Costa Sur Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The tranquil lagoon just out front is a snorkeler’s paradise
- Both restaurants highlight traditional Mexican dishes, not just international standards
What To Know
- The hotel is a 10-minute drive from downtown
- The spa is small, so it’s wise to book treatments in advance
- Sparkling Banderas Bay is home to pods of migrating whales each season
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Park yourself away from the bustle of downtown Puerto Vallarta at this south shore institution, whose team has been welcoming guests for 30 years. The generic-looking hotel tower makes up for what it lacks in personality with a killer location, between the magnificent Sierra Madre Mountains and the sparkling Banderas Bay. Guestrooms are done up in a warm palette of beige and white, with wooden accents and balconies that offer sweeping ocean views. Right off the beach in front of the property is a crystal-clear lagoon fringed with rocks that acts as a natural reef. After a day spent snorkeling, head to the Barefoot Bar for happy hour cocktails, then settle in for ceviche at La Cascada restaurant. Book early for a treatment at the spa, which offers a full menu of massages, facials and wraps.
In the Area
Explore the Romantic Zone, located south of the Rio Cuale, with its cafes, restaurants and local color, being sure to drop by the famous Old Town Farmers Market, which peddles in home-grown produce along with handmade crafts, jewelry and artisanal goods. Then head to the Malecon, an oceanfront promenade dotted with artworks that’s also great for people-watching. Don’t leave town without getting out on magnificent Banderas Bay, known for its sublime whale watching: sign up for a boat tour with Vallarta Adventures from December to March to spot the awe-inspiring humpback whales that make this bay their playground each season. To see why this town is considered one of the essential gourmet destinations in the country, book a table at one of its most feted restaurants, Cafe des Artistes, which fuses European technique with Mexican flavors.
How to Get There
Had a wonderful one week vacation at Costa Sur. The food, staff and activities were wonderful. Arturo of the activities team was an all-star and made our stay extra special. Our room was cleaned to perfection each day. Enrique took care of us at the bar and while he was very busy, he was friendly and attentive. We'll be back!
Just returned from a 3 night stay at Costa Sur Resort. The staff is amazing. Many have worked there for over 30 years. They remembered our names after our first encounter. The rooms all have ocean views and are very spacious. The beach is a little rocky, so bring water socks. The protected bay was great for snorkeling and paddle boarding. Sunsets were amazing. I would recommend Costa Sur to families and couples.
I’ve been here for 5 days and I cannot express enough how GREAT staff has been to me and my family! From day 1 JORGE (our waiter) has taken care of us VIP style! He has been so attentive, kind, polite and most important so friendly with my family! He knows us by name and every day he is the first to immediately offer his great service. Let me add he is so funny too! I have felt at home everyday of my stay and cannot WAIT to return and have Jorge serve us again. Jorge always stood out from everyone else, but I can proudly say EVERYONE has been amazing! Food is delicious and bar is just off the pool! Best customer service! Thank you Jorge!!! See you soon!
My husband and I first stayed at Costa Sur in 2017 and were so impressed we bought into their Time Share program and we were not disappointed. Coming back in 2018 we received the same excellent service. All of the Costa Sur staff are amazing people and we are grateful for their services and experience. We would like to give special shout-outs to a few individuals who made our experience even more amazing. Jorge who works mid-day to evening serving around the bar is fantastic! Osbaldo who works morning to mid-day is amazing. Enrique at the bar always made sure we had delicious drinks and was always friendly. Lastly, Armando who worked at the guest services / concierge desk made our stay even better! We will be back next June for another great time.
Thanks for making our vacation extra special!
Alan and Bobby
The service is one of a kind that you won't find anywhere else. Fabricio, Jorge, Arturo, Fabricio, Armando, Oswaldo, Rafael, Claudia, Inaki, Ernesto, Miguel, and a few others I can't remember names treated us so well. They truly go above and beyond for their guests. They really care about making sure their guests have a great time. I love this place due to the service they provide and will be returning every year. Thank you all for making our vacation so awesome!