If you haven’t heard of this tiny beach haven in Puerto Vallarta’s Bahia de Banderas, that’s a good thing. It has gone decades without the infiltration of obstructive high-rises or a mass influx of tourists. Some say it’s Mexico’s last authentic beach town, and we’d agree.
The crescent-shaped stretch of sand straddles jungle and ocean and is lined with lounge chairs, a few umbrellas, and nothing else. Just steps inland are a handful of thatched-roof, al-fresco bars and some swaying hammocks under the palm trees. From anywhere you kick your feet up with Pacifico in hand, you hear the crashing waves and little else.
Twenty miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa is so off the radar you can only arrive by boat. Most travelers hire a private charter from Boca de Tomatlan or take a water taxi from Los Muertos Beach, and they often stop en route at Majahuitas, a popular snorkeling spot. And when visitors do finally arrive in Yelapa, the boat pulls right up onto the beach. Who needs a dock?
Unlike other “undiscovered” beach towns, which may have an OXXO gas station or Subway, Yelapa still feels “pre-tourism boom” retro, without any souvenir shops, to boot. It’s a town of villagers who make their money foraging and fishing. All the seafood you eat there is caught fresh from local waters, and sold well below typical resort prices.
Yelapa is truly a magical place where houses and property rarely become available. Let us help you find one if tranquility and privacy are your home-buying goals.
- Secluded Beach
- Ocean Views
- Fishing and Fresh Seafood
- Raicilla and Amazing Pies