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Yelapa Beach

yelapa_mapYelapa Beach is in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico. It is nestled in the southernmost cove of the world's 7th largest bay, Banderas Bay - Bahía de Banderas (Bay of the Flags). Yelapa’s name comes from an indigenous saying meaning "where two rivers meet the sea". Yelapa Beach is only accessible by boat which adds to the peacefulness of this beach location. The tranquility here is ideal for those looking for an entirely laid-back beach day. The beach is long and wide and not over-run by tourists, yet. The crescent-shaped stretch of sand straddles jungle and ocean and is lined with lounge chairs, a few umbrellas, and nothing else. Just steps inland are a handful of palapa-roofed, al-fresco bars and some swinging hammocks under the palm trees. From anywhere you kick your feet up with Corona in hand, you hear the crashing waves and not much else.

Many people take a bus to Boca de Tomatlan and then a water taxi to Yelapa. You can take a water taxi, charter a boat for yourself or take an excursion from various locations throughout the Puerto Vallarta area. The beach is covered in a blanket of golden sand, and is a superb place to swim, snorkel, kayak or parasail. If you are not that energetic you can just relax in one of the numerous beach chairs, soak up the sun, and enjoy a cold drink.

While in Yelapa, try the raicilla (Mexican moonsine)! Raicilla is reportedly twice as strong as mezcal or tequila and known to cause mild hallucinations (you've been warned). It’s not so easy to find in Puerto Vallarta, but it pours freely in Yelapa. Salud!