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Boca de Tomates
by Bay Vallarta Staff |
by Bay Vallarta Staff |
Just before you cross the Ameca River bridge traveling northbound, where the lanes of traffic separate, there is a turnoff on the left. Surrounded by papaya and banana trees, this two-kilometer path will lead you to Boca de Tomates.
Boca de Tomates has a particular and exotic place: a crocodile swamp. Also, from June to October this beach is the turtles preferred place to lay their eggs. Don't forget to visit the Turtle Camp!
This quiet beach usually attended by locals is a hotel-free and construction-free site known by the several seafood restaurants palapa style and quite popular that offer shower and bathroom service.
Enjoy a rexaling day with your family and friends sunrrounded by nature, beach, sun and delicious seafood dishes. What about tostadas de ceviche or aguachile as appetizer?
Restaurante El Huachinango Feliz
Mon-Sun 10:00am-7:00pm. Tel. 044 (322) 107-4004
Ramada El Chavo
The name Ramada refers to the thatched roof. The location is identical to all the neighboring restaurants and includes a wood kitchen at the rear, with the tables and chairs providing an unobstructed view of the ocean while you enjoy your meal. El Chavo only serves seafood, such as ceviche tostadas for $10 pesos, shrimp or fish fillet for $100 pesos or lobster prepared to your liking for $200 pesos.
Ramada El Pachuco
Mon-Sun 10:00am-9:00pm. Tel. 044 (322) 137-2981
A few musicians wander among the restaurants, offering popular Mexican songs at a reasonable rate. At El Pachuco, the fish fillet, shrimp and octopus are cooked to your specifications, as are the aguachile, orders of burritos, shrimp or octopus empanadas, and the fish and shrimp ceviche all cost $95 pesos.
La Palapa de Tomás
Mon-Sun 11:00am-6:30pm. Tel. 044 (322) 172-2631
Like the other restaurants on this beach, the specialty is the pescado sarandeado (grilled fish garnished with vegetables) and fried fish for around $140 pesos per kilo. At La Palapa de Tomás, the cost is $150 pesos and it’s served with rice, Mexican salsa and delicious tortillas made by hand. The ceviche tostadas cost $10 pesos and those with shrimp and octopus cost $25 pesos. The shrimp and fish fillet cooked to your liking cost $90 pesos.
Mon-Sun 10:00am-7:00pm. Tel. 044 (322) 136-8189
Behind all the kitchens are grills using firewood to cook the sarandeado fish. The marinade and other ingredients that are added to the fish vary according to the recipe of each restaurant. At Ramada Leo it costs $150 pesos per kilo, as does the fish fried in pork skins. Some of their exclusive dishes are avocados stuffed with shrimp for $100 pesos and fish sticks with French fries for $80 pesos.
Mon-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm. Tel. 044 (322) 147-5680
Some of the establishments offer play areas with trampolines for children to jump while they wait for their food. For dessert, peddlers pass by the tables selling caramel and other sweets. At George’s Restaurant, the fish fillet costs $75 pesos, an order of shrimp prepared to specifications costs $90 pesos and their shrimp, octopus or combination cocktails cost $75 pesos for the small size and $80 pesos for the large
Ramada Sabino Ron
Mon-Sun 10:00am-8:00pm. Tel. 044 (322) 103-4287
At Ramada Sabino Ron, the shrimp, octopus and fish fillet cooked to specifications, as well as an order of any type of seafood, costs $90 pesos. Tostadas costs between $10 and $20 pesos.
How to Get Here? The blue buses cover a route that starts at Las Juntas and travels to Boca de Tomates, just look for the word 'Boca" on the windshield; it runs every hour and service stops at 7:00 pm.