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If there’s one thing Puerto Vallarta is known for it’s the incredible sunsets. Situated on Mexico’s Pacific coast overlooking Banderas Bay, you don’t have to go far to find an incredible sunset view here. But not all Puerto Vallarta sunset spots are created equal, so if you’re looking for the very best places to watch it this post has you covered.

What time does the sunset in Puerto Vallarta?

puerto vallarta sunset

The sun sets at a slightly different time each day depending on what time of year it is. If you’re visiting during high season in January it will set around 8 pm but by June will be getting closer to 10 pm.

The easiest way to see the sunset time in Puerto Vallarta during your visit is using a weather app or a website like this one. Check the time of sunset the day off so you can plan to be at one of these places to watch it!

Best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta for sunsets

Puerto Vallarta offers year-round amazing sunsets but during the wet season in the summer it may be more difficult to watch due to heavy rainfall. This guide has more info about the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta depending on what you want to do!

Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Puerto Vallarta

From the comfort of your own accommodation

hotel in puerto vallarta with infinity pool at sunset

If you’re looking to stay somewhere in Puerto Vallarta where you can watch the sun go down every night from the comfort of your temporary home, then consider staying at one of these beachfront hotels in Puerto Vallarta!

They are all situated on the coast facing west and sure to offer amazing views. Alternatively, there are plenty of boutique hotels offering infinity pools with sunset views.

But if you aren’t so lucky to have a sunset view from your accommodation, no worries because there are plenty of other places to watch the sunset in Puerto Vallarta. 

On the beach

beach in puerto vallarta
Las Glorias Beach

The beaches of Puerto Vallarta are of course one of the best places to watch the sunset. You’ll be able to see the sunset from any beach but some of my favorites are Las Glorias beach and Los Muertos by Zona Romantica (there are lots of beach restaurants here).

The beaches outside Puerto Vallarta city limits are even nicer so you can’t go wrong watching the sunset from there. Conchas China is a great choice!

Just know that if you’re headed to a secluded beach by boat most of the public water taxis stop running around sunset time – but if you’re clever you can time it to come back during sunset for an awesome view.

boat at sunset

From the Malecon

mirador walk

Walking along the Malecon, the mile-long stretch of the boardwalk in Centro/Zona Romantica, is not only one of the best free things to do in the city but also one of the best places to take in the sunset!

It faces west so you can stop anywhere and be guaranteed a show, or simply take a stroll at sunset. That was one of my favorite things to do while living in Puerto Vallarta! 

Cerro De La Cruz Mirador

If you’re looking for some exercise before sunset one of the best places to go is the Cerro De La Cruz lookout point. To get there, walk from the Malecon uphill along Calle Abasolo.

You’ll reach a series of stairs which you climb up to the top, where there’s an observation deck with stunning panoramic views of downtown Vallarta and the surrounding Banderas Bay. It’s the perfect sunset spot – if you don’t mind a sweaty walk up!

At a restaurant

restaurant with sunset in puerto vallarta

Is there anything better than enjoying a sunset view with a fantastic meal? Lucky, Puerto Vallarta has no shortage of amazing restaurants to dine at. Head to Los Muertos beach and you’ll find plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating on the beach where you can enjoy a sunset with a margarita. I love El Dorado!

Alternatively, you can head up to one of the restaurants higher up away from the beach that overlook the city and ocean. Barcelona Tapas is a fantastic Spanish tapas restaurant that offers breathtaking views of the entire bay over the city. I recommend making a reservation here as they often fill up! Another great restaurant for high-up sunset views and delicious seafood is Ah Caramba.

View from Barcelona Tapas

During yoga at Terra Noble

terra noble yoga studio
Sunset from Terra Noble

One of my favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta was attend yoga classes at Terra Noble. Their studio is set high up above the city and offers one of the most beautiful. sunset views you can find. They have yoga classes that happen during sunset which are incredibly relaxing.

Sunset cruise Puerto Vallarta

sunset cruise puerto vallarta

Las but not least, take in the Puerto Vallarta sunset right on the ocean! A boat cruise is easily one of the best things to do here so why not time it to coincide with the sunset for an even better experience?

Here are some of the best sunset cruise options in Puerto Vallarta:

Luxury Sailboat at Sunset

If you’ve ever wanted to go on a sailboat Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to try it! Join this luxury sailboat tour where you’ll get to sail along the coast of Banderas Bay with a glass of champagne in hand and snacks provided. Is there anything better?

Cruise & Candlelight Dinner Show

This Cruise & Candlelight Dinner Show starts with a sunset departure from Puerta Vallarta where you’ll watch the sun sink into the shimmering sea as you sail to a secluded beach.

Upon arrival, you’ll dine upon a gourmet 3-course meal by candlelight before watching the renowned Rhythms of the Night show – one of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta at night!

Puerto Vallarta Sunset Photography

The beautiful sunsets of Puerto Vallarta are the perfect place to practice your travel photography! And if you’re interested in improving your skill, you can actually join a sunset photography workshop while you’re here.

This unique tour will teach you the fundamentals of shooting sunset photos such as shooting long silhouettes, learning creative techniques for capturing colorful sunsets, using flash, and more.  With hands-on assignments, you’re sure to leave this class with improved skills and some awesome travel photos.

Alternatively, you can actually hire a photographer in Puerto Vallarta to take your photos at sunset! On this photo walk, you’ll have the opportunity to get some great pictures of you taken throughout the city at the best time of day – golden hour.

That’s it – the best Puerto Vallarta sunset spots! Did I miss any amazing spots you know about? Let me know in the comments below!

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 Lora Pope is a travel content creator who’s been wandering solo for over a decade. She lives a nomadic lifestyle and is on a quest to visit every country in the world - always on the lookout for new adventures, hidden gems, and dogs to pet. You can follow her adventures on Explore with Lora and Instagram

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