.

  • Sunsets : Grab a refreshment and witness the stunning colors as the sun makes its nightly retreats below the horizon.

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Region: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit
Transfer Company: Gray Line Puerto Vallarta
Telephone: 011-52- 322-225-1190

Rio Santiago 203
Fluvial Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Mexico, C.P. 48314
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, go through Immigration, claim your luggage and proceed through Customs. Continue outside the airport where a Gray Line representative will be waiting with a sign displaying the Costco Travel logo. The representative will advise the pick-up time and location of your departure transfer. If you must make any changes, contact Gray Line at least 48 hours in advance. Due to local regulations, transportation from the hotel to the airport is provided via taxi. For larger parties, more than one taxi may be used. Representative Uniform: Green shirt with blue-diamond Gray Line logo.