Getting to Yelapa in a Water Taxi

The first time I took a water taxi to Yelapa I had imagined that it would be similar to taking a Ferry. I was mistaken! A water taxi actually resembles more of a fishing boat with extra seating than anything.  It is much smaller than a Ferry! The water taxis are manned by two pros Who have mastered the art of  getting you safely from the beaches of Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa beach with ease.

Water Taxi Ride Through Los Arcos
Water Taxi Ride Through Los Arcos

After all of the passengers are on board the water taxi takes off and as you get further away.  From the shore you get a breathtaking view of Puerto Vallarta  from the water.

If your lucky your Captain might take you on a bit of a tour along the way stopping at Los Arcos for all to get a close up and personal view.

If  you come upon dolphins, whales or sea turtles on your trip to Yelapa, nine times out of ten the Captain will slow or stop the boat for all the passengers to marvel and take pictures of the sea life in their natural habitat. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Water Taxi's at Yelapa Beach
Water Taxi's at Yelapa Beach


Water Taxi Tips

– Pack your electronics in an airtight zip lock bag. Better to be safe than sorry!

– The further you sit towards the back of boat the less bumpy the ride

– Bring something to cover up with, zipping through the ocean can get chilly.

– The ocean is always calmer in the morning, so taking an earlier water taxi can be more enjoyable for those who might be nervous.


More Bus Basics for Fun Rides Around Puerto Vallarta

I have written about buses in Puerto Vallarta before because I take buses everywhere. I like the ride.

I travel light and catch the bus at the Airport right outside the exit near the highway. Look for a group of locals — they’re waiting for a bus.

The bus system is very efficient although buses in Puerto Vallarta come in all shapes, sizes, and are decorated by each driver.

The cost is 6.5 pesos (about 60 cents) to everywhere in town. If you go outside of Puerto Vallarta the cost is higher. For example the bus to Boca Continue reading “More Bus Basics for Fun Rides Around Puerto Vallarta”

My Different Life in Puerto Vallarta – Bus Rides Around Town

I did not foresee it but my life is much better for having given up driving. I sold my truck before I came to PV. It’s been much better for me and I feel more relaxed since I don’t have to drive and hassle with a vehicle.

Now I take buses everywhere (and occasionally a taxi). In Mexico, buses will take you just about everywhere.

It’s always interesting on a bus in Mexico. Every day is a new story… Continue reading “My Different Life in Puerto Vallarta – Bus Rides Around Town”

Old Town, Puerto Vallarta, and México

Voted the friendliest place on earth, Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by incredible beaches and jungles loaded with wildlife. The area, like much of Mexico, is both quaint and vibrant with cobblestone streets, charm, and local fiestas. We try it all, from people- to whale-watching, from local authentic Mexican dishes to world renowned gourmet, from shopping to ziplines. Then we pass on our experiences to you.

Neighborhoods of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto-Vallarta-aerialPuerto Vallarta comprises numerous neighborhoods, called colonias. Notable neighborhoods include (from South to North):

  • Res. Conchas Chinas – on the hillsides Southeast from Los Muertos beach
  • Col. Alta Vista
  • Col. Emiliano Zapata – South of the Cuale (called Zona Romantica or “Old Town” in tourist brochures)
  • Cols. Caloso and Canoas – east of Col. Emiliano Zapata and up the Rio Cuale.
  • Col. Centro – the oldest section of town and its current center – North of the Cuale river to Parque Hidalgo Continue reading “Neighborhoods of Puerto Vallarta”

Yelapa Day Trip Yields Pie

Just as we were heading back to the pier for a return water taxi, a local pie lady asked us if we wanted pie. We followed her to a modern bayfront kitchen…

We delayed going to Yelapa due to rare winds and heavy seas on Thursday, but the next morning we had a wonderful trip on calm waters. I bought tickets at one of the Yelapa water taxi booths at Los Muertos pier. Cost is 250 pesos (about $20) roundtrip for each person.

I recommend the larger water taxi boats for a more comfortable ride across the bay. Jack Water Taxi boats are comfortable enough and they appear very competent.

Sometimes a wet spray hits my face as we skip across the waves. It’s about 40 minutes with plenty of interesting views along the way. I’m told that “in season”, whales and dolphins often appear.

Yelapa Cove is Clear Water with Lots of Wildlife

The water taxi offered to drop us at either pier or on the beach. We walked through a rustic Mexican village, then explored the large beach.

The cove is excellent with sparkling clean water filled with an abundance of wildlife. From end to end, the Yelapa cove varies from exceptional beaches to rocky areas and two piers. There’s a lagoon just a few feet behind the long beach with lots of birds.

