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
Great place with a great staff. The main pool was getting remodeled, but the other one was more than enough. It is the slow season, so it makes sense to do improvements.Only makes it better for everyone.
Everyone was EXTREMELY nice and helpful. I had cramps and stayed in bed and when my mom told the waiter at the restaurant she sent tea and honey to my room. The beach is small but private, unique to the hotel, with clear blue/green water and beautiful views. The food is delicious and drinks are amazing. Downtown is less than 10 mins away in a $2-3 uber. The beds are very comfortable and the rooms are spotless AND cleaned daily. Just beware if you have a bee allergy or phobia— there's TONS of bees.
Very quiet place outside of the city yet close to the historic center ($3 Uber ride)
Outstanding service , great food , fun staff at activity center ( shout out to Veronica and Ivan)
Loved doing laps in the mornings with the beautiful fish in the private lagoon .Unique experience.
Some guests have been coming here for over 25 years ! I can see why ; spent 10 nights with my family and absolutely loved it.
Juan is such a smiling face! Works so hard to make you happy. Always a pleasure to see and run into. Takes the job seriously and has fun doing it! Juan is my favorite! Bilingual and so much fun to talk to. So easy to talk to because he is so nice and sweet!
I came here for a wedding and spent a couple of extra days. The place is ok, a bit old, not renovated but clean. The hotel has a private beach which is perfect for a swim however is a rocky beach not sandy. The ocean view from the rooms are nice.
Food is ok but the service is sooooo slow. The waiters at the pool side don’t provide a good service if you don’t provide a tip which according to the hotel staff, it was already included. I paid for the all inclusive package but as the hotel was small and a bit crowded I preferred to go into town (15min) drive and eat there.