Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta offer great beaches that you should not miss when you spend your vacations or choose to live in Banderas Bay, Mexico. The beaches in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta provide the most picturesque views, with cool blue waters and yellow sand. There are many beaches that are perfect for swimming as well as beaches that have shallow waves where supervised children and families can enjoy the waters and go frolicking on the shorelines.
The beach at Villa La Estancia, called Nuevo Vallarta beach, is one of the most beautiful in Banderas Bay and stretches for miles. The water here is relatively shallow for playing in the waves and body boarding, and the sweeping coastline is great for walking with a partner or running in the morning or in the early evening out of the midday sun. Sometimes, you will see turtles arrive to the beach to lay eggs and dolphins jumping in the distance.
Some beaches to the north of Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta have gigantic waves where surfing can be truly pleasurable and challenging. Banderas Bay’s wide coastline is ideal for many outdoor activities like beach volleyball, frisbee throwing, running and camping. Don’t limit yourself by visiting just one beach; there are many of them guaranteed to make you smile.
Besides your beach at Villa La Estancia Residences, here is a list of the top family beaches in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta that you can visit:
- Sayulita Beach
About half an hour’s drive from Villa La Estancia, you will find Sayulita, the coolest and hippest beach in the area. It offers more than just a gorgeous beach, but an active tropical lifestyle that would blow you away. It is a surfer’s paradise, with huge waves as well as areas safe for learning to surf. It is teeming with world class surfers and surf shops abound. But it is not just surfers who can have a good time in Sayulita; it boasts of a very wide beach with restaurants and bars offering services.
What makes Sayulita truly special aside from a wonderful beach life is the different environment that you can experience. There are restaurants where you can gorge on Mexican food and delicacies, as well as a farmer’s market on Fridays. You will also find a number of beachwear designer stores and signature shops that will satisfy your shopping cravings and make you think of San Francisco in the late 60s / 70s. Lastly, don’t miss the nightlife for a bohemian night out.
- Punta Mita Beach at the Anclote
North of Nuevo Vallarta, you will find Punta Mita, a laid back, serene place to enjoy a day at the beach. This beach is more reminiscent of a mediterranean beach resort, an ideal hideaway from the boisterous and clogged city life. Relaxation and peace can be achieved here, erasing the hassles and pressures of life. Get a sling chair, sip your favorite cocktail and feel the tranquility of its air while treating yourself to a sumptuous dinner of fresh marlin or grilled tuna.
Although Punta Mita is a relatively small and quiet beach, there are cozy restaurants, stores and surf schools that will heat up your stay, offering a unique choice for your vacation or day trip. Punta Mita is the best for people watching and soaking up a totally different atmosphere that will energize and invigorate any listless soul. Shallow and blessed with marine life like colorful corals and different fish species, its waters are ideal for snorkeling and is a feast for any snorkeler or scuba diver’s eyes. Watch out for starfish and squid.
- Camarones Beach, Puerto Vallarta
One of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular beaches. It is located on the North side of the Malecon. It has a wide beach and a long stretch of shoreline that can host a large number of visitors. Order and safety are a priority; lifeguards are all over the area during the busy seasons of summer. People who have a knack for tasting tropical delicacies would surely love this place. Vendors that sell fish, shrimps, fruits and other delicious snacks is a sure hit for hungry appetites.
Because of its wide shores, active bodies who are into beach volleyball and other outdoor activities are an instant shoot at Camarones Beach. You could work up a sweat by competing in beach running or try frisbee throwing. There are still a lot more you can do at this beach resort that would result in complete family fun and entertainment.
It is not the most sophisticated beach in Puerto Vallarta, but here you will really see how local Mexican’s enjoy the beach, especially if you go on Sundays.