A Little Piece Of Yelapa, Puerto Vallarta

Have you ever heard of Yelapa?  Neither had I, and this is what is incredible about this sleepy fishing village near Puerto Vallarta and accessible only by boat.  In the blistering heat of June, we took off on an tour with Vallarta Adventures that lead us to the heart of this quaint fishing village.  Docking next to one of the nearly 300 homes that made up this village, I felt as if I had just stepped onto a movie set.  IMG_2133

Smiling faces peeked out at me from shadowed doorways, friendly dogs lifted their heads to check out the newcomers, and our group began the trek through this remarkable and quaint place, a side of Mexico I had never seen.


Up the rough crude cobblestone streets, past houses and stores with open windows, and breaking all the rules, wearing nothing but bare feet so as not to sleep on slick and rough terrain.



We passed women selling their home made jewellery, laundry hanging out to dry,  and even a lone crab, clearly lost, far away from his home in the ocean down below.  The terrain was sometimes steep but well worth the hike, at the end we were rewarded by the most beautiful waterfall, just begging for us to jump in and take a refreshing dip.


Cooled off, and pictures snapped it was time to head back down through the  village to the beach.  At the end of our hike the view astounds. 


A slice of paradise.


This tour by Vallarta Adventures is not to be missed.


Thank you Yelapa for a day I will never forget.

*Disclosure: Thanks to the #PVpresstrip team for paying for my travel expenses to accommodate this review.   As always, all thoughts, statements and opinions are my own.


  1. Shelley N says:

    That is pretty awesome. Looks like the fishing village is pretty prosperous which is nice to see. Lovely to get a bit off the beaten track

    • Stephanie says:

      You are right Shelley! The people of this village genuinely seemed happy to see us and were doing well. It was such an incredible experience. I hope to return soon with my girls!

  2. Kaitlyn says:

    I knew the city of Puerto Vallarta offered a lot for tourists, but I’ve never heard of this hidden gem! So beautiful!

    • Stephanie says:

      I have to admit I am usually pretty guilty of sticking pretty close to the resort. I am so glad, no thrilled really, that I took a day to explore way, way off the beaten track. I’ve never been to a fishing village like this one and highly recommend this excursion to anyone in the Puerto Vallarta area.

  3. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    sounded like fun

  4. Heidi C. says:

    What a fun adventure! That waterfall is gorgeous!

  5. love the village photo on the cliff

  6. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    What a pretty village, love the waterfall!

  7. That is definitely a slice of paradise! Wow, it is so beautiful and I love the shot of you in the water.

  8. How fun was that??? What an adventure!

  9. Astro Pham says:

    I hope someday after the beginning of the college experience and beyond, I will find haven like this :3

  10. Karen E. HIll says:

    I am sure there are lots of places like this in Mexico that are off the beaten tourist path and deserve a look see.

    • Stephanie says:

      You are so right! And this trip made me realize I spend way too much time on the resorts, you need to get out and explore when you travel!

  11. Just love these pic’s , it looks amazing !

  12. Amy Heffernan says:

    WOW! You are SO lucky and blessed. Looked like such a fun time!

  13. Anne Taylor says:

    What an amazing cultural experience! I love learning about different cultures and this wee fishing village is gorgeous! Thanks

  14. Lynda Cook says:

    It is quite the hidden little gem, the waterfall is beautiful! you got some pretty nice shots of the village too

    • Stephanie says:

      I was so happy to have my camera along on this adventure! I could have spent hours taking pictures in that village!

  15. Darlene Schuller says:

    WOw, how stunning.. little bit of heaven on earth!! Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live among such amazing beauty..but then I’m pretty sure a lot feel that way about Canada too!

  16. Sharlene says:

    Looks like a great vacation spot.

  17. Brandee H says:

    This looks like a beautiful place to visit. It’s pictures like this that make me want to sell everything and move to Mexico!!!

  18. A slice of heaven, what a great experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    I would love to to swim under a waterfall one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Yelapa sounds like a great place. Love to visit one of these days.

  21. Suzanne G says:

    Yelapa looks like such a great village to visit off the beaten path. It sounds like you had a great time.

  22. ginette4 says:

    Sounds and looks amazing, I’ve never been to Puerto Vallarta and now I know where to go, reminds me of when my daughter went to the Dominican for 2 weeks on a Justice trip, the people were so poor but always so happy

    • Stephanie says:

      The people there really were so happy and friendly, I was so blessed to go and hope to go back with my girls! I’ve also been to DR and do see a few similarities :”)

  23. This trip sounds magical expecially the water falls! Very cool!

  24. wow looks amazing

  25. I’M JEALOUS!

  26. kristen visser says:

    absolutely amazing!!!!!!! what an experience that would be

  27. Vickie Cheung says:

    Love the houses by the shore, so cute

  28. Angie Andrews says:

    Looks like you had a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Looks like it was a great trip!

  30. This looks like an amazing place to visit!

  31. Suzie M says:

    Good for you for going off the beaten path

  32. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    You visit such amazing places.

  33. Brandi Y. says:

    Oh my goodness…this looks truly amazing and beautiful!! What a dream it would be to get away to a place like that ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Melinda says:

    What a lovely village. THanks for sharing it with us

  35. Wow that looks amazing!

  36. Kristine Ewald says:

    Looks like a fun place to visit

  37. Darrah Bailey says:

    Looks gorgeous!

