- by travelpulse
- 01 Apr 2023
The sunny Mexican Pacific destination of Puerto Vallarta is a standout for tourists for its ability to effortlessly blend culture, sun and fun in a seaside paradise. The area is also known for some of the country's best beaches-and it's easy to understand why.
While the beaches along the popular Malecon and in the hotel zone offer white sand, calm surf and cool waters with stunning sunsets, there are several crescents of sand hidden from the masses that offer visitors a more off-the-beaten-path beach experience.
For example, Yelapa is only accessible by boat. The tropical paradise is an exotic fishing village with restaurants, beach clubs and a laidback atmosphere. The beach's main attraction is hiking to its waterfall, a 30-minute walk into the jungle for a dip in a natural pool.
For turquoise waters and natural surroundings, visitors to Puerto Vallarta can check out Las Gemelas Beach, another hidden spot of sand known by locals as one of the best beaches in town. Travelers will need a car to get to this secret spot as it's about a 20-minute drive from the city.
Discover one of PV's most romantic beaches, Conchas Chinas, about 10 minutes by car from downtown. It's a top wedding spot and popular for couples with pristine natural pools, soft white sand and turquoise waters.
Las Caletas is even more remote. This secret hideaway, which was once home to movie director John Huston, is literally like something from the cinema and is only offered through tours with Vallarta Adventure Tours.
After a one-hour boat ride, visitors arrive for scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding and more. Drinks and meals are included as are the private hammocks that hover over the water.
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