Yelapa, Boca de Tomatlan, Las Caletas, Las Animas, Mismaloya Beaches

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Yelapa, Boca de Tomatlan, Las Caletas, Las Animas, Mismaloya…

All the beaches south of Puerto Vallarta, from south to north

Yelapa Beach, Puerto Vallarta: Yelapa is definitely the most favored Puerto Vallarta beach. Tourists and locals alike venture to this secluded beach where the rest of the world becomes a distant memory. There is no way to get to Yelapa except by boat. We recommend you take a water taxi to Yelapa from Los Muertos beach in Puerto Vallarta, for a 45 min ride, where you pass by every secluded Puerto Vallarta beach on the southern side of the bay.

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Many tourists who plan a day trip to Yelapa end up making it an overnight trip because they can’t tear themselves away from Yelapa beach.

If this happens to you, look for a room at Hotel Lagunita. A very nice little bungalow hotel on Yelapa beach, with a small lagoon like pool overlooking the ocean. The only way to become a member of its community is if the town’s citizens are willing to accept you as a part of the town. This may sound difficult but in actuality, about half of the community was born abroad (mainly Americans and Europeans).

Yelapa beach

Yelapa beach

Beaches in Banderas bay

Beaches in Banderas bay

Majahuitas beach: about 40 minutes south from Puerto Vallarta by boat. A small, very pretty jungle-fringed cove that feels as remote from civilization as any Island. A luxurious Mexican Boutique Hotel, also called Majahuitas offers rustically elegant amenities to its guest only and is favorite among honeymooners, people celebrating anniversaries, and couples who are looking for a romantic getaway.
Puerto Vallarta beaches

Puerto Vallarta beaches

Most of the time the beach here is pretty much yours, occassionally tour boats stop here in the afternoon, but they aren’t allowed to use the hotels section of the beach. The snorkeling and diving are wordless on the north and south sides of the cove.
Las Caletas beach: The famous film maker John Huston, who used to live along this beach considered Las Caletas to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Today it has become Vallarta Adventures’ exclusive tropical beach hideaway, on the southern shores of Banderas Bay, between Quimixto and Yelapa.

This paradise for ecotourism now features a Spa, a Mayan Pyramid and an amphitheatre that hosts the Rythms of the Night Show. For an unforgettable, romantic evening, have dinner at night at Las Caletas with one of the many tours in Puerto Vallarta. Other activities you will be able to enjoy are snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking.

Majahuitas beach

Majahuitas beach

Las Caletas beach

Las Caletas beach

Quimixto beach: about 35 minutes south from Puerto Vallarta by boat. (The only way to get there!)
This is where you will find the only surf break on the southern shores of the Bay.

Quimixto is a secluded remote beach with one of the best fishing villages in Bandera’s Bay, there are lots of palapa restaurants where you can hide from the sun and enjoy cold refreshments with great seafood. The bonus here is that along with a nice beach you have an interesting town to explore and a beautifull waterfall to enjoy near the beach: it’s a 30 minutes walk.

Las Animas, Puerto Vallarta beach: This beach is very popular with Mexican families who will either take their own boat or a water taxi from Los Muertos or Mismaloya/Boca de Tomatlan. Las Animas is actually made up of two different beaches, each about a mile long, separated by rocks which can provide some privacy if you want.

Thanks to the almost transparent waters Las Animas is great for snorkeling and kayaking. Numerous palapa restaurants can be found on one of the two beaches. The other has maintained its unspoiled natural beautyand appears as if no man has ever set foot on it.

Quimixto

Quimixto

Las Animas beach

Las Animas beach

Playa del Amor: 25 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta by boat.
Not a lot of people know about this beautiful yet small beach. Most people you ask about it, won’t know where it is, the reason being it is not a tourist place. Located between Las Animas and Boca de Tomatlan, this beach is completely free of palapa shades or people, it will just be you, your lovedone, a waterfall (raining season only) coming from the mountain right into the middle of the beach, and a spectacular view!
Boca de Tomatlan beach

Boca de Tomatlan beach

Boca de Tomatlan is an impressive hidden beach, where the mouth of the Tomatlan River meets the ocean. The jungle is so close to the shore you can literally smell it. It is just minutes south of Mismaloya. Movie director John Huston used to live here before discovering las Caletas. While in Boca de Tomatlan you’ll find mainly Mexican families and some Palapa covered restaurants along the beach with fresh sea food and traditional Mexican dishes.
Boca de Tomatlan beach

Boca de Tomatlan beach

It is also a great departure point for tourists that want to see the wilder and more secluded beaches like Quimixto, Las Animas or Yelapa.

Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta beach: A very nice sandy beach surrounded by jungle where John Huston’s movie, “Night of the Iguana” was filmed. Approximately 15 min south of Puerto Vallarta by car, there are a few restaurants here and a great hotel called La Jolla de Mismaloya, a part of the Barcelo Hotels and Resorts chain.