Mismaloya Beach is in a small cove about 25 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, , just off of Highway 200. It is located between Conchas Chinas and Boca de Tomatlán, just past Los Arcos National Marine Park.
Mismaloya is the beach where it all started, a beach that changed the future and destiny of a whole Mexican town, from a small sleepy fishing town to a large world-renowned tourist destination. Mismaloya is the location of the set of the movie, The Night of The Iguana, the John Huston, Richard Burton film that introduced Puerto Vallarta to the gringo world. The old set of the movie is in ruins just to the south of the beach.
You will find access to the beach on a dirt road on the south side of the Resort Hotel Barcelo. There is limited parking available on this road and some refreshments and tourist souvenirs. A few palapa-style restaurants are on the beach and of course a handful of beach vendors.
There are boats (pangas) that you can rent to travel to the isolated beaches to the south or back to Puerto Vallarta. Snorkeling trips to the famous Los Arcos rocks, (just off shore) are also available.
Inland from the beach is the Puerto Vallarta Zoo and El Eden, a restaurant/canopy ride that was the set of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Predator.
Mismaloya Beach, as with all beaches in Jalisco, Mismaloya has its own unique charm and offers quite a few attractions for all tastes and ages. It's a beautiful place that is created by the Sierra Madre hills that end up in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.
This gorgeous beach with its clear and gentle water, is also a favorite for those who enjoy scuba diving, water skiing and sailing.
Access is by car, taxi or bus from Puerto Vallarta.