It is difficult to speak of world-class hotels and resorts and stunning stretches of powdery-fine shorelines without mentioning one of Mexico’s greatest pearls — Puerto Vallarta. This coastal city wasn’t always the buzzing piece of heavenly land it is today. Back in the 1960s, it was a simple fishing village that experienced an overnight transformation once famous Hollywood celebrities, such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor made it their holiday destination.
So, if you’ve had your eye set on Puerto Vallarta as your next holiday retreat and you happen to love the vastness of endless white sands kissing the blues of the ocean, this rundown of the best beaches in the area is for you!
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#1 Playa Los Muertos
This is the most popular beach in Puerto Vallarta for two reasons — it is the one closest beaches to the town center, and it used to be the site of a cemetery, ergo its name “Deadman’s Beach.” Oddly enough, excavations made in the area in the 1920s found ceramic pots with human bones inside. Needless to say, it’s a beach with history. In addition, you can enjoy various beach activities there, such as banana boat rides and beach volleyball.
This is one of the more secluded beaches in the area, located around 10,5 miles away from the main town square. Go there, and you will be smitten by the emerald-colored waters and the clean sandy beach, as well as the small creek and waterfall in the vicinity. You can either get a water taxi to get there or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can hike from the Boca de Tomatlan.
#3 Playa Camarones
Yet another quiet beach that is perfect for families on luxury retreats, seeking a peaceful day in the sun, building sandcastles and swimming with their kids. Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach) is one of the beaches water sports lovers go. You can try out parasailing, boat excursions, paddle boarding, and much more.
#4 Playa Yelapa
Playa Yelapa most certainly is one of the hidden yet famous gems of the Mexico shoreline. Why? Because it can only be accessed if you take a boat from Puerto Vallarta. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Maybe due to its difficulty of access, but this gorgeous beach is still barely touched by the tourism industry in the area, so you have to be quick if you want to experience it before it gets crowded. There are no paved roads that go to the rather isolated community of Yelapa, which makes the visit there all the more charming.
#5 Playa Las Animas
If you are a sunbather looking for long and stunningly beautiful stretches of fine white sand and shallow waters, this beach is definitely the right destination for you. This too is a family-friendly beach with something for everyone — you can sunbathe and chill at the beach or try out different water activities, such as snorkeling, jet ski riding, kayaking, and parasailing.
#6 Playa Palmares
It is safe to say this beach is the swimming paradise for locals. Why? Because it is located far from rivers and the waters remain still and crystal clear all year round. There are also many best quality vacation rentals available nearby. So, if you want to relax and unwind during one of your luxury retreats, you should consider this beach. It is secluded, its fine sand will tingle your toes, and you will forget all about your daily problems. Go for a swim in the unbelievably clear waters and let them wash away your worries.
#7 Conchas Chinas
Conchas Chinas is not one, but actually, three small charming beaches tucked away in a serene and secluded area. This is the place people who wish to avoid the crowd of beachgoers and the music blasting from beach bars. It really is a paradise all on its own. Emerald-colored waters, sunbathed rocks, and fine white sand — what more could you ask for?
Scouring the Web for the perfect retreat destination is never easy. However, if you have set your eye on Mexico, you can’t miss out on the beauty of this heavenly piece of land that Puerto Vallarta has to offer. Its gorgeous shorelines, stunningly clear waters, and breathtaking resorts deserve to be experienced by everyone. By you!