Yearning for a pristine tropical getaway without the usual crowds? Yelapa and Majahuitas in Puerto Vallarta are perfect for a serene and laid-back vacation. These picturesque coves along the Bay of Banderas are less frequented by tourists so you can expect a quieter vibe where you can relax, recharge, and get your dose of “vitamin sea”.
The name Majahuitas is derived from “Majahua” (Seaside Mahoe) which is a local tree with large, heart-shaped leaves, distinctive flowers, and yellow-green, rounded fruits. Locals have a habit of carving homemade toy bows using the tree’s branches for their kids. These trees usually grow on the beach and they make a perfect shade from the sun.
Located a mile and a half to the west of Quiximito town and beach, Majahuitas can only be accessed by the sea but you can begin your adventure by chartering a private yacht to Puerto Vallarta to reach this exquisite site.
Majahuitas is a lovely small cove surrounded by calm, clear and emerald green waters. It has a small stretch of golden sand which is a little coarse so it’s best to wear flipflops or aqua shoes. If you want to relax and embrace a moment of calm, this is the place to be. Don’t expect wi-fi connection in this remote area so might as well use this as an opportunity to turn off your mobile phone and gadgets and let nature take over.
The fertile waters of Puerto Vallarta are perfect for fishing whether you’re a beginner or pro angler. If you’re new to fishing, you can ask angling tips from your captain so you can increase your odds of catching your first fish. If you’re a passionate angler, you can find challenging big game and engage in an exhilarating marine tug-o-war. At the end of the day, it’s not about the size or quantity of your catch that really matters but the experience.
Majahuitas is known for its diverse marine life and the best way to enjoy this natural wonder is by snorkeling. It’s a fun and easy activity that you can enjoy even if you’re not good at swimming. You just need simple snorkeling gear and you’re all set to view the underwater oasis.
The rock wall formations surrounding Majahuitas cove create the ideal environment for many marine creatures. Don’t be surprised if as soon as you jump into the water, you are greeted by colorful tropical fish in different shapes and sizes. One of the common resident dwellers in these waters are the Moorish Idols which are known for their striking black, white, and yellow bands. Leather Bass also patrol the area; adults have gray bodies with distinctive white blotches and small dark spots while juveniles have light-colored bodies with dark bars. These species have a remarkable trait of undergoing sex change wherein some females change into males and grow larger than the males to produce many eggs. Have you ever encountered a fish that grunts? You may come across Golden-eye Grunts which make an audible sound similar to a grunt when they grind their teeth deep in their throats. Schools of Surgeonfish, also known as Doctorfish can be spotted grazing on rocks. They have gray bodies with white and black bands on their faces and spots near their yellow tails. These are just a handful of tropical fish that you can encounter but there’s a lot more of them waiting to be discovered. Aside from fish, you also have a chance to see Great Pacific Mantas, cruising turtles, and friendly dolphins.
Just like Majahuitas, Yelapa is only accessible by boat. It’s a quiet and peaceful cove where the sun sparkles on the water and the sound of the rolling waves fill the air. Take the opportunity to bond with your family and friends as you relax under the warm sun, get sun-kissed skin, and sip refreshing drinks. If you have kids with you, they can have fun by frolicking in the sand or making sandcastles.
Feel the urge to cool down? The sea is just several strides away so you can take a dip whenever you want and enjoy snorkeling. Since Yelapa is located near Majahuitas, you can encounter the same bountiful marine life in these waters.
If you get hungry, you can check out the different restaurants that serve tasty Mexican delicacies like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more. Do you have a sweet tooth? Yelapa is known for their delicious homemade pies such as lime, apple, lemon meringue, coconut, chocolate, cheesecake, banana cream, and more. Don’t worry, you won’t have to venture far to get a taste of these treats because “pie ladies” usually walk along the beach selling freshly baked pies and other baked products. They carry plastic or foil wrappers with them making it easy to serve slices of pie to tourists.
If you’re in the mood for exploring, you can check out the two beautiful waterfalls in Yelapa. One of them is only a ten-minute walk from town with a small pool at the base of the waterfall that is ideal for wading. The second waterfall entails about a two-hour hike or you can ride mule if you’re not the type who likes walking long distances. Taking a hike into the jungle and through the fishing village gives you a good sense of how life is in the area. It wasn’t too long ago when this tiny fishing village had no electricity but Yelapa has changed over the years. Despite the small modern touches, this remote tropical beauty has retained its rustic atmosphere. You’ll see small houses, laundry hanging out to dry, chickens pecking in the yard, and little kids running around. Instead of four-wheeled vehicles, there are donkeys and horses scurrying with people or parcels on their backs. Locals are very friendly and would likely give you a nod or a smile. Some of them carry souvenir items for sale which you can take home with you or give to family and friends.
The long hike rewards you with the sight of a beautiful waterfall. What better way to reward yourself after a tiring walk than to let the cool water refresh your body? You can also take photos of this nature’s gem so you can share it later with people close to you
Think of Yelapa and Majahuitas as a tucked-away paradise. Sailing to these places might just be what you need to re-energize your system and establish closer ties with family and friends.