Located a mile and a half to the west of Quimixto town and beach (18 miles/29 km from Puerto Vallarta), Majahuitas Beach is the place par excellence if you desire to just turn off your cell phone, forget about the clock and completely disconnect from it all - except nature and relaxation, of course.
The only way to get there is by sea, starting points are the pier at Los Muertos Beach in the Romantic Zone or, better still, travel by land southward from downtown PV by taxi or bus to Boca de Tomatlán, where you can take a water taxi that pass Colomitos, Las Animas, Quimixto and Las Caletas before arriving at Majahuitas (see map above). Check out the water taxi schedule.
Majahuitas' name comes from "Majahua" (Hibiscus pernambucensis - Seaside Mahoe), which was actually the original name of the beach, a local tree (photo above) with large leaves that can grow by the edge of the sea and is commonly found on these beaches of the southern part of the Banderas Bay. Local kids used to use them to make toy bows (for bows and arrows), because they are soft and easy to carve while humid and become tougher and elastic when dry. *
Though the beach itself is part of the Chacala Indian Ejido (commune), this beach was leased to and became the home for the Von Rohr family that lived in a beautiful house in this almost private paradise.
Cathy Von Rohr is a distinguished artist (photo below) and Nevon Seay Von Rohr was a retired businessman that presented Archie Alpenia to John Huston (Archie later became Huston's personal chef in Las Caletas and was the original owner and founder of Archie's Wok Restaurant in the Romantic Zone.)
In addition to white sand and crystal clear water you will also find a reef and a numerous sea caves inhabited by a wide variety of marine fauna.
These include sea cucumbers, parrot fish, pufferfish, damselfish, angelfish, trumpet fish, moray eels, among many others, that can easily be spotted through the water, or, if you want to appreciate them up close, snorkeling or scuba diving.
From the last days of November to mid-March you'll be able to see and photograph up to four different species of sea turtles plus humpback whales, manta rays and dolphins.
Majahuitas beach is next to the Tuito jungle, between the town of Quimixto and the fishing village of Yelapa, so you will not only find fish of all colors, but also a large number of birds that fly over the site constantly. It is also rich in palm trees and all kinds of wildlife.
Being a virgin beach located in the southern part of Banderas Bay it is the best place if you enjoy nature, swimming, sunbathing, hikes and other eco-activities.
To get access this heavenly place, you can take a water taxi (panga) from Boca de Tomatlan or the pier at Los Muertos, or take one of the bay cruise tours that visit different beaches around the bay. The trip in panga from Boca should be no more than 20 to 30 minutes depending on the stops along the way.
Many of the main tour provides include a trip to Yelapa too, another one of the beaches and towns in the area that you should not miss. Other activities you can enjoy on the beach are kayaking, hiking and snorkeling.
Another one of the important reasons why Majahuitas is well known is in great part to "Majahuitas Resort", a hotel that was built in this Chacala ejido, it is one of the few real environmentally friendly hotels in the area. It uses renewable solar energy to power the rooms and common areas, they recycle the plastic, aluminum and glass and keep the gardens nourished using compost, and other green practices.
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