Las Animas Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Best and safest swimmable beaches

Garza Blanca Beach

Puerto Vallarta is a world-renowned resort town with miles of pristine beaches, but sometimes it’s hard to find the best spot for you. Here are six of the best swimming beaches in Puerto Vallarta & the Banderas Bay area that will make your time on the beach even better!

Garza Blanca

Playa de Oro

Las Animas

Playa Camarones

Boca de Tomatlan

Bucerias

Best beaches for snorkeling

Conchas Chinas Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Conchas Chinas Beach, Puerto Vallarta

If you’re looking for the best beaches to snorkel, look no further. This is a list of the seven best beaches/locations in Puerto Vallarta and the nearby Bay area that are perfect for snorkeling and guaranteed to provide you with an incredible experience.

Conchas Chinas

Yelapa

Majahuitas

Colomitos

Marietas Islands

Las Gemelas

Mismaloya

Best beaches for kitesurfing and windsurfing

Bucerias Beach Nayarit

Bucerias Beach Nayarit

If you’re looking for the best beaches for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Bucerias and La Manzanilla in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in the neighboring Nayarit, but still in the Banderas Bay area are where you should go. These two towns offer some of the best sand beaches and winds for sailors and kiters. If you’re looking for some of the most dependable spots on Mexico’s Pacific coast, then these two towns might be your perfect match. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to catch some waves or fly high through the air with a kite; these destinations offer up an array of gorgeous beaches that will keep any water sports lover happy.

Bucerías

La Manzanilla (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle)

Best hidden beaches

Hidden Beach (Lover's Beach) seen from the tunnel, Marietas Islands, Nayarit, Mexico

Hidden Beach (Lovers Beach) Marietas Islands

Puerto Vallarta is known for its beautiful beaches, but that doesn’t mean every inch of sand is good. Here are our recommendations on where to find the best hidden beach in Puerto Vallarta! Lover’s Beach at the Marietas Islands is certainly a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll need to take an authorized tour though and getting to this crater beach will take a good part of your day. If you are looking for a beach that is hidden and on the mainland, then the Colomitos Beach South of Puerto Vallarta might be your perfect spot. read more about them in the full articles linked below.

Lover’s Beach (Marietas Island)

Colomitos

Most beautiful beaches

Las Caletas Puerto Vallarta

Las Caletas Beach, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico

Take a dip in the beautiful blue water of Vallarta. Explore Mexico’s natural beauty by exploring these five beaches! Las Caletas, Conchas Chinas, Las Animas, Colomitos and Mismaloya. There are many breathtaking places to explore in this amazing country. From the beachside towns to the jungles full of life and color- there is nowhere else quite like it. Either way, your experience will be unforgettable so pack your bags because here are five stunning beaches worth checking out while you’re down south!

Las Caletas

 Las Animas

Conchas Chinas

Mismaloya

Colomitos

Caballo

Best beaches for walking

Nuevo Vallarta South Beach

Nuevo Vallarta South Beach

When it comes to beaches, Vallarta is one of the best spots in Mexico. The resort city offers six miles of beachfront that has something for everyone – surfers, swimmers, and walkers alike. Whether you want a serene escape or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, Vallarta’s got it all, but it can be hard to choose from so many great beaches in the Vallarta area. For travelers looking for a place to stroll along the shoreline with plenty of space, without the crowds (or worry about traffic), Destiladeras Beach, Bucerias, Sayulita, and Nuevo Vallarta are the best options, read more and how to get to them in the specific articles:

Bucerías

Nuevo Vallarta

Destiladeras

Sayulita

Best Hiking Beach

Boca de Tomatlan Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Boca de Tomatlan Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has two fantastic beaches in Colomitos and Boca de Tomaltan. If you are into hiking you can get from one beach to the other, you’ll need to hike around 30 to 45 minutes through some gorgeous scenery. Hikers will find themselves surrounded by lush jungle vegetation (between July and February) as they make their way down this hidden gem of a trail. You’ll finally emerge onto Colomitos Beach where you can enjoy the secluded golden-sand mini beach and turquoise waters while soaking up some sun on your vacation.

