Yelapa is an unique coastal village surrounded by tropical mountains with a  population of about 450. It’s easy to get there by Taxi Boat from the Main Pier in Old PV for $380 pesos round trip. From Boca de Tomatlan, it costs 200 pesos & a shorter ride. If you going for the day ,we suggest taking an early taxi boat for the calmest ride. The last boats back to PV or Boca leave about 4 pm. The beach is about 140 yards or 125  mts long & is split by the Tuito River that has an abundance of bird life. It’s great for a fresh water rinse prior to leaving.  Visiting this village without cars is a must.  Take a  walk through the narrow, winding paths & visit  the nearby waterfalls just above the village. There are many family owned restaurants on the beach or in the village. Before you leave have a slice of the locally made coconut pie. Taxi Boats leave from the New Pier in Old PV at 11am & 11:45 am ,returning at 4 pm  round trip is 380 pesos about $20 pp & from Boca de Tomatlan starting about 8 am and returning about 5 pm .  Taxi Boat Tips, If you’d like the best views of the coast, sit on the left side facing forward going to Yelapa & on the right leaving Yelapa. If it’s a windy day, expect some rough seas. Always take a wind breaker or a sweatshirt & try to sit in the middle seats & have a good meal before departing. We’ve discovered a secret dirt road/trail to Yelapa from Tuito  ,if you like hiking for 6 hours .

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WHERE TO STAY

Casas Garcia Suites They have 17 suites, all with a private balcony, overlook the ocean & surrounding tropical mountains. Each suite has a separate dining area & fully equipped kitchen. The beach is just out your door. The Garcia family has lived & worked in Yelapa for 5  generations, even before it had electricity. There is easy access by Taxi Boats  from Old PV or Boca .Rates are $80- $110 US per night or $525-$700 US per week. The suites are managed by Luis & Aurelio Garcia. The phone # in Yelapa is O1152- 322-209-5149.

WHERE TO EAT

Café Eclipse is located in the village, just up the path from the small pier. After you get off your water taxi it’s a great first stop to have a cold beer or some home cooked food. They’re open Monday – Friday 8 am- 3 pm & Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm. Closed Sundays. Pay in Pesos or $US. Ask for Juan or Celinda, the owners or Karla, Diana or Jonamy

Café Bahia is located in front of the pier on the village side of the bay. It’s open November to May for breakfast & lunch. They make some great sandwiches to take on a hike or to the beach. Susan Pasko, the owner, speaks English and greets you with a big smile. Every patio table has a panoramic view of the bay,sunrise & surrounding tropical mountains.Rated # 1 restaurant for breakfast & lunch by Trip Adviser. Open 9 am-7 pm, Sundays 9 am- 3 pm.(closed on Thursday) Phone # 322-209-5192. Visit them on Facebook CafeBahiaYelapa.

Taqueria Los Abuelos is located in the center of the village with tables overlooking the ocean .Chef Fabian Huerta prepares freshly caught seafood & typical Mexican food. Rated # 1 restaurant for dinner by Trip Adviser. Open Monday- Saturday 5:30-10:30 pm.  Ask for Gabriel. They accept  $US  & pesos. Phone # 322-209-5043

THINGS TO DO

Take a walk to the town’s waterfalls. It’s about a 15  minutes uphill  walk from the center of the village. On the way you’ll find a several locals selling handicrafts. Stop & visit Javier Rodriguez,  who creates original art made from rosewood.   Phone # 322-209-5210.

Take a walk up river in the morning before  & experience the abundant bird life.

Take a private  boat to one of the nearby beaches . Contact Erik Garcia at 322-209-5149 for rates & information.

Go Paragliding .see www.FlyYelapa.com or call Orlando Joya for questions or to make a reservation  322-209-9934. The fly daily from 12 noon- 5 pm

 

 

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