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Puerto Vallarta Beaches
On the Mexican Pacific

Puerto Vallarta Beaches are part of the second town in population in the State of Jalisco after picturesque Guadalajara. In Spanish the name is shortened to Vallarta while the English speaking crowds just say PV to make it even shorter. The International Airport is known as PVR.

This area of the State of Jalisco is blessed by beautiful mountains and rivers that flow through them to the Ocean. But above all, it features magnificent Mexico beaches making this city an ideal beach resort.

Here are a few of the most known beaches


Playa de Oro on the northern section of Puerto Vallarta

Playa de Oro on the northern section of Puerto Vallarta


Playa de Oro

This beach is located on the northern part of the city. Its name means Golden Beach, and it’s a clean and ample beach bordered by rocks making a perfect bay.

The bay is surrounded by many large resort hotels; therefore there are many facilities for water sports and many other activities while visiting this beach. Here you may swim or para-sail, surf or water-ski, or just lie on your sun bed and bask in the hot sun of the summers.

Surrounded by an arch of large hotels, you’ll be able to enjoy a number of recreational activities and aquatic sports, such as para-sailing, water-skiing and swimming. Playa de Oro is one of the most popular Puerto Vallarta Beaches amongst locals and visitors alike.




Playa de los Muertos the # 1 of Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Playa de los Muertos the # 1 of Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Playa de los Muertos

This beach is probably the most visited of the local Beaches. It is located on the southern end of the Malecon, or promenade bordering the beach. Here the River Cuale flows into the sea. The area of this beach is called Zona Romantica and it is actually the Old Town of Vallarta.

On this beach you will find lots of cafes and restaurants besides many stores for souvenirs. The whole concept is maintaining the Mexican Flavor and traditions that all tourists without exception love so much.


Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Playas Las Gemelas or Twin Beaches in Puerto Vallarta

Playas Las Gemelas or Twin Beaches in Puerto Vallarta


Las Gemelas Beach

Playa Las Gemelas or Twin Beaches is a pair of Beaches of about 100 meters each known by the fine sands and crystal clear waters.

Here the visitor will find all kind of amenities and will be able to choose from snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, plain walking or even climbing the rocks. For us the lazy ones, relaxing under the shade of a palm tree will be ideal.

Parque Nacional Marino los Arcos

If you are a marine life lover, this is ideal for you. The amazing marine park is located between Las Gemelas and Mismaloya Beaches. Here you will be able to boat, snorkel and or Scuba diving among the immense amount of corals, sea life and birds. It is located on several islands that seem to float in the greatness of the Pacific Ocean.


Playa Conchas Chinas in Vallarta with the clearest waters

Playa Conchas Chinas in Vallarta with the clearest waters


Playa Conchas Chinas

In English it means Chinese Shells. This beach is located just a few minutes south of the city and offers white sands and such clear waters that you will be able to enjoy the fish even without a snorkel. It has natural pools formed by the rocks and it gives the beach the Romanic Sensation sought by many visitors.

Las Ánimas Beach

This is a beach with golden sands and shallow waters. It is divided by a line of rocks and makes two perfect beaches. Las Animas is more touristic and the other one called El Caballito or Little Horse is private and ideal for a romantic getaway.


Mismaloya Beach in Vallarta at the foot of the mountains

Mismaloya Beach in Vallarta at the foot of the mountains

Playa Mismaloya

It is located at the foot of the mountains in its own bay. If you like to find observation points to enjoy the magnificent view, you’ll find many hotels or beach restaurants with large terrace for this exact purpose.

The claim to fame of this beach is that Tennessee Williams film here in 1964 his famous film “The Night of the Iguana”

Majahuitas Beach

This is a small beach on the foot of the jungle. Here you may kayak or just walk and discover the many inlets and caves or discover the many reptiles and birds.

Playa Camarones

In English Shrimp Beach, is the northernmost beach of Vallarta. It is a public beach. It is named for the fishermen that used to unload the fresh shrimps on the beach after their day at sea.


Boca de Tomatlan a hidden paradise in Puerto Vallarta

Boca de Tomatlan a paradise of Puerto Vallarta Beaches


Boca de Tomatlan Beach

This beach is the last that can be reached by land before the road turns inland. It is just a small fishing village where the river flows into the ocean. From here you may hire the famous “pangas” and be taken to the other beaches of Yelapa, Quimixto, Majahuitas and Las Animas.

Quimixto Beach

This is a small village reached only by boat or pangas. While on this beach you may want to rent a horse and venture deep inland to a great waterfall and a deep lagoon for swimming and snorkel. Once back on the beach enjoy homemade Mexican seafood dish cooked to the order in one of the restaurants.


For more information visit Mexico Tourism Website


Yelapa Beach can be reached by boat from Tomatlan

Yelapa Beach can be reached by boat from Tomatlan


Yelapa Beach

One more beach reached by panga from Tomatlan. This is a beach to walk and get lost looking at the animals and birds. It is a traditional Mexican Village, so do not miss the Mexican Food in one of the small restaurants.

Departure times from Boca de Tomatlan to Yelapa would be:

9:00 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. / 24:00 / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm / 6pm and 6:30 pm being the last taxi to Yelapa.
Courtesy of Hotel Lagunita

Playa Olas Altas

In English High Waves Beach, extends from the River Cuale all the way south to the fishing pier. Despite the name, the waves near the shore are not high and the beach is perfect for families with children. There are many restaurants as in most of Puerto Vallarta Beaches.



images credits for puerto vallarta beaches

playa muertos    melikamp
conchas chinas    melikamp
playa de oro    n/a
mismaloya    n/a
tomatlan    n/a
yelepa    n/a
puerto vallarta    stilin


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