Located 1000 yards (5 minutes in water taxi) to the west of Boca de Tomatlán (11 miles / 17 km from Puerto Vallarta's main square), Colomitos Beach (Playa Colomitos) is a small little clear-sand beach located between the clear emerald sea waves, rounded rocks and a small creek and waterfall that sneaks out of the lush tropical jungle.
There are two ways to get to the beach and cove, one, the easiest and recommended, for those that are not into hiking through the jungle and going up and down slopes, is by sea in one of the local "pangas", water taxis that depart from the pier in Boca de Tomatlan (they charge a few dollars per person for the ride).
To start off this adventure I would recommend you travel by land southward from downtown PV to Boca de Tomatlán, where you can take the water taxi going to the other western beaches (Las Animas, Quimixto, Majahuitas, and Yelapa) as they will first go by Colomitos' small bay and beach on their normal route (see map above). Check out the water taxi schedule.
You can get to the small fisherman town (AKA Boca), by taking a taxi or a local bus; or if you're into sailing and don't easily get seasick, by panga (water taxi), as its bay is the most visited one for taxis. These pangas can be caught around the Pier at Los Muertos Beach and at Marina Vallarta in PV.
If you’re the outdoor activities kind of person, we suggest you consider taking the trail and hike from Boca de Tomatlán, it's about a mile through the jungle (some 25-40 minutes depending on the pace and experience).
Initially you'll walk upriver till you find a footbridge to cross over the Horcones river (you also enter the Cabo Corrientes municipality when you do so) following the west side edge of the river (left side) toward the sea edge and then following the mountainside path up the hill in the general direction of the Ocean Grill restaurant, that then takes you (on the left side) to the tiny beach and small creek area (watch the video and see the whole route in the time-lapse movie).
You may find different wild animals along the way, such as iguanas, foxes, raccoons, skunks, crabs, small reptiles, to name a few. The “wildlife” you will find are not a concern, as these animals are accustomed to visitors hiking and exploring the surroundings. The times I have gone, I've only heard birds and seen a few insects, but no larger animals, this also depends on the time of the year. During the rainy season things really take off, in terms of life and abundance.
Crossing the deciduous forest or Vallarta’s "veranera", you’ll walk through an ecosystem of palms, Ficus, and frangipani, among others species that belong to the Mexican Pacific coastal flora. You may also be able to see large termite nests, butterflies and various birds of the area, including the yellow wing Jay or Mexican Cacique, a native of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
This small and hidden space, is one of the favorite unspoiled beaches in the area, with barely 30 yards of sand, Colomitos is one of the most intimate and cozy you'll find near Puerto Vallarta.
Located in the southern curve of the Banderas Bay, between the Horcones River (Boca) and Los Caballos beach (just before Las Animas) Colomitos offers crystal clear water, white warm sand and is an ideal place for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, diving or just sunbathing.
You will also have the chance to see a wide variety of tropical fish, that include king angels, giant damselfish, moray eels, sergeant majors, pufferfish, rainbow wrasses, reef cornetfish, spotted boxfish, among others.
Playa Colomitos (Colomitos beach) is without any doubt a small piece of paradise for those who love the outdoors, wildlife, nature and calm, relaxing experiences. If you are vacationing in the area, visiting it is highly recommended, whether you are there with your family, your friends or your partner.
Another one of the attractions in Colomitos is the Ocean Grill Restaurant, [CURRENTLY CLOSED] not only does it offer a fabulous view of the sea, cove, and beach, it's considered one of the best restaurants in all the Banderas Bay area, so you have it close at hand to make your trip all the more memorable.
Different tours are available, lasting around six hours, they normally offer highly trained staff that will guide and help you there, either hiking, kayaking, snorkeling or simply by taking a boat.
When visiting Colomitos do not forget to bring your swimsuit, towel, sandals, camera, sunscreen (biodegradable is best), a light jacket in case the temperature drops, bottled water/food and mosquito repellent. Don't forget to take all your trash back to town and leave the place cleaner than you found it, for all to enjoy.
One last tip for those that enjoy hikes and interesting and challenging adventures, you can continue hiking to the West along the edge of the sea from Colomitos all the way to Las Animas beach. There is a staircase that takes off on the western side of Colomitos beach that is the starting point of the path. The hike is well marked and there is no way to get lost, but do take at least 2 to 3 liters of water along for the trip, especially in the warm season, the trip is quite long (an hour, an hour and a half). There are nice beaches along the way, quite a bit of challenging ups and downs, small houses, larger developments, nature and more. I recommend it, but would suggest doing it when the vegetation is thick, and not in the dry season where you are much more exposed to the sun and the place is a bit drabby due to the lack of vegetation.