Salt and Fresh Water Adventure in Yelapa, Mexico

Published Date Author: , December 30th, 2015

Janet Bein - Yelapa

My third time visiting Yelapa was still a charm. This remote fishing village is located in the southernmost cove of the world’s seventh largest bay, Bahía de Banderas, in Jalisco, Mexico. You can stay overnight in a small hotel or rent a room or a house. You can also come here for a yoga retreat, which I bet would be wonderful. But so far, I’ve only come for one-day excursions while staying in Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta.

Yelapa is not an island, but for most practical purposes, it’s accessible only by boat. The first time that I went, I took a small water taxi from the Puerto Vallarta harbor. The other times, I chose to take excursions on more comfortable catamarans with Vallarta Adventures, which runs day trips starting in either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta. These trips include snorkeling and kayaking, a buffet lunch, and unlimited drinks, plus an optional hike through the village of Yelapa to a refreshing waterfall, and time to relax, swim, or eat some more at the Yelapa beach.

The Yelapa excursions usually stop at Los Arcos and Las Caletas, two appealing areas in Banderas Bay. But the water was too rough during my most recent trip for our boat to anchor near the interesting rock formations of Los Arcos. So our captain waited and let us off in quieter waters closer to the shore at Las Caletas. It was a relief to get off the rocking boat and into the warm water. Our handsome young guide, Isaías, dove down to the seabed in his snorkeling gear and gently picked up a couple of marine life specimens for us to have a closer look and even touch, passing them from his open palm to ours. One was a light pink sea urchin whose prickles were deceivingly soft. The other was a black serpent starfish, who resembled a tiny octopus. After we had seen and touched them, Isaías returned the urchin and starfish to the rocks and coral where he had found them.

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