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Our most recommended Nuevo Vallarta Beach Trips

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

1. Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off on a boat cruise towards the tropical paradise coves of Yelapa and Majahuitas. Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences.  Make your first stop at the breathtaking shores of Majahuitas Cove. With its untouched sandy beach and crystal clear water, it's the perfect hideaway for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking with an expert guide. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel here with all equipment included by the crew. Then, head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Stroll through the charming fishing village to the cascading, Cola de Caballo waterfalls and jump into the refreshing water, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapa's expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. Whether you hike to the waterfalls, snorkel, or bury your toes in the sand, you’ll be struck by the idyllic beauty of these tropical retreats. As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta with an open bar and onboard fiesta, wrap up a perfect day with some great music, dancing, and unforgettable entertainment provided onboard.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

2. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

3. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

Upgrade your vacation by visiting this exclusive, private beach hideaway. Accessible only by sea, Las Caletas is surrounded by a steep, jungle-clad mountain backdrop, making it a truly secluded tropical sanctuary. On the Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Las Caletas and all of the incredible natural wonders it has to offer.  Spend time out at sea on a kayak or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding. Take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities like clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking. No matter what your interests, Las Caletas Beach Hideaway has something for you.

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

4. From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

Board your catamaran and ride out to the magnificent Islas Marietas National Park on a top-of-the-line catamaran. Explore the rocky caverns and archways by kayak or paddleboard. Get up close and personal with the many natural wonders of the Marieta Islands. Snorkel or scuba dive and see the rich marine life below the surface. Look for giant manta rays, sea turtles, and abundant multi-colored fish. Make use of complimentary snorkeling equipment, paddleboards, and kayaks. Sail to Majahuitas Beach. Swim and sunbathe at this white sand beach. Experience one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches along Mexico's Pacific coast.  Soak up the sun and relax on board a comfortable catamaran. Sip a drink from the open bar. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast. In the afternoon, you can sit down for a deli-style lunch. Your knowledgable onboard tour guides will see to it that you have a comfortable and safe journey. This Islas Marietas National Park eco discovery tour is a sea excursion designed to explore the ocean and wildlife around the Marieta Islands with various water activities. The Hidden Beach is not visited on this tour.

Puerto Vallarta: Half-Day Speedboat Tour with Snorkeling

5. Puerto Vallarta: Half-Day Speedboat Tour with Snorkeling

Departing from Nuevo or Puerto Vallarta aboard a high-speed speedboat we will head south of the bay until we reach Los ARcos de Mismaloya where we will stop for a couple of minutes to take pictures, then we will continue south where we will snorkel in 2 different points (these can vary depending on weather conditions, to ensure good snorkeling) where we can find a great diversity of marine fauna; lobsters, turtles, starfish, octopus and a wide variety of colorful fish.

Puerto Vallarta: Snorkel & Beach Club Experience with Lunch

6. Puerto Vallarta: Snorkel & Beach Club Experience with Lunch

The experience begins from either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, depending on the option chosen. Embark on a sightseeing cruise along the shoreline heading towards the snorkel spot at Los Arcos de Mismaloya. As you sail, marvel at magnificent views of the coast then enjoy a refreshing dip in the water and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. During the cruise, treat yourself to a drink or two at the open bar which includes beer, spirits, wine, and cocktails. After about an hour, head towards the vibrant Quimixto Beach for a delicious buffet lunch at the local partner’s beach club. Dine on a selection of freshly prepared dishes including chicken fajitas, Cambray potatoes, caprese salad, and much more. Once you’re full up from lunch, spend some free time relaxing in a hammock and soak up the glorious Mexican sunshine. If you’d rather something a little more adventurous, make use of the onsite water park or have a go at kayaking and paddle boarding in the beach's crystal clear waters. At the end of an unforgettable day of fun, sit back and relax on the return journey to Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, admiring the last of the coastal views along the way.

