The Best Way To Do Las Islas Marietas On A Budget

Las Marietas - Hidden Beach, Mexico

I’ve been travelling to Puerto Vallarta for over 10 years now and, even though a visit to Las Islas Marietas (the Marieta islands) was always on ‘the list’, it was something I never got around to doing. Year after year I would make up excuses: “It’s too far”, “It’s too expensive”, “Maybe next year” were among the top used. But this year we went! So here’s a recount of our memorable day and tips for those who want to experience Las Islas Marietas on a budget.

MAY 2017 EDIT: Huge thank you to Brad from Sydney for sharing his recent experience at Las Islas Marietas with us!

“Just writing in to say that in spite of my uncertainty about visiting the islands, I made a trip to the Islas Marietas on 14 April 2017 and can share my experience. I went from Puerto Vallarta to Punta de Mita on an old bus, as instructed. I pulled up at 8am in the morning and I walked down to the harbour to ask somebody if I could visit the island. They directed me to the coop office (Cooperativa de Turismo in Spanish and Cooperativa El Anclote on Google Maps) where they offered tickets with official wristbands.
For 500 pesos total: a boat trip to the islands + 1 hour guided tour by boat around different islands + 30 minutes scuba diving + 30 minutes walking on the shore of one island (not the secret one)
For 1500 pesos total: if you pay the extra 1000 pesos, you’ll get all the above, plus the ability to visit to the secret hidden love beach for roughly 20 minutes and be on the shore. Guards were limiting beach access to 20 people at a time.
I paid only the 500 pesos and it was still an amazing experience, regardless that I didn’t visit the secret cave!
Hope that helps any future travellers.”

APRIL 2017 EDIT: The tips and advice in our guide were accurate based on our personal experiences in early 2016. It seems that there are new regulations to the number of visitors and we’re not able to confirm whether all pangas at Punta de Mita are taking tours to the hidden beach as they were when we went. If you’ve been recently, please share your experiences below or send us an email through our Contact page so that we’re able to provide updated information for those looking to visit these islands.

Las Islas Marietas on a Budget

LAS ISLAS MARIETAS

Las Islas Marietas refers to a group of uninhabited islands located about 35 kms northwest of Puerto Vallarta and a visit to the islands is a very popular day trip among visitors in Vallarta. Even if you’ve never heard of them, chances are you’ve come across an infamous aerial photo of it’s jaw-dropping, hidden beach.

Many bird enthusiasts come to the islands to see the blue-footed booby. Others come to visit the elusive hidden beach in search of that perfect photo. Some even come to scuba dive, snorkel and explore the diverse marine life. We’re not scuba divers or bird watchers but we’re budget travelers and our goal was to see Las Islas Marietas on a budget!

Las Islas Marietas On A Budget
A panga parked at Punta de Mita beach

HOW TO GET THERE

Although many day trips to Las Islas Marietas depart from Puerto Vallarta, the distance means you’ll be on a boat for over an hour before you can spot the islands. A more enjoyable (and much shorter) boat ride is from Punta de Mita. The islands are only about 8kms off the coast of Punta de Mita and you’ll save both time and money by starting your trip here.

Punta de Mita is a very small and quiet beach town and home to many luxurious resorts (for those that are not budget travellers!). If you have time to explore the Vallarta area, it’s a great place to visit and so are the neighbouring beach towns of Sayulita and San Pancho. Punta de Mita has one main road (Avenida Las Redes) that leads you to the beach called Playa Anclote. You’ll find a hotel and a few beach side restaurants and this is where you’ll be able to hire a panga to take you to Las Islas Marietas.

Las Islas Marietas on a Budget

From Sayulita:

We had been spending a few days in Sayulita and it took a bit of backtracking but it was relatively easy to get to Punta de Mita. From the main station in Sayulita, take a bus headed towards Puerto Vallarta/Bucerias and let the driver know you’re going to Punta de Mita. You’ll have to get off at Bucerias and the driver can tell you where to cross the street and then wait at the bus stop on the other side of the road for a bus heading to Punta de Mita. In total, it took about 45 minutes from Sayulita to Punta de Mita. You can also hire a taxi and fares are listed at the main square in Sayulita.

