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5 Travel Secrets of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This will probably be my longest visit in a particular area of Mexico. For the last four weeks, I spent my some time to enjoy the west coast of Mexico with my base being in the centre of Puerto Vallarta.

During my time here, I was able to scout out some “off the beat” places which I am more than happy to share.

Often times travelling is not just about falling for the typical norms but enjoying some of the places the locals are a fond of.

Here are 5 secret travel spots you should consider visiting on your next trip toPuerto Vallarta, Mexico.

1.Colomitos Beach

This is my first time exploring the pacific coast of Mexico. Though, a very popular destination all year round and more so in the winter time, I was able to find local beaches that I highly recommend. For Puerto Vallarta, Colomitos Beach is completely off-the-grid and one that you will enjoy if you are looking for that “hidden gem”.

Colomitos Beach can be accessed by simply jumping on one of the city buses heading south. Within roughly 20- 25 mins you will arrive at your first stop. A quick boat lift is necessary from your to get to the actual beach if you are not up for a hike. I did mention that it was “off-the-beat”, but one that is totally worth it.

2.Las Gemelas

Small but still remains one of my favourites around the Puerto Vallarta area. I was so keen on visiting Las Gemelas after a local recommended it to me. Just 15 minutes to the South of Puerto Vallarta and you are there.

3.El Eden

If you are completely in the woods about what is “El Eden” then let me do a little explanation for you. El Eden got its name after the filming of the quite popular movie “Predator” which was filmed there 30 years ago; in 1987.

Now, travellers can visit the jungle-like movie setting up close and personal.

Although this is a popular spot to visit and not somewhat of a “secret location” it made this list as I am recommending it to anyone who’d like to go for a hike; away from the hustle and bustle.

Most visitors tend to go up my car as it is mostly a dirt path, but if you are keen to enjoy  lush green mountains then give it a hike. The approximate distance from the main road to El Eden 4.2kms

4.Marina Bay

After being in PV for approximately 4 weeks it is quite surprising to me that I had just recently stumbled up the Marina Bay. Just a few days ago I had a partnership with Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta which had led me to explore the Marina Bay. Though it is located within a popular hotel zone, it is a good treat to get away from the city center to enjoy the shops and restaurants around the area. This is also where you’d  go if you’d  like to be to see the cruise ships coming in.

5. Sunset from the Lighthouse (El Faro Bar)

If you have never been inside a lighthouse before, then this is your chance. The Lighthouse (El Faro) is an 110 foot-high structure located on the Marina Bay with a 360 view. This is a perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset and just enjoy a drink in a lighthouse. Prices are a little more expensive than usual, but how many times have you had a drink in a lighthouse? Exactly! Go for the experience and if you don’t mind, you can choose to visit on a Thursday to see the cruise ships coming in.

El Faro can be a little bit busier on a Thursday, but if you don’t mind the extra buzziness and you want to see the cruise ships….cheers here on a Thursyay at sunset+ the view is just stunning! 

 Photo Credit: Claudio Cota via flicker 
  • shesomajor
    March 23, 2017

    Looks like you’re having an amazing time! Mexico looks beauuuuutiful! Stay safe doll!

  • Jordan
    March 21, 2017

    This is clutch knowlegde and those beaches look lovely. Though I always wondered. As an Jamaican do you ever get tired of the beach? Seeing as you live on an island world renowed for beaches

  • Melissa Kenny
    March 5, 2017

    Wish I had know about those beaches when I was there in November.

  • Greg
    March 5, 2017

    I visited El Eden 2 years ago! Cool little spot

  • Andre
    March 5, 2017

    Hi Shea, I will be visiting Puerto Vallarta in 2 weeks. Will definitely check out the Lighthouse Restaurant. Thank you so much for that.

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