Boca de Tomatlan

Best beach for biking

Nuevo Vallarta Beach (Flamingos), Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Nuevo Vallarta Beach (Flamingos), Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

If you are looking for a beach that is not only beautiful but also offers the best biking experience in the area, look no further than Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Located on Banderas Bay, this is truly one of the most scenic beaches around. It has just over two miles of soft sand and it’s just perfect for all levels of riders!

Nuevo Vallarta

Best kid-friendly beaches

Destiladeras Beach, Nayarit, Mexico

Playa Destiladeras, Nayarit, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is an incredible place for families to escape the winter cold in North America. For those who want to spend their winter in a warm locale with beautiful beaches, Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone. Destiladeras Beach and Nuevo Vallarta’s beaches are some of our favorite places to take kids so they can experience some of the best soft clear sand beaches on this side of the world. Sayulita is another great beach town that offers more secluded spots for adults and also plenty of kid-friendly activities like surfing, swimming, snorkeling or just playing on the beach. There’s no better way to get away from it all than spending time at these amazing destinations!

Destiladeras

Nuevo Vallarta

Sayulita

Best beach for relaxing

Garza Blanca Beach, Puerto Vallarta, looking west

Garza Blanca beach, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city with many fantastic attractions, but what about the beach? If you’re looking for a place to relax in Puerto Vallarta, Garza Blanca beach in the south zone is the perfect spot. The sand is soft and powdery (or at least it should be), the breakwater ensures there is not much of a current or waves to make it difficult to get out to sea, so it’s ideal for people who don’t want their feet getting wet. It’s not crowded and has plenty of space to walk along or sunbathe on a towel. You can enjoy some shade under palm trees and cool off in the water before coming back out for more fun in the sun. During high season there are also lifeguards present to make sure you’re safe while enjoying all that this wonderful beach has to offer!

Garza Blanca

Most romantic beaches

Las Amapas Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Las Amapas Beach, Puerto Vallarta

If you’re planning your next romantic getaway, then the best beach in Puerto Vallarta is either Amapas Beach or Lover’s Beach at the Marietas Islands. The two beaches are very far apart and offer quite a different experience for couples. Amapas is perfect if you want to enjoy some time with your honey without distractions and just relaxing, while Lover’s Beach at the Marietas offers an active adventure experience, a wild boat trip with a challenging swim through a tunnel and so on. So what do you prefer? Peaceful relaxation or an active romantic option?

Playa Las Amapas

Lover’s Beach (Marietas Island)

Best Water Activities Beach

Camarones beach Puerto Vallarta

Camarones beach Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful, diverse city with many things to do. The people are friendly and the food is amazing. But what about the water? If you’re looking for some of the best water activities in Puerto Vallarta then head to one of these beaches: Camarones Beach or Los Muertos Beach. These two beaches have something for everyone from a banana boat ride, parasailing, SUP, sand-castle building, a starting point for tours, and more!

Playa Camarones

Playa Los Muertos

Best beach for people watching

Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta

The best place in Puerto Vallarta to people watch is on the beach and among them, topping the list is Playa Los Muertos. Every day there are people of all shapes, sizes, and colors walking by your lounge chair with unique stories and adventures to share. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a group of kids playing soccer or volleyball with their friends while their moms chat over coffee nearby. There’s also the occasional fisherman working hard pulling his net out of the water for another round – not to mention numerous vendors passing by selling anything from fresh coconuts to sombreros! In short, if you want some good old-fashioned entertainment while soaking up some sun rays on a beautiful Mexican beach then head down south!

The same goes for Sayulita north of the Bay area, real Mexico shines through on the beach there too.

Playa Los Muertos

Sayulita