So many members that come to Puerto Vallarta to escape the cold northern winters forget that Puerto Vallarta offers some glorious advantages when visiting during the summer months, not least of which include enjoying more for your club points and using your Preferred Points.
From June through October you will experience an increase in heat but the afternoons chill off with beautiful downpours that sweep in from the mountains. However, there is no need to worry about not catching the sun’s rays during the rainy season, wet spells tend to only last a couple of hours and are generally quite predictable as you see the dark clouds forming, giving you a good hour to get inside to watch from the dry.
Waterfall and River Fun
One of the most spectacular advantages of visiting during the summer period are all the waterfalls and natural swimming pools you can find in the area, including a waterfall located within the Garza Blanca Preserve which members can visit on one of the guided hiking tours offered by the activities team.
Take a look below at some of the most breathtaking waterfalls and river beauty spots you can visit in Puerto Vallarta, whether visiting on your own steam or taking an organized tour.
Just a 20 minute ride from downtown Garza Blanca, the Mismaloya river flows year round and you can enjoy small swimming areas as you hike upwards inland. A favorite play area for kids and those wanting to cool off is at the base where the Mismaloya river meets the beach offering people and pelican watching unlike any spot in the Bay of Banderas.
For those more adventurous, follow the footpath up into the mountains to find tiny waterfalls and plenty of donkeys.
Boca de Tomatlan
Just a little further on from Mismaloya, the Boca de Tomatlan River flows year round and the beach where the mouth of the river is located offers charming rustic restaurants to enjoy fresh fish and margaritas.
For those daring to explore, take the path on the South Side of the Boca de Tomatlan River walking inland in search of swimming holes as you move further away from the sea. Get ready to see lots of dogs, horses, donkeys and happy barefoot children.
Las Animas beach cannot be accessed by vehicle so one must take a water taxi from Los Muertos, Mismaloya or Boca de Tomatlan for a small fee. Las Animas is located about 15 minutes along the coast south from Boca de Tomatlan. Upon arrival at Las Animas,choose from a dozen beachfront restaurants and walk along the beach traveling south and at the far end you will encounter a horse path leading inland.
The hike takes approximately 20 minutes and you will encounter a lovely jewel of a small waterfall and a refreshing swimming hole.
Like Las Animas, you need to take a water taxi (or rent a private yacht) from Los Muertos, Mismaloya or Boca de Tomatlan. Upon arrival to this sleepy beach that is most popular for the hikes inland to its waterfall, you can hire a horse or walk to the beautiful waterfall and swimming hole that is located 20 to 30 minutes inland. During the height of the rainy season, you should be careful with the currents at the base of the waterfall.
Yelapa beach can be reached by boat or water taxi from Los Muertos, Boca de Tomatlan or Mismaloya Beach on the south coast. Once you arrive to Yelapa the adventure begins and there is so much to see! Ask one of the restaurant owners where the path begins to reach the waterfall.
The sights to be seen along the river are quite spectacular and you can find the waterfall by hiking a good 1.5 hours inland along the El Tuito River.
The Neighborhood of Nogalito is a forgotten jewel located just 5 minutes north from Garza Blanca Resort. The bus will leave you on the highway and the waterfalls are quite a jaunt inland so it is best for those who have their own vehicle or have rented a car.
During the rainy season this riverside destination is a sight to be seen with endless birds and iguanas to spot. The waterfall is located approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) inland from the town of El Nogalito.
Paso Ancho El Rio Cuale flows into the Pacific on the south end of Puerto Vallarta´s bustling boardwalk. At the mouth of the river in the brackish water you can see kids playing, pelicans diving, men fishing, surfers catching small waves and vendors selling oysters.
You can stroll up on the Isla Rio Cuale (Rio Cuale Island) and enjoy a cultural center, shopping and those who are in good condition can follow the river upward walking for hours. If you have a vehicle, you can skip a section of the Rio Cuale by travelling inland to the Paso Ancho neighborhood and follow a dirt road up the side of the river finding numerous swimming holes.
On a Sunday Paso Ancho-Rio Cuale is a hot spot for families on a picnic. The Bay of Banderas has so many hidden surprises. Come and explore and be sure to bring your bathing suit, bird guide, insect repellent, binoculars, and plenty of water and a snack.
Please remember to take caution when swimming in any of the rivers or waterfalls mentioned above, particularly during the rainy season (June thru October) when water levels increase drastically.