Districts & Neighborhoods
West of Highway 307 are the neighbourhoods of Central Vallarta, Colonia, Villas Morelos I, Villas Morelos II, Colonia Joaquin Zetina Gazca, and Zona Urbana. This area includes high jungle that is home to a variety of flora and fauna, and is much less susceptible to flooding than the lower-lying areas. Also located here are shops, residential areas, accommodations, schools, grocery stores, spas, service providers, parks, restaurants, government offices, pharmacies, shopping malls, a post office, a gym, a sports complex, tourist attractions, and churches. The section is home to many locals.
The section immediately east of Highway 307 is known as Colonia Pescadores. This section includes mangrove forest areas, residential areas, a botanical garden with Mayan ruins, shops, a medical clinic, a few restaurants, churches, service providers, tourist attractions, a large football field, and baseball diamonds.
The section located along the coast, east of Colonia Pescadores, includes the downtown area (also known as Antiguo Puerto Morelos), as well as the areas known as the North Area and the South Area. The downtown area is a popular spot for tourists, and includes beach areas, plenty of restaurants, shops, service providers, tourist attractions, parks and gardens, a health centre, pharmacies, a dock, accommodations, tour outfitters, the town hall, spas, shopping malls, and schools. The North Area includes mostly accommodations, beach areas, restaurants, and some shops. Accommodations, restaurants, tourist attractions, the marina, and beach areas can all be found in the South Area.