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When it comes to relax and get away from any sort of stress I could be experiencing, I escape to Yelapa. Some will go work out, others go to the movies. Well I go to Yelapa!
And let me tell you I am not the only one. This little village south of Banderas Bay is only accessible by boat (a panga, better said) and is operated as a community. You can’t live there unless you are accepted by the community. But you can still do an overnight trip and stay at a bungalow in the Hotel Lagunita, situated right on the beach or you can also rent a house.
The beach is gorgeous and features casual seafood restaurants where you will eat with your feet in the sand, literally. If you cross the little river, you will get to the village itself and to the waterfall where some scenes of the movie Predator (featuring Arnold Schwarznegger) were filmed.
The Panga or taxi boat ticket from Los Muertos Beach Pier will cost you $200-250 pesos (US$20-25) per person roundtrip. You will get to sea all the beaches of the area like Las Animas or Quimixto.
Enjoy the trip!

Posted 7/31/2008 by mgrossarth

One Response to “ Escape to Yelapa Beach – South of Banderas Bay ”

I was in vallarta recently and had the opportunity to visit Yelapa. We used a compnay called Mondrian Yacht Charters. They have a large yacht and a smaller one. Both boats are absolutely gorgeous. We chartered th smaller one. The crew was great and really knew the little secrets of the bay. We started out hugging the coast and headed South when we arrived near the malecon we cut across to Los Arcos (beautiful rock formations) and then went into yelapa where we anchored , had lunch and explored this cool little “hippy” community. We then cruised acros the bay to about Punta Mita and watched a beautiful sunset. I would highly suggest this company if you want to charter a private yacht. It wa not cheap by any means but an incredible expereince if you can afford such an adventure. I think they can be reached at either or but am not sure. I did see their web site and they have pictures of their boats, excursions, etc. Oh by the way they picked us up and returned us to Grand Velas which made this really nice. Safe Travels-Brett