by Karon Warren
Sitting on Conchas Chinas beach at Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, the Lindo Mar Resort provides visitors with a vacation in what it calls “an authentic Old Mexico setting.” Think terra cotta tile, black wrought iron and Mexican motifs with the ocean serving as a backdrop. Guests can do as little or as much activity as they want, from building sand castles on the beach and body surfing on the waves to working on their tan by the swimming pool. Hotel staff also can help you book horseback riding excursions, ATV tours, a swim with the dolphins and other offsite adventures. You can dine at the onsite restaurant, or venture into downtown Puerto Vallarta for a variety of cuisines.
Accommodations include non-smoking one-, two- or three-bedroom condominium suites with such amenities as full kitchens, air conditioning, internet service, cable TV, safe deposit box and balcony or patio.
Our Editor Loves
- Swimming pool
- Onsite restaurant
- Suites with kitchens
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
This is the 30th year I had the pleasure of staying at Lindo Mar as a homeowner. My newly remodeled unit has every convenience. The new kitchens have great new appliances to make my stay a pleasure. When I don't want to cook I head down to La Playita, our very own Mexican restaurant on the first floor. Love Sunday brunch. know by locals as one of the best deals in PV. Sitting above the beach having a Hapyy Hour Margarita watching the sun set over the Bay is a tradition. Breakfast, lunch and dinners at Lindo Mar were our go-to for the week.
The other thing I love about Lindo Mar is the intimate size - only 49 units. You can't help but get to know those staying there. It is also located in the beautiful Romantic Zone South of Old town on the Conchas Chinas, away from cruise ships, airport and traffic. Peaceful is the word. We hop on the local bus to get anywhere North or South and it is only 5 minutes from Old Town and Los Muertos Beach and shopping. We even took the bus from Lindo Mar to the beautiful Botanical Gardens just 45 minutes away to the South. Can't wait to go back.
My husband and I stayed here on an II timeshare exchange. We had a one bedroom on the 6th floor, which had a lovely ocean view. We were aware when we booked that the resort would be under construction during our stay and took our chances... yep, we were located directly beneath the construction. It wasn’t that big a deal though. We only heard loud noise a few times during our week, and they seemed to be on a 9 to 5 schedule, so we could sleep ok. What was a big deal was that the pool was closed for repairs for most of the week, and that was not disclosed in advance of our arrival. I would really have liked to have had use of the pool during those very hot humid days, (September is off season for a reason!) and I probably would have picked a different resort if I had known there wouldn’t be a pool. For that I’m taking off a star. There’s a lot to like at Lindo Mar though. Go down a few stairs and through a locked gate to a small beach with lounge chairs, palapas, and bar service. Few vendors come around and the snorkeling is pretty good. The open air restaurant is open all day and serves decent Mexican food at a fair price, especially considering the amazing view. The margaritas seemed to have more alcohol in them than other cocktails they served and will knock you off your feet. We used Uber to get around, which was super easy and convenient, and it cost about 45 pesos to get to the Romantic Zone of town. Our room was large and had a nice balcony with a small table and two cushioned chairs- no hammock or lounger though. Also there was no dishwasher or washer/dryer, which most timeshares I stay in do have, but there is free daily maid service and a laundry service for a fee. The maid will wash your dishes for about a dollar a day. The unit also had a jug of drinking water, good air conditioning, and lots of ceiling fans. We found the bed comfortable but the springs made a lot of noise. The decoration scheme was Mexican, with Talavera tile accents and kitchy stuff like paper mache fruit and paper flowers. We enjoyed the old school vibe, the friendliness, and the sense of place that this resort has. And unlike many of the larger, newer resorts in the region, no one here will pester you to attend a timeshare sales presentation. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would return.