Las Islas Marietas On A Budget
Our first views of the beach

From Puerto Vallarta:

Punta de Mita is about an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta. A car rental will give you greater flexibility to explore the coast but, with a bit of planning, you can get to Punta de Mita by bus too. In front of the Walmart parking lot beside Galerias Vallarta Shopping Mall is where you’ll see a busy bus stop. There is often a man helping locals and tourists get on the right bus so don’t be afraid to ask. An ATM (Autostransportes Medina) bus will take you to Punta de Mita but you can also take a white and green Compostela bus. Compostela buses run frequently and go all the way to Sayulita so you’d have to get off at Bucerias and then get on another bus to Punta de Mita. Ask the drivers, we found they were very helpful!

The buses that service these towns are more comfortable than the local Puerto Vallarta buses but are not luxurious by any means. Expect a bumpy ride. There’s no wifi or entertainment but you may get lucky with A/C. Depending on the distances travelled, fares range from $20 to $35 pesos per person – way cheaper than a taxi or car rental!

Las Islas Marietas on a Budget

WHEN TO GO

As early as possible. Do not snooze. Do not linger at breakfast. Just go as early as you can. My biggest piece of advice would be to arrive EARLY. Like most popular tourist attractions, the crowds at Las Islas Marietas are coming and it’s only a matter of time before the big tour boats from Vallarta make their way to the islands. Some arrive as early as 11am so it’s worth getting up early to beat the crowds. You can always nap on the beach later! And if you’re hoping to see whales along the way, December to March is the season when humpbacks visit the bay to give birth.

Las Islas Marietas On A Budget
Clear blue waters at Las Islas Marietas

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

If you want to explore Las Islas Marietas on a budget then hiring a ‘panga’ (small fishing boat) from Punta de Mita is the way to go. Tour companies can charge over $100 CAD for a day trip to the islands and, if you’ve been following us, you know that’s out of our price range for an afternoon. I knew there had to be other alternatives but, after searching online, the cheapest I could find was about $60 CAD – not cheap enough for us!

Because of this, we arrived to Punta de Mita with a maximum budget in mind of $600 pesos each. Turns out, our first offer was for only $400 pesos! And with a bit of haggling, we got it down to $350 pesos each (January 2016). This included transport to and from the islands and the cost of a Semarnat wristband that would allow us to access the protected area of the islands. There were no fancy meals, music or funny shows on our boat but the whales that we saw along the way were enough entertainment for us!

Las Islas Marietas On A Budget
Exploring the islands

TAKEAWAYS

If you plan on swimming to the hidden beach, know that the swim can be difficult depending on the tide and the weather. Wes and I can both swim and we managed well with our life jackets but I think the swim would be challenging for young children as the tunnel is over 12 metres long.

For those who want to take a small panga from Punta de Mita to visit the islands, the waters may be choppy. One of our worst experiences in Mexico was actually on a similar panga in La Paz and so we know that the winds can negatively impact your trip on any given day. We visited on a slightly windy day and the ride was fine for us but two young girls on the boat were both in tears because of the constant movement of the small boat.

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Bring some water and snacks for the morning as the swimming will take a lot of energy from you! If you’re planning on exploring Punta de Mita afterwards, there is plenty of fresh seafood being served at the restaurants right on the beach. We saved some more money by deciding to eat in town at a great little place right on Avenida Las Redes. Wherever you go, you’re sure to find some great fish tacos!

There are times when I spend hours online reading reviews and guides on how to get to a place to ensure the best possible experience. Las Islas Marietas was definitely one of those times. I can’t believe I almost let the negative reviews discourage us from going. Yes, it’s far – so leave from Punta de Mita and save time. Yes, it’s crowded – so get there early to beat the crowded tour boats. Yes, it’s beautiful – so just go. And now you know you can visit Las Islas Marietas on a budget!

It’s definitely possible to visit Las Islas Marietas on a budget and we hope we’ve inspired you to do so!

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52 thoughts on “The Best Way To Do Las Islas Marietas On A Budget

  • April 1, 2016 at 2:28 am
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    Here’s an interesting guide for who want to organize a trip to there! It seems to be in another world!
    Like it 🙂

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    • April 3, 2016 at 10:08 am
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      Thanks! It’s a really neat place to explore 🙂

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  • April 2, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    Great information – thank you! Any more tips about hiring a panga? Did you just walk up to a boat on the beach and negotiate in English or Spanish? Did they take you around the islands or just the hidden beach? How long was your excursion? I’m guessing I’d need my own snorkel gear. Thx!

