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Quimixto, life at a slower pace (Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco)

Quimixto Beach, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico

Quimixto is a well known and popular beach found between Las Ánimas and Majahuitas, by the La Puerta river mouth, in the southern part of the Banderas Bay.

  • Quimixto is a small village that is part of the Cabo Corrientes Municipality in the State of Jalisco.
  • 10 meters above sea level
  • Longitude: 20º 30' 10'' / Latitude: -105º 22' 04''
  • Population: 423 inhabitants
  • Location map

You can get there taking a water taxi (panga) from Boca de Tomatlán, it'll be a 20 minute trip or directly from the Los Muertos Beach Pier (some 45 minutes). Another popular way to get there is with one of the many beach cruise tours in Puerto Vallarta.

The beach is divided into two sections, one in the area by the town and the pier where the boats arrive and are moored, a beach of clear yellowish sand mixed with rocks about 300 yards long, is not the best option here.

Passing a small point where there's a tile roof house, you get to the main beach, of medium grain sand, relatively narrow (maximum of 25 yards wide) and 600 yards long, mostly with soft waves. This beach offers the only permanent restaurant/bar in the area, Los Cocos, with local seafood and Mexican food, you'll find simple, rustic, but tasty local dishes and a very good bar with nice cocktails.

The beach is divided into two sections, one in the area by the town and the pier where the boats arrive and are moored, a beach of clear yellowish sand mixed with rocks about 300 yards long, is not the best option here.

Passing a small point where there's a tile roof house, you get to the main beach, of medium grain sand, relatively narrow (maximum of 25 yards wide) and 600 yards long, mostly with soft waves. This beach offers the only permanent restaurant/bar in the area, Los Cocos, with local seafood and Mexican food, you'll find simple, rustic, but tasty local dishes and a very good bar with nice cocktails.

The crystal clear clean waters are popular with snorkelers and scuba divers.

Quimixto Beach, Cabo Corrientes 

The most popular tourist attraction in Quimixto is the waterfall located about a mile inland and is part of the La Puerta river.

You can start off by Los Cocos on the beach and walk inland following the riverbed, you'll find signs showing you the route, you'll follow a dirt path cutting over small hills to finally arrive at La Puerta river again and the small rustic restaurant bars built around the waterfall. It'll be around 30 minutes to get there, more or less, depends on the speed you can do the hike. 

Horses for rent

If you are not up to the task of walking this distance on foot, there are locals that rent horses so you can ride there instead. You'll get there in almost the same time and with much less sweat. The price is about $20 dollars, don't forget to haggle a bit.

Quimixto Waterfall

Depending on the season, you may find a raging waterfall or a trickle of one, so take that into account. During the rainy season, be careful with the currents at the waterfall, if you decide to swim in the river.

Quimixto waterfall is a popular visit

Another local attraction is the large variety of seabirds, including pelicans, seagulls, and herons, including ducks in the river. The surrounding hills offer iguanas, coatimundi, raccoons, opossums, parrots and with some luck even an ocelot or deer.

Maps of beaches South zone
Beaches of the south zone

You can walk into the small sleepy fishing village, a town with some 400 inhabitants and that is only accessible by sea. Take a few photos of the place, you'll find small stores and stands offering souvenirs, t-shirts, sombreros and other beach gear. If you look hard enough and ask you may even find some good raicilla, but drink in moderation!

Streets of Quimixto

Quimixto is also a place favored by surfers between October and April, there are even competitions that are held here regularly.

Check out the water taxi schedule which makes stops along the way.

Quimixto Location Map

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