  38. Vickie Cheung says:

    Love the scenery

  39. Birdiebee says:

    The slice of paradise is the beach in the cove. I was in Puerto Vallarta in December but we did not go to the beach. I would love to visit again and experience this little slice myself.

  40. ginette4 says:

    Wow, stunning place, calgon take me away

  41. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I have to put Puerto Vallarta on my vacation list. Thanks Stephanie for sharing this.

    • Stephanie says:

      I’m so happy to hear Puerto Vallarta is now on your vacation list! I hope you get the chance to experience it’s adventure!

  42. Darlene Schuller says:

    What a beautiful place to get away from it all.

  43. shaunie says:

    this would be a great place to vacation and relax.

  44. Debbie Bashford says:

    One day I hope to visit here

  45. RANDI COOK says:

    Looks like an interesting place to visit!

  46. Those are the best vacation spots, remote enough to not have too many tourists and yet still having adventures and great things to see.

    • Stephanie says:

      Yes! And can I add just a short drive from the airport! LOL Once I land I want to get to my destination ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Janie N says:

    This looks amazing. Who would not want to live there. Since you like waterfalls I will take you to one if you ever in Alberta.

  48. MrDisco says:

    love the photos

  49. Michelle Magee says:

    Looks like a great spot!! I want to go!

  50. Crystal Englot says:

    WOW sitting on the beach, swimming under the waterfall and seeing all the gorgeous countryside would be a dream for me! Looks like you had a blast!

  51. Lynda Cook says:

    This place looks so serene and relaxing

  52. never even heard of this place. i love fishing so this would be a fantastic place to go to. I’d go on a photo expedition in that village – so many things to take pics of

    • Stephanie says:

      I’m with you! I do wish I’d had more time to take even more photos! This was one of the most photo rich trips I have been on!

  53. Gorgeous pictures!!

  54. nicolthepickle says:

    What a beautiful place. It would be amazing to explore, and your waterfall picture is very cool.

  55. WOW! I certainly had never heard of Yelapa before, but what an amazing looking little slice of paradise ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Looks so beautiful, especially the waterfall

  57. Victoria Ess says:

    It looks like a great, unique experience. I love hearing about people’s adventures off the resort.

  58. looks so beautiful

  59. I went there almost 20 years ago! Looks like it has actually changed.

  60. I’d love to go swimming in a waterfall! It’s gorgeous!

  61. This is such an amazing find! I have been to Puerto Vallarta, but never even heard of this!

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh if you go back to Puerto Vallarta, and of course I think you should, you have to look into this excursion! Yelapa was fabulous!

  62. JaimeeM says:

    Ugh! I am SO jelly of you right now. Looks so awesome

  63. Karen E. HIll says:

    I would love to travel like you do. There is so much to see and do in the world.

    • Stephanie says:

      I have to admit I am always looking for my next adventure, anything from a trip into the city to the big trip to Europe! Have to live every day to the fullest even if it’s just in your own back yard right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    What Amazing Views, Oh And That Waterfall Picture Is Awesome!

  65. What a wonderful adventure! My husband would love this. We always try to go on a hike when we are vacationing. So this would be perfect for us. Plus getting to the waterfall would be worth it!

    • Stephanie says:

      I’m not much of a hiker, but this was the perfect speed for me! I’m sure you and your Hubby would love this! Scenery and exercise all in one!

  66. angela m says:

    Looks like a fabulous place. The beach looks beautiful

  67. ivy pluchinsky says:

    wow beautiful pictures! looks like a very pretty place

  68. Vivian S says:

    Beautiful photos!

  69. Lee-Ann says:

    This looks fabulous! If I ever make it to Puerto Vallarta I will be sure and go here!

  70. Ella Kirk says:

    Sliding down waterfalls in the Dominican Rep. was a def highlight of my vacationing experiences. Fond memories!

  71. Angela Mitchell says:

    My sister in law and her family stayed in Yelapa for a month and loved it.

  72. Brandee H says:

    This looks like a piece of Mexican paradise. The waterfall looks like a lot of fun!

  73. Bailey Dexter says:

    Love the pic’s, thanks for sharing! What a quaint fishing village .

  74. Jeannie says:

    You took some amazing photos of the village!!

  75. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    I was there too! Awesome place.

  76. Suzie M says:

    Nice to get off the beaten path

  77. Jennifer P. says:

    Nope, I had never heard of Yelapa either. The waterfall experience looked awesome – loved the pics there! It’s nice to read about non-touristy places to go, thanks!

  78. Piroska says:

    It does indeed look like paradise! I like that it is an out-of-the-way place, not so tourist oriented.
    It’s nice to see how the people really live. And that waterfall–wow!

  79. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I looks so beautiful. Wish I had more time and money to travel.

  80. Treen Goodwin says:

    looks like a great place , beautiful pics love the waterfall ๐Ÿ™‚ i so wanna travel maybe one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Looks like a really cool place but never heard of it before!

  82. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    It looks to me like Yelapa is a wonderful little fishing village and that waterfall, beautiful.

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