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    • April 3, 2016 at 10:11 am
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      We actually had people come up to us as we walked down the street from the bus towards the beach. The man that approached us spoke English pretty well but we negotiated in Spanish. We toured the hidden beach and a few other spots of the main island where we saw some wildlife and more rock formations. The excursion was probably close to 3 hours long. We didn’t do any snorkelling but I’m sure if you had gear they would show you the best spots. Since it was just the two of us, we did have to wait about 20 minutes for another group to join us and fill the panga but you may be able to negotiate your own private tour (perhaps at a higher price).

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  • April 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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    I have been dying to go to Sayulita and make a day trip to the Marietas Islands. It looks SO beautiful. I’m hoping to go within the next year or two. Thanks for the tips!

    By the way, how did you like Sayulita?

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    • April 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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      It really was a beautiful day trip! We liked Sayulita but we visited during the busier holiday time so we found that it was quite crowded and not as quiet and peaceful as we expected. It’s got a great surf vibe though and we loved watching all the surfers. San Pancho is just a bus ride away and was a great place to explore. And we’ve heard great things about nearby San Blas too!

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  • May 19, 2016 at 9:50 am
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    Hey awesome write up. My partner and I have just got to PV and after seeing the prices for tours to the islands we didn’t know if we would bother. I think we’ll give it a go from Punta de Mita. Thanks!

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:10 am
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      Glad we could help! This is definitely an ‘early bird gets the worm’ excursion because of the crowds. Enjoy your holidays 🙂

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      • April 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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        You must have been really lucky. We just came back from Punta de Mita. We got approached by two guys, the first asked for 2,500 pesos for two people, and the other for $3,000. So be aware of the sharks…human ones. My wife is latina and speaks perfect Spanish and it still didn’t help. Maybe because we arrived early and were the first clients…who knows.

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        • July 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm
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          Oh no! We’re planning on going tomorrow. Hope this doesn’t happen to us. There’s government signs around Sayulita that warn tourists to not pay more than $2,000 pesos.

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  • August 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm
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    As for the small fishing boat you talked about from Punta de Mita, do they offer life jackets on board? How long is the boat ride? Thanks.

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    • August 18, 2016 at 3:55 am
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      Hey Isabel, our boat did have life jackets and well-informed guides (ours spoke Spanish but there may be English speaking guides as well). The length of the ride depends on the tide and the time of day but it was just under 30 minutes. On the way back it was a bit longer as our guide toured the island and stopped at some great photo spots and detoured to see a whale.

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  • November 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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    Hi does the boat take you all the way in ? I’m a heavy guy and was wondering if it was difficult to get back on the boat. Thanks for all the helpful info.

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    • November 16, 2016 at 5:01 am
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      Hi Ricardo! The boat doesn’t go all the way..we had to swim to the beach and I believe that’s the only way to access this part of Las Marietas. But life jackets are provided and there was a small step ladder at the back of our boat that made it easier to get on and off. The guides are also there to help people get in and out of the water. Our group had a couple of older people (60+) who didn’t do the swim and stay on the boat with a guide while the rest of the group visited the beach. Hope that helps!

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  • December 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    Hi I’m wondering if we can negotiate in English. First thing English isn’t my first language and neither is Spanish so..
    Thanks

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    • December 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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      I don’t see why not! Plenty of international travellers come through this part of Mexico and many guides learn the basics in English to get more business from tourists. I’ve met some locals who spoke French and even Italian after having worked themselves overseas. It never hurts to learn a couple of words in Spanish though.
      “Cuánto cuesta?” – How much does it cost?
      “Mejor precio” – Better price
      Have a great time!

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  • December 25, 2016 at 2:02 am
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    Thank you for the info! I’m not a very good swimmer so I was wondering how difficult the swim is..

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    • December 26, 2016 at 11:04 am
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      Hey Akash, it really varies each day because of the tide and wind, etc. The swim isn’t too long and you’ll have a life jacket which definitely helps. Our guide explained when to swim forward and when to stop so that the waves could carry us in. That helped a lot and prevented us from getting tired!

