Beaches on the South Shore of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

For those who love to visit secret beaches and other remote locations, Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore is the perfect place to explore. The following information provides a description of some of the secluded locations that make Puerto Vallarta, Mexico an exciting place to spend your travels.

Beaches on the South Shore of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

There are a number of great public beaches to enjoy on the south shore of Puerto Vallarta, in addition to the fabulous beaches you can enjoy find when you stay top hotels like Garza Blanca Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai on the Garza Blanca Preserve. These exotic locations are easy to get to if you use Puerto Vallarta’s public transportation or rent your own vehicle. Indeed, if you decide to enjoy the day tour on the Marigalante pirate ship, we take you to have fun and a treasure hunt on one of the exclusive south shore beaches.

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Best south shore beaches to visit

Here are some of the popular hidden spots to tour on your next visit to Puerto Vallarta. You can reach all the spots if traveling on the main road known as Carretera de Barra de Navidad.

Conchas Chinas Beach

About 7 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta lies the white sandy coves of Conchas Chinas Beach. The best way to reach these lovely coves is to stay on the main highway and turn on Easy Street. From there take the short cobblestone road, and you will have a selection of coves to choose from to visit. You will need your own cooler because no food is sold here since it’s an actual residential spot, and you can’t rely of seeing the occasional guy selling mango or fish on a stick. The whole family will enjoy the experience of relaxing at one of these white sandy coves, and the kids will really love it when the tidal pools are calm.

Conchas Chinas Beach

Punta Negra

Right next to Conchas Chinas lies the lovely condo-filled beach called Punta Negra. It’s 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta if you are driving there. The water is a nice shade of blue, and the beach is sometimes covered with rocks (and sometimes just plain sand). Surf fishing is also popular in this area, so bring your fishing rods if you are into that. Also, bring a cooler with you because there are no restaurants here, either.

Punta Negra

Playas Gemelas

Playas Gemelas is 12 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. This remote location has white sandy beach property, and the water is perfect for taking a swim. An air mattress and a cooler are useful resources to bring with you since the area has no restaurants.

Mismaloya Beach

If you head further south from Puerto Vallarta’s downtown, you will run into Mismaloya Beach within 5 minutes. It’s also 15 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. This popular spot, made famous by the movie set for Night of the Iguana during the 19060s (with Ava Gardner, Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr), is a delightful place to watch the pelicans plunge into the Pacific waters. You can also have your fun in the water by renting a boat for fishing. Or, you can relax in the beige sand while enjoying some of the nice cuisine from some of the restaurants found here.

Boca de Tomatlan

Boca de Tomatlan is about 25 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. This is a quaint little village that has nice fresh barbecued fish, ice cold beer and hearty margaritas. You can enjoy these while watching the beach fans travel in water taxis to remote beaches like Yelapa, Quimixto and Las Animas.

Las Animas

You can either take a water taxi (which will be a very short trip), or you can enjoy the view while taking a one and a half hour walk from Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas. This beach is a favorite location to hang out. The drinks and food are awesome, and the water is perfect for water sports. You will be surprised at how peaceful this place can be when you are sitting on the beach and soaking in the great weather here.

Las Animas


Quimixto Beach is a very lovely place to visit while in Banderas Bay. You can reach this old-style village by water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan. This spot can be found deep in the jungle that has a cascading waterfall from up high. Many people are enchanted by this waterfall and love to travel the 25-minute walk (or ride on a horse with a guide) to see this beauty. After that, you can watch the surfers do their thing as you sit back and bathe in the sun on the beach.



You can do an entire day or a few days in Yelapa, a stunning beach that you can easily reach via water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan and Los Muertos Beach.  There’s never a dull moment while you are here. For starters, you can relax in a comfy hammock on the beach and sip on a nice frosty drink while admiring the paragliders and paddleboarders as they do their thing. Also, you can journey through the winding paths on the hills or hike to one of the several waterfalls hidden there.


Please note: For those searching for a peaceful day at the beach, you don’t want to be there on Sundays, which is the day a lot of people like to go to the beach.