Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit + The Costa Alegre

Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit + The Costa Alegre

Set on a hillside overlooking the Bay of Banderas, this four-bedroom house in Puerto Vallarta was once homebase to movie director John Huston (he rented it while filming his masterpiece, Night of the Iguana).

Garza Blanca’s 79 hotel rooms and suites are some of the largest in Puerto Vallarta, all with dark wood furnishings, high-tech touches (iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs), and boldly colored accents such as bright orange pillows and turquoise bed throws.

Spend the day snorkeling or hike to a waterfall at this intimate resort 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. Or ease into the hammock outside your palm-shaded, thatched-roof casita.

Set on the eastern edge of broad Banderas Bay just 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, this 267-room Grand Velas manages to feel like a luxury resort with the price tag of an all-inclusive.

Colonial art decorates the secret patios and nooks of this romantic 19-suite hotel.