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The Best View in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

If you are looking for a spectacular view of Puerto Vallarta . One of the most accessible hikes is to the Mirador de la Cruz in Puerto Vallarta, or Mirador el Cerro de la Cruz, Puerto Vallarta. Located atop the centre of the Puerto Vallarta, it’s a moderate climb, a lot of stairs, but not too far, and fun hike to discover the best view of Puerto Vallarta to add to your vacation.


1.5 km return


1 hr 30 min


115 m



Most of the hard work is making your way up to the start of the stairs, then ascending the stairs to the viewing platform. The walk down, is a lot quicker, but you still need to be careful as the cobblestone roads can be unlevel.

Enjoying the Back Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Winding your way to the start of the stairs, you’ll visit quiet cobblestone streets. The streets are steep, so wear good shoes with a non-slip sole. When I went it was about 30° C and very humid. Take water with you, and a hat for the sun.

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Gustave Flaubert
  • Wear good shoes, sometimes the paving stones are wet, uneven, or slippery.
  • Take water with you.
  • Wear a hat for sun.
  • There are toilets at the top, buy for a fee.

Enjoy the view.

BreathTaking Views Worth the Steep Hike!

The platform at the top of Puerto Vallarta’s Mirador de la Cruz , allows you to get spectacular 360-degree view of Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre mountains. 

While the panoramic view of the sea will take your breath away, don’t forget to turn around for the best view of the mountain range that stretches to the horizon in Puerto Vallarta. You can’t always see the mountains or get an idea of ​​how great they are, making this a spectacular view of the green mountains of Puerto Vallarta.

View from Mirador platform in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
View from Mirador platform in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What to Expect

There was a bit of construction along the path, and some very big heavy duty equipment. The big earth movers along the narrow path made for an interesting walk up.

Construction on the walk up to Mirador platform in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Construction on the walk up to Mirador platform in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The cable car was not working. But hopefully these renovations might restore it.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

Martin Buber

Location (Map to Mirador de la Cruz de Puerto Vallarta)

From the Malecón, take Abasolo Street away from the beach and head towards upward toward the hill top behind the city. After a couple of blocks, turn left onto Emilio Carranza Street and then right onto Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez. Along the way, several hand-painted signs indicate how to get to Mirador de la Cruz. Soon you will reach a long set of white stairs that lead to the viewpoint and the best view of Puerto Vallarta.

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