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Wondering what to wear in Puerto Vallarta? Take a look at these style ideas for resort vacations, destination weddings, a girly weekend getaway, or a surf break in Sayulita!


What to Wear in Puerto Vallarta


If you’re headed to Puerto Vallarta, you probably have a few goals in mind:

  • All-inclusive Resort Vacation
  • Destination Wedding
  • Girl’s Weekend
  • Sayulita


Here are a few ideas about what to wear in Puerto Vallarta for either of the above scenarios:


All-inclusive Resort


Seabreeze Poncho / Push-Up Swimsuit / Denim Short / Tory Burch Flip Flop


After a little R&R? Puerto Vallarta had a plethora of beautiful all-inclusive resorts to choose from. If you don’t want to plan anything, just arrive and start your vacation right from the start, this is the plan for you.

Make sure to bring a few bathing suits including a trendy one piece that can also double up as a top with shorts, a skirt, or breezy beach pants.


One piece swimsuits are in style! These are our favorites!


When planning what to wear in Puerto Vallarta on a resort vacation, don’t forget a cover-up or two to make the trek from your hotel to the pool. Avoid polyester based cover-ups (you’ll roast!) and opt for 100% cotton or linen instead to stay pretty and fresh, too.

You won’t need too much variety in footwear for a resort vacation. A pair of dress sandals will do the trick and an optional pair of cute women’s flip flops. Add a pair of heels for fine dining or special events.

Depending on your hotel, you may want to bring formal attire to dine at some restaurants. If you want an amazing steak dinner outside of your hotel, try out Sonora Grill – insanely good! Dress to impress.


Shop these stylish dress sandals!


 Destination Wedding


Rehearsal Dress / Encounter Dress / Wedge Sandal


For a destination wedding you’ll need something similar to the above resort options if you have time to enjoy your resort outside of the wedding.

You’ll also want to add your wedding outfit of course plus an extra dress that can serve as a backup or be worn for any nice dinners the day before or after the wedding.

Instead of packing two pairs of heels for each dress, choose one neutral option you can wear with either style.


If you’re in the wedding party, take a look at these bridal party clothing tips!


 Girl’s Weekend


Cutout DressRuffle Butter Romper / Sam Edelman Snake Sandal


If your visit’s based on a girl’s weekend or bachelorette party, bring the items mentioned in the above Resort section plus cute party dresses.

Bring shoes you don’t mind staining from spilled drinks at the bars and clubs. Sunglasses, a sunhat, and some rehydration salts (to avoid a hangover) might also be in order for a crazy party weekend away.


For something versatile, take this convertible wrap dress!




Printed Crop RashguardCover Up Dress / Cute Flip-Flops


The beaches in Puerto Vallarta aren’t the best so many opt for a day trip to the nearby surf town, Sayulita.

This once sleepy town known only to surfers is now jam packed with vacation-goers who want a chilled out alternative to the Puerto Vallarta town. A small but cute village, it has a laid back vibe with chilled out bars and a social beach.

If you plan to give surfing a try during your visit, pack a bathing suit that fits properly so it doesn’t slide off on the board and bring a rash guard, too.

With an unpretentious vibe, pretty sundresses or a fun top plus shorts paired with cute flip flops or sandals is the way to go here. Cute bikinis are a must.


We’re loving these cute summer dresses for women. Take a look!


Other things to bring


Sunscreen Stick  / Summer Sun Hat / SunglassesAddidas Water Shoes


If you plan to visit any of the adventure attractions with slides and zip lining you’ll want to add a pair of trainers or water shoes for the mud and water.

And a few essentials for any visit to Puerto Vallarta should include sunglasses and strong sunblock!


Want more swimwear you can wear on and off the beach? Check out these cute styles!


What are your tips on what to wear in Puerto Vallarta? Share in the comments!

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