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Family friendly Neighborhoods

  • Fluvial 

  • Versalles   

  • Marina

  • Cinco de Diciembre


Fluvial Vallarta is known as one of the most family-friendly, upper-middle-class neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta, conveniently located halfway between Old Town Puerto Vallarta and Marina Vallarta. With La Isla Plaza, a modern shopping, dining and entertainment center, fantastic restaurant options and public beach access just 500 meters away, this neighborhood has a lot to offer.

Fluvial is predominately comprised of single family contemporary homes, although several boutique condo and townhouse buildings are currently under construction. The neighborhood offers smoothly paved streets and sidewalks, underground wiring, community green spaces and parks, wide landscaped boulevards and close access to a popular running trail, encouraging an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Fluvial is close to many top private schools in Puerto Vallarta including Colegio Anglo Americano, The British American School, Ameyali and Americas Bilingues, as well as excellent pre-schools like Casa Azul and Jumbuck. To make daily life convenient, Fluvial has several banks, gas stations, grocery stores (including Costco and the new La Comer) and many other services, located adjacent to the community.


The neighborhood of Versalles was one of the earliest established areas in the city, located on the eastern side of the main avenue of Francisco Medina in the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone. Recently locals have been enjoying the evolution of Versalles, a residential neighborhood. The neighborhood has been a favorite among locals for its laid back atmosphere and affordable prices. And now, it is attracting a new generation of young restaurant entrepreneurs with fresh culinary offerings from all over the world. For decades, this neighborhood has been a mix of different residences, from humble apartment buildings, to middle-class single-family homes, to villas on lots that take up half and full city blocks.

Fluvial is close to many top private schools in Puerto Vallarta including Colegio Anglo Americano, The British American School, Ameyali and Americas Bilingues, as well as excellent pre-schools like Casa Azul and Jumbuck. To make daily life convenient, Fluvial has several banks, gas stations, grocery stores (including Costco and the new La Comer) and many other services, located adjacent to the community. 

Still with cobblestone streets, and even some dirt roads, in the last 18 months this neighborhood has become one of Puerto Vallarta's best real estate investments. With an "Old Vallarta" meets "New Vallarta" feel, local family businesses, taco stands, and economical restaurants now stand next to some of PV's most fashionable new dining spots, organic markets, and state-of-the-art medical centers and laboratories.

Condominiums are the hot buy in Colonia Versalles, with both resales and new developments hitting the market, attracting young professionals and buyers looking for a second home in Puerto Vallarta.

With a location flanked by the Hotel Zone on one side and Fluvial (with La Comer and Costco) on the other, direct access to the city's main avenues (Francisco Medina and Francisco Villa), some of Puerto Vallarta's best private hospitals and private schools just minutes away, close public beach access by La Isla shopping plaza, and located equal distance from Marina Vallarta and Old Town, the Versalles neighborhood has a lot to offer Puerto Vallarta real estate investors or renters.


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. 

Cinco de Diciembre

The colonia known as Cinco de Diciembre is bordered on the north by Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Zone and to the south by Centro, giving it an excellent placement for visitors or residents who want to be at the heart of the action. It claims Playa Camarones as its main beach, although the neighborhood itself extends far into the highlands that frame the nearby Sierra Madre mountain range.

This privileged placement gives homes in the neighborhood some of the most stunning views in the area. As one of the first neighborhoods in the city to experience the boom that transformed the area throughout the 60s and 70s, Cinco de Diciembre is represents a living history of Puerto Vallarta as it developed from a small fishing town to an international travelers’ destination.

Its hilly terrain and partial network of cobblestone streets are hallmarks of old school Mexico, and as a result the neighborhood has retained much of its original charm over the years. The streets of Cinco de Diciembre are lined with dozens upon dozens of taco stands, eateries, bars and other locally-run establishments, giving the area a uniquely authentic flavor. Cinco de Diciembre is also in close proximity to major local points of interest including the Malecon boardwalk, international schools, supermarkets and hospitals.  

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