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.

Ocean Grill Restaurant and Beach Club

Eating at Ocean Grill Restaurant and Beach Club is an excellent half day excursion out of Puerto Vallarta. The restaurant is only accessible by boat or foot which, in my opinion, makes it just that much more intriguing.

We decided to make an adventure of it and have lunch at this (not so) secret hideaway. Instead of just blindly going, our friend Anne called and made some lunch reservations along with arranging a time to be picked up in Boca de Tomatlan by their free water taxi.

The next day we caught the bus to Mismaloya/Boca de Tomatlan on the corner of Basillo Badillo and Constitution. The bus is the way to go, it’s fairly comfortable and only 7 pesos. You could take a taxi for 250 pesos but I’m not sure why you would! Also as I found out, the bus goes right past the zoo and the botanical gardens. Both are places that we would like to visit one day. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes and has a great view of the ocean the entire way. One day, I would like to get off and visit some of the many beaches along the way.

Mismaloya/Boca de Tomatlan Bus

Mismaloya/Boca de Tomatlan Bus

Us on the bus

Us on the bus

Once in Boca, head down to the pier on the beach where the water taxi called Erika II will come pick you up. The boat ride takes about 10 minutes and has some good scenery along the way. Once you arrive at the Ocean Grill, you will either pull up to the pier or as in our case, get off on the beach due to rough waters.

Fun on the water taxi

Fun on the water taxi

Boca de Tamatlan beach

Boca de Tamatlan beach

The beach is beautiful and has large sand pebbles. You can snorkel, kayak or swim. Unfortunately again, the water was too rough for us to really enjoy it but I can see how one could spend an afternoon there.

The small beach by the restaurant

The small beach by the restaurant

Walking to the restaurant from the beach

Walking to the restaurant from the beach

Now onto the restaurant! It’s built on the side of the hill and is totally open. The owners family lives there so you will have a few children and dogs running around, both are totally adorable!

Ocean Grill Restaurant and Beach Club

Ocean Grill Restaurant and Beach Club

Restaurant and sitting area

Restaurant and sitting area

We decided to try almost everything and share. Octopus, grilled cactus, salsa and guacamole, burgers, fries, and ending with one each of the desserts. All were EXCELLENT! We also saw some lobster being grilled which I wish I would have tried.

Grilled octopus

Grilled octopus

Grilled veggies and cactus

Grilled veggies and cactus

The owners, there are two of them, came up to our table and we were able to have a great conversation. Their plan to also build a hotel of sorts above the restaurant is very intriguing. The condos/suites would be ownership with the option to include them in a rental pool, all with a Fours Seasons level of quality.

Restaurant Owner

Restaurant Owner

Chillin'

Chillin'

After we finished up our wine and desserts, we headed down to the beach to catch our free water taxi to take us back to Boca and the Puerto Vallarta bus. Another adventure under our belt!

The Ocean Grill is something like I have never experienced before. Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, I never would have imagined I’d be eating octopus and drinking wine at a private beach restaurant built over the ocean in Mexico. And best of all, I get to share this with my beautiful partner Victor and my wonderful friends. Now I just need to get my Mom and Dad here. Hmm, I wonder if Dad would eat octopus? Really Dad, it tasted like chicken, HA.