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If you’re looking for a fun day trip from Puerto Vallarta where you can go hiking, swim in waterfalls, and relax on beautiful beaches, look no further than Quixmito! This charming Mexican town is the perfect place to spend a day. Here’s everything you need to know about getting to Quimixto from Puerto Vallarta and what to do there.
Getting to Quimixto from Puerto Vallarta
Quimixto is a small, laid-back fishing village with less than 500 residents. There aren’t any roads here (at least not for standard cars), so you’ll need to take a boat. It’s one of the best day trips from Puerto Vallarta, so be sure to add this to your list of things to do.
The easiest way to do this is going to Boca Del Tomatlon, a small fishing village about half an hour from downtown Puerto Vallarta. You can either take the bus from Zona Romantica or take a taxi/uber (it takes about half an hour).
The bus leaves from the corner of Constitucion and Basilio Badillo every half-hour – look for the ones headed to Bocas de Tomatlan/Mismaloya. It costs 50 cents.
Once you arrive at Bocas, walk down the hill running through Boca and turn right towards the pier. There and you’ll find several water taxis that depart every time they’re full.
The water taxis take people to the various beaches in the area, so tell them you’re going to Quimixto. It should cost about 100 pesos round-trip ($5) and takes about 20 minutes to get there. Along the way, you’ll pass by some of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Vallarta, like Colomitos and Las Animas.
Make sure to ask the boat captain what time they will be coming back to pick you up, or you can go back to the pier and look for another water taxi when you’re ready to leave. Just make sure not to miss the last boat, which is usually around 5 pm.
If you’re taking the bus/water taxi, plan to spend about an hour and a half getting from Puerto Vallarta to Quimixto.
Quimixto Tour from Puerto Vallarta
If you’re traveling Mexico solo or don’t want to deal with the logistics of getting to Quimixto from Puerto Vallarta on your own, a great option is to join one of these guided tours.
This full-day tour takes you to three of Puerto Vallarta’s top attractions. You’ll first stop last Los Arcos National Park for a snorkeling trip, followed by a stop at Las Animas beach for lunch at one of the seaside restaurants. The last stop is Quimixto, where you’ll get the opportunity to hike to Quimixto waterfall.
Quimixto Waterfall Puerto Vallarta
If you’re visiting Quimixto, don’t miss the waterfall hike! It’s one of the prettiest waterfalls around Puerto Vallarta.
Once you arrive in Quimixto via boat, walk through the main paved road in town and follow it until you see horses rentals and a bridge over shallow water. Cross the bridge and follow the trail into the forest, you should see signs pointing towards the waterfall trail, and if you get lost, ask any of the locals at the shops.
It’s about half an hour to hike to Quimixto waterfall and the trail is generally well-defined, with a bit of uphill trekking. The trail does seem too diverse at points, but the paths are parallel and meet back up. Watch out for horse poop on the trail.
If you don’t feel like walking, there are also locals with horses that you can hire to take you there for around 250 pesos. However, I don’t recommend this, as the horses often aren’t kept in great condition.
We hiked in May when the weather was extremely humid, so by the time we got to the falls I was a sweaty mess; thankfully the water is so refreshing to get in! Even though it was dry season while I visited and the water volume was low, it was still a beautiful place to go swimming.
It’s a beautiful area to go swimming with lots of space to hang out. There’s a restaurant that overlooks the waterfall with food and drinks for sale, and buying something here is compulsory if you want to swim in the falls. The food is tasty but overpriced, so just get a beer and eat in town if you’re visiting on a budget.
Quimixto is an enjoyable place to hang out with friends for the day!
While there are beaches within the city limits of Puerto Vallarta, the ones outside of it are considerably better. The beaches in Quimixto are some of the most beautiful I came across, even more so than Yelapa or San Pancho. Although most tourists don’t seem to go to Quimixto!
There are a couple of restaurants here where you can enjoy lunch right on the beach. You can get cheap and tasty ceviche tostadas for only 30 pesos each!
Unlike many other beaches around Puerto Vallarta, Quimixto isn’t packed with vendors trying to sell you things, making this one of the most relaxing beaches to hang out on. There is a long stretch of beautiful golden beach you’ll have almost to yourself.
For a perfect day trip to Quimixto from Puerto Vallarta, I recommend leaving Zona Romantica by 9am to arrive in Quimixto by 10:30. Then, hike to the waterfall (about half an hour), and spend an hour or so chilling there.
Arrive back in Quimixto beach around 12:30 and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the pristine beaches. There is a beach bar, or you can pick up snacks and drinks from one of the local shops in town.
Get the last boat back around 5 pm and enjoy the stunning sunset on the way back.
Places to stay in Quimixto
Maybe you want to spend more time in Quimixto. I don’t blame you! There are a few wellness retreats here that are ideal if you want to spend a few days relaxing.
El Grullo Naturista is a Boutique Hotel & Wellness Retreat. This eco-resort features boho-style casitas facing the sea, a spa, wellness experiences, outdoor activities, and various wellness services.
Xinalani Retreat Mexico is a world-class yoga retreat center in Mexico. They offer six yoga studios immersed in nature, beautiful rooms, healthy Mexican food, eco-friendly activities, a spa center, and temazcal ceremonies. All rates include three meals and one yoga class per day.
Villas en Quimixto are more basic apartments you can rent. They have hammocks on the balcony, and what do you need more than that?
Quimixto is a perfect day trip from Puerto Vallarta!
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