Playa Los Muertos





People’s Choice

Most people who visit Puerto Vallarta make sure to stop by Playa Los Muertos, the most popular, vibrant stretch of sand  hugging Banderas Bay.

It’s here that visitors get to experience the full charm of the Zona Romantica, and the revered sunsets that make up for the lack of coveted aquamarine waters found elsewhere in Mexico.

What to Do

Because it’s flanked by major hotels and resorts, the area caters to tourists by offering almost every imaginable amenity for a fun-filled beach day.

After a dip in the warm water, be sure to head to the recently remodeled Los Muertos Pier, a modern, circular wonder that blends in beautifully with the rolling waves behind it. A number of fishermen try their luck on this pier, while couples gather to watch the unforgettable sunset.

Beyond the beach, visitors spend their days browsing the area’s many stores and souvenir shops or getting a taste of the amazing local seafood dishes at seaside restaurants.

Savvy travelers make the most of happy hours featuring discounted beach beverages like beer or piña coladas.

Old Town Charm

Here’s a tip for those who want to venture further from the manufactured experience offered at resort complexes: Head into nearby Old Town to explore this quaint village’s cobblestone streets.

This area is home to tons of one-of-a-kind cafes, bars and shops. Pick up some fresh produce at the Old Farmer’s Market, or pop into a little bookstore to snag some reading material.

If you’re just passing through, at least grab a tasty taco from one of the street vendors in the village. Those sticking around until night falls will get a taste of the high-spirited nightlife scene that Puerto Vallarta is known for.

Playa Los Muertos at a Glance

City:Puerto Vallarta

Country or State:Mexico

Length of Beach:1.5 miles

Access:By car, by taxi, on foot

Best time to visit:April to June, or October - best weather and hotel rates

High Season:November to March

Low Season:May to October


  • Many beachfront restaurants and bars; more businesses in Old Town
  • Rentals: Jet skis, parasailing
  • Lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Brown sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Old Town Art Walk