The best beaches in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Puerto Vallarta is an international well-known beach destination due to its warm waters, exotic natural beauty and top-notch facilities that blend in with its warm hospitality. There’s plenty of beaches to discover and to choose as your favorite, each of them with a particular enchantment, some of them are accessible only by boat, hidden and surrounded by magical sceneries, others with plenty of life going around them. But when you thought you found paradise, from north to south you’ll keep discovering more!


Yelapa is a tropical paradise, only accessible by boat, located 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. Yelapa is an exotic small fisherman’s village. With restaurants and beach clubs where you can enjoy a day full of sun and relaxed atmosphere.

You can also find small hotels on the beach. Yelapa is also famous for its homemade pies, which are a delicious treat while sunbathing at the beach. One of Yelapas’ main attractions is hiking to its waterfall. A 30 to 40 minutes walk with great scenarios to stop for some photos.  

This trek takes you through the jungle up the mountains and it ends receiving you with a natural pool of fresh and clean cool water from the waterfall.


Yelapa beach in Puerto Vallarta

Las Gemelas Beach

This is a remote and hidden beach located around 20 minutes by car from downtown Puerto Vallarta, visited mostly by locals who know where the good beaches are.

You’ll find clear turquoise waters and a place on the warm sand to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Gemelas beach in Puerto Vallarta

Los Muertos Beach

This is one of the most famous and popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta. Located in the Olas Altas or Romantic Zone area, very close to downtown, it’s an easy walk from the Malecon, where you can find the renovated iconic pier with an outstanding view to the Pacific Ocean.

At Los Muertos Beach you’ll experience a chill and hip vibe with a roster of restaurants, shops, art galleries and bars to choose from and find your perfect spot.

Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Conchas Chinas Beach

Conchas Chinas is located 10 minutes by car from downtown and is well known as one of the most romantic beaches around, it's a top wedding location in Puerto Vallarta.

It offers pristine natural pools made by towering rock formations, turquoise waters and soft white sand. If you’re looking for a great beach to find a place and enjoy the moment, this is it.

Conchas Chinas Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Las Caletas Beach

Las Caletas is a magical private beach, specially designed for full relaxation. Famous movie director John Huston used this place as a home back in the day.

Vallarta Adventure Tours hosts the access to this beach; tours begin at 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

You get there only by a 1-hour boat ride. Once you’re there, be ready to jump into the water and scuba dive, snorkel, or paddleboard. Drinks and meals are included in the tour. Children are sure to have lots of fun in the shallow waters, and for the adults, there is a private section with hammocks by the sea and a spa at the top of a cliff.

Las Caletas Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Colomitos Beach

Colomitos is located in the south of Puerto Vallarta. A hidden, small and beautiful beach surrounded by the exotic mountains of the Sierra Madre, known as the smallest beach in Mexico. To get there you have 2 options: the first is a 40-minute hike from Boca de Tomatlán through its tropical treks.

The second option is to take a 5-minute water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan. There are no restaurants or facilities, so take a snack and your umbrella if you are planning to spend the day there.

Colomitos Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Las Animas Beach

This beach is remote and only accessible by boat or a 1-hour and a half hike from Boca de Tomatlan’s exotic jungle treks. At Las Animas you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy refreshments and authentic seafood under the shade of a palapa.

There are paddleboard rentals, banana boat rides, Las Animas Adventure Park with ziplines, balancing beams and much more!

Las Animas Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Madagascar Beach

This is another tiny and beautiful beach with pristine waters that you will find hiking or by boat from Boca de Tomatlan, between Colomitos and Las Animas Beach.

Madagascar Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Mismaloya Beach

This beach is well-known for being the setting of the famous 1964 film The Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton, who invited his then girlfriend, Liz Taylor to join him during the movie shooting.

In front of this beach you will find Los Arcos Marine Park, a collection of rocky islands where you can practice scuba diving and snorkeling and discover the abundant marine life found in its depths. By the beach you can find hotels and resorts, some local restaurants and a Tequila tour in town.

