Puerto Vallarta Beach in front of Conchas Chinas


¿What Beaches Should I Visit in Puerto Vallarta?

This must be one of the most frequent questions you may ask yourself when visiting Puerto Vallarta since it’s best known for its outstanding and various amount of beaches, food, and culture. Throughout the coast, the water is usually calm and see-through! We have made a special guide for you with the top beaches you can visit so you don’t miss out on the fun and best beaches to enjoy!

La Lancha Beach

La Lancha beach in Sayulita, you can see surfers and tourists around.
La Lancha Beach in Sayulita Nayarit, Mexico with surfers practicing.

¿Would you like to learn how to surf or already know how? If so, then this is the perfect beach for you. It’s also a very family-friendly beach, it amazes everyone who visits it for its clear water and white soft sand. This beach however is in Punta de Mita, Nayarit about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta.

Surprise! This beach also has a mangrove swamp next to it which you will enjoy walking by while on your way to the beach, the walk is about 7 refreshing minutes getting in touch with nature.

Las Animas Beach

Las Animas beach view from above using a drone.
Las Animas Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, photo taken from above using a drone.

This is a unique gorgeous beach which you can only arrive by taking a water taxi at Los Muertos Pier. The beach is located south of Puerto Vallarta, it takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes to arrive at the shore that is totally worth it, and who knows if you’re lucky you might encounter dolphins or whales along the way!

Colomitos Beach

Colomitos is the smallest beach from the top 5 beaches in Puerto Vallarta
Colomitos beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, green clear water.

The special beach is best known for its crystal clear water and its size since it’s a hidden mini beach, also located south of Puerto Vallarta and you can only arrive on the water it’s right before Las Animas Beach, it takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes to get there on a water taxi.

Punta Negra Beach

Punta Negra is one of the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta
Punta Negra Beach in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, crystal water and wide beach.

This is one of the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta; Punta Negra beach is one of the best ideal family-friendly beaches for its beautiful blue calm water & white soft sand.

It’s a wide beach that has plenty of space for fun recreating activities under the bright sun such as volleyball, snorkeling, and boogie boarding or to relax under the shade of the trees while listening to the waves.

Los Muertos Beach

Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. View from above, you can see the Los Muertos pier, it is illuminated all nights.

Most popular, ideally visited for its commodity, shallow clear water, the family-friendly beach! You can grab something to eat, relax, and play while having the ocean right in front of you.

This beach also has a pier which you can see a great view of the mountain & also fishes from down below!; On this same pier is where you can grab a water taxi to visit other beaches such as Las Ánimas, Colomitos, Quimixto & Yelapa!

You can reserve several tours to these beaches at or you can contact us directly to take you there.

Humpback Whale in islas marietas

The Humpback Whale and their arrivals to Puerto Vallarta

Humpback Whale comes from the family of “cetaceans”, whose species including whales, dolphins, and porpoises. In the particular line of whales it is divided into two Baleen whales (whales, humpback whales, and gray whales) and gear (sperm whales, killer whales, beaked whales, narwhals, dolphins, and porpoises).

In Mexico, we visit the blue whales, gray whales, dolphins, and sperm whales; particularly to Puerto Vallarta from December begins the arrival of the gray whale. These whales take up to three months from their journey from the icy waters of the Arctic to Puerto Vallarta, where the route is about 20 000 km, for the sole purpose of mating.

The reason mating in tropical waters is due to the warm waters, and the waters of Puerto Vallarta are tropical. When mating season comes around they make their yearly trip towards the center of the equator (to tropical environments) where the temperature is warmer and they can mate and bare offspring.

The Whale Watching season starts when these mammals arrive to Puerto Vallarta and ends in the middle of March. When they depart because feeding season starts; they can often be found swimming near the upper and lower hemispheres gathering food. In the zone of Banderas Bay, there is a lot of companies selling these tours (Whale Watching), it is an excellent experience and opportunity to see these creatures swimming around your boat.

Also this year some killer whales appeared in the zone, they just were surrounding some boats, that is an alert to the authorities because is the first time they are here and probably is because the climate change.

Nevertheless, the ocean ecosystem in Puerto Vallarta is one of the most beautiful in Mexico.

As for not less mentioned but equally important the dolphins, they are always tropical waters, therefore they are always round in Puerto Vallarta, but this issue will have its special section.

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