Yelapa is the largest of the remote beaches accessible only by boat that dot the southern cost of Banderas Bay. Tour boats as well as small skiffs or pangas leave for Yelapa daily with afternoon returns.
This tiny village is a true escape from civilization. With no electricity or telephones one can really get away from it all. At night generators supply the power for the small hotel and restaurant that is nestled into the jungle side. During the day there are several beach side eateries to choose from while partaking in a favorite beach activity.
A 35-meter (114.8 feet) waterfall that cascades down through the thick jungle is a great hiking and horseback destination, complete with hillside cafe that overlooks the falls pool.
Many artists have taken up residence in this isolated village that adds to the local color. According to these local residents, Yelapa means "the gathering place." And that it is, visitors, members of the community and from Puerto Vallarta gather each month for full moon celebrations that have become legendary.