Via Puerto Vallarta
To get to Yelapa, you must first get to Puerto Vallarta. This isn’t difficult; there are many flights offered by several airlines. Here is a link with some possibilities to consider: Air travel to Puerto Vallarta Once you are in Puerto Vallarta’s Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (code PVR) your next task is getting transportation into town.
From the airport
Before you leave the airport with your luggage you will receive a number of very persuasive and expensive offers (about $30 from very aggressive cab drivers) we recommend you politely decline these offers and take the local bus, which stops right in front of the airport and will cost you about 70 cents per person. OR you can walk across the walkway and catch a taxi a bit cheaper because they don’t have to pay the airport tax.
Water Taxi from and to Puerto Vallarta
Water taxis depart for Yelapa from Los Muertos Pier in Old Town. The times vary with the season and don’t be surprised if a “scheduled” water taxi isn’t quite on schedule…relax, have a drink at one of the many beach cafes, enjoy the area…the water taxi will get there eventually. The price of this service is dependent on the distance that you travel, as it makes several stops down the coast. A round-trip ticket from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa is currently about $24 USD. We recommend buying one way tickets, since you may choose to return by a different taxi company. If you happen to miss the last taxi out, there are many hotels that can put you up for the night. If you are coming to El Jardin, ask that the taxi driver drop you off at Playa Isabel. Please check the most recent Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa water taxi schedule.
Scheduled departures from Yelapa back to Puerto Vallarta by water taxi leave several times a day during the peak season from three primary spots in Yelapa: the Main Beach, the Town Pier, and Playa Isabel. If you are staying at El Jardin, you will want to catch the boat at Playa Isabel. It is best to be a little bit early to ensure that you do not miss the boat, as they do sometimes leave earlier than the scheduled departure time. Water Taxi Schedule Please remember you will be on Mexico time, so times of departure will vary.
Getting Around Yelapa
There are no cars in Yelapa. The foot paths are frequently punctuated with tree roots and other uneven surfaces. On land you can either walk or ride a burro. To get an idea of the quality of the foot paths in Yelapa, plese see our video of the path from Playa Isabel to El Jardin. You may easily cross the small cove from El Jardin to the main beach by kayak. If your swimming skills are moderate or better, you could also swim. Since nothing is very far away, walking is the preferred method of getting around.