Nuevo Vallarta: it means “new Vallarta.” So don’t expect to encounter very many old buildings here. Most businesses and hotels are totally modern, with only a few influences from traditional Mexican and Mayan architecture. You might think Nuevo Vallarta was a typical American city if it weren’t for the sparkling tropical ocean that can be seen from some angle of almost every building.

The defining design element for buildings in Nuevo Vallarta is open space – as a recently developed area, nothing is crammed together and almost every room has a view.  The Paradise Village resort exemplifies Nuevo Vallarta organizational planning: tennis courts, a golf course, hotel and apartment space are laid out in such a way that each feels boundless.

Private residences have much the same architectural feel, but on a reduced scale. There are more Mexican influences on these smaller homes, but in their function as a hacienda, more than their structural elements, which are mostly modern. There are, of course, timeshares: the expensive beachfront rentals that get all their business from tourists (the only people who can afford them). But you don’t have to put money into a timeshare to enjoy the sight of them from the outside.

Paradise Village