Sayulita and San Pancho Day Trip

7. Sayulita and San Pancho Day Trip

Make a quick stop to try exotic fruits & local sweets On the way to San Pancho, your day of exploration and discovery begins with a stop at a colorful roadside stand where we will taste exotic fruits and local sweets. Your guide will share the history behind some of those traditional sweets and their origin. It will be an excellent opportunity to take a piece or two for the road. Taste Mexican street food in San Pancho We continue to San Pancho to meet the staff of Su Pancha Madre, a very cool food truck dedicated to one of the most iconic dishes of Mexican street food, sopes. They welcome us with a mouthwatering sope prepared at the moment, in a gourmet way. Enjoy its great flavor and colorful presentation. After a short break, walk through the surrounding streets to the main avenue of San Pancho, where we will have half an hour to admire its murals and leisurely stroll through the galleries and shops. Tuesdays in San Pancho have added value because they are market days, the perfect opportunity to browse through hundreds of products made by hand by local artists. Approaching the center of San Pancho, we stop at Las Iguanas. At this classic plaza food stall, we'll savor a delicious and fulfilling quesadilla made with a blue corn tortilla. Try pulque, a pre-Hispanic alcoholic beverage Continue your exploration of San Pancho, walking through the alleys of the city to El Gallo, a pulqueria with a beach atmosphere. Try two types of pulques, one white and one cured, and find out why this legendary drink is back and more fashionable than ever. During your tasting, learn about the history of pulque. This pre-Hispanic beverage made from the lightly fermented sap of the agave is closely intertwined with the history of Mexico and a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. El Gallo is also a liquor and wine store. This would be your opportunity to take home a good bottle of mezcal, raicilla or wines from Valle de Guadalupe, one of the most prolific winery regions of Mexico. Visit a community center and learn about their philosophy Before leaving, we will make a quick visit to Entre Amigos, a community center rooted in the mission of giving the children and families of San Pancho the skills necessary to contribute and positively impact their communities. Enjoy Sayulita's shops, boutiques and galleries After a morning in San Pancho, we headed to Sayulita. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore and soak up the atmosphere of the streets and visit boutiques and art shops. The multi-ethnicity of this charismatic town is present in its handicrafts, bars, restaurants and stalls selling jewelry, handmade garments and swimsuits. Walk down Sayulita's most iconic street as you delight in the beautiful art and galleries. This tour of Sayulita and San Pancho is a fun and charming day out, perfect to enjoy with friends or make new ones!

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 6 reviews

My wife and I took the horseback riding tour, and it was one of the best parts of our honeymoon trip. We were picked up in Sayulita, and taken to the Villa Paraíso ranch in Higuera Blanca. Our guide Micho took the tour to the next level. He told us all about the flora and fauna in the area and happily answered all of our questions. All of the staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were able to take pictures at the ranch but not during the ride for safety, which is understandable once you get on the horses. The photographer was great, and we were able to purchase a USB with the pictures for $800 pesos/about $40 usd. Pesos are easier, but they will take usd/cards with a fee. The food was great as well. You have to try the limonada! The ranch is truly a piece of paradise, and we really enjoyed are time there. Highly recommend Villa Paraíso!!

David and the rest of the crew were really amazing and the boat part of the trip was so much fun. Most fun we have ever had on a snorkeling trip and we have been on a few. Just be aware that the boat drops you in the water for snorkeling and then socks off the beach so you have to swim the equivalent of about 3 city blocks to get back to the boat which could be a little tough for beginner snorkelers. Also the hike to the waterfall, while not strenuous, up and back is a total of about 30 minutes so should definitely have decent shoes as the cobblestones can be slippery. All in all we would highly recommend this tour.

One of the best trips I’ve been on, and I’ve done a fair few. The crew of boat 5 were tentative and good fun. The day started with snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking, then we were taken over to a gorgeous beach we’re you could go on the banana boat or just swim or bathe, it was a gorgeous setting, all the food and drinks were included in the trip as well as the beach. The day was finished off with the crew putting on a show on our way home, the bar was open and it was a great fun atmosphere. 5 stars to Fernando(captain) and David(main Host) for a brilliant day

Nice excursion but I recommend the excursion with the hidden beach. The entertainment on the boat and the excellent service

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.