Yelapa Travel Guide

  • Sandy  Beach by Hotel,  Yelapa
    Sandy Beach by Hotel, Yelapa
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    Going into Town
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    Same location, Town view
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Yelapa Things to Do

  • Go see the waterfall and other stuff...

    There are a couple of waterfalls, but the closest is in town. There are two I believe. Just ask locals how to get there and they will show you. The trip is only a 20 minute walk or so, and when you get to the waterfall, there is a small bar of cold beverages to quench your thirst.

  • walking around the forest's edge

    This is a place for nature lovers. Hike around the trails or take horseback and you will see beauty everywhere! Oh, and lots of mosquitoes around the river and creeks. . .

  • Get to know the town

    Walking around town will give you a look into everyday local life. I saw a chapel, a waterfall, little paths that led to the water's edge, horse trails, and other charming touches like soccer ball planters...I will never forget those!


Yelapa Hotels

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  • Yelapa Oasis

    Privada Marlin #4, off the Rio Tuito and across from the Main Beach, Yelapa, Jalisco, 48440, Mexico

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Casa Bahia Bonita

    Yelapa Bay, Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Casa Milagros - House of Miracles

    Accommodations in Yelapa run the spectrum from $20 a night for a palapa to a couple hundred dollars...


Yelapa Restaurants

  • The BEST in town!

    Well everything is local in Yelapa..... But this place was not to be beat!! This is a bakery during the day and a wonderful candelight restuarant at night! - Outdoor seating, sand floor, fabulous service and excellent food!! All very well priced. (Price below is per person w/ drinks, large Margaritas included....) The Best: Tortilla soup, Jumbo...

  • Dinner Served in the Front Yard of the...

    The local bakery, Panaderia, in the village also serves dinners in the evening. In the morning, the homemade banana bread is sure to fuel you up for a day of....lounging on the beach !! The dinners are seafood based - we had shrimp in garlic sauce and fresh fish filets. Very homey atmosphere - the bakery/restaurant is actually run out of someone's...

  • The Best Guacamole and Shrimp Omelets

    The restaurant is located right on the sand. We ate most of our breakfasts here because of the delicious fresh shrimp omelets, tropical fruit plates, yogurt and granola, and fresh squeezed orange juice !! The food was plentiful and very reasonable !! I think the omelets were $7 and large enough for 2 people to share. The fresh fruit plates were $5....


Yelapa Transportation

  • Your Feet or a Horse

    Getting to Yelapa is by way of Puerto Vallarta. From PV, you need to take a water taxi to Yelapa. In Yelapa it is all you all the time, unless you need a horse to take you somewhere.Everything is within walking distance. Or you can kayak across the bay. It is a very small village and everything is close by. Just make sure to have comfortable,...

  • Skip the return ticket if you're staying...

    If you're visiting Yelapa just for the day, go ahead and buy a return ticket. However, if you're staying in the village, just get a one-way. When you finally do return to Puerto Vallarta or Boca, buy another one-way ticket. That way, you're not stuck waiting for the same boat that brought you to Yelapa, and you can do business with the next panga...

  • Get a Return Water Taxi Ticket!

    Make sure you purchase a return ticket at Boca de Tomatlán or wherever you get on a water taxi to go over to Yelapa. Don't lose your ticket and then also don't miss your return water taxi back! The last return taxi of the day is typically at 4pm. You wouldn't want to wind up having to pay double or who knows how much just to get back! Buy or...


Yelapa Local Customs

  • Augustina - The Pie Lady

    Every day, you will see one or two of the local women from the village walking down the main beach carrying pies on their heads. I had been told about the "pie ladies" and Augustina was reputed to have the best pies in Yelapa. I have to admit I tried a few slices (purely for research, of course!) The lemon meringue was amazing, possibly the best I...

  • Huichol Indians

    The land where Yelapa sits is controlled by the Huichol Indians, who live far back in the jungle. They can literally vote troublemakers "off the island" (even though it's not an island!). They produce beautiful beadwork items - jewelry, beaded animals and other beaded items. Everyone knows everyone and lives peacefully and tries to get along with...

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Yelapa Warnings and Dangers

  • Shops, Locals and Hiking Trails

    Restaurants that are by and used by Vallarta Adventures rip you off by charging what they call, A Gringo Tax. Beach Gardens-Angelinas and the Hotel Restaurants are honest and fair.The Locals, not expats, only concern themselves with your money and how much they can rip you off with a smile. Don't trust them, I live here. Hiking Trails, NOT, they...

  • Yelapa, where burglars can watch you...

    Yelapa's expatriate community and overnight visitors are periodically targeted by cat burglars -- local young men who are probably watching as you arrive.Start talking to the long-term expatriate residents about the thievery problem, and you discover that nearly everyone has a story. The problem waxes and wanes, but Yelapa's small population,...

  • Scorpions (and a cat named Diablo)

    Scorpions seem to be a bit of a problem from time to time. We never saw any in our palapa, but the people in the next palapa down found several in their bathroom sink. We always made sure to shake out our clothes, towels, shoes, etc. just in case. The hosts had a scorpion sting emergency kit on hand, if needed. (The real beast to watch out for was...


Yelapa What to Pack

  • Travel Light !

    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. 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...

  • If you're staying in Yelapa...

    A backpack will suit you well. The cobblestone streets and tree-root lined paths aren't great for rolling suitcases. Sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses. 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...

  • Basics for a day by the water under the...

    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. Hat / Bandana / Sunglasses - self-explanatory.Sandals - when you get out of the boat you have to walk through the water Sunscreen For sure - bring it! But... make...


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