This blog post accompanies our Youtube video by the same title. These vlogs document our daily life here in Puerto Vallarta. Today we visited Las Animas beach. A few other of our favorites include Amapas Conchas Chinas, Los Muertos, Quimixto, and Playa Punta Negra.
We have tried to visit Las Animas four times now and today we finally made it! We took the orange bus from town (outside the Oxxo at the intersection of Basilio Badillo and Constitucion) all the way to Boca de Tomatlan, which is the last stop. Bus fare is 8 pesos per person each way. The bus trip takes about 20-30 minutes through winding roads through the mountains overlooking the ocean. (The bus ride itself can be entertainment!) After arriving in Boca, head straight down the big hill and turn right at the bottom. Follow the street to the pier and catch a water taxi to Las Animas from there. The water taxi fare to Las Animas from Boca de Tomatlan is 40 pesos per person. From our experience, the best water taxi option is straight from the pier-there are people along the street and on the beach who will gladly take you to Las Animas, Yelapa, etc, but their prices are much higher than those of the “regular” water taxis. The boat ride is quick-maybe 10 minutes or so. Las Animas is a large beach complete with plenty of restaurant options, beach chairs, and water sports available. There are no rivers in the area, so the water is really clear and pristine. The waves are small, making it one of our favorite beaches for prettiest water in the area!
Mi Querencia is one of our favorite places to take our guests. It is located on the heart of the Malecon, close to the church. It offers great views of the sunset and is perfect for people watching. The molacjete is Greg’s choice and is a bowl filled with all sorts of meats, cheese, and sauce. Mi Querencia has amazing tableside guacamole as well. It is a bit more expensive than typical p[laces we visit around town, but fairly priced for the quality of the food, service, and location. Address: Morelos 426, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
We have been to Devil’s Bar a few times before and have decided it is one of our favorite places to grab an awesome drink. This place is right along the Malecon and like Mi Querencia, offers incredible views of the sunset. The bar is intimate, with only room for about 10 people or so, and reminds us of a little hole in the wall college place. Since it is quite intimate, the bartenders are attentive and it is apparent that they take pride in making each drink. The drinks at this place are SO, SO good. We ordered a Paloma (which is kind of like a grapefruit margarita, or that’s what we thought anyways 🙂 ). The people across the place ordered a prickly pear margarita and it looked wonderful as well. If you are looking for a little humble place to relax, people watch, and have one of the best drinks in town, Devil’s Bar is a must! Location: just south of Vitea Oceanfront Bistro, right along the water. The bar is adorned with Arizona Sun Devils swag-so look for the red and yellow and you can’t miss it!