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  • January 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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    So glad I came across all the great info on Las Marietas as we have a trip planned in March and this is on top of my “must Do” list so I am hoping that you could possibly help me out on a few questions?…,
    What did you pack?! I didn’t know how it worked trying to keep things “dry” & “safe” if you take them. Does that stuff just stay on the “small” boat while you swim/explore! We plan to take your advice and do just as you did to save money and get there early! Also…you seem to have the traveling thing down and all your pictures are AMAZING is there any “water shoes” you would recommend?! I have been looking for something that is good in water and also for land as we hope to Zipline during our stay also!! Thanks for any help/guidance!

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm
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      Awesome write up – thanks!
      I was wondering the same thing. We are heading there this week and wondering how to keep things dry and safe while we swim to the beach.

      We are staying in PV the night before, and Yelapa the night after. Is it crazy to take a bus for PV – Punta de Mita in the morning, panga to Marietas, then bus back to PV and water taxi to Yelapa?

      Thanks again, this really helps!

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      • January 29, 2017 at 11:29 am
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        We left our belongings right on the panga since one of the guides stayed back on the boat (and a handful of travellers stayed on the boat too since they weren’t up for the swim and just came for the boat tour). Our camera is waterproof but our guide was offering to carry people’s phones and cameras in a small waterproof bucket which was useful for those who wanted to take photos on the beach.

        If you don’t mind the time spent travelling then your plan for the day sounds very doable and not at all crazy! Will you be leaving your luggage in PV? I’ve taken a water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan to Yelapa but I haven’t taken one straight from PV. There’s an orange bus that goes straight to Boca de Tomatlan from the old town of PV at the OXXO (Basilio Badillo and Calle Constitucion). The PV to Boca ride takes about 30 minutes.

        We were leaving Punta de Mita after lunch and making our way back to Sayulita at around 2pm or so. Depending on how much more you want to do in Punta de Mita (there’s not much in the town itself), I imagine you’ll be able to reach Yelapa by around sunset 🙂 I would also double check the bus times as soon as you get to Punta de Mita so that you know what time to make it back at the bus stop after your Marietas trip. ENJOY!

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    • January 29, 2017 at 10:39 am
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      Hey Britney! We had a big beach bag with towels/etc and we were able to leave that right on the panga while we explored the beach. One of the guides stayed behind on the boat so we were able to keep our things dry. Our camera is waterproof so I swam with it to the beach but one of our guides had a small waterproof bucket and he used it to carry everyone’s phones/cameras on to the beach (if they wanted him to). He handed them out once we got there and collected them all afterwards for the swim back. That was our experience so I’m not sure if all the boats offer this useful service! I don’t use water shoes but my boyfriend has these (https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5028-584/Z%C3%BBt%C3%B5-Neoprene-Shoes) from MEC that he likes but isn’t too crazy about the laces on them. Hope you have an amazing trip!!

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      • February 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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        THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RESPONDING!!! ❤❤❤

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  • February 14, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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    Wow! such great info… thank you. I was able to grab bits and pieces from everyone’s questions and answers! we are heading to Bucerias area in two weeks and would love to make this Island tour on our bucket list. is there a place to rent sanitized snorkel gear in or around the area?

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    • March 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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      Hope you have a great time! Snorkel gear is available on most of these panga tours but I can’t confirm whether they’re sanitized or not. The Coral Reef Surf Shop in Bucerias might have options for you or maybe Walmart in PV for some affordable new gear?

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  • February 27, 2017 at 8:25 am
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    What would you say the weather is like in Decmeber? And would it be a good timing to go visit this place?

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    • March 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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      Hey Meliza, the weather is great in December! This is a popular month for tourists as well (given the holidays) and January to March are the ideal months for whale watching.

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  • March 4, 2017 at 8:15 am
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    Absolutely beautiful! I had never even heard of this island before, but will definitely keep this in mind when planning our trip to Mexico. Thanks for sharing!

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  • March 4, 2017 at 8:51 am
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    Wow, that beach is UNREAL. I had never heard of this before I saw the photo, but so adding this it to my bucket list. <3

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  • March 5, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    My husband and I will be visiting PV in a few days. We want to experience Marietas on our own. Are the pangas available any day of the week and is Marietas closed any particular day???

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  • March 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm
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    Do you gave to swim at all to get to the island? Or does the boat take you right up to the shore?

