There is beauty everywhere in Banderas Bay. Just take a trip to Mismaloya for example. Mismaloya beach (inside Mismaloya Cove) is about 13 km south of Puerto Vallarta and is easy to get to by land on Highway 200. You can take a 30-minute ride (just over an hour from La Cruz) by city bus or taxi and the route is scenic since the road runs between the ocean shore and the mountains. This offers an amazing view of both.
The beach in Mismaloya is somewhat small as the cove it’s in is rather small itself. Mismaloya cove is surrounded by reefs. Although modest in size, Mismaloya still draws lots of attention.
The name is familiar to most people because this is the place that started it all. In 1963, director/filmmaker John Huston chose Mismaloya as the location to film “The Night of the Iguana”, the movie that put Puerto Vallarta in the spotlight and therefore on the map. You can still see some of the remains of the set when visiting the southern side of the cove.
Once a small fishing village, many of Mismaloya’s fishermen have moved their activities towards the tourism industry. You will find many boats called “pangas” there that can take you to the famous Mismaloya Arches (more commonly referred to as “Los Arcos”). The pangas also take people to the beaches south of Mismaloya that you can only get to by water.
Mismaloya has typical beach restaurants that serve amazing fresh seafood. You can sit under a palapa while looking at the ocean, eating seafood delights and drinking your favorite beverage. What a treat!
You can also find vendors selling souvenirs on the beach as you play and swim. The river that flows into Mismaloya’s cove allows visitors to swim in fresh water as well.
Mismaloya is a beautiful place you must visit while vacationing in the Puerto Vallarta area because of the many attractions and the interesting history. Take a day trip to Mismaloya, you’ll enjoy it.