Discover another side of Puerto Vallarta: Travel Weekly
Humans are creatures of habit. I know I am, especially when I go to a destination I think I know like the back of my hand. I like to stay in the neighborhoods where I feel like home, with the restaurants whose menus I have memorized and the bars with the bartenders who have become my friends over the years. The problem with this, however, is that I often miss what’s changing. I like to cling to the way the places used to be rather than going out to find out how they really are.
So this year, on my annual visit to Puerto Vallarta – a city I’ve lived in and visited what must be 100 times at this point – I decided it was time to give it a try. something new. And that’s how I discovered the neighborhood of Versailles, which opened up to me a whole world in Puerto Vallarta that is worth getting to know.
Where is Versailles?
Versailles is very close to the hotel zone of Puerto Vallarta. I generally avoid the Hotel Zone, preferring the cobbled streets and noisy energy of downtown or the Zona Romantica. But this time, as I’m now in my mid-30s and my noisy days are slipping into the past, I chose the quieter and much more low-key neighborhood of Versailles.
Directly across the highway from the Hotel Zone, Versalles is bounded by Highway 200, Avenida Los Tules, Avenida Fluvial, and Avenida Francisco Villa. This sleepy neighborhood has the charming cobblestone streets and traditional architecture of old Puerto Vallarta, but it’s starting to show signs of modernization in luxury condos with higher floors and rooftop pools.
Where to stay in Versailles
Airbnbs and vacation rentals are the best places to stay in Versalles right now, but it won’t be long before the boutique hotel scene catches on. Because the area is not directly on the beach and most travelers who come to Puerto Vallarta come for the beach, it took a while for the hotel scene to follow.
The closest hotels are Secrets Puerto Vallarta, Dreams Puerto Vallarta and Sunset Plaza Beach Resort. Most boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta are downtown or in the Zona Romantica, about an 8-10 minute taxi ride from Versailles.
Things to do in Versailles
The reason your clients would want to stay in Versalles is to experience Puerto Vallarta like a resident. It is within walking distance of several grocery stores, an Anytime Fitness gym in Plaza Caracol, and most importantly, some of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.
In fact, Versailles is something of a culinary hotspot in the city. Calle Espana, for example, is always a hive of dinnertime activity. You’ll find restaurant tables spilling out onto the street, creating a friendly, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere with a backdrop of brightly painted buildings and purple bougainvillea flowers.
Some of the best restaurants in Versailles include El Puerco de Oro for fantastic taco carnitas; Abulon Antojeria Del Mar for fresh seafood tostadas, tacos and grilled specialties; Florios Versalles for homemade pizzas, pastas and Argentinian steaks; Cha’ for breakfast and brunch; as well as countless cozy cafes, wine bars and avant-garde mezcal bars.
If your customers just want a taste of Versailles, they can sign up for a food tour with Vallarta Food Tours. Their specific visit to Versailles will highlight the neighborhood’s rising stars and local favorites. In fact, it was through a food tour that I discovered Versailles last year and fell in love with it, determined to stay there this year and get to know it better.
Why choose Versailles?
Travelers will love this area if they already know Puerto Vallarta and want to take their knowledge of the destination to the next level. First timers will always want to stay at the beach or downtown – and they should, that’s how you fall in love with Puerto Vallarta.
But with development and expansion, the city is becoming so much more international, so much more diverse, and so much more of a city than a beach town. The evolution of Versalles is one of the best ways to illustrate how Puerto Vallarta has so much more to offer off the beach, and it will give travelers an even deeper appreciation for this city on the sea.