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    • March 12, 2017 at 1:39 am
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      The boats can only take you so far and from there you’ll have to swim to the beach. Depending on the tide, the swim is around 12 metres or so through a passage.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 2:29 pm
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    Hi we are planning to travel to Puerto Vallarta staying at the Riu Palace I just want to make sure I got this right so you think we should take a bus from there to Punta de Mita and then take a panga to see Hidden Beach then bus back to Port of a yard and all is doable in one day. Thanks for your help.

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    • March 27, 2017 at 3:21 am
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      Hi Pat, yes that’s our advice for experience Las Marietas on a budget. This is all doable within a few hours (depending on how long you choose to spend in Punta de Mita!). Enjoy your holidays 🙂

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  • March 31, 2017 at 3:01 pm
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    Thanks for this excellent article! Does anybody know if this trip is still possible and legal, with the closing and reopening of the islands in the middle of 2016? I read they’ve limited the number of visitors to the islands to about 150 per day. And where do we buy the SEMARNAT wristband? Thanks 🙂 🙂

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  • March 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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    This does NOT work anymore. Since last year August only 116-120 people a day can enter Islas Marietas. The government decided this.
    Now they ask 1500 pesos to get there. There goes Islas Marietas on a budget… thanks tourists :-/

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    • May 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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      Thank you Fel, Wes, and Pascal for your post and update. We are hoping to visit PV at the end of this month and were captivated by the beauty of Playa del Amor until reading Pascal’s update that this method of visiting on a budget from Punta Mita no longer works. Thank you all for making life a little easier on fellow travelers with your information.

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  • April 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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    Is anybody able to share their recent experience? Did it work? Thanks

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  • May 4, 2017 at 9:55 am
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    Has anyone gone to the hidden beach recently? Looking to go next week, May 2017, and not spend a fortune… Thanks!

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  • May 29, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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    Thank you for this! Im going alone a spend all my afternoon reading a lot of review and I was like maybe i’m maybe not going to do it! And I Found your post and changed my mind so thank you!

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    • May 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm
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      Glad we could help Camille. Some things have changed since we went but the ‘May 2017’ update at the beginning of this post will point you in the right direction. Bon voyage!

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  • May 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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    Thank you so much for sharing, I am thinking on going in June, somebody tell me that you can not take pictures in the secret beach, is that true?

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    • May 30, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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      Happy to help! We were able to take pictures because we have a waterproof camera. Since you have to swim to the beach, you would have to protect your phone or camera so that it doesn’t get wet. The tours to the secret beach are still possible if you visit the Cooperativa de Turismo office in Punta de Mita but since last year they’ve raised the price to 1500 pesos.

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  • June 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    Punta De Mita to Islas Marietas

    First of all, a big Thank You for the information. Islas Marietas tour costs 4,000 pesos in Nuevo Vallarta (four persons) with tour agencies willing to bargain to 3,400 pesos and we would be sharing a large boat with up to 100 passengers. We wanted a budget friendly excursion for the four of us and we like adventure on a budget. We took your advice and arrived in Punta de Mita around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by bus. We packed our backpacks with water, snacks, sun block, hats, change-of clothes, towels and snorkel gear. We departed Nuevo Vallarta from the Paradise Village shopping center on a direct bus (white van’s with green lettering) route to the Walmart located at Tepic 430, Valle Dorado (in Centro Comercial Plaza) for 9 pesos each. We then boarded the ATM bus direct to Punta de Mita for 22 pesos each. Total travel time about 1 hr. 10 min and bus fare is one way only.

    Once in Punta de Mita, (bus stop at OXXO store), we were immediately approached by vendors offering tours from 500 to 600 pesos per person. There was also a golf cart for hire to and from the ocean side since it is about a ¼ mile walk on a steep road with narrow sidewalks. We walked the road to the ocean side restaurants and shops. Once the road leveled we proceed to the left and decided to bargain about midway (in front of Rocio Retaurant and Bar) as we passed several vendors without interest. This was a strategy so other vendors would see were looking to bargain. There are many pangas (water taxi’s) available and we bargained in Spanish and English with Daniel Cortez with Islas Marietas Tours Company for 350 pesos each to take us to the islands. We shared the panga with 4 other passengers, which was not a factor for us since the panga was large enough to accommodate more passengers and had sun cover. We did hear others negotiating in USD with other vendors and some paid up to $60 USD each or 1,076 pesos each (currently 17.93 pesos to 1 USD). Everything can be bargained and we asked specifically what was included with their price.

