It is easy to know why Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most popular resort destinations. The surrounding area is composed of both dazzling sandy beaches and lush palm-covered mountains. However, let’s find out where to go to avoid the crowds.
The most isolated beaches are West of Boca de Tomatlán. Actually, they are not accessible by road. While most of the people take a boat from this seaside village, walking along the coast is a great option as well. From East to West you will encounter Colomitos, Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa beaches.
Apart from snorkeling and resting on the beach, you can hike around to several small waterfalls. They are quite close to the beach and easy to spot. I personally enjoyed the ones in Colomitos.
TIP! Local inexpensive buses connect Puerto Vallarta and Boca de Tomatlán. They depart every fifteen minutes from the corner of Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes streets in colonia Emiliano Zapata.
Arcos Marine Park
On the way to Boca de Tomatlán, you will find the protected area of Los Arcos. These small granite islands are a great spot for scuba diving, snorkeling or just enjoying the sunset.
Where To Stay In Puerto Vallarta
Oasis Hostel is a great budget option in Puerto Vallarta. This backpackers’ hostel is not the closest to the beach or city center. However, the distance is walkable and you will get the chance to know less touristic areas of the town. Besides, I really enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere, the city views from the rooftop terrace and the pancakes for breakfast. I definitely would go back.
TIP! When staying in Puerto Vallarta, do not miss the beautiful malecon. It gets so cheerful and alive on the evenings!
- Travel Guide: Lonely Planet Mexico