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
Costa Sur is located south of the Romantic zone with an exclusive beach and away from city noise.I know people who have stayed year after year for thirty years. The staff have stayed for many years making it feel like you are returning to family.The staff work hard to make sure all your concerns are addressed.
I was traveling for business, so I just booked the cheapest room they had, and was very pleasantly surprised.I got a room on the 13th floor (the second highest floor) with a stunning view, and the room was very spacious. It was similar to other Mexican hotels I've stayed in with stucco walls and tile floors, and I loved it. It was clean, provided the amenities I needed and the bed was comfortable.The staff was very polite and friendly as well, and always helpful despite my woefully limited Spanish. I will definitely stay in this hotel again next time I'm in Puerto Vallarta.
My husband and I have been enjoying Costa Sur for the past 20 years and absolutely love it. It is located right at the ocean shore with beautiful views and a top notch staff. With Enrique, Fabricio and Juan at the bar and servers Flavio, Reynaldo, Rafael, Claudia and Miguel taking care of our every request, who could ask for more. Had a great trip this time and we are already planning our next.
I booked this resort because of the location and amenities...I was not disappointed. It is far enough away from the business of PV but close enough to access everything I needed. I planned my trip to PV to relax and visit the more remote spots south. Costa Sur had everything needed for relaxation: great people, great services, a nice gym, entertainment, and an amazing bay for snorkeling. Just feet from the beach you can see tons for fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and much more. Also Costa Sur offers activities such as kayaking, SUP, and also has snorkel gear is needed. The activities crew made sure everyone was having a good time...thanks Ivan and team!
Thanks for the memories Costa Sur!
The remodel of the pool turned out excellent. Heating the pool was a great idea, since it cools of in the winter. The construction went on for 4 days of our trip,but Fernando, Christian and Alojandro handled the situation in the most professional and friendly way. Our maid on the ninth floor, Theresa did an outstanding job. We received flowers and cute animals made out of towels every day. You could tell she really enjoyed her job, due to her positive attitude and always smiling.