Puerto Vallarta has a special hidden paradise waiting for those that want to get away from the big city rat race and everyday stress, a quiet, beautiful place, surrounded by nature and bathed by the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
This ideal place we are talking about is Yelapa, a small town just 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, at the foot of the majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental.
The word Yelapa is of Purepecha origin and means "place where waters become a pond or come together."
The tranquility and privacy provided by this fishing village has been very attractive for many artists and writers from around the world. It is so beautiful that there are several that have decided to make this their permanent residence, that way they can enjoy the daily inspiration that comes in the combination of sea, nature and mountains.
If you want to get from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa you can do so by sea and it is the easiest way to get there, plus it’s a nice trip, you can do so either by a water taxi or another boat. Some of the sea taxis leave from Playa Los Muertos and others from Boca de Tomatlan. The trip to beautiful Yelapa is 45 minutes long from Puerto Vallarta and around 30 minutes from Boca de Tomatlan.
This place has so many wonders that one day is not enough to explore them all, its thick and beautiful jungle is the home to creatures that include parrots and iguanas and the river El Tuito plus two impressive waterfalls.
There are a variety of activities to enjoy while in Yelapa. Among these we can mention fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, swimming, paragliding, horseback riding, buying local Mexican crafts and more. If you prefer a more adventurous experience, Yelapa is also ideal for camping, exploring in the jungle, boating or just lying on the sand under a palapa or enjoying the sunshine.
If you prefer, rustic restaurants also abound by the beach where you can delight your palate with delicious dishes prepared with the fresh local fish and seafood, don’t forget to order a delicious raicilla specially made in Yelapa. Maybe during the night you can also spend an evening right there in the very same restaurants, but in a more romantic setting, since the lack of electricity makes them use candles for lighting, so this, and the mesmerizing moonlight reflected in the sea will make sure you enjoy an unforgettable night.
For those who love nature, Yelapa has so much to offer, it is at night where you really notice the abundance and diversity of the local wildlife. You’ll will see a lot of insects, including the flashes of the firefly’s romantic calls, you will see bats flying around eating of the bountiful insect population, crabs that come out of their underground caves to find food by the streams and on the beach, birds, crickets, cicadas , toads and frogs that chant incessantly, the sound of the jungle is varied, constant and fascinating. Spending a night in Yelapa is a prize and an opportunity not to be missed if nature is your thing.
If you are considering staying the night, there are some small rustic hotels like the Hotel Lagunita, where you can have a pleasant and romantic stay, remember, electricity here is a luxury and at night candles will be your guide. If you want to go dancing during your stay, visit the Yacht Club and enjoy the all night party.
So now you know, if you want a different experience, to be in contact with nature, a place where even cellphones don’t spoil the show, Yelapa is the ideal place. There are trips that include meals and in some cases even diving equipment that start off from Vallarta, so there is really no reason to miss the opportunity to visit this little piece of hidden Mexican Pacific paradise.