Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Summer/Fall 2009 issue.

It’s impossible to paint all of Banderas Bay with the same brush, so to help you get a taste of the different neighborhoods around the bay (“colonias” in Spanish), we’ve created this handy list of some of the most popular. Whether you are looking for a place to live, browsing through a Puerto Vallarta travel guide or hoping to catch up with friends later for a restaurant adventure, this overview will help you get your bearings.

Riviera Nayarit

San Pancho


Punta de Mita

This spectacular area encompasses the entire peninsula on the northern tip of Banderas Bay and is also the gateway to the Marietas Islands and some of the best surfing, diving and deep sea fishing in the region.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle


Nuevo Vallarta/Flamingos


Puerto Vallarta

Marina Vallarta

El Pitillal

Hotel Zone


El Centro

Gringo Gulch

Emiliano Zapata

Paso Ancho

South Shore

Conchas Chinas


Boca de Tomatlán

Further South