Mismaloya Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Camarones Beach

Camarones Beach is a Blue Flag certified beach, located in the downtown area, less crowded than other areas on the same shoreline. Take your chairs and umbrella, or you can rent them there, and simply indulge lying in the sand.

Walking vendors will offer their crafts and henna tattoos, and also the famous local fish & shrimp sticks. You can also enjoy your day at one of the trendy restaurants and bars by the beach or in the area.


Quimixto is a small town located within the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, south of Puerto Vallarta. It ‘s a small fishing village, popular among tourists and locals alike. You can get there on a 20-minute boat ride from Boca de Tomatlan.

Quimixto’s main attraction is its stupendous waterfall, that you can reach by renting one of the horses that are waiting to receive visitors, or you can also hike if you’re up for it. There’s a restaurant at the entrance of the waterfall, to sit and enjoy the fresh, clean water. Quimixto is an exotic journey that you must add to your next visit to Puerto Vallarta.

Quimixto beach in Puerto Vallarta

Boca de Tomatlan

Boca de Tomatlán (or just “Boca”) is a small traditional fisherman village where the river meets the sea, located 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta’s downtown; you can get there by land or sea. This town is the starting point for all the water taxis that take you to the Cabo Corrientes’ south beaches.

By boat or through its tropical trail you can access Colomitos, Madagascar and Las Ánimas beaches or go further by boat to Quimixto and Yelapa. The town has a short Malecón, some palapa restaurants with fresh seafood, some stores to buy beverages or snacks before heading on an adventure to a hidden paradise.

Boca de Tomatlán beach in Puerto Vallarta

Playa de Oro

Playa de Oro (Golden Beach) a name taken from one of the first hotels built in the area is located in the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone, with rocks at each end, creating a small safe and sandy bay. This beach in Puerto Vallarta has also been awarded the “Blue Flag” certificate, due to its clean waters and shore, its accessibility and facilities.

You can enjoy different water activities like waterski, kayak, banana boat rides, and parasailing. You can spend the day here without going too far from your hotel.

Playa de Oro beach in Puerto Vallarta

Boca de Tomates

Boca de Tomates is located close to the International Airport, near the mouth of the Ameca River, which divides the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. In this beach you will find a small charming village and due to its estuary is now a protected area and it’s one of the less crowded beaches to enjoy of a relaxed day over the beach and be delighted with authentic traditional restaurants with excellent fresh seafood and zarandeado fish, a local favorite.

Boca de Tomates beach in Puerto Vallarta

Caballo Beach

Caballo Beach is another small oasis, located nearby Boca de Tomatlán. You can get there by boat, or take the famous hike from Boca and just before you reach Las Animas Beach.

There are no restaurants or facilities, so it's just you surrounded by exotic nature, sand and turquoise waters.

Caballo beach in Puerto Vallarta

Amapas Beach

Amapas beach is a small area located south of the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta, next to Los Muertos Beach and el Púlpito, a rocky formation at the south end of Los Muertos Beach and extends to Conchas Chinas beach. There, you can find calm waves, green-emerald waters and some amapa trees that provide shade.

There are plenty of stores nearby to get supplies and enjoy.

Amapas beach in Puerto Vallarta

Garza Blanca Beach

If you’re up for a morning hike to later relax by the beach, Garza Blanca Beach is the ideal choice. This beach is located south of Puerto Vallarta. It has soft sand and clear waters, and is “Blue Flag" certified. It has been named after all the white herons that come and feed on the small fish.

Across the road you’ll find the Palo Maria River, and you can take the 20-minute hike to its refreshing waterfall before relaxing by the shore.

Garza Blanca beach in Puerto Vallarta

Palmares Beach

Palmares Beach is also a “Blue Flag” certified beach. The narrow stretch of pristine sand is located 3 miles (6 km) south of downtown.  The waters are soft and crystalline turquoise. It has a lifeguard, restrooms, showers, wheelchair access, parking and food concessions and vendors.

Lounges, tables and umbrellas are available for rent, for you to spend the day relaxing to the sound of its waves.

Palmares beach in Puerto Vallarta

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