From Boca de Tomatlan to Cabo Corrientes there are a few beaches that can only be reached by sea, there are a few roads, well that word is an exaggeration, but it’s faster by boat. Most of them will have tour boat loads of tourists during the middle of the day, if you time it right you can avoid them. In order of appearance:
The first big beach after Boca, it now has a sort of pier to unload onto, restaurants and bars on the beach but not much more. The tour boats will get there a bit before noon and after the tourists have loaded up on food and booze they will leave. Being the closest beach it is busier than the others.
But ! between Boca and Las Animas there’s a pretty decent trail with a couple of usually deserted beaches to explore on the way. Takes about two hours.
Read a report on the trail, from Wayne Campbel, HERE
You can contact Arturo, the guide mentioned by Wayne by e-mailing Arturo via firstname.lastname@example.org he has other talents, he plays guitar and flute at some bars in the evenings.
This beach too, will load up with tourists from the tour boats at about 11am, but if you get there early, water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan, you can hike up to the waterfall before the rush and usually have it all to yourself. There are also many, somewhat scrawny horses you can rent to avoid the hike (quite a lot up hill). Before the tourists found the place, it used to be home for Archie, Cynthia and their kids (Archie’s Wok in town) when Archie was the chef for John Huston at his beach ……
Once the private residence of John Huston, director of Night of The Iguana and so many other great movies. It is now the location of two tours from Vallarta Adventures, the Caletas day tour and in the evening the Rhythms of The Night tour. Not a good place to go to privately as all the facilities are Vallarta Adventures’.
Another semi-private beach containing the Majahuitas
Resort. All beaches in Mexico are public, but if the only bathroom is in a private resort …. ? There are some great snorkelling spots around here with usually very clear water.
The old hippie hangout just isn’t the same with electricity and telephones. Not a bad beach and there is the village to explore. The waterfall behind the village is OK during, or just after, the rainy season, but dries up fast when the rains stop. Hike up the river, or rent a horse, to a much bigger one – not as tall though. For more information on Yelapa, click Here.
Another beach which was, more or less, taken over by the owner of the Chivas football team from Guadalajara. Well, that deal fell through so the village still remains the same. Some facilities, but for the Vallarta Adventures Sea Safari excursion.
There are some wonderful virgin beaches just before this fishing village, which would require a good hike. Since there are no regular water taxis, you’d have to rent a private panga. These beaches are really only available if you were to spend the night in Chimo, which maybe possible, but I have no recent information.