5 Exhilarating day trips from Puerto Vallarta

Heading to Puerto Vallarta on your next trip? Cant figure out what to do with your days while there? Well, in this post I will show you 5 places you should visit while on vacation! I include information such as, things to do, how to get there, and recommendations. The list is in no particular order but the last location is a LIFE CHANGER! Without further ado, here are 5 far-out day trips from Puerto Vallarta!

Sunset at Los Muertos Beach

Mismaloya Beach

Mismaloya beach is just a short 20 minute ride south of the Romantic Zone. This cozy beach is less crowded than Playa Los Muertos. It’s lined with restaurants that serves fresh seafood! The former fishing village is now used for relaxation or for a quick getaway! Go for a swim, read a book, or eat at one of the restaurants for a perfect day trip.

How to get there:

Bus: From the romantic Zone, at the corner of Basilio Badillo and Constitución street, there will be a bus stop for an orange and white bus. The bus will be marked, “Boca/Mismoloya” on the front and it costs around .60 cents (usd). You will know your getting close when you pass the Los Arcos Islets on your right. That indicates that you are about a mile away. If all else fails, ask the bus driver and he should let you know when to get off.

Car/Taxi/Uber: From the Romantic Zone, head south on Highway 200 and follow the curvy road. Go about 7 miles (11 kilometers) and turn right before the tour stands by the Barceló resort. Follow the cobblestone road and it will take you straight to the beach.

If you are looking to find more information about Mismaloya, then head to this link for a more detailed post.

Yelapa

Relaxing on the Beach in Yelapa

My personal favorite…. Yelapa This beautiful secluded beach, only accessible by boat, captures the hearts of many. The remote village has no cars; Locals prefer 4-wheelers or to go by horse. Located in the fourth biggest bay of the world (Banderias bay), Yelapa features two waterfalls, a tranquil beach and many restaurants to choose from. I highly suggest eating at Cafe Bahemia for beackfast/lunch and Taco y Mas for dinner. Spend an afternoon here or extend your trip for one or two nights for complete relaxation. There is plenty to do from hiking to a waterfall, walking around the town, to parasailing behind a boat or horseback-riding through the jungle for an extreme adrenaline rush! This beach is a MUST SEE!

How to get there:

Bus/boat: From the romantic Zone, at the corner of Basilio Badillo and Constitución street, there will be a bus stop for an orange and white bus. The bus will be marked, “Boca/Mismoloya” on the front and it costs around .60 cents (usd). Hop on the bus and get off at Boca de Tomatlan (about 11 miles south of PV center square). From there, take a boat to Yelapa. You can buy tickets on the pier and it takes around 30 minutes. You can view the boat schedule here.

Car/Taxi/Uber: From the Romantic Zone, head south on Highway 200 and follow the curvy road. After around 11 miles, you will reach Boca de Tomatlan on your right. Park you car there and take a boat from Boca to Yelapa. You can buy tickets on the pier and it takes around 30 minutes. You can view the boat schedule here.

Las Animas Beach

Hiking to Las Animas

Playa Las Animas has an awesome hike! If your an adventurous soul, then this is the beach for you! Hike along the water with some incredible views and finish your hike with a dip in the ocean! It’s about a 2.5 mile hike to the beach and the waves are nice and calm for a refreshing swim. Then, fill up on some tacos and take a taxi or bus for an easy ride home. If you’re not much of a hiker, don’t fret. You can take a taxi or bus there no problem.

How to get there:

Bus/hiking: follow the directions from Yelapa and stop at Boca De Tomatlan. From Boca, the trail starts and it will take around 2 hours with stops along the way. Read this post for a more detailed description of the hike.

Car/Boat: Take a boat from the Los Muertos Pier or head to Boca and grab a water taxi from there. Both piers have water taxis that will take you to Las Animas.

Sayulita

The vibrant town of Sayulita

If you are crunched on time, I don’t recommend this trip. However, if you have the whole day to spend or even better, a weekend to kill, then, head over to Sayulita. Easy to access by bus, this colorful surfer-town is great for families, solo travelers and couples. It has it all. Local craftsman shops to buy from, delicious restaurants, a beach to learn how to surf, and a laid back type of lifestyle. Check out ChocoBanana to get your hands on one of their well known chocolate dipped frozen bananas! It’s a perfect treat to cool you off from the scorching sun.

ChocoBanana dipped in sprinkles

How to get there:

Bus: From Walmart, there will be buses to take you there. Ask the bus drivers which bus is going to Sayulita. They are usually marked at the top “Sayulita”. It costs around $46 pesos, buses normally arrive every 20 minutes and the 24 mile journey takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours due to frequent stops. 

Car/Taxi/Uber: If you fancy an uber, taxi or want to drive there in a rental car, then click here for more detailed instructions.

Islas Marietas (Marieta Islands)

Photo credit: Daily Mail

The EPIC Marieta islands National Park! The Marietas islands consists of a few islands off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. It’s unique hidden beach is a great spot for snorkeling. Did I mention you have to swim through a cave to get to the beach? It’s an unforgettable experience! There are plenty of tours who will you there. We tried out Chia-loca tours and it was a blast! They had a smaller boat for more personal connections unlike the larger companies. Anyways, boat or tour, this place is worth a visit!

How to get there:

Boat: Only available by boat. Take private boat or a tour to get to these islands.

If you’re staying near the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta, be sure to check out these cool bars! And if your looking for some more fun activities in PV, here are 5 more underrated adventures in the area!

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