Travel Light !
Luggage and bags: Take as little as possible, perhaps only a small duffel or backpack. You will be carrying it to various locations, and on and off the water taxi and maybe even wading through water to get to shore.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip flops, sturdy lightweight shoes, such as Keens, bathing suits, tank tops, sarongs, t-shirts, shorts or sundress. Keep it very simple. You do not need much !! A good hat is essential - the sun can be intense.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock, bug repellent ("Don't Bug Me" patches work great !! All natural, waterproof, long lasting, available online). Earplugs and sleep masks can come in handy if you are a light sleeper.
Photo Equipment: Cameras, film, underwater disposable camera, dry bag for equipment if going out on kayaks or a boat.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach towel. Flashlight or headlamp for negotiating uneven terrain at night - the paths can be very uneven.
If you're staying in Yelapa...
Luggage and bags: A backpack will suit you well. The cobblestone streets and tree-root lined paths aren't great for rolling suitcases.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you're going to be hiking, please bring a first-aid kit. There is a doctor in Yelapa, but he's likely going to be far away from wherever you're hurt. If you need to go to the hospital, it's quite a trek to Puerto Vallarta.
Miscellaneous: Pack a flashlight if you're going to be staying in Yelapa overnight. Most paths are unlit, and there are many things to stumble over or step in. A headlamp, although dorky looking, is the best solution I've found.
Basics for a day by the water under the sun
Luggage and bags: Pack light - Don't be bringing your suitcase to Yelapa. Remember you're going there on a boat and the taxi driver will want to be able to fit as many people on the boat as possible.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hat / Bandana / Sunglasses - self-explanatory.
Sandals - when you get out of the boat you have to walk through the water
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen
Photo Equipment: For sure - bring it! But... make sure you have its in something waterproof cuz being in a speedboat you can get splashed and then also you'll be climbing in and out of the boat in water.
Miscellaneous: Enough money for the return ticket and for something to eat and drink at Yelapa.
Keep hydrated - bring your own water bottle(s).
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