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Discover Vallarta beaches
by Vallarta Online Staff | published: 5/19/2006
The best beaches north of Vallarta
Vallarta has wonderful beaches that help you to unwind, but also to have fun so that all your friends back home will be envious of your stories.
From north to south the beaches vary in their style, attractiveness, and splendor. The northern beaches are very long, as opposed to the ones in the south that are shorter and surrounded by the mountains.
I will explain the effects that make the northern beaches so exquisite and will also show which ones have been recommended by us, and many visitors.
Punta de Mita
There is a beach not far from Vallarta called Punta de Mita. It used to be a small fishing village, but since Four Seasons Hotel moved in however, it has become much more known. It is a very calm and relaxing beach with a wonderful view, and tasty restaurants. The restaurant area is called El Anclote and these restaurants have chairs and tables right on the beach covered by palapas.
To get there, you just take a bus or taxi, or if you are renting a car you just go north out of Vallarta and follow the signs that says "Punta de Mita." The bus runs there all the time, and they actually say "Punta de Mita" on the front of the bus, so it is very hard to get confused. By car from Vallarta it takes about 45 minutes to get there and by bus it is about 1 hour.
Another amazing beache is located at the Marietas Islands. The Marietas Islands are a Federal Protected Nature Reserve, a sanctuary for a diverse species of birds, turtles, dolphins, humphback whales and tropical fish and because of this, no one is allow to land, nor stay at the beach. This island is full of surprises. It has a beach called Playa del Amor (Beach of love - it is as romantic as it sounds) to get there you have to swim through an enchanting cave.
There are two main ways you can get to the Marietas Islands:
Marietas Wild Snorkeling This great tour is 7 & ½ hours. Enough time to enjoy your experience, exploring the caves, and arches by snorkeling, scuba diving or kayaking. Lunch is also included in this family friendly excursion.
Marietas Pacific Scuba With lunch, beverages, water, and equipment included. This tour is for certified divers who desire an unforgettable dive in one of Mexico's finest spots! There are many lava cave formations to dive through, and sea life that will take your breath away.
Want to get out of Vallarta for a day but still be somewhere you can do a little window shopping, sun tanning, and beach playing?
Sayulita is the perfect spot! You can get there in the morning and stay as long as you like (there are even bungalows to rent if you want to stay longer). Restaurants on the beach are open and willing to serve, you can chose from a coffee shop, to typical Mexican, or even Sushi!
Sayulita is right on the northern side of the bay, so even though it is out of the bay it is not too far away to miss! The perfect place for visiting surfers, and home of the recent National Surf Selective Championship. There are many guides waiting to give you a hand on how to move on the board. You can rent surf boards by hour at a very cheap price.
Now that you are all wet and want to dry off before getting back in the bus, taxi or car, why not take a stroll in Sayulita and enjoy the quaintness of the town. Nearby are scrumptious little restaurants, or ice cream shops, and of course the famous Choco Bannana Cafe which I have to say is a must try!
Taking a bus, taxi, or car is simple. You could drive north on the main road and just follow the signs that say Sayulita. Cab drivers also know where Sayulita is, but I would recommend taking a bus and saving a few bucks. (Choco Bannana Cafe keeps a record of what time the last bus from Sayulita goes back to Vallarta). From Vallarta by car it takes about 1 hour to get there and on bus around 15 minutes longer.
Now that you have the inside scoop on these beaches… With these details you can come to Vallarta and feel like a pro! Have fun enjoying the beauty and relaxation Vallarta has to offer!