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Las Caletas Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

This secluded beach, once owned by a Hollywood legend, is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and enjoying the region’s fresh seafood. 

Las Caletas is a half-mile (800-meter) stretch of secluded beach perfect for relaxation, water sports and hiking. Set up a hammock on the beach or enjoy a seafood meal at one of the restaurants with water views. If you’re feeling more active, swim, snorkel or hike though the jungle.

Las Caletas was originally the private home of Hollywood movie producer, director and actor John Huston, known for films such as The Maltese Falcon and The Misfits. He leased the area from a local indigenous tribe when it was largely uninhabited.

Today the beach is run by a private company, Vallarta Adventures. It remains quiet and secluded, with only around 150 people allowed on the beach at a time. The shoreline is sandy, with rocky outcrops and turquoise water. Swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding are popular activities. All equipment is available from the beach staff, although for diving you should book online ahead of time to secure a place.

There is also entertainment away from the water. Visit the beach’s private zoo to meet local parrots, monkeys, snakes and other animals. The kid’s adventure park is a jungle walking trail high in the trees. Children aged four to 11 are strapped in via ropes that allow them to walk safely through the jungle canopy. On the trail, they learn about the native vegetation and animals around them.

Go hiking through the jungle behind the beach and discover more local bird and plant life. Cooking classes are also offered, so you can learn how to cook fresh seafood paella under the guidance of a professional chef.

Las Caletas is located in the Bay of Banderas, approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Puerto Vallarta. The beach is only accessible by water. Vallarta Adventures catamarans leave in the morning from Puerto Vallarta Marina and take about 45 minutes to get to the beach. Keep an eye out for whales during the boat ride. The tour price is substantial, but it includes all food, drinks and water-sports equipment.

Top Hotels Close to Las Caletas Beach

Xinalani Yoga Retreat Mexico - Adults Only
Xinalani Yoga Retreat Mexico - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Playa Xinalani, Quimixto, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $562 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Quimixto Beach and Playa Las Animas. Playa Caballo and Playa Emma are also within 1 mile (2 km).

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Great place. But please update the name of the hotel which is not for adults only"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

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Hotelito Mio
Hotelito Mio
3.5 out of 5
Playa Caballo, Cabo Corrientes, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $504 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Playa Caballo, Las Caletas Beach and Playa Las Animas. Majahuitas Beach and Quimixto Beach are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Pure Magic--Like a Honeymoon Vacation!

"Wow, I don't even know where to begin. This was the most romantic, amazing hotel my wife have EVER stayed in and we travel a lot. We flew into PV and the hotel arranged a taxi to boca, where a panga was waiting for us. Abbey was our panga driver whenever he needed us (for an extra fee) and he was ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2020

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Casa Bahia Bonita
Casa Bahia Bonita
2.5 out of 5
Playa de Yelapa, Cabo Corrientes, Yelapa, JAL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $54 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated near the beach in Yelapa, this hotel is in the same area as Majahuitas Beach, Las Caletas Beach and Quimixto Beach. Regional attractions also include ...

4.1/5Very Good! (47 reviews)
Case Bahia Bonita

"Casa Bahia Bonita was a pleasant place to stay in Yelapa. If you are looking for a place that is quiet and comfortable, this is a great choice. Accessing this property from the beach pier was pretty easy, check-in was streamlined. You do have to go up quite a few stairs if you are in the higher up ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Casa Bahia Bonita
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Xinalani Yoga Retreat Mexico - Adults Only
Xinalani Yoga Retreat Mexico - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Playa Xinalani, Quimixto, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $562 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is CA $504 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4
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Casa Bahia Bonita
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2.5 out of 5
Playa de Yelapa, Cabo Corrientes, Yelapa, JAL
The price is CA $54 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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Hotel Lagunita Yelapa
3 out of 5
Barcina 3, Cabo Corrientes, Yelapa, JAL
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Villa Armonia Boutique
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4 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad #5710, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $143 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Casa Invierno: Close to the Beach in Yelapa
Casa Invierno: Close to the Beach in Yelapa
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Villa Lala Hotel Boutique - Adults Only
Villa Lala Hotel Boutique - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad Km. 16.8, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is CA $206 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Villa Lala Hotel Boutique - Adults Only
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