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 280 pesos. 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. Generally, they leave on the hour for the southern shore destinations, or more frequently if there is traffic. Prices run about $15 round-trip, with rates clearly posted on a sign on the beach. A private water taxi costs about $35 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 $12 each way.
Yelapa Water Taxi Schedule
From Los Muertos Pier, Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa
Boca de Tomatlan Yelapa water taxi
Subject to change based on weather, the volume of visitors, or ocean conditions.
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: 280 pesos
ONE WAY: 150 pesos
In the Summer, especially for afternoon water taxis, be prepared for rain.