South of Puerto Vallarta

by / Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Published in Blog

South of Puerto Vallarta

Just like its northern counterpart, Carr. 200 Sur passes through a couple of oceanfront destinations before heading inland, making for a truly scenic drive from Puerto Vallarta, and its exploration also can be somewhat accomplished on a daytrip. The first stop along the highway is Mismaloya, once made popular by the movie set for John Huston´s Night of the Iguana. While the set is not open to the public, the town is a popular getaway among locals looking to enjoy one of several beachfront eateries while burying their feet in the sand.

You can get to Mismaloya taking a bus just 2 blocks from the Hotel Posada de Roger, Basilio Badillo Street in the Romantic Zone.

Farther south, Boca de Tomatlan is the departure point for water taxis that can transport you to a handful of destinations along Banderas Bay´s South Shore that are only accessible by boat, such as Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa, all featuring great beaches and overnight options. From Boca de Tomatlán, Carr. 200 Sur veers toward the mountains along what is increasingly called Puerto Vallarta’s Palms to Pines Highway. The popular Vallarta Botanical Gardens ( are located along this route and make an excellent daytrip, with hiking paths, a swimmable river, restaurant, bird-watching opportunities and much more.

South of the gardens, El Tuito is a small farming town where organic produce and artisan cheeses can be purchased. A road from El Tuito heads east and back down to sea level, leading to Mayto, Tehuamixtle and Villa del Mar, three small, popular beach destinations in the neighboring municipality of Cabo Corrientes. Continuing south from El Tuito along Carr. 200 Sur leads to Cajon de Peña, a freshwater reservoir ideal for sports fishing and paddleboarding, before eventually reaching Costalegre, a destination of its own.

Whether you favor a peaceful, pine-scented-air retreat in the Jalisco mountains, a radical spearfishing experience in the deep blue sea or surfing at one of the popular spots in the bay, the opportunity to complement your primary vacation destination in Banderas Bay with alternative experiences at nearby destinations awaits you.

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