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Yelapa is a small coastal village, about 45 minutes by boat (which is the only way to get there) – from the popular tourist city of Puerto Vallarta.

The climate in Yelapa is typically very tropical, but during the winter season is dry. From July – September the high temperatures and changes in humidity sometimes cause monsoon-like rains normally for a few hours in the evenings. The best time to visit Yelapa, Mexico is between September and February, when humidity is not so thick. Humpback whales offer an unforgettable whale watching show while they play together in Banderas Bay starting in December until around the end of March.

Waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the town, and visiting them offers you the chance to get some exercise while taking in the beautiful mountain views. Cascada Yelapa is the main waterfall in the area towering at an impressive almost 100 feet in height and is easy to access from the coast by a short 15-minute walk. You also have the option of horseback riding to the waterfalls.

The town of Yelapa which is on the gulf of Banderas Bay offers some fantastic boat tours into the stunning waters around the shore and some of the best snorkeling and diving experiences with an incredible variety of underwater species. It also has some relaxing beach bars and restaurants.

Yelapa has gone decades without the infiltration of high-rises or a mass influx of tourists.

Some say Yelapa is Mexico’s last authentic beach town, and when you visit, it is easy to see why. It has gone for many decades without intrusion of high-rises or a mass of tourists.

It’s eccentric atmosphere and unique charm has made the little seaside town a hidden gem and a favorite day trip on this popular Mexican coast.

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