Puerto Vallarta is a resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Things to do in Puerto Vallarta include relaxing on sun-splashed beaches, exploring in the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, and playing golf at one of the many fine golf courses in the area. Puerto Vallarta excursions nature lovers enjoy include whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, sailing, surfing, jet skiing, and kite surfing.…
Things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Set off to the small town of Tequila, regarded as one of Mexico's "Pueblos Mágicos." Following a 4-hour trip, during which your expert guide shares exciting facts about tequila's origins, arrive at Mundo Cuervo, the visitor center of the famous brand Jose Cuervo, and tour La Rojeña, the oldest distillery in the Americas.
Next, proceed to the Reserva de la Familia, with its aromatic oak barrels. Your fascinating walkthrough describes in detail the manufacturing process, from the cultivation of blue agave to the cooking in stone ovens and distillation in copper stills. Needless to say, you get to taste the different flavors of various tequilas.
The elegant Jose Cuervo Hacienda is another highlight, impressive with its colonial architecture and the adjacent, lush Los Limoneros Garden. Learn about tequila's impact on Mexican culture and delve into the history of this liquor that is gaining more and more worldwide popularity.
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Located just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, deep within the tropical forest of the Sierra Madre Mountains, sits a private eco-reserve with many plants and animals. The reserve has a series of impressive ziplines, hanging bridges, and Tarzan-like swings that give you breathtaking views of the amazing wilderness.
Experience the heart-dropping feeling as you zip along Mexico's longest and fastest zipline—nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 m)—and reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h). Next, twist and turn down a hillside waterslide and land in a mountain pool with a splashing stop. The course also offers thrilling dry activities such as a 50-foot (15-m) rope ladder and 2 mountainside rappels.
When you're ready for a change of pace, hop into the driver's seat of a Polaris® RZR UTV and test your off-road skills. Romp over steep hills, rocky terrain, and streams and keep an eye out for tropical wildlife as you explore the jungle from a different perspective. This is an adventure-lover's paradise—not something to miss when in Puerto Vallarta.
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Head to the calm waters inside Puerto Vallarta’s central marina and get ready to fly. After receiving some important tips from your instructor, don your helmet and step onto the Flyboard. This tricky device may seem complicated, but the controls are easy for anyone to learn. Assisted by your instructor, experiment with the Flyboard’s power and steering controls as you begin to lift off the water and hover on your own.
As your skills progress, try a few tricks including daring dips, spiraling lifts, and graceful swoops. Your 30-minute flight offers plenty of time to become a regular Flyboard pro. When your time is up, come to a soft landing and unstrap from your curious ride before heading back to your hotel. Read More close
This full-day adventure kicks off in a fun 4-wheel-drive Mercedes Benz "unimog" jeep, where your group journeys over rugged terrain and past remote, traditional Mexican villages. Along the way your knowledgeable tour guide shares trivia and interesting facts about surrounding landmarks and architecture.
Leave the resorts and suburbs of Vallarta behind as you drive into the Sierra Madre Mountains. Arrive at a local home and take a deep breath of savory corn tortillas being made by hand. Try samples of guacamole, beans, cactus salsa, and the fresh corn tortillas.
Deeper into the jungle you find the trailhead of an easy 45-minute hike through a vast ecosystem of diverse nature. Your eco-guide illustrates the native wildlife hidden under the jungle's lush canopy—such as armadillos, jaguars, ocelots, iguanas, and parrots.
Once you've explored the ins and outs of the backcountry, savor a secluded beachside lunch. The menu includes (subject to change): barbecue chicken, steak, pasta, salad, and rice and beans. Relax on the beach with your favorite cocktail from the open bar or take a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean. Read More close
The tour starts in downtown Puerto Vallarta, where your local guide takes you to landmarks such as the marina and Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Spend time browsing through the unique stores at the Municipal Market—products range from fresh produce, crafts, and souvenirs. Leave the cobblestone streets behind to visit a silver artisan workshop where your guide explains the importance of silver and opal to the Mexican culture.
