Day Trip to Boca de Tomatlan

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Boca de Tomatlan is a favorite for the locals and expats who live in the area. See the busy per activity video at the end of this plage.  Departing from old-town Puerto Vallarta you catch the orange and white bus at the corner of Basillo Badillo and Constitucion.  The buses are marked, Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, you can’t miss them.  The bus fare in 2017 is 8 pesos per person one-way.

Bus Stop in PV to Boca de Tomatlan




Sit on the opposite side of the bus from the bus driver for the best views.  You will experience a bumpy, yet exquisite ride, to the town of Boca de Tomatlan.  Don’t be alarmed if most of the passengers get off the bus at the Mismaloya stop, it’s safe to continue on.  Boca de Tomatlan is the last stop so it’s difficult to get lost. The trip is approximately 30 minutes from old town Puerto Vallarta.

What You’ll Need to Bring

You’ll need a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, towel, and pesos if you’re planning on lounging at one of the beachfront restaurants.  If not, you’ll need a large beach umbrella, something to sit on and a picnic basket and your camera.


If you’d prefer to lay on the beach you can do that in the sand located in front of the beachfront restaurants or sit in the shaded area of the restaurant.  Once you get off the bus, immediately begin walking down the hill.  To go to the pier and one of the most popular beach restaurants, bear right.  To reach the destination shown below, continue straight to the beach area.

This image was taken during the week after Easter.

A walk along the pier will show the parking lot of boats. Boca de Tomatlan is the main transportation hub for water taxies to Yelapa and other hidden beaches.


Everything is within a short walking distance.  There are no street lights or tall buildings.

Each morning the river forms a different path to the sea.  On some mornings the fisherman must push their boats across the sand to get to the sea.

Mother nature creates a different formation or path to the sea each day. This is the mysterious mystery of the small fishing village.

There are a couple of small grocery stores where you can purchase almost everything except red meat, wait, in 2018 I saw hamburger mean being sold.  You can buy fresh fish from the fisherman each morning at reasonable prices.  Boca de Tomatlan is truly a  peaceful and beautiful Mexican fishing village where beer is always cold at the local stores.

Below is the pier where you catch the water taxi to Yelapa, the fishing village with no autos.  Yelapa is world famous for yoga.  Once you reach Yelapa, set your watch back 30 years.  Surprisingly when I went to Yelapa recently a few of the locals were using golf carts for transportation on the narrow cobblestone streets.  Boca de Tomatlan is also the point where you catch a water taxi to  Los Animas.

Transportation Hub in Boca de Tomatlan


The bus ride leaving Boca de Tomatlan is as interesting as the ride there.  Take a look at the southern coastline of the Bay of Banderas.  Boca is busy on this beautiful Sunday early afternoon on March 4th, 2018.  People are coming back from Yelapa and going to Yelapa.