Even if you are staying in a great hotel that has its own beach, Puerto Vallarta has so many great sandy beaches that it would be a shame to limit yourself to just one. There are some beaches which are perfect for swimming, others that have great surf and some which have shallow waves, perfect for children playing on the shoreline. Below is a selection of some of Puerto Vallarta’s best beaches
This beach is located next to the Malecon, just where the boardwalk starts at the northern end of town. It is a long stretch of sandy beach which is certified and has lifeguards during the busy seasons. It is a wide beach with some vendors offering the opportunity to rent or buy a beach umbrella or purchase shrimps, fruits and other delicious snacks. This beach is often frequented by locals and residents of the condos that overlook the beach. The current is quite strong here, so take care while swimming.
Los Muertos Beach
On the south side of Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos is located in Old Town and is buzzing with people, music, sellers and colorful beach wear. It is a long yet relatively slim beach which usually has very calm waves, perfect for swimming. There are lots of restaurants, bars and beach clubs where you can sit on loungers under a shade for the coast of a beer and lunch. At the end of this beach you will see the new pier from where you can take boat trips to secluded beaches further south down the coast.
El Saldo Beach (Marina Beach)
A trip to the Marina should be on anyone’s list of things to do when staying in Puerto Vallarta, but what most people don’t know is that the beach in front of the hotels can be reached by a public entrance. The local buses will take you there or you can get a taxi and it will make a quiet change from the busy beaches in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
NEAR PUERTO VALLARTA
Gemelas Beach, and Punta Negra Beach:
If you were to go south along the coastline from Puerto Vallarta, you would see a string of idyllic little coves and beaches where you would surely find a secluded spot. Take a taxi or the bus to Mismaloya and get off at one of the beaches, taking care to head down to the sea past all the condos on the cliff. Although the waves can be rough here, it is a really tranquil spot.
Boca de Tomatlan
A little further south again and the last bus stop, Boca de Tomatlan is a quaint little fishing village that has restaurants on the beach and water-taxi services to secluded beaches. Here River Tomatlan changes the formation of the beach each season and provides a truly authentic atmosphere. Take the bus to Mismaloya from Old Town or grab a taxi.
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
One of the most fabulous beaches in the area, Nuevo Vallarta’s beach is extra long and wide. The shallow yet lively waves make it great for playing in the surf, boggie boarding and kite-surfing during the season. The beach seems endless, merging with Bucerias’ beach.
Similar to Nuevo Vallarta Beach, but with less development and fewer hotels, this is a long, wide beach, great for swimming, boogie boarding and surfing. There are a couple of restaurants and a car park. The only down side is its distance from Puerto Vallarta.
Punta Mita Beach (Anclote)
For a chic day trip, making the effort to visit Punta Mita is well worth it. Further along the coast from Destiladeres, the beach is small but lined with excellent restaurants, stores, and surf/paddleboard schools. Here you can watch sailboats pass and imagine a life of luxury while catching a glimpse of a millionaire of two.
Sayulita is more than just a beach, it is a way of life and a hippy chic town that is buzzing with surf stores, world class surfers, restaurants, designer beachwear stores and more. The beach is very wide, depending on the tide and there are usually spots where surfers and swimmers won’t get in each other’s way. It is not a beach for relaxation, but you will have a great time.