Get to know Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

26 Sep 2017

West Coast Mexico has much more to offer than you can imagine. You’ve heard of Los Cabos, but have you immersed yourself in the laid-back, historical cultural experience that is Vallarta – Nayarit?

Yelapa, where the waters come together.

If you’re really looking to escape from it all, a tranquil day trip to the village and waterfalls of Yelapa and the waters of Majahuitas cove are for you. Emerald waters and golden sandy beaches bend into remote coves ideal for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.

South of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find small beautiful beaches and island locations you can only get to by boat. Quiet, beautiful places, small coves surrounded by nature and jungle and bathed by the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Yelapa is a small town just 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta (by boat), at the foot of the majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The word Yelapa is of Purepecha origin and means “place where waters come together.”

As we said, if you want to get from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa the only way is by sea and it is also best that way, if it were an easy ride by land, you can be sure it wouldn’t be the same. It’s a nice trip, you skirt along the edges of the southern part of the Banderas Bay, passing and sometimes stopping at the small beaches along the way, Las Ánimas, Quimixto, Las Caletas and Majahuitas.

Surfing and Adventure in Sayulita.

Surf’s up in Sayulita. So don’t miss out. Even if you’ve never surfed a day in your life, there are plenty of lessons to help your skills match the surfing passion in your heart. That means soon enough, you’ll be riding like a pro. (Or, at least standing up on your own.) And if anything other than surfing is calling your name, Sayulita still has your back. There are a ton of stands right on the beach that offer boogie boards, paddleboards, and pretty much anything you’d want to try.

Mismaloya, Las Penas ahora Los Arcos.

Nestled at the base of the Sierra Madres lies the village of Mismaloya. The entire area was originally named “Las Penas” after the massive rocks which guard the entrance of the bay. Those rocks are now called “Los Arcos” which is an underwater nature preserve, and a huge tourist attraction.

Mismaloya was made famous in 1964 when the movie “Night of the Iguana” starring Elizabeth Taylor was filmed here. Some of the ruins of the movie set still remain west of the beach here. Later the “Predator” was filmed at a jungle location which is now known as “El Eden”.
Mountain and bay views from Mismaloya rival anything in Mexico. The tropical atmosphere gives a jungle feel, offering beautiful foliage, brilliant flowers, and spectacular birds and butterflies.

In addition there are six palapa-covered beachfront restaurants which serve locally-caught seafood, and Mexican fare. Lobster, octopus and finfish are caught here daily.

Punta Mita is Prehistoric Paradise.

Punta Mita is a 1,500-acre beachfront village located on the north end of Banderas Bay in the nearby state of Nayarit, about 10 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. There is evidence of prehistoric (pre contact) human settlement in Nayarit. On the Punta de Mita peninsula, a hilltop archaeological site known as Careyeros Hill has been dated to circa 800 AD.
Punta Mita is surrounded on three sides by nine and a half miles of Pacific Ocean beaches and coves including Litibu Bay.

Punta Mita is kept comfortable year round by gentle sea breezes. Because of its mild tropical climate, Punta Mita is a popular vacation spot. The Marieta Islands are a 15-minute boat ride from Punta Mita and are a Mexican national park.

Native Huichol people refer to Punta Mita as a place for spiritual renewal, an apt description for this almost-island surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find relaxation, adventure and countless ways to spend time outdoors.

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