Some may be frightened by the name Beach of the Dead, but it is really a beautiful beach to spend some time sunning. Rough ... More
Playa de los Muertos
Some may be frightened by the name Beach of the Dead, but it is really a beautiful beach to spend some time sunning. Rough waters surround the area and water activities are not recommended here. (The exception to this advice being jet skis and windsurfing.) These fun activities can get a little spendy, so bring plenty of cash along. Try some land sports such as beach volleyball for a less expensive change of pace. A famous section of this beach is called the Blue Chair and is Puerto Vallarta's most popular gay beach.
This was our favorite beach in PV. It was close to the apartment we rented in old town (Casa del Puente). We were there in early June, and the water was so warm that you could swim or float in the ocean comfortably for over an hour (this from someone who gets cold in the water in Hawaii!) We enjoyed watching the fish swim around us. The sand was also very soft so you don't have to wade over rocks or pebbles.
There are some waves, so you'll get hit by the breakers if you are about waist deep (on an adult), but if you wade out about shoulder level, you'll just bob with the waves. We didn't leave anything of value on the beach while we swam, but no one even approached our clothes or towels while we were in the water.
I'd recommend going in just south of the pier. You'll be away from the folks fishing, and not in danger of boats passing by. While we were there, several of the locals were wading in this spot too.
There is also a long beach to walk along. If you walk in the morning, you may see the small manta rays in the surf as we did.
We love playa de los muertos!
We stayed at Gaviota Vallarta Hotel, which is right in front of playa de los muertos. At 5 am, you can hear the waves; it just feels so peacefull!!
fisherman are there so early.
By 12 pm, the beach is crowd with lots of vendors.
the place where they have the 3 beers for 5 buck is a restaurant call: "Los Burros" very good place to eat, I had a shimp and steak burrito (one of their speciality) for 130 pesos, plus because is there speciality you get a free 12 oz margarita (in lime, strawberry or banana flavor).
Playa de los muertos is like a block from Malecon!
We will come back next year!!!
Puerto Vallarta doesn't boast the most beautiful beaches, but this is definitely a fun one to visit. It's packed with a mix of locals and tourists along with piles of vendors selling you everything imaginable. The beach is lined with bars and cafes which are really cheap. We got 3 beers for $5! We didn't swim because the water was freezing, but definitely a fun place to hangout for a few hours.
I never believed I could spend a whole day at the beach, and not loose my mind with boredom. Boy was I proven wrong. This beach has everything I want. First of all is diversity, there are gay and lesbian right next to families with children all enjoying the sun sand water, coexisting in peace. Next there are restaurants with extremely inexpensive food and drink items for sell, clean restrooms, come on what more do you need. There are vendors who walk the beach selling items, but all you need to do is say no thank you and they leave.
I just got back from PV. On Saturday early afternoon I hitched a cab to "La Playa de los Muertos". My g/f and I were looking for a hip spot to have a few drinks and listen to music... what we found was filthy water, uncontrollable badgering from street vendors, and not a single beachfront bar/restaraunt that was what we were looking for. Maybe saturday was "Dump your sceptic tank into the Ocean Day", but we didn't spend anymore time here.
My wife & I have been to PV many times, and we discovered the Los Muertos Beach area on one of our first trips to PV. We have spent many afternoons and sunsets at Burros Bar. A sunset at Burros is an experience not to be missed. We also like to hang out at Cuates y Cuetes up by the pier for either breakfast, or for sunsets and live music in the evening, while watching the action on the pier. The palapas at the Lazy Lizard are also a great place to have a few cervezas in the afternoon before your siesta. A bucket of 5 ice cold Dos Equis for $5 is hard to beat. This is also one of the best swimming spots on Los Muertos Beach. We almost always stay in the Los Muertos Beach area, and we always hang out there.
Just came back from a beautiful and sun filled week in Puerto Vallarta. Stayed in Old Town and spent a lot of time on this beautiful friendly beach. White sand, banana boats, parasailing etc. A short walk from the Santa Barbara Theatre where we took in the opening night of Phantom of the Opry. A musical comedy with some very talented people - a must see. Dinner at the theatre was excellent - we had the chicken done with a pineapple sauce. You'll love the beach and the entertainment.
We've stayed on this beach 7 times in the past 12 years. It's definitely gotten busier and more expensive as the years have passed. It's still fun and the best value in the area for beach hotels and restaurants. The costs are about the same as when we travel in the US. We never stay in expensive places or eat in expensive restaurants. It's also relatively safe. We have also noticed the air quality has gotten much worse over the years. But we'll continue to visit there unless it gets really bad. We do recommend it to all our friends.
I recommend Old Town and Los Muertos Beach for anyone wanting to stay in an area that offers all the best of what Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
By staying here, you are within walking distance of:
Downtown and Malecon - this is where the "boardwalk" and most of the good nightlife is located along with some good restaurants, street vendors and live entertainment.
The Beach - Los Muertos Beach is the most popular beach in PV! There are tons of great beachfront restaurants and bars that serve you right on the sand. Parasailing and jet skiing available too. People-watcher's paradise. Take a water taxi from the pier to the secluded south beaches such as Yelapa and Las Animas.
Restaurant Row - Basilio Badillo is famous for it's world-class dining. Whatever you could possibly desire is available here.
Shopping - From the flea markets by the river to upscale boutiques like Viva, you can do some serious damage around here. Lots of cool silver shops and art galleries too.
We truly enjoyed the "neighborhood" atmosphere in this area. We always felt safe wandering around and exploring. This is definitely the place to stay if you want to get out on your own and explore the town of Puerto Vallarta.
Truly a spectacular location, Playa de los Muertos is the PERFECT vacation spot for anyone looking for a romantic/relaxing/fun get-away. The sand is very fine with various colors from light beige to black. Vendors walk by with tempting shrimp, jewelry, blankets, and more. Banana boats zoom by with people having a blast bouncing up and down above the ocean surface. Parasailors hover overhead painting the sky. I have been to Puerto Vallarta on two occassions; summer of 2000 when I stayed at Playa de los Arcos Hotel, and summer of 2002 when I stayed at the Andale Hotel. A convenient block away from the beach Playa de los Muertos and a place exploding with character and a great time, I highly recommend staying at Hotel Andale. Playa de los Muertos is beautiful any time of the day, but especially during sunset. It is the most incredible place to take a romantic stroll. If one keeps following the beach heading North, the Malec�n appears and is very accessible. Have a wonderful and memorable time in Puerto Vallarta... the place filled with magic.