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  • Writer's pictureNik Valcic

PV Neighborhoods - Marina

Updated: Nov 9, 2020


Marina Vallarta is located at the northern edge of the city of Puerto Vallarta, just 5 minutes from the airport, 10-15 minutes from downtown PV, and 18 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta.

A 544-acre planned upscale resort and residential development of Puerto Vallarta, the enclave of Marina Vallarta boasts a 450-slip marina with slips ranging from 30-140 feet in length. The marina has a lovely promenade, many impressive yachts, sailboats, charter boats, and a variety of water craft owned by various Puerto Vallarta tour operators.

The marina’s long well-paved boardwalk area is a great place to take a morning or afternoon stroll; jog or push a stroller. Visitors can enjoy seeing all the various yachts, sailboats, and charter boats that are docked there, and the famous El Faro Lighthouse.

Enjoy a great meal or Happy Hour drinks at one of the numerous restaurants that line the marina’s long promenade or boardwalk. Explore all the various shops and boutiques that carry unique items, or indulge yourself with an afternoon spa day starting with a relaxing massage and ending with a mani/pedi beauty treatment at one of the salons. Along this promenade there are often strolling Mariachi or other friendly musicians ready to entertain visitors by playing music for a tip.

Marina Vallarta is not to be confused with the Maritime Terminal where the cruise ships dock. The Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal is located several minutes south of the Marina Vallarta neighborhood across from the Galerias Vallarta Mall and the Walmart/Sams Club complex.

Marina Vallarta is an exclusive zone, or town within a town. It boasts Marina Vallarta Club de Golf, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Joe Finger with lush green gardens and natural lagoons that have alligators, herons, sea geese and iguanas. Marina Vallarta also has tennis facilities, a nightclub, a bowling alley, an American school, a tiny pink post office, a beautiful church, and Plaza Marina which is a large commercial shopping complex. Plaza Marina is anchored by the giant supermarket Mega and McDonalds. Within Plaza Marina there are hair salons, a rotisserie chicken kiosk (delicious to-go meals), dental offices, legal offices, banks and/or ATM machines, and a variety of other businesses.

There is a mix of large condominium complexes, medium to large private homes with modern/tropical architecture, and several 5-star hotels. Resorts include the Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta, Melia Puerto Vallarta, Flamingo Vallarta Hotel, Westin Resort & Spa, Marriott Casa Magna Puerto Vallarta, Vamar Vallarta, Velas Vallarta Suites Resort, Casa Velas Boutique Hotel, and more. Along its boardwalk there are cafes, a Starbucks, top-notch restaurants, bars, gift shops, two OXXO convenience stores, a bakery, a bike shop, and several art galleries.


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