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.

Completed Pier on Los Muertos Beach

The pier is finally completed and looks fantastic. I have to say, I was always skeptical of the design and felt it was too modern (and very large) for the otherwise old historic part of Puerto Vallarta. But after walking out and looking back at the beach and old town, I see why it was built as big as it was.

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With seats around the circumference of the sails in the middle, one can see the entire length of Los Muertos.

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Also, at night the pier becomes a fixture on the bay due to its ever changing multi coloured lights and grand structure. Although I still feel it is a bit too modern, this new pier really is a sight to see and a spectacular landmark on Los Muertos beach.

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Los Muertos Beach Pier Progress

As we walked from our condo down to the beach, we could see the new pier looming in the distance. With tall posts for the sails and a much bigger platform than the old pier, it is quite a formidable structure. It is predicted the pier will be completed by the middle of December, just in time for high season and the multitude of tourists who arrive in Puerto Vallarta for the Christmas season.

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There were many groups of men working on this pier as well as trucks and other larger machinery along the street leading up to this massive structure. The area was a hive of activity. At first I wasn’t sure what I would think, if I liked it or preferred the old pier instead. But the closer we were, the more I could appreciate the beauty and ingenuity of this new and impressive piece of work.

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Although I will, and all already do, miss the humble old pier where the local fishermen cast their lines into the sea or couples romantically sat gazing out to sea, the new pier is promising to be a major tourist attraction and a Los Muertos Beach landmark for years to come.