Las Ánimas de Quimixto, more known as just "Las Animas", is a beautiful beach in the southern zone of Puerto Vallarta. It is the first stop water taxis make (locally called "pangas") on the way West in the southern section of the Banderas Bay.
Boca de Tomatlán, your starting point to Las Animas, is the last bay and town by the edge of the ocean that the Highway goes through on its way south to El Tuito, then to Barra de Navidad and Manzanillo.
The trip by land from Vallarta to Boca is 11 miles (from PV's main square), some 20 minutes by land unless you are pinned behind a truck or a bus, then it could take longer, but the scenic ride between the jungle and the emerald sea coast makes it a non-issue anyway.
You'll first pass by Los Arcos (stop for a photo session, never enough photos of those rocks!), then you'll pass by Mismaloya and then 3 miles ahead you arrive at a curve in the highway, where you can see the beach and bay from above, you are now in Boca.
Here pangas disembark and embark passengers and transport them back and forth between the next beaches down the coast: Las Ánimas, Quimixto, Majahuitas, Yelapa and some even go further south to Pizota, El Chimo, Cabo Corrientes and Tehuamixtle or Mayto.
Las Animas beach is a day tour favorite, there are many tour operators and cruise trips in the bay that arrive here during the day. It's the first beach 2 miles (3 km) from Boca (some 5-10 minutes away), right after Caballo Beach.
The pier makes it much easier to leave and load passengers, and the beach is also a tourist beach-lover top choice. The sand is clear and fine, the waters clean, the waves soft and the surrounding nature astounding.
There is an assortment of small restaurants and vendors providing food and drink, some fortunate people also have permission to live in the area, that just as Las Caletas is also an Indian Ejido, administered by indian communities in Chacala, a village in the mountains close to El Tuito, or at least it was known as one, it might have changed in the most recent decades, but we have not been informed.
Author William Reed (RIP), married to Sylvia Rosa Garcés Marroquí, lived here many years in a house called "Casa Guillermo" and got to know all the pros and cons of dealing with the ejido administration and the local indian attitudes and some ugly suprises too which you can read that in "Escape to Paradise, A Mexican Odyssey" by the author.
Take a jumpy tour in the sea on a banana boat, or soar above the sea behind a motor boat in a parasail enjoying the impressive view from above, walk up and down the beach, or just lay down under one of the many parasols and relax with a beer or a margarita. Las Animas beach is for relaxing, but if you want to have some action, then you should maybe try the Las Animas Beach Adventure Park where you'll find a canopy tour, hanging bridges, rock climbing and other fun activities, including a Tequila Tour.
Check out the water taxi schedule.
Las Animas beach is located in the Cabo Corrientes Municipality, an area known for its natural beauty, you'll find that fruit is abundant here, that's because mango, papaya, coconuts and bananas are cultivated in the area too.
And don't forget to enjoy the local delicacies too, both from the land and from the sea, including the local shellfish, "ostiones", oysters... yummy!