Next, take in the magnificent coastline of Vallarta Bay at Conchas Chinas before heading towards Banderas Bay—Mexico's largest natural bay. Lush tropical forest hugs the Sierra Madre Mountains and with the contrasting blue waters of the bay, this is a fantastic stop for photos.
A stop at a local tequila distillery offers a glimpse into real Mexican traditions. Smell, see, and feel the artisan process and savor the various flavors created from agave—a liquor that is famous worldwide. Continue on to a small town situated on banks of the Nogalito River. Browse at your leisure and enjoy an outdoor lunch serving up local fare before returning to your hotel.
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Away from the popular tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta sits a town untouched by time, complete with a cobblestone court, classic white buildings, and an 18th-century church. As you walk through the San Sebastian's streets, hear stories of the original 1605 settlers and transport back to the booming gold and silver mining town of the 1800s.
A hillside restaurant with sweeping views welcomes you for a delightful Jaliscan lunch. Menu items include (subject to change): fajitas with barbecue chicken or beef, handmade corn tortillas, quesadillas, spicy salsa, and chips.
Top off your meal with a few samples at the agave tequila distillery. Knowledgeable guides illustrate why this ancient Mexican village is now known for coffee and agave cultivation from its verdant mountainsides. Next, explore the local coffee plantation, Café de Altura, and meet a 5th-generation coffee grower and roaster. Taste traditional Mexican coffee and learn about San Sebastian's unique farm-to-table harvesting process. Read More close
Board the all-weather inflatable boat to be whisked away along Puerto Vallarta's southern coastline for a day of exploration. Discover the beautiful natural wonder before a stop at the remote seaside village of Quimixto. On horseback, ride through the mountains and jungle of the Sierra Madre and listen as your knowledgeable guide spouts interesting trivia and describes native plants and wildlife. Cool off and plunge into the refreshing swimming hole at the base of a waterfall.
The next stop is Pizota, a local fishing village with breathtaking tropical scenery. Bask in the sun's warmth and savor a fresh barbecued lunch on a secluded beach. Menu items include (subject to change): grilled steak and chicken, Mexican beans, salsa, quesadillas, and cheesecake for dessert.
After lunch, relax in a hammock with your favorite cocktail from the open bar. If you're up for more adventure, kayak along the crystal clear coastline, hike to a private waterfall, or snorkel along the vibrant coral reef with tropical fish. Read More close
Make your way to Jalisco's idyllic countryside to experience life in peaceful El Tuito, tucked into the Sierra Madre range. In the village's botanical garden, explore the wide variety of local flora, featuring cacti, strangler figs, and even some orchids. Just the gracefully decorated garden's hacienda is worth the visit.
Tour the village's center, including the church, before moving on to a typical tortillería, where Mexico's everyday food is prepared right in front of you. Get familiar with queso panela, a local delicatessen-fresh cheese elaborated in a local casa.
Next, pass by pre-Hispanic petroglyphs found in the village. Historians who've studied this ancient rock surface believe the carvings to be at least 1,200 years old. Continue to a local organic farm to relish a fresh barbecue lunch in a shallow river pool. Yes, the tables and chairs are placed in the middle of this pool, and your feet are mostly submerged.
Last but not least, join a guided tour through a rustic ranch house followed by raicilla tasting. Similar to tequila, this liquor prepared from different sorts of agave is only being produced in the state of Jalisco. Read More close
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Your adventure starts with a safety briefing as you gear up with a professional climbing harness secured by qualified guides. Cheer and holler as you zip across the Rio Cuale and above the jungle canopy along 11 lines that run from treetop to treetop.
The ziplines get progressively longer and allow plenty of time to take in the tropical scenery from the air. When you reach the Tom and Jerry lines, prepare to race a friend as you will be able to fly at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h).
Once your feet are back on the ground, discover the secrets of preparing artisanal tequila as you sip samples of añejo, blanco, and reposado, along with some fruity variations. Read More close
Snack on a continental breakfast as you sail Banderas Bay's open waters to the uninhabited Marietas Islands. When you arrive at the first cove, strap your snorkel on and dive into the secluded, eco-friendly waters. Fall in love with the warm, gentle water and come face-to-face with tropical fish, manta rays, and maybe even an octopus.
