11 miles south of Puerto Vallarta's busy shops discos and restaurants lies
Boca de Tomatlan a tranquil inlet and seaside village surrounded by hills
with luxuriant tropical growth. A mountain stream forms a lagoon just before
cutting a lazy path through the beautiful beach into the lovely inlet. Small
fishing boats with their morning catch return soon after sunrise followed
by pelicans, seagulls and white cranes. In the afternoon children can be
seen playing and laughing in the lagoon and frigate birds soaring in the
clear blue sky.
The scene is of Mexican coastal village life, not a fast paced tourist locale. There is one good, casual restaurant in the village and palm thatched seafood places on the beach on the other side of the lagoon. Half a mile away are two very good sea cliff restaurants with spectacular ocean views and, of course, Vallarta is a scenic 15 minute bus ride away.
is right on the beach and lagoon with large private terraces affording
panoramic views of this wonderful ever-changing vista.
A variety of other activities include snorkeling, parasailing, water-skiing, horseback riding, jungle and mountain hiking and a half hour trip up into the mountains takes you to the quaint non-touristy farming village of El Tuito.