Beaches in Puerto Vallarta

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Situated in a large protected cove on the Pacific coast of Mexico, the beaches of Puerto Vallarta expand over 20 miles of coastline. The white sand mimics powdered sugar and squeaks between the toes of thousands of travelers every year.

Nuevo Vallarta

Set just a few miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta is the beach of Nuevo Vallarta. Enjoy long walks along miles of empty coastline, cast a line at the fishy river mouth, or hop on a toboggan and take a ride down the river. The Sea Life Park is located nearby and allows visitors to swim with dolphins and watch sea lion shows. This is the perfect activity for families traveling with children. There are several restaurants in the vicinity to choose from, so do not hesitate to explore outside of the park

Marina Vallarta

Marina Vallarta is located just a few miles south of Nuevo Vallarta and is also known for breathtaking white-sand beaches. The immediate area surrounding Marina Vallarta generally caters to travelers staying at resorts. A cluster of tiny beach stretches run south of Marina and include: Playa de Oro-a surfer’s beach, Playa las Palmas, Playa los Tules, and Playa los Camarones-also known as Shrimp Beach. There are plenty of jet ski and wind surfing rentals for adventure seeking visitors.

Mismaloya Beach

Mismaloya is located on the southern bend of Vallarta-about 15 minutes from downtown Vallarta. The Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya Hotel is an all-inclusive resort with several tour options and water activities for the whole family to enjoy. The beach of Los Arcos is a popular spot for snorkeling-there are small island formations just off the coast that harbor thriving reefs. Snorkel tours in the Mismaloya area and surrounding beaches, such as Playa Punta Negra, suggest a variety of sea creatures to expect a close encounter with-clown fish, parrot fish, angelfish, Hawksbill sea turtles, and octopi are just a few.

Yelapa Beach

Heading south of Mismaloya about 7 miles is the beach of Yelapa-popular for water taxi services. The taxis take passengers to surrounding beach areas. Departures leave from the beach itself and run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily-not including Sundays. Water taxi rides cost about $10, 100 pesos in Mexican currency, each way.

There is certainly not a lack of activities or beaches to explore in Puerto Vallarta. If white sand, privacy, and natural wonders intrigue you, Vallarta will definitely please you.


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