Excursions to the Beach: 5 Little-Known Paradises

Jorge Chávez
Jul. 31, 2019

A day at the beach can change your energy completely. An appealing activity, you could even say that enjoying the sun, sand and sea is a must for both residents and visitors to Vallarta · Nayarit, as this destination is internationally renowned for offering a wide variety of options to go and relax, whether as a couple, with friends or with family.

However, if you are adventurous or just want to go on an excursion where you can spend the day in a different and little-known environment, we have selected five beaches you should visit during your stay in our destination. Although you need to drive a little more or take a tour on the sea or a short walk through the jungle to reach some of them, we assure you that the effort will be worth it, the reward an earthly paradise that will surely remain in your memory forever.

Because of the nature of these places, we suggest taking only what is necessary to make your visit even more pleasant, and, of course, we invite you to do your bit to help in the conservation of our environment.

We hope you enjoy them!


Excursions to the beach: 5 little-known paradises, vallarta lifestyles, puerto vallarta


Located in a paradisiacal spot in Riviera Nayarit, Palito Verde is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, with clean, crystal-clear waters framed by rock formations on the sides, making it a cozy place.

At this stunning little beach with small waves, you will feel like you are swimming in a saltwater pool, ideal for spending a romantic day as a couple, enjoying this natural treasure in the shade of the trees.

Due to the transparency and tranquility of its waters, as well as its topographic features, this site is excellent for snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding. Likewise, traveling by boat and anchoring near this beach provides an incredible view of the mountain full of lush trees.

How to Get There

To get to Palito Verde, take the old La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – Punta de Mita road. You will need to pay attention to your left, since about a half mile after the Real del Mar development you will find a hillside with enough space to park several cars. You will recognize the spot when you see a white house. From there, you walk through the jungle (on a defined path) for about five minutes until you reach the beach.


Excursions to the beach: 5 little-known paradises, vallarta lifestyles, puerto vallarta


Riviera Nayarit is home to La Alberca de Mar, an original attraction built around a beach with crystal-clear waters and fine sand, protected by rock formations and walls that give it a sense of privacy.

This beach with small or no waves is approximately 32,290 square feet and the water is just over four feet deep, so it is ideal for spending a fun day in the company of family and/or friends. For the little ones, it is an excellent way to be in contact with nature in a controlled environment.

One of its peculiarities is that, depending on the season of the year, it is possible you will find it without much water, but it’s just a matter of waiting a few hours for the tide to rise and the waves to replenish it.

How to Get There

Take the new La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – Punta de Mita road until you reach the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, where public access is located on the left side of the main entrance. From that point, you need to walk through the jungle (on a defined trail) for about five minutes, until you reach a large beach. Then, you walk to the right, where you will see an imposing wall that will guide you to La Alberca de Mar.


Excursions to the beach: 5 little-known paradises, vallarta lifestyles, puerto vallarta


Located in the vicinity of Sayulita (the internationally renowned surfing mecca), “Brissa” is a beach with crystalline waters that is sheltered by rock formations extending to the sea.

At this little, picturesque beach with small waves, you can swim with caution and enjoy the privacy the natural environment provides, making it perfect for spending a pleasant day in the company of friends or as a couple.

Due to the clarity and tranquility of its waters, as well as the distribution of the rocks, this site is ideal for stand-up paddleboarding, shore fishing or yoga on the sand, while enjoying the natural environment under the shade of the trees at the foot of the adjoining mountain.

How to Get There

From Sayulita’s main square (which is about 45 minutes by car from Puerto Vallarta), walk to the enigmatic Playa Los Muertos, located on the edge of town, crossing the cemetery. On the left you will see a large rock formation that you will have to cross with extreme care, a strenuous walk of approximately 15 minutes. You will know you have reached this beach when you see the name “Brissa” in blue letters on a giant boulder.


Excursions to the beach: 5 little-known paradises, vallarta lifestyles, puerto vallarta


Madagascar, one of the bay’s most spectacular beaches, is located on Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore. With fine white sand and crystal-clear waters in shades of blue and green, it is framed by giant boulders that add an exotic touch.

Of extraordinary beauty, this little beach with small waves will make you feel you are in a true paradise, ideal for a romantic getaway or an adventure with friends.

Due to the colors and tranquility of its waters, as well as the rocks that extend to the sea, it is great for snorkeling or yoga on the sand. Similarly, traveling by boat and anchoring near this beach offers an incredible view of the lush green mountain.

How to Get There

At Boca de Tomatlán you can board a water taxi and ask to be taken there. As you cannot access Madagascar by car, another excellent idea is to take the trail (about 25 minutes) that starts on the south side of the small inlet. Taking this path through the jungle, along the base of the mountain, is totally worth it. When you arrive at the Ocean Grill restaurant you will see a mini-bay, Playa Colomitos. The next beach is Madagascar.


Excursions to the beach: 5 little-known paradises, vallarta lifestyles, puerto vallarta


Located in Banderas Bay’s Parque Nacional Islas Marietas, La Nopalera is a virgin beach with crystal-clear waters and golden sand, framed by spectacular walls that add an intimate touch.

With a private ambiance, this incredible beach with moderate waves is ready to be explored in the company of your partner or with family and friends, where for a moment you will feel like you are on a real desert island.

During your visit you will notice that one of its distinctive features is the diverse shades of its waters, which are perfect for swimming with caution and snorkeling around the rock formations. The biodiversity of this place is so rich that fans of birdwatching and observing other animal species can delight both the eye and camera lens.

How to Get There

Although access to La Nopalera is exclusively by sea and it can be reached from Puerto Vallarta, the best way to get to the Marietas Islands is from the shores of Punta de Mita, where you must take a certified and previously booked water taxi. The trip from there is approximately 25 minutes, and it is very possible that along the way you will see marine species swimming nearby.


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