Puerto Vallarta, situated in the Banderas Bay, the second largest bay of the world, has about 26 miles or 42 km of different beaches. Some of the beaches are different in kind of sand, the visitors quantity, accessability and also regarding the wind and ocean activity. To find the romantic beach, the family beach, the party beach, the surfers beach and each kind the traveler could be looking for, we listed the most interesting beach areas around Puerto Vallarta below, including information about the different options offered at each beach and a short “How to get there” guide.
Puerto Vallarta Beach Map
1) San Francisco Beach
San Francisco is a small village at the northern end of Banderas Bay visited by just a few US tourists. The village is still an authentic mexican one, no mayor hotels are build there until now. With about 1 mile of golden sand, the beach is a quite place, where the traveler may relax a day at the palms. Restaurants at the beach offer a variety of food. On one hand of the beach is a small natural lagune, with many bird species. The ATM bus needs from Wal Mart bus stop in Puerto Vallarta to this beach about 1 hour. No water sport options.
2) Sayulita Beach
Just ten minutes from San Francisco Beach to the south lays another small village, Sayulita. As it is very well known by families and surfers, Sayulitas beach is visited by many people. Nearly all services are available, including surf schools. 50 minutes with the ATM bus.
3) Burros Beach
A secret beach for surfers. As Sayulita is crowded by beginners and tourism, the experienced surfers visit the Burros beach. Services are not available. To get there ask for the Flamingos Hotel in the ATM bus. Once arrived, enter the small street which leads down to the hotel, first street to the left You see some parked cars. There walk along the small path through the trees, You cant miss the beach, 5 minutes walking and You are at the surfers secret home.
4) Manzanilla Beach
Investigations made by the Universities ecologic department say, that the water quality of La Manzanilla beach arround Puerto Vallarta. In 40 Minutes with the ATM bus to the small village La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a very nice, small and authentic fishers village with some tourism and beachfront properties. This year, 2007, the village receives its own marina, so properties will raise in price. Just walk down the small street passing for the village and You will find the beach easily, there walk to the right to get to the Manzanilla area. Some services as restaurants are available. Mostly mexican tourism there. (more…)