Vacation Rentals in Puerto Vallarta: 5 Top Editor's Picks

Get cozy in these well-appointed beach condos and villas in Mexico

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Fully-equipped kitchens, ocean views, private swimming pools and plenty of room to stretch out and be yourself — these are just a few reasons to forgo the hotel experience and instead opt for a vacation rental. If you've got your eye on Puerto Vallarta as your next vacation destination, consider getting together a small group and living like a local in this renowned Pacific Coast beach town. Here are 5 picks for vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta where you can make yourself (temporarily) at home.

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Puerto Vallarta Private Condos and Villas

1. 2-bedroom oceanfront condo near downtown Puerto Vallarta - starting at $156/night (5-night minimum)

This 1,500-square foot condo is the antithesis of the outdated, dusty type of resort too often found in beach towns. A newly renovated property, it boasts colorful, bohemian-style accommodations with two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and room for six people to sleep. You can walk to town in just 5 minutes — if you ever decided to part ways with the Bay of Banderas' lagoon-style swimming beach just outside of your door. Not a fan of saltwater? Stick with the pool, surrounded by shaded tables and palapas.

Don't miss out on the chance to take in sweeping ocean views from the condo's furnished patio. You'll want to curl up on the sizable outdoor sofa and spend hours watching the waves.

2. 2-bedroom beachfront condo in the heart of Puerto Vallarta - starting at $100/night

Better suited to modern and minimalistic tastes, this 2-bedroom luxury high-rise impresses with a spacious, open layout and balconies with incredible views of the town's mountain backdrop. Blackout shades in both bedrooms let you sleep in after a night of too many margaritas, and a gym on-site means no excuse for easing up on your fitness goals. Dining and nightlife are just a short walk away.

Parking is included and so is WiFi, meaning Netflix bingeing (when you're not at the beach) is not out of the question.

The not-unreasonable 3-night minimum makes this vacation rental an option even for short weekend getaways.

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3. Romantic 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom villa with breakfast and maid service - $1995/week

If privacy and space appeal to you, you'll fall head over heals for this stunning 8,000-square-foot hillside villa, located just a mile from Playa Mismaloya near Puerto Vallarta. It features five well-appointed bedrooms and luxurious tiled bathrooms, not to mention an expansive outdoor patio with an ornate center fountain. Guests are welcome to use the pool, too.

A personal beach concierge can provide airport pickup and can help you secure excursions and activities. Plus, he'll serve you a welcome margarita when you arrive. A free continental breakfast is included, but you have the option to upgrade to a cooked hot breakfast, or even to hire a cook for your entire stay.

4. Casa de La Rosa II - 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo in upscale Amapas area - starting at $100/night

If the photo of this property's pool shimmering in the moonlight doesn't draw you in, nothing will. The Mexican-style Casa de La Rosa II is ideal for those with an eye for quirky design. Its master bedroom features a king bed and an en suite bathroom, and its second bedroom has its own full bathroom and provides easy access to the terrace, home to the private pool, a fountain and a lounging area complete with a barbecue grill.

From the patio you can admire the waters of Banderas Bay, and arrive at its beaches within just a few minutes. Likewise, the Malecón, the Romantic Zone and the area's shopping and dining are all practically at your doorstep.

5. Casita Camino al Mar luxury 3-bedroom villa in Bucerias - starting at $375/night

If you don't mind staying 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta in the seaside village of Bucerias, you can have this amazing 3-bedroom condo to yourself. It features tons of exposed brick, marble countertops, and a large heated saltwater swimming pool with a stone fountain, all within its 3,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space. Two of the bedrooms have French doors leading to lush garden areas, and all three bedrooms feature loft areas with twin beds.

The villa's outdoor beach shower will come in handy, as there's a long sandy stretch just a short walk from the condo. And no need to worry about coordinating and preparing meals; the services of a private cook are included in the nightly rate. Want to relax even further? In-house spa services can be provided as well.

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