Bilingual eco-guides lead you on an amazing narrated kayaking trip, highlighting the island's history, unique ecosystem, and current conservation efforts. In an effort to sustain the abundance of animals that live there (90 different native species), the Marietas Islands were designated a national park in 2005.
Head back to the catamaran to bask in the sun's warmth and savor a deli-style lunch. Sip on your favorite cocktail and keep your eyes peeled for friendly dolphins following the boat. Each year from roughly December through March, you may see the migratory humpback whales propelling themselves above water. As you return to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy onboard entertainment and admire the panoramic views of the deep-blue ocean.
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Your adventure starts off with a safety briefing as you are geared up with a professional climbing harness secured by qualified professionals. With 14 lines spanning from treetop to treetop, get ready for bird's-eye-views of indigenous plants and animal life. With some of the highest lines reaching 328 feet (100 m) up in the air, views are unobstructed and expansive.
The last zipline, at more than 1100 feet (335 m), takes you high above raging river rapids to a riverside palapa bar. Once you unhook from the zipline, relax and have a drink while treasuring the unforgettable experience
Choose to depart immediately following the last zip or stay behind to enjoy a refreshing swim in the river, a cocktail at the bar, or visit the animals in the zoo. The riverside restaurant offers an expansive lunch menu and you may jump on any of the many return shuttles throughout the day. Read More close
4 hours 30 minutes
Board the 45-foot (14-m) sailboat and learn the ins and outs of sailing safety and operations. As you head out to the deep-blue water feel the refreshing breeze and enjoy panoramic views of Puerto Vallarta and the Pacific Ocean. Keep your eyes on the waves as wild dolphins swim alongside the boat and play in its wake. Along the way, hear stories of Puerto Vallarta history, local marine life, and entertaining Mexican trivia.
Each year from December through March, the magnificent humpback whales travel to the warm water of Banderas Bay to breed, calve, and nurse their young. Be sure to stay on the lookout for the most acrobatic humpback whales, which can breach up to 40 percent of their bodies out of the water. See if you can snap a once-in-a-lifetime picture of their enormous splash.
Disembark at a secluded cove for swimming, snorkeling, and paddle boarding, if you like. If that's too much activity, lie back on a cushioned mattress, sip a cold beverage, and soak up the tropical rays. Enjoy a picnic lunch with the vast ocean as a picturesque backdrop. Read More close
Kick off your shoes, climb aboard the elegant Beneteau sailboat, and enjoy a romantic ride into the sunset. Grab your favorite cocktail from the open bar and enjoy the sensation of pampered exclusivity while relaxing on the deck. The setting sun streaks the sky with fiery red, orange, purple, and gold as the sailboat glides past downtown Puerto Vallarta. Just as the sun disappears beyond the horizon, watch closely and see if you can spot the infamous "green flash."
Hear Mexican folklore, history, and architectural highlights as you sail along the shoreline near the Malecón, the famous boardwalk of downtown Puerto Vallarta. Relish in the panoramic ocean views, endless wine and cheese, and front-row seats to a spectacular sunset. Read More close
Mexico Golf Passport has more than 70 pages of content, discounts, and all the information you need to play and reserve the green that is right for you and your party. The pass makes golfing in Mexico feasible, accessible, and affordable. Book your tee times directly or by contacting the Golf Passport team.
