Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican balneario resort city
situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas A
number of beaches along the South shore of the bay
are accessible only by boat (from Boca de Tomatlan
or the Los Muertos Pier). The developed beaches
include (east to west): Las Animas, Quimixto,
Majahuitas and Yelapa. These and other smaller
undeveloped beaches can be reached by launch from
Boca de Tomatlán. Playa Las Animas - a narrow wide
white sand beach developed with several restaurants.
Playa Las Caletas - a secluded beach that was once
the private retreat of film director John Huston.
Today it is a wildlife preserve. There is a living
natural reef close to shore which makes the beach a
popular destination for snorkelers. Playa Quimixto -
a somewhat rocky and secluded beach which is settled
by a small village of a several hundred families.
There are horse and guide hire concessions in the
town which lead visitors through a small canyon
behind the town to a series of waterfalls. Yelapa -
once a small electricity free fishing village and a
popular 'hide away' for Gringos, now it has
electricity, telephones and the internet. Visited by
tourist boats for about 3 hours a day, it reverts to
its laid back ways when they leave.