Four Mexican Beaches For You
While spending time in The Ultra Gentrified Colonial City of Puerto Vallarta, you are very likely to visit one of the many beaches in the area.
The entire area of Vallarta (and a bit further beyond), features some really incredible, picturesque beaches, great for adventure, building sand castles, and just retiring as many pensioners and ex-pats have done.
You can fulfill all your hopes and dreams of: sitting on the sand and burning your skin away, fattening up on endless buffets and cocktails at resorts, adventure into some coastal jungles and villages, and to touch horses and seeing a fat kid riding a donkey on his way to work (photo included).
In this post, I will cover 4 beaches:
- Nuevo Vallarta
- and the ultimate: Boca De Tomatlan
Where is the Closest Point?
Nuevo Vallarta, (in the state of) Nayarit , Mexico
If you are staying in central Puerto Vallarta, then getting to Nuevo Vallarta is just a 20-30 minute taxi ride (I recommend an Uber to save about 30%).
Nuevo Vallarta is full of large-scale resorts, and loaded with foreigners on vacation.
The general demographic here is couples in starting in their mid 40s, families who bring their kids, and plenty of pensioners, and ex-pats.
You can tell many of them are from the United States and Canada due to their waist size being quite round (tourists here are fat) 😉
If you are a young adult looking to engage in a robust week of alcoholism and chasing tail, then this is definitely not the place.
Boca De Tomatlan, (in the state of) Jalisco, Mexico (etc)
Boca De Tomatlán (Mouth of the Land with Tomatoes) is, in my opinion more geared towards entry-level adventurers looking for a nice hike along the cliffs and steep hills of the Mexican coast.
In this section, I'm combining several smaller beaches into one album:
- Boca De Tomatlan
- Colomitos Beach
- Playa Las Animas
You have the option of taking high-speed boats (that act like a local bus service) between the different beaches, but the real fun is walking along the coastal cliffs and in between high-away cliff-side and beach hotels.
Litibu, Nayarit, Mexico
This beach is located in a currently under-development area, which will evolve into a massive resort location within 5-10 years.
It is about 30 minutes driving from Nuevo Vallarta, and is only accessible by car.
My friend and I rented a jeep, to visit Litibu, and ultimately, Sayulita.
I wouldn't say that this beach is prime for swimming, because the waters are a bit intense, but the view of the birds felt almost like national geographic.
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
After visiting Litibu, it was time to visit Sayulita, which was only about 30 more minutes away.
Sayulita is a more popular destination for many tourists, and is a popular little town to stay in as well.
I found that walking around here for a maximum of 2 hours was sufficient, but some foreigners actually live here for months at a time.
To get here, you either take a bus, which can take about 2+ hours, or just rent a car, and arrive within about 1 hour of driving from Nuevo Vallarta.
By far, my most favourite beach (and section of beaches) was Boca De Tomatlan, and the hike that you can do along the coast.
I did this hike, in a span of 2 separate occasions, which turned out to be an amazing experience.
On the other hand, if staying in an all-inclusive resort is your thing, then Nuevo Vallarta has everything you need.
I can't say much about Sayulita, although it has a certain small beach-town charm to it.
If you stay in Vallarta for long enough, you can definitely experience all of them.