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Boca de Tomatlán

Boca de Tomatlán


A short 11 mile drive away from downtown Puerto Vallarta, you can find the small traditional fishing village of Boca de Tomatlán. The bustling little seaside town is best known for being the landing and departure site for water taxis which can take you to the beautiful isolated beaches in the south of Banderas Bay, like Las Ánimas, Quimixto, Majahuitas and Yelapa, as well as the popular beach club Casitas Maraika.

To reach Boca, as it is known among locals, you can take a public bus which will be labeled Boca and Mismaloya. The bus must be taken heading south from downtown PV. It’s important not to confuse this town with Boca de Tomates, an entirely different place sitting next to the airport on the beginning of the highway heading north to Nuevo Vallarta.

The Horcones river falls into the little bay of Boca de Tomatlán, meeting the ocean and ending its long trip from the Sierra Madre mountains. This river typically runs strongest from Summer right up until October, but should rarely ever be any kind of an obstacle for visitors.

The bay itself is charming, has parking space available most of the time, and has a couple of small convenience stores and restaurants where you can stock up for whatever trip you’re taking. Here you can sit by the ocean, ordering beer and/or seafood and take a swim right on the Bay if you decide not to take a water taxi to another beach.

The town offers a few lodging options like bed & breakfasts, villas, apartments and rentals, if you plan to stay over or want to avoid the drive back later in the afternoon. From here, you can take a bus to the Botanical Gardens which are just farther down the road, or enjoy some of the attractions like the famed Ocean Grill restaurant that sits nearby the town.

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