The best areas to buy properties in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

As property investments go, Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit continue to be one of the best places in North America to own a second home, retire, or relocate permanently. With near-perfect weather year-round, the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean gently wash over several miles of stunning sandy beaches, all under the protection of the incredible backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. Living here is easy. The hard part is where to choose your slice of Mexican paradise in almost 65 miles of scintillating coastline.

Within the Bay of Banderas, many places could match your criteria of perfection. From as far south as the isolated beach village of Yelapa to the luxurious privacy of Punta de Mita on the north shore, this world-class location is the stuff of dreams.

So, let’s look at some of the best towns and cities to purchase properties in the area.

 Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is right at the heart of the bay and is the largest and most prominent city in the area. Blessed with an international airport, a modern marina, and a stunning old town, Vallarta has several dream locations with panoramic mountain and ocean views in which to purchase a property. A small city with a big heart, Puerto Vallarta has the best of both worlds.


An arts and crafts heaven. Bucerías is the largest town on the north end of the bay. Quieter than its southern neighbor, it boasts a riot of natural colors of incredible natural flora and brightly painted homes that shine in the midday sun. The long, sandy beach has many restaurants of gastronomical brilliance. Bucerías may be the place for you.

 Boca de Tomatlán

A quaint fishing village around 30 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, Boca sits a the edge of the Horcones river and the Pacific Ocean. Sprinkled with an array of fantastic seafood restaurants, it is an ideal location for seafarers, fishing expeditions, and water sports enthusiasts. For those who love to hike, the nearby villages of Las Ánimas and Quimixto are within walking distance, great places to relax and unwind. Hardcore ramblers can make their way through a jungle experience to Yelapa. A must for adventurers. Boca de Tomatlán is also close to the world-class Vallarta Botanical Gardens, one of the top attractions for visitors and residents alike.

Nuevo Vallarta

One of the ultimate destinations in Mexico, Nuevo Vallarta, is the gateway to the north end of the bay and the entrance to the state of Nayarit. With five kilometers of golden sands, culinary charm, and exquisite living, Nuevo Vallarta may be the investor’s dream.

La Cruz

Sandwiched between Bucerías and the luxurious peninsula of Punta de Mita, La Cruz is one of the up-and-coming areas of the Riviera Nayarit. With the most modern marina in Mexico and a quintessential charm of the old world, this small fishing village is a hidden gem for property investors. Opportunities for new builds or traditional casa’s mean La Cruz could be the holy grail in the quest for a new home.

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