It’s now no longer a secret that many of the nicest beaches and most interesting small towns are found south of Puerto Vallarta. Banderas Bay’s South Zone offers small beautiful beaches and island-like locations you can only access by boat. One of these hidden locations is picturesque Yelapa, a small town with beaches, waterfalls, beautiful homes, and villas on the edge of the warm Mexican Pacific Ocean.

  • Coordinates: 20°29′18″N | 105°26′43″W
  • Country: Mexico
  • State: Jalisco
  • Municipality: Cabo Corrientes
  • 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta in a water taxi
  • Elevation: 1.2 m (4 ft)
  • Population: 1,500
  • Time zone: UTC-7 (Central Time Zone)

If you feel a need to get away from the city’s noise, people, and frenzy this small secluded town might just be what you need. Yelapa is, as mentioned, a quiet, beautiful place, a small cove surrounded by nature and jungle and bathed by the waves of the bay.

Yelapa's main beach, East side facing Lagunita Yelapa Hotel
Yelapa Beach, East side facing Lagunita Yelapa Hotel, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico

This small town is just 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta (by boat), at the foot of the majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental.

The word Yelapa is of Purepecha origin and means “the place where waters become a pond or come together.”

  • Panoramic view, Yelapa main beach, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Panoramic view, Yelapa main beach, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Yelapa town, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico
  • View from the pier in Yelapa

Artists and writers live to find places like these, the tranquillity and privacy make it the perfect place for many of them and they flock from around the world to get here.

The village is quaint, life is simple, the surrounding beauty irresistible, so much that many have decided to make it their permanent residence, and enjoy the daily inspiration of the sea, the local culture, nature, and mountains.