Available courses and locations:
Cabo San Lucas
- Palmilla Golf Club, Club Campestre San Jose, Cabo Real Golf Club
- Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas Country Club
- Playa Mujeres Golf Club, Cancun Golf Club at Pok-ta-Pok, Hilton Cancun Golf Club
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso, El Manglar Mayan Palace Golf Club
- Isla Navidad Golf Course, La Mantarraya Golf Course
- El Tamarindo Golf Course, Vista Vallarta Club de Golf-Nicklaus
- Vista Vallarta Club de Golf-Weiskopf, Marina Vallarta Club de Golf
- El Tigre Club de Golf-Paradise Village, Flamingos Golf Course
- The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, The Fairmont Acapulco Pierre Marques
Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point
- The Links at Las Palomas, Peninsula De Cortes
-Bajamar, Baja Country Club
- Cozumel Country Club
- Estrella del Mar
- Palma Real Golf Course
- Tangolunda Golf Course
- El Rio Country Club
- La Esmeralda Country Club
- CostaBaja Golf Club Read More close
Set sail on a 7-hour cruise aboard the Marigalante Galleon, an exact replica of Christopher Columbus' galleon, the Santa María. Begin your morning with a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, juice, and cereal in the galley below deck. The open bar invites you to try an authentic Mexican margarita or cerveza (beer) of your liking. When you’re done, head back upstairs and enjoy an entertaining and engaging pirate show sure to keep you and your family amused.
If you are ready to cool off in the water, hop off the boat at Majahuitas Beach for a virtually private experience of snorkeling, beach volleyball, banana boating, and kayaking. Relax on the beach with a cocktail as the kids explore a pirate-led treasure hunt.
After 2 hours of soaking up the sun, head back to the pirate ship for an all-you-can-eat lunch. Menu items include (subject to change): beef medallions with mushroom gravy, chicken cordon bleu with poblano sauce, barbecued ribs, mesquite chicken, ravioli, chicken nuggets, and a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Read More close
Board the Marigalante Galleon, an exact wooden replica of Christopher Columbus' galleon, the Santa María, and sail into the sunset. Bask in the sun's last rays before nightfall and enjoy the panoramic views of Banderas Bay with your favorite cocktail, margarita, or cerveza (beer) in hand. Back on the deck, feast your eyes on the center stage where the lively pirate show with acrobats and the ancient Aztec Dance of Fire take place.
When dinner's savory aroma overwhelms you, venture to the all-you-can-eat buffet in the galley deck below. Menu items include (subject to change): beef medallion with mushroom gravy, chicken cordon bleu with poblano sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and chicken nuggets and fries for the kids.
Top off your evening with an elaborate fireworks show over Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta. Relax with your favorite cocktail as the kids engage in pirate-led games and dancing. This is an exciting, fun-filled evening for the whole family that you won't want to miss. Read More close
Kick off the evening with a scenic cruise across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas, an isolated cove only accessible by boat. As the sun sets, watch the scattered lights emerge along Puerto Vallarta's coastline; later, look ahead to see torches flickering on the beach. Las Caletas, once home to Hollywood movie director John Huston, offers panoramic ocean views, front-row sunset seats, and private dinner tables just steps away from the water.
As a blanket of stars covers the sky, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine by candlelight. The buffet-style menu offers a wide-variety of items such as freshly grilled steak, tender chicken, barbecued ribs, grilled fish, pasta salad, and an assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables. Top off your meal with coffee, a cocktail, or dessert as the pulsing native drums signal you to the outdoor amphitheater.
Watch the lively reenactment of ancient rituals and learn historical, religious, and mythological stories. Through the elaborate wardrobes, exciting dances, and rhythmic songs you gain an insight into pre-Hispanic civilizations. Read More close
After you make your way to Punta Mita, grab your helmet and get behind the wheel of your Polaris RZR UTV. Soon after hitting the main road, your guide turns onto one of the dusty forest paths. Pass by farms, fields, and a riverbed before reaching an isolated beach.
Here, have a chance to enjoy an organic tropical refreshment as you sip ice-cold coconut water directly from the shell. Near the beach, discover a small cemetery and then drive into Sayulita, park your buggy, and stroll down the main streets bustling with shops and eateries.
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Choose to explore the sights under the surface of either Los Arcos, Las Caletas, or Las Marietas. Wetsuits and quality gear, including 1 or 2 tanks, are provided for an optimal experience in the warm waters of Bahía de Banderas and the Pacific. All tours include either lunch or a light snack, depending on the length. Read More close
Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities
3 hours 30 minutes
Select this option for hotels located in Zone 1.
