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Best Beaches Around Puerto Vallarta

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Culture, gastronomy, beaches, night life, eco-tourism, and great surf — Puerto Vallarta has it all! Surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Madre and the emerald green waves of the Pacific Ocean, it truly is paradise.

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

6 Places

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6 Places

Playa de los Muertos

Beaches

Playa Las Animas

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Playa las Gemelas

Beaches

Mismaloya

Destinations

Yelapa

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Boca de Tomatlan

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Fernanda C's City Tips

  • Always bring a light sweater with you at night when it can get cool.
  • Take a bus to downtown to get acquainted with the area, and enjoy picturesque views out the window along the way.
  • Taxis are everywhere. Let the driver know your destination and ask the rate before you set off.
  • Vallarta has plenty of sidewalks so it's easy to walk around if you prefer.
  • Carry enough coins and small bills because there are not always ATMs close by.
  • I would recommend you pay in pesos over USD to save money.
  • Bring trainers and shorts, in case you plan to go into the jungle (as part of an excursion).
  • Before paying for a tour, ask for two or three choices so you can choose between and get the best deal.
  • Playa de los Muertos
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    Fernanda C Says:

    Popular with families and locals, Playa de los Muertos is the number one beach in the romantic zone (old town) of Puerto Vallarta, so is sometimes more crowded than other beaches in the area — but for good reason. There are plenty of bars and restaurants here so you can eat a gourmet dinner and enjoy one of the famous and romantic sunsets of Vallarta after a day lazing on the beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • According to archaeologist Dr. Joseph Mountjoy, this beach was a sacred cemetery of local Indians — hence the name!
    • If you want to buy something from a peddler, always pay with Mexican pesos, and be ready to haggle. (Carry 50 and 100 pesos notes as change can be an issue.)
    • You'll find this beach to the south of the Malecon and Cuale River.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach 26/05/2019
    • The Hub of The Beach 17/05/2019
    • Playa de los Muertos
    Address:
    El Centro (Off Calle Olas Atlas)
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
  • Playa Las Animas
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    Fernanda C Says:

    Looking for some relaxation? Playa Las Animas, located in the south of Puerto Vallarta, has soft white sand and small waves. The beach is ideal for children, as the level of water is low, so they can play all day — and you can dive or snorkel here, hopefully spotting some dolphins or whales on the horizon as you swim.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Access to the beach is only possible by boat or water taxi.
    • The beach is located about 20 miles south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, among Tomatlán and Quimixto.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Cabo Corrientes
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best beach south of PV 18/05/2019
    • Hike to Playa Las Animas 25/03/2019
    • Playa Las Animas
  • Playa las Gemelas
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    Fernanda C Says:

    Fine white sand, clear waters, and soft, gentle waves; Playa las Gemelas is an excellent choice for a relaxing beach retreat. Located in a private area, you can find a secluded spot and lie down to catch some rays, or — if you feel like being a bit more active — there are rocks to climb, as well as water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you book a water sports excursion, make sure you ask around to get the best deal.
    • Be prepared for the best sunset ever!
    • There isn't a WC close by and only one store — so bring snacks and water with you.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A magical beach and delicious food and drink 02/06/2019
    • Beautiful 15/05/2019
    • Playa las Gemelas
  • Mismaloya
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    Fernanda C Says:

    Mismaloya Beach is located in a beautiful cove — an area of nearly 250 meters lined with golden sand and framed by palm trees set in tropical jungle. The vegetation here is home to armadillos, jaguars, pumas, and deer, plus a variety of birds. It's a calm, chilled beach where you can find tranquility under a palm tree, and enjoy it with a very cold beer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can also try scuba diving, sailing, or water skiing — ask around to get the best deal on an excursion.
    • You can whale watch here from November to March.
    • I recommend the tour of the Marine National Park "Los Arcos," especially for those who are into snorkeling and diving.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Mismaloya
  • Yelapa
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    Fernanda C Says:

    Looking for a laid-back beach? Yelapa beach is a quiet, natural spot without cars, only a paved pedestrian street. It's very off-the-beaten-path — in fact this area only received electricity 10 years ago!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a walk or ride a horse to the refreshing waterfall.
    • Try a slice of coconut, lemon or chocolate pie — you'll spot the vendors balancing their homemade treats on their heads in plastic containers!
    • It's about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta by water taxi.
    • You can find hotels that offer yoga classes here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Yelapa
  • Boca de Tomatlan
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    Fernanda C Says:

    The beach at Boca de Tomatlan is a 'spectacle of nature,' especially in the rainy season when the sea water forms a kind of barrier with a lagoon. With a length of nearly 250 meters to explore, this beach is ideal for contemplation and relaxation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring enough cash with you because there are no ATMs.
    • You can find a water taxi terminal here. These can take you to other beautiful beaches like Animas, Quimixto, Majahuitas, and Yelapa.
    • It's 15-20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, and you can get here by taking one of two urban trucks from the bus station or the airport.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Boca de Tomatlan
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