The Marieta Islands, a place you must include on your to-do list while in Vallarta. A small group of uninhabited islands a few miles off the North coast of the Bay, with two main volcanic islets dating from 60,000 years ago.
Home to several endangered
bird species such as the Blue- Footed Boobie which can
only be found on the Islands of the Sea of Cortez and
the Galapagos Islands.
The Marieta Islands are important nesting, refuge, reproduction and migration area for at least 92 species of aquatic and sub-aquatic birds, native and migratory.
Surrounded by the
blue waters of the Pacific this barnacle covered rock
attracts all manner of sea life. A profusion of manta
rays, turtles, sharks and dolphins are native to these
waters, and huge schools of Jack tuna circle this tiny
island in search of food.
This is a great dive site
with caves, arches and steep walls to explore.
A very popular and famous dive site, La Corbeteña Island is located about 40 miles from mainland in the Pacific. Only recommended for divers with more than 200 logged dives. The locals call it La Piedra (The Rock).
La Corbeteña Scuba
Best to dive there during the summer months (June-August) and visibility is up to 120 feet. During the summer and autumn you'll find many mantas in the area. Common sea life in the area: sea turtles, jack tuna, bath rays, reef sharks, whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, wahoo, marlin and sail fish.
El Morro is on the way to La Corbeteña, six miles west of the Marietas Islands, on the very edge of the Banderas Bay. It's a great place to both fish and dive. Over the water it's a series of rock pinnacles, underwater you'll find incredible rock formations, caverns and swim-throughs.
A world-class dive site that combines drop-offs, caves and arches, a great place for advanced divers. The clear waters offer an impressive variety of sea life, including reef sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, octopus and even sea horses. In the reefs themselves you'll find morays, giant mantas, yellowtails, moorish idols, goldeneye grunts and many more.
a long beach framed by rock outcroppings 30 minutes NW of Puerto Vallarta. Offers
huge and thunderous waves that allow the practicing
of surfing all year-round.
The strong waves make it a popular surfer beach at any time of the year and the beach itself is a small gold sand beach between the rocks.
Punta de Burro and its beach are a quiet location, with a great view of the bay and the surrounding nature.
The delightful Marietas
Islands can clearly be seen from this location. Found
between Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Punta Mita and you'll access
this beach by following Roadway 200 going in towards Grand Palladium and turning off on the dirt street that leads to the jungle path, you can only get to the beach hiking through the jungle.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a quaint fishing village, has a cooler beach climate all year round. A great place to relax, and a popular destination for boaters from around the world thanks to the top-notch Marina Riviera Nayarit that's been installed there.
Many US and Canadian citizens have made La Cruz their home.You can find a Huichol Indian Art Gallery, cafés, a gourmet German restaurant, bars and other smaller local restaurants.
The beach, which is called "La Manzanilla" is beautiful with calm waters and great food offered under the beach palapa restaurants and you are very close to other nice beaches such as Destiladeras and Punta de Mita.
Bucerias is a quiet,
coastal town located on the edge of Banderas Bay. This
quaint town runs parallel along the beachfront for a
some miles north and south of the town's center spot.
The ocean’s warm waters and lapping surf are only
a few blocks away at any point within this small town.
Bucerias has one of the most private, prettiest, soft
sand beaches in the area. The beach runs along cobblestone
and bougainvillea lined streets, and is perfect for
a day of relaxing or napping in the sun.
The town features
several fine restaurants that offer a wide array of
excellent menus. Bucerias is a ten-minute drive from
the Puerto Vallarta's airport, and twenty minutes from downtown Vallarta. However you may never want to leave
this charming town with its warm hospitality and soothing,
Some people mention that it's
like Puerto Vallarta was before it became a tourist
attraction. So visiting it may be like a trip back in