Located in a protected cove on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta beaches expand more than 20 miles of coastline. They are well-known for their white sand that mimics powdered sugar. Here are some of the more popular beaches in the city.
Located a few miles north of the downtown is the Nuevo Vallarta beach. Take a long walk along miles of empty coastline, hop on a toboggan, or cast a line at the fishy river mouth. Located nearby is the Sea Life Park. Here, you can watch sea lion shows and even swim with dolphins. This is a great activity for travelers who visit the city with children. There are also many restaurants nearby.
Marina Vallarta is situated a few miles on the south of Nuevo Vallarta. It is famous for its stunning white-sand beaches. The immediate area that surrounds it generally caters to tourists who stay at resorts. There is also a cluster of beach stretches that run south of the Marina: Playa de Oro, Playa los Tules, Playa las Palmas, and Playa los Camarones (Shrimp Beach).
The Mismaloya beach area is 15 minutes away from downtown Puerto Vallarta. The Los Arcos beach is a famous spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkel tours in the area as well as surrounding beaches, like Playa Punta Negra, will allow you to see up close various sea creatures, such as clown fish, angelfish, parrot fish, octopi, Hawksbill sea turtles, and many more.
The Yelapa beach is located 7 miles south of Mismaloya. It is very popular for its water taxi service, which take guests to the surrounding beach areas. One-way water taxi rides will cost you around $10 or 100 pesos in Mexican currency.