    This was included:
    Travel to and from the islands
    Life Jackets
    Storage for personal bags on the boat
    Tour of the Islas Marietas and photo stops
    Wrist bands to enter the park
    Snorkeling (they provided equipment), we took our own. 45 min to 1 hr
    Time on a beach 30 min to 45 min, not the secret beach since it is only open certain days and there is an extra fee
    3 hours or more for total tour
    Clean restrooms at Rocio’s Restaurant (paid for by Daniel)
    Rinse and one person change station at Rocio’s Restaurant (paid for by Daniel)
    Food purchase at the restaurant optional and not required for use of facilities

    The entire excursion was fantastic and felt like a private tour. The guides were knowledgeable and provided a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of photo opportunities. We were able to see several Blue Footed Boobies and were lucky to see sea turtles. We snorkeled in a cove twice the amount of time as other tours and spent time on a beach with a small cave to explore. We felt safe and were amongst other tourists at our stops, which are common areas for tours. We had our own water and snacks, but all can easily be purchased at shops before the tour. Total tour time was just over 3 hours.

    We rinsed, changed and walked back to the bus stop where we rode our bus routes back to Paradise Village shopping center in reverse order as departing. The “directo” bus was only 8 pesos each for unknown reasons.

    Cost break down:
    From Paradise Village, bus directo to Walmart = 9 pesos each x 4 = 36 pesos
    ATM to Punta de Mita = 22 pesos each x 4 = 88 pesos
    Water Taxi = 350 pesos each x 4 = 1,400 pesos
    From Punta de Mita, ATM to Walmart = 22 pesos each x 4 = 88 pesos
    Walmart to Paradise Village, bus directo = 8 pesos each x 4 = 32 pesos
    Total for four = 1,644 pesos or $91.74 USD

    We had a great time and enjoyed every peso of it!

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    • September 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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      Thank you JBD. My husband and I are going October 7 through 12. The sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for thouhh you mentioned the beach being closed. Was there a reason? Is there a schedule? That’s the main reason we want to go and would be disappointed if we couldn’t go to hidden beach. I like the idea of possibly renting paddle boards and swimming our way in that way as I am not a super strong swimmer. I also read There is a rope of some sort you can pull yourself towards the cave. Any more info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again

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      • October 7, 2017 at 9:02 am
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        Hello Jayme, we were told the secret beach is open on certain days to protect the beach from erosion, so visits have been reduced. There was a government department in charge of issuing permits and scheduling (can’t recall the name), but I am sure any tour company would know the schedule if you ask them when the secret beach is accessible. The tour companies pre purchase the permits, so it is a good idea to ask if any permits are an extra charge when negotiating (I believe permits cost 20 pesos). To access the secret beach requires a swim from the water taxi. Life preserver and a snorkeling fins would definitely help with the swim. You do have to swim through a see-through cave opening, which can be a bit intimidating. Our guides did mention there was a rope to help with the swim, although we did not see one.

        I will be returning Oct 8 to 17 with a different group, and plan on doing the same budget tour, hopefully with access to the to secret beach this time. Your welcome and hope this information helps.

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        • October 19, 2017 at 7:40 am
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          Hi there JBD. Did you end up having success in your recent visit? Did you get to the secret beach? What price did you pay this time?

          Thanks!

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    • October 7, 2017 at 8:38 am
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      Correction – The 1/4 mile walk from OXXO to oceanside is a slightly angled with a sidewalk, NOT steep. There are food carts, small convince stores, and shops along the way. Sorry I mixed up the corridor with a different excursion.

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  • June 19, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Hi, just wondering how safe this route is. We haven’t been to Mexico before. My bf & I are going this week & I would like to get to the Hidden Island this way because it is cheaper but my bf is kind of worried due to safety reasons. My question is, is it fairly safe to travel there with just the 2 of us? Is early in the morning (during dawn) pretty safe? I have a conversational level of Spanish, so I’m not too worried about the language barrier.

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    • October 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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      Was wondering the same…is it safe and how long of a trip is it this way? Planning on my trip the last week in October and would love to check it out

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm
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    Wow great insight! Thanks for these details.

    Does anyone know if the Cooperativa still does tours during peak season? I’m hoping i can book tickets in advance! We’ll be there Dec. 26 to Jan. 2.

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