One destination that has always been a popular stopping point for our guests is "Las Animas". It is a beautiful small village and beach to the south of Puerto Vallarta. It is another stop really only accessible by boat and is one of the stops that water taxis make daily on the way to and from Yelapa bay and Puerto Vallarta. The best and only way to get to Las Animas is by water taxi or private yacht. Many of our past guests have always enjoyed a visit to Las Animas and along the way we will pass by the world famous Los Arcos rock formations which are absolutely gorgeous and always a place for a great photo. Next you will pass the towns of Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan before arriving in Las Animas.
Las Animas has become quite a busy beach village with the water taxis loading and unloading passengers throughout the day as they transport them back and forth between Puerto Vallarta and the beaches and towns up and down Banderas Bay including Quimixto, Majahuitas and Yelapa.
Las Animas beach has been a favorite for many of our private charters because it is like coming into a tropical paradise. The beach is one of the best rated tourist beaches in the bay because the sand is clear and fine, the waters clean, the waves soft and the surrounding nature incredible. Las Animas also has a beautiful waterfall which is quite a hike but worth it.
There are several different beach restaurants and vendors making a wide variety of Mexican foods mainly fresh seafood's not to mention your favorite beverages and Mexican crafts and gifts to buy. Las Animas also is a small Indian village with primarily native Mexicans and their families who have lived there for generations. The area is known as an Indian Ejido, administered by Indian communities in Chacala, a village in the mountains close to El Tuito.
During you time on the Aurora, we will provide panga transport to the beach area and you will find the people of Las Animas are very nice & friendly and always happy to see you, they have really joined the dollar society charging a premium for drinks food and crafts but then again you are on a private beach in Mexico. The food is wonderful. One item that is always great is the seafood platter, it has shrimp, lobster, octopus, clams, mussels and oysters with rice and vegetables.
While we are there, you will find all the fun beach activities such as the banana boat, parasailing and wave runners if you want a little action in your day. You can relax on the boat with a margarita or go to shore and have a shot of the local moonshine called “raicilla” but be careful with this stuff, after a couple you could hallucinate and become a completely different person. One of these shots is all anyone should do. Many locals will do one shot in the morning slowly and another at night slowly and truly say and believe that this is what causes longevity in life. Who knows, maybe it is the secret.
You will also find the Las Animas Beach Adventure Park on the beach to add a little excitement to your day with zip lines, hanging bridges, rock climbing, tequila tasting and much more. It is pretty cool and gets your blood going.
This is one of the options during a full day or overnight tour with Yacht Charters Puerto Vallarta, there are many exciting destinations to explore so you may choose to make Las Animas one of your stops on your journey in paradise on the Yacht Aurora.
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