Puerto Vallarta Water taxis are a fun way to get around the Bahia de Banderas region. In some cases, certain beaches and towns can only be accessed by a water Taxi.
Water taxis to Yelapa, Las Animas, and Quimixto leave multiple times per day starting at 10 am and continuing until 6 pm from the pier at Los Muertos Beach (south of downtown), on Rodolfo Rodríguez next to the Hotel Marsol. A round-trip ticket to Yelapa (the farthest point, which takes about 45 min. each way) costs 320 pesos, return. The latest return time is usually 4:45 pm, but confirm the pickup time with your water taxi captain.
Other water taxis to Yelapa depart from Boca de Tomatlán, about 30 minutes south of town by public bus. These can be a better option if you want more flexible departure and return times from the southern beaches. A private water taxi costs about $45 USD per hour with a 4-hour minimum, allowing you to come and go on your own time. They’ll take up to eight people for that price, so often people band together at the beach to hire one.
There’s also water taxi service from Los Muertos Beach to Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta for $20 USD each way. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's on the hour, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Last boat at 5 pm.
Water Taxi Schedule
From Los Muertos Pier, Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa
MONDAY through SATURDAY: 10:00 11:00 11:45 3:00 5:00
SUNDAYS: 10, 11:00am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm
FARE: ROUND TRIP: 320 pesos
ONE WAY: 160 pesos
From Boca de Tomatlan to Yelapa, $90 Pesos one way.
In the Summer, especially for afternoon water taxis, be prepared for rain. Click here to read about other important and fun facts about PV.