- Velas Vallarta, Casa Velas, Marriott Casa Magna, Melia, Hotel Vamar, Mayan Palace Marina, Westin
- Club Regina, Rain Tree Villavera, Flamingo Vallarta, Porto Fino, 3 Mares, Confort Inn.
Select this option for hotels located in Zone 2.
- Crown Paradise, Golden Crown, Hacienda & Spa, NH Kristal, Grand Vennetian, Holiday Inn
- Villa del Palmar, Puerto de Luna, Hola Vallarta, Fiesta Americana, Las Palmas, Plaza Pelicanos
- Vallarta Sol, Club Plaza Pelicanos Grand, Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa,
- Hacienda de Vallarta Las Glorias, Canto del sol, Suites Mar Elena, Costa Club Punta Arena, Getaway
- Suites del Sol, Vallarta Torre, Los Tules, Villas Vallarta, Sheraton, Sunset Plaza Beach Resort
- Sheraton Tiempo Compartido, Villa Premiere, Buenaventura Grand, Marlyn Hotel, El pescador
- Casa Nicte Villa, Hotel Rosita, Suites la Siesta, Hotel Mocalli, Hotel Portonovo Plaza, Now Amber
- Hotel Hilton, Icon Vallarta, Villa del Mar
Select this option for hotels located in Zone 3.
- Molino de Agua, Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro, Abbey Hotel, Casa de Las Visitas Condo
- Meza del Mar, Casa Panoramica, Casa Juanita, Condominio Playa del Sol, Casa Cupula
- Condominio Conchas Chinas, Lindo Mar, Casa Doña Susana, Playa los Arcos, Playa los Arcos Suites
- Mercurio, San Marino, Suites Emperador, Hotel Emperador, Tropicana, Blue Seas, Blue Chairs
- Casa Anita, Suites Plaza Del Rio, Hotel Eloisa, Posada Roger, La Iguana de Oro Vallarta
- Hotel Belmar, Tradicional Villa Del Mar, Yazmin Hotel, Torre Malibu, Hacienda San Angel
- Hotel Amaca, Villa Mercedes, Cond. Vera Vista, Hotel Hortencia, Grand Miramar, Villas Palmeras
- Villas David, Cond. La Palapa, Andales On the Bay, Cond. Casa de las Visitas, Vallarta Shores
- Casa La Villata, Villa Azul, Chateau Dona Luz, Casa del Quetzal, Villa Celeste,
- Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas, Dreams Vallarta, Sea Garden, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze
- The Grand Mayan, The Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, Villa varadero, Paradise Village, Bahia del Sol
- Occidental Allegro, Hard Rock Hotel, Taheima Grand Spa, Grand Velas, Grand Marival
- Dreams Villamagna, Marival Residences, Hacienda de los Milagros, Luxury Residence In Paradise
Select this option for hotels located in Zone 4.
- Costa Sur, Playa Fiesta, Cond. Los Palmares, Garza Blanca, Best Western , Barcelo La Joya
- Casa Iguana, Quinta Maria Cortes, Riu Vallarta, Riu Jalisco, Samba Vallarta, Riu palace, Bel Air
- Villa del palmar flamingos, Villa la Estancia, Royal Decameron, Suites Costa Dorada
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Before hopping in the pool, get a brief introduction to dolphin safety and what you should and shouldn't do while in their pool home. Learn about their unique physiology and highly intelligent underwater communication.
When you're ready, reach out and feel the dolphin's soft, smooth skin. Learn signals for tricks and feed some of the dolphins their favorite treats—they may shake your hand or give you a friendly kiss. Watch as they jump impressively high in the air, zoom through the water at up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h), and spin in unison. These friendly animals are known for their gentle behavior, curiosity, and intelligence, so don't be surprised when they nudge or kiss you to get to know you. Read More close
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Marine mammal trainers invite you to join an educational and hands-on poolside experience with the friendly sea lions. Watch these fascinating animals propel through the water and waddle around their cave, waterfall, and rock platform. Listen to their noisy barking and learn about their unique communication, pup rearing techniques, and why they're so friendly.
