Nestled along Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta is a premier beach and resort destination among travelers from across the world. With its crystal blue waters and idyllic tropical climate, PV is a beach lover’s paradise. If you’re planning to make your way to this picturesque locale, you’ll want to make time for the best spots along the shore.
Puerto Vallarta is an internationally well-known beach destination due to its warm waters, exotic natural beauty, and top-notch facilities that blend in with its warm hospitality. There are plenty of beaches to discover and to choose as your favorite, each of them with a particular enchantment, some of them are accessible only by boat, hidden and surrounded by magical sceneries, others with plenty of life going around them. But when you thought you found paradise, from north to south you’ll keep discovering more!
Sayulita has long been a fav surf spot in Mexico, this sleepy little fishing village was “discovered” by surfers from the U.S. and Canada who wandered south of the border in search of good waves and mellow vibes. You can say a lot has changed since then in Sayulita, but you can’t say that the surf has changed. It’s still the consistent break that it always was, easy enough for beginners and still a joy for longboarders and other more experienced surfers. Sayulita serves as a great base for exploring the area. San Pancho (San Francisco) is just minutes up the coast and worth a day trip or even longer for the food and fun. Puerto Vallarta is further south and the area’s biggest town with lots of restaurants, luxury tours, waterfall hiking, and hidden beach alcoves to discover. But before you make it to PV, stop in Punta Mita, the town known for its upscale hotels and restaurants as well as the great surf off its various beaches. Don’t forget to take a trip out to see the Marieta Islands – pristine beaches created by volcanos in the middle of the sea.
When you are looking at Puerto Vallarta for a vacation you want to leave the world behind, as if you were alone on a desert island, sheltered in a hidden refuge. This is an apt description of Punta Mita Mexico. This exclusive and luxurious vacation getaway rises from the peninsula and includes almost 10 kilometers (six miles) of virgin Pacific coast beaches, surrounded by rolling green hills.
Punta Mita beaches were voted #5 best beaches in Mexico.
Boca de Tomatlán (or just “Boca”) is a small traditional fisherman village where the river meets the sea, located 30 minutes from Puerto Vallarta’s downtown; you can get there by land or sea. This town is the starting point for all the water taxis that take you to the Cabo Corrientes’ south beaches.
By boat or through its tropical trail you can access Colomitos, Madagascar, and Las Ánimas beaches or go further by boat to Quimixto and Yelapa. The town has a short Malecón, some palapa restaurants with fresh seafood, and some stores to buy beverages or snacks before heading on an adventure to a hidden paradise.
Yelapa is a tropical paradise, only accessible by boat, located 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. Yelapa is an exotic small fisherman’s village. With restaurants and beach clubs where you can enjoy a day full of sun and a relaxed atmosphere.
You can also find small hotels on the beach. Yelapa is also famous for its homemade pies, which are a delicious treat while sunbathing at the beach. One of Yelapas’ main attractions is horseback riding and hiking to its waterfall. A 30 to 40 minutes walk with great scenarios to stop for some photos.
This trek takes you through the jungle up the mountains and it ends receiving you with a natural pool of fresh and clean cool water from the waterfall.
Las Caletas is a magical private beach, specially designed for full relaxation. Famous movie director John Huston used this place as a home back in the day.
You get there only by a 1-hour boat ride. Once you’re there, be ready to jump into the water and scuba dive, snorkel, or paddleboard. Drinks and meals are included in the tour. Children are sure to have lots of fun in the shallow waters, and for the adults, there is a private section with hammocks by the sea and a spa at the top of a cliff.
This beach is very popular among families, locals, and visitors from neighboring cities and states. Los Muertos beach is mainly the top attraction in Old Vallarta, the beach is crowded compared to the rest of the beaches in Pto. Vallarta and even the Bay area, but that also means that if you enjoy people-watching, you’ll have fun here. There are vendors, activities, food, beers, and parasailing, you can swim in the ocean (the waves normally aren’t big), and build castles in the sand with your kids.
Conchas Chinas is a beach that is characterized by calm waters, which makes it a perfect place to go with your family and spend a relaxing day in the company of your loved ones.
As you walk down the beach, you will find several rocks where you can admire the curious urchins roaming around, you can also see crabs and especially the “Chinese Shells” that gave name to this area of the city, making it a unique beach.
In addition, between the big rocks, little basins are formed, where you can take a refreshing swim as if you’re in a natural jacuzzi. It is worth mentioning that it is also an ideal place to spend a romantic day with your partner.
This is a remote and hidden beach located around 20 minutes by car from downtown Puerto Vallarta, visited mostly by locals who know where the good beaches are.
You’ll find clear turquoise waters and a place on the warm sand to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
This beach is well-known for being the setting of the famous 1964 film The Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton, who invited his then-girlfriend, Liz Taylor to join him during the movie shooting.
In front of this beach, you will find Los Arcos Marine Park, a collection of rocky islands where you can practice scuba diving and snorkeling and discover the abundant marine life found in its depths. By the beach, you can find hotels and resorts, some local restaurants, and a Tequila tour in town.
This beach is remote and only accessible by boat or a 1-hour and half hike from Boca de Tomatlan’s exotic jungle treks. At Las Animas, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy refreshments and authentic seafood under the shade of a palapa.
There are paddleboard rentals, banana boat rides, Las Animas Adventure Park with zip lines, balance beams, and much more!
Quimixto is a small town located within the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, south of Puerto Vallarta. It‘s a small fishing village, popular among tourists and locals alike. You can get there on a 20-minute boat ride from Boca de Tomatlan.
Quimixto’s main attraction is its stupendous waterfall, which you can reach by renting one of the horses that are waiting to receive visitors, or you can also hike if you’re up for it. There’s a restaurant at the entrance of the waterfall, to sit and enjoy the fresh, clean water. Quimixto is an exotic journey that you must add to your next visit to Puerto Vallarta.
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