Yelapa: A Natural Retreat in Jalisco

Verónica Santamaría


An old village of fishermen located in its own inlet, Yelapa is the perfect setting in which to find yourself. Amid its peaceful landscapes of rainforest, mountains, waterfalls and beaches of golden sand, Yelapa is an obligatory stop when you travel to Puerto Vallarta .

houses A fascinating trip of 45 minutes by boat from Puerto Vallarta will let you discover the perfection of nature through the route of the divine Yelapa town, located at the south end of Bahia de Banderas. Simple and peculiar houses made of cane and thatched roof give a special attraction to this picturesque village where you can still find friendly craftsmen offering handmade products, proud of their heavenly lands.

waterfall Exploring Yelapa will be a memorable experience. Getting involved with the relaxing life of the town or sunbathing while lying in warm sand surrounded by the Pacific's wonderful waters, it is an ideal environment which reveals the amazing beauty of the Sierra Madre Occidental as well as the wonderful Pacific Ocean waters .

A complete day in Yelapa will allow you to enjoy diverse activities, such as traveling across its mountains and jungles. You will have the opportunity to watch a great variety of tropical birds and appreciate the lush vegetation, visit the waterfalls and cool off there after a long walk, and then go to the famous beach where you can relax and feel the calm atmosphere, or do other aquatic activities, such as snorkeling in its pristine waters, parasailing, or the horseback riding by the river.

view from yelapa If you want to spend the night in this wonderful place and experience the daily life of the population, Yelapa features accommodation facilities according to your needs. Here, you will discover the real meaning of the word 'Yelapa': 'the gathering place' with yourself, and approach to nature.

Yelapa maintains the charm of its old and traditional lifestyle. With the lovely emerald shade of its clean waters and the combination of its mountains and waterfalls, it is a captivating treasure waiting to be discovered. This interesting place is a complete retreat that invites reflection on and exploration of its natural beauty, in a place where freedom and harmony can be experienced, far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.