These lively animals are known for their intelligence and playfulness, so don't be surprised when they jump over you in the middle of the water. Learn signals for tricks and feed some of the sea lions their favorite treats. This is 1 of just 2 places in the world that offers the rare opportunity to meet and get up-close with sea lions—don't miss it on your trip to Puerto Vallarta. Read More close
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Fly across the water on a speedboat from Puerto Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlan, a secluded beach on the southern shores of Banderas Bay. A 4-wheel-drive Mercedes Benz unimog picks you up and motors to the Sierra Madre Mountains—2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level. Here you're immediately greeted by friendly mules who give you a spellbinding ride higher into a subtropical forest, where the tour reaches its apex.
Feel the heart-dropping plunge of swooshing across the longest and highest zipline in Mexico. Traverse obstacles and cross aerial bridges connecting the series of ziplines. The final zip includes a refreshing dip into a natural river pool.
Appreciate the satisfaction of successfully rappelling down a 90-foot (30-m) cascading waterfall. Next, plunge down 2 exhilarating waterslides, including the third tallest drop in the world at 846 feet (258 m). With the abundant jungle as your playground, you won’t find a dull moment in this Outdoor Adventure Circuit. Read More close
The Original Downtown Vallarta Tour
Embark on a comprehensive 3-hour tour that takes you to 10 tasting locations, including small, family-run restaurants and taco stands. The following mouthwatering eats—enough for a lunch—and drinks are included:
- Traditional soup from the state of Michoacán
- Tacos de birria (meat stew marinated in chiles)
- Ceviche (fish or seafood cooked in lime juice)
- Fresh tortillas, directly from the conveyor belt
- Mole sauces (consisting of numerous ingredients) and tequila, of course
- Tuba (a refreshing coconut drink)
- Mexican candies
- Artisanal chocolate
- Tacos de carne asada (grilled beef)
The Street: An Evening Taco Adventure
This tour is the perfect introduction to Mexico’s universal dish—the taco. Hop on a city bus to explore the best taquerías in downtown Vallarta, where you can enjoy an interactive and entertaining dinner spread across 9 different locations. Get ready for a variety of yummy tacos, including fish, carne asada (grilled beef), cabeza (head), and the famous pastor (marinated pork). In addition, taste the pozole soup, and sip some mezcal, which is similar to tequila, before wrapping up the evening with a sweet churro.
The Taste of Pitillal Food Tour
Head off the beaten path by venturing to the Pitillal neighborhood, a part of town less frequented by visitors. Follow your expert guide to 9 tasting locations, where you indulge in carnitas (slow-cooked pork), tacos de carne asada, birria (marinated meat stew), and fresh seafood. La Tianita restaurant, which opens exclusively for the tour group, serves delicious tamales, an ancient dish that originated in the Mayan Empire.
Sweeten up your afternoon with fresh paletas (popsicles), churros, and organic fruit and vegetables. Read More close
Set sail from Puerta Vallarta aboard a luxurious catamaran with the vast Pacific Ocean ahead and a refreshing sea breeze surrounding you. Spend your morning snorkeling and exploring the peaceful cove of Majahuitas. This coral reef and tropical fish-filled coastline is only accessible by boat, making it one of Puerto Vallarta's best-kept hidden treasures.
When you are ready, a picnic lunch, open bar, and knowledgeable crew await your return to the catamaran. Along the way hear fascinating Mexican trivia and admire the panoramic views of the deep-blue ocean and pristine coastline.
Nestled in a natural cove you find the traditional fishing town of Yelapa, where you can venture though the unique, road-free community. Hike through the lush jungle and uncover the Cola de Caballo waterfalls, go for a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters, or bask in the sun's warmth on the beach with your favorite cocktail in hand. If you're looking for a relaxing, multi-activity adventure away from the hustle of the big city, look no further. Read More close