Yelapa is only accessible by water taxi. Visit our Water Taxi page to find info on getting to Yelapa.
The water taxi will take you across the main part of the Bay of Banderas to a smaller bay which is where Yelapa is situated. There are no roads there and it is accessible only by boat.
Some of the brochures might describe it like this:
"Yelapa holds many secrets. You walk up the narrow cobbled streets to a warm waterfall that comes off the Sierra Madre mountains into a shallow pool. Dining consists of spending the afternoon at an oceanfront cafe. In the mornings the only sounds you hear are that of the animals stirring in the forest, while you practice yoga. It’s at that moment that you realize this is the most relaxed you have ever been."
Well, that sounds great, but let's get real, highly unlikely you will be getting your Yoga on. It does have most of the tourist trappings of the other parts of PV but is somewhat less commercialized. The beach and the water is much nicer than other parts of the bay.
Yelapa also offers many beach clubs. You can sit at any of the clubs along the beach all day, while you sip cerveza.
Because there is less human interaction, it is far more likely that you will see wildlife. Birds, geckos, iguanas, crabs, all of these animals in far greater numbers than you would at your hotel.
There is a river that flows into the small bay. The interesting thing about the river is that it appears to just stop at a sandbar that is the beach. Its flow varies depending on the season.
Even though you may feel like you’re on your own private island, Yelapa still has phone service and internet, keeping you in touch with the rest of the world. That is if you choose to stay in touch.
This is Yelapa!
PVT Tip: Take the Route 1 City Bus to Boca de Tomatlan and catch the water taxi from there.