Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore begins at Conchas Chinas where the foothills of the Sierra Madre meet the ocean, and runs along the coast passing the region’s first gated hillside communities and the elite developments of Garza Blanca and Sierra del Mar de Los Arcos on to Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, where the highway heads into the Sierra Madre mountains towards El Tuito. This coastline has among the most desired residential communities of the entire bay, rivaling Punta de Mita and Costa Vallarta, offering both single-family residences both in small clusters or stand-alone and intimately-sized beachfront condominiums of the best architectural design levels. The distinctive Los Arcos islands and nature reserve are a major focal point, though properties in the elevations of the foothills capture the most dramatic expanses of the entire bay.
Relatively close to the Zona Romantica and downtown, it’s easy to frequent the area’s many restaurants and bars and stroll the Malecon. Boca de Tomatlan and Mismaloya, and a handful of communities only accessible by boat such as Yelapa and Quimixto, offer the quintessential fishing village environment with palapa bars, snorkel, diving, hiking and horseback riding.