Waterfall Cafe

During the off-season, many restaurants only open for dinner or are closed. The small cafe at the waterfall is quite worthwhile. My partner had a very tasty shrimp empanadas with her piña colada, while I had a strong rum & coke with nachos.

Pie Ladies

I happened to read about the Pie Ladies back in P.V., and when we arrived a wonderful impromptu guide, Donaldo, advised us to watch for the Pie Ladies. I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.

Just as we were heading back to the Yelapa pier for a return water taxi, a local pie lady, Agostina, asked us if we wanted pie. We followed her to a modern bayfront kitchen. While she bakes, Agonstina has one of the best views in Yelapa.

Looking over her wares, I bought an entire pie of seven pieces for 200 pesos: two lemon meringue, two coconut, one cheese, one pecan, and one chocolate. The cheese pie is extra yummy! Mmmm.

Yelapa pie
7 slices of heavenly pie from Yelapa

The coconut pie is chock full of sweet, local shredded coconut, the kind that’s healthy for you. The lemon pie was over the top lemony (which is a mystery since we can’t seem to find lemons in Mexico and limes are called limons) and it stood 6 to 8 inches tall with meringue.

Our overall favorite ends up being the cheese pie. I usually pass on cheese pie but Agostina’s is scrumptious. The chocolate pie has more of a delicious cocoa flavor, than chocolate.

The pecan pie did not last long enough for me to taste as my partner is particularly fond of pecan pie. She told me it was exceptionally full of fresh pecans. I’ll have to take her word for it until my next visit to Yelapa.

It’s Easy to Take a Bus and a Nice Adventure

At first, I was reluctant to take a bus. Now that I’ve been on several all over Puerto Vallarta, I prefer busses to taxicabs or driving.

Here’s a few tips to help you use a bus:Puerto Vallarta Bus

  • Destinations are painted on the front of each bus. For example: Marina, El Centro, Olas Altas, Hoteles. A bus that says Tunel will bypass downtown but end up in the same end of town.
  • If not stopped already, wave down the bus you want. Usually, you want to be at a bus stop but anywhere will do. Pay with centavos or pesos but no large bills. The driver will hand you a small ticket.
  • Hold on. Busses start quickly. Find a seat. The further back, the bumpier. Also, choose the shady side to sit.
  • It’s hard to get lost. Most roads run north-south along the bay, so that’s where the busses run. And the city being narrow means it’s always close to catch a bus.
  • Drivers are very helpful. Although some speak little English, they always seem to give me the right direction when I ask in my pidgin Spanglish.
  • It’s cheap, reliable, and safe. At 6.5 pesos, that’s about 50 cents a ride within the city. There’s always a bus right behind the one you’ve missed. And although I’ve been on some wild rides through El Centro (downtown), the bus drivers have an excellent record of safe arrivals.
  • It’s easy to find your way. Once I went past my stop by a mile, saw an oncoming bus, got off, and rode back on the other bus to my stop. It’s that easy.
  • To get off, I stand up. I’ve never used the buzzer and it’s invisible on many busses. I’ve heard men whistle loudly at the driver and I’ve seen people wave and say something. You can try many things and the driver seems to be able to tell what you want. Oh, I’ve seen stops for no apparent reason. But don’t worry, drivers are all friendly and will stop anywhere.
  • It can be an adventure. It can be bumpy and noisy. Sometimes it’s empty, then fills up. Sometimes musicians, children selling Chicklets, or some other type will solicit donations. One time I had a wild ride where the driver could only hold the pedal to the metal or hit the brake, no in-between.

Bus drivers own and decorate their bus. They’re well known along the route so you’ll see them buy lunch or other items, talk to friends and family, and generally interact along the way with their riders.

Cabbies Are Honest and Taxis are Cheap

Wow! I can’t get over my access to the best taxi system in the world.

Taxi cab rides are cheap and could it get any better than cab drivers who are honest, hard-working, clean, and proud along with helpful but with no expectation of a tip?

Truthfully, I’ve given tips… but I’m trying to break the habit. I don’t want to change the culture. But I always tip for extra services such as entering a gated area, unloading groceries, or waiting while I make a quick stop.

Here’s advice for using taxis in Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta City of Taxis
Along the Malecon in downtown El Centro.
  • Taxis are easy to find. Step outside and you’ll see taxis on a corner. Wave one.
  • Ask the cost of your trip before getting in. Most drivers speak enough English to give the rate and talk with you.
  • Don’t let the driver talk you into going someplace else such as his cousin’s restaurant (unless you really want to go).
  • Sit up front if you’re alone.

Talk to the cab driver if you can. He’s a world of information about the city.