Walk From Los Muertos to Conchas Chinas

After reading about a walk from Los Muertos to Conchas Chinas, I added it to my list of things to do on my next visit to Puerto Vallarta. Victor, our friend Michael and I packed some water, cameras, put on our swimuits and runners before heading down to Los Muertos beach.

Start the walk at the Boy and Seahorse Sculpture.

Start the walk at the Boy and Seahorse Sculpture.

The walk starts at the south end of the playa, just past the famous seahorse sculpture. First, you climb some stairs up and over the rocks where another small sandy beach awaits you. The water has been quite rough lately and I would not recommend going among the rocky beach. Perhaps at times it is calmer, but not today.

The start of the path is a bit rough so make sure you have some sport sandals or shoes.

The start of the path is a bit rough so make sure you have some sport sandals or shoes.

Continuing along we saw some grafitti, more sandy and rocky beaches until we reached a nice little road that continued along to Conchas Chinas. There are some beautiful villas, condos and private residences along this beach walk.

Part of the path with villas, condos and palm trees.

Part of the path with villas, condos and palm trees.

We stopped at one point to look at the tidal pools, seeing little fish and crabs caught until the next waves came to sweep them back to sea. The rocks are quite sharp so its best to have some sport sandals on while you do this.

Out on the rocks, looking at the tide pools.

Out on the rocks, looking at the tide pools.

A big beautiful tree along the path.

A big beautiful tree along the path.

Our final stop was a resort, which was either called La Playita or Lindo Mar Resort, I couldnt quite tell. Anyway, the view is wonderful and we had some ceviche, cerveza and guacamole, salsa and chips. Not the best food we have had but the company was good, as well as the entertainment of a fisherman throwing scraps if fish to the pelicans.

Enjoying a cervesa and light lunch at the resort.

Enjoying a cervesa and light lunch at the resort.

We decided to take the road back until we could detour off to a back street called Santa Barbera. The walk home took us about 30 minutes I would say, enough to get some cardio in and burn off the beer.

Private Boat to Los Arcos Islands and Ocean Grill Restaurant

For Mikhails birthday we decided to make a reservation at Ocean Grill down by Boca de Tomatlan. To get to Ocean Grill one can get there either by bus to Boca de Tomatlan then water taxi or hike, or one can take a water taxi directly from the pier on Los Muertos beach to Ocean Grill.

In December, Victor and friends decided to hire a personal charter boat to take them to Ocean Grill and it included a tour around the Los Arcos islands. We decided this is what we would like to do again, as only Victor had done this before and it would be a nice day trip for all.

We left the condo and walked down to the pier as that is where the water taxi and private boats are. A fellow came up to us who sounded like a ticket agent type of guy, telling us the prices of a water taxi and a private charter. I can’t quite remember, I seem to recall the water taxi was around 250 pesos each and a private charter was about 3000 pesos. But, with Victors excellent bartering skills we managed to get the private charter for 1500 pesos! Perfect!

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Getting in and out of a boat is so much nicer with the new pier. Before you had to scramble into it off the beach, getting wet, your shoes full of water and sand, your legs splayed out into the splits if you didn’t time it right…it was a struggle even for the healthy and fit people. But now, you just hop off the end of the pier into the boat. It’s so much better for everyone.

The ride was so pleasant, the weather was beautiful and the water not very choppy. It was a great day to be on the ocean. The driver spoke a little English and would point out different sights along the coast. We even saw a turtle or two come up for air! I didn’t get a picture of one, but it’s wonderful seeing the condos and beaches along the way to the islands.

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As we got close to Los Arcos, the driver slowed down so we could take some pictures. A lot of other boats were around the islands as this is a big attraction and also a great area for snorkelling. We pulled up and saw some beautiful fish swimming around which was great for the snorkelers. Then after, the driver took us through one of the biggest islands, right through the underside of it! This was awesome, I had always wanted to see the Los Arcos islands up close and I’m so happy we hired the private charter. And even happier Victor managed to get us a great price too.

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After the islands, the driver took us to our destination and picked us up later at a determined time as we asked. I’ll post later about the rest of the trip, but for now I’ll sign off by saying if you have a group of people and want a day excursion, try to get a private boat as it is well worth the money for not much more than a water taxi.

Sunset Cocktails at La Palapa

One of my all time favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta is to watch the sunset at La Palapa before heading out for a late dinner. The beauty of it all is La Palapa is a short walk from our condo so even if it’s quite warm out, you won’t work up a sweat getting there.

Sunset cocktails, does it get any better than this? Hibiscus margarita, Absolute Pear and soda, traditional lime margarita.

Sunset cocktails, does it get any better than this? Hibiscus margarita, Absolute Pear and soda, traditional lime margarita.

La Palapa has live music most nights in their bar, you can check on their website www.lapalapapv.com for details. It’s usually a soft jazz group that consists of a flute player, guitar players and a drum and percussion player. The musicians are very talented artists and have recordings of their music available for you to purchase. Perfect live music for a perfect venue!

Sunset cocktail in hand. You can see the band in the background.

Sunset cocktail in hand. You can see the band in the background.


View of the sunset from the bar. One of the best waiters too in action.

View of the sunset from the bar. One of the best waiters too in action.

The staff are professional and very friendly, with most being employees of the restaurant for many years. I certainly have my favorites though, ha. The bar is under the big palapa with fans to help keep the air cool. However, you still have an amazing view of the sunset and people walking by. The bar at La Palapa is a great place to listen to wonderful live music, enjoy a tasty cocktail and watch the sunsets that make Puerto Vallarta so beautiful.

The grand finale, the sunset. The grand finale, the sunset. Beautiful colors!

The grand finale, the sunset. Beautiful colors!