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At a Glance: Marina Vallarta

At a Glance: Marina Vallarta

Home to beachfront and marina-front condos and luxury homes overlooking the famous Marina Vallarta Golf Course, Marina Vallarta is an area that doesn’t need much of an introduction.

Located right next to the airport, the Marina has been home to the affluent since it’s development in the 1980s. One of Puerto Vallarta’s more exclusive areas, the Marina is a largely residential and quiet neighborhood, especially the homes located on the famous 18-hole Marina Vallarta Golf Course. Streets are lined with palm trees, while the grounds are well-kept and maintained. Tranquility, luxury, and comfort are the three words that best describe Marina Vallarta. And, the location simply couldn’t be better! Five minutes from the airport, fifteen minutes to downtown Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta, you are centrally located with everything you could ever want in need in ways of convenience stores, restaurants, bars, and more.

The Marina malecón, or boardwalk, not to be confused with the famous downtown Vallarta malecón, circles the yacht-filled Marina, boasting a breath-taking backdrop of the never-ending Sierra Madre mountains. Along the malecón, you will find restaurants, bar and shops, offering an energetic and lively scene both during the day and night. During the day, passers-by walk the malecón, where they often gaze in amazement at the Marina’s most beloved attraction, the Crocodile who sits in front of Los Alcatraces Restaurant. Though the Marina is a largely residential area, the malecón offers both residents and visitors a burst of action and entertainment.

Another main attraction of Marina Vallarta is Plaza Marina and Plaza Neptuno, two shopping centers filled with spas, medical offices, clothing stores, you name it. MedSpa, for example, rests in Plaza Neptuno, right at the entrance of Marina Vallarta, offering residents and locals alike services in ways of manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, and much more. Plaza Marina and Plaza Neptuno offer services and shops that the Marina Malecón doesn’t. This being said, the Marina offers everything from lively restaurants and bars to shopping centers that check every box!

Home to the American School, one of Puerto Vallarta’s most prestigious private schools, the Marina is a family-oriented neighborhood that offers plenty of amenities for both children and parents: Walking paths that are stroller-friendly, bookstores such as The Living Room with a children’s area in the back, and Dewey, a secure, indoor playground where the kids can play while parents chat. With so many perks for family recreation, Marina Vallarta has become a favorite for families with children, both younger and older.

Because Marina Vallarta is home to hotels and resorts, such as the Marriott, Velas Vallarta, and the Mayan Palace, there is no shortage of amenities. Live in the Marina and looking to go on a staycation? Enjoy a day pass at one of the Marina’s many hotels and resorts. Or, hit the beach! The Marina has access to Boca de Tomates beach, boasting breath-taking views of the Banderas Bay. Perfect for a walk on the beach at sunset or a dip in the ocean during the day.

As far as restaurants are concerned, the Marina is jam-packed with incredible restaurants that should not be overlooked. Ocho Tostadas in the Marina is a frequented favorite, with often a large line to be seated. It is adored by both locals and tourists, who enjoy the fresh, high-quality seafood with all the service and perks of fast-food dining. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite and beer at the bar, or a nice family lunch at a table, Ocho Tostadas accommodates it all! There is never a shortage of places to eat in the Marina. With all different tastes and flavors, the gastronomic experience of Marina Vallarta is not one to overlook.

And of course, you can’t forget our Full-Service Coldwell Banker La Costa Marina Office, located on Calle Ancla, right across from La Terraza Restaurant. We always have one of our Real Estate Professionals on duty, ready to serve you and your Real Estate needs.

The luxury neighborhood of the Marina offers residents and visitors alike both a bustling neighborhood with restaurants, bars, and convenience services, as well as a quiet and cozy oasis away from busy downtown Vallarta. Looking to purchase your tropical property in Marina Vallarta? Contact us today!