Despite living in paradise, I find myself with a very hectic schedule and not a lot of time to do nothing but as luck would have it and with a little shuffling of dogs, kids and schedules, I found myself southbound for Yelapa this past weekend. I had Sunday and Monday ‘free’ as long as I had my iphone close at hand.
On Sunday morning I packed almost nothing, a swim suit and a dress for the next day, and with a friend took the bus to Old Town, then transferred to the Mismaloya bus which also takes you into Boca de Tomatlan where we caught a panga to Yelapa. All in from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa one and a half hours and $168 pesos for two. If you don’t know, Yelapa is only accessible by boat (or perhaps burro but, that seems a bit … uncomfortable) and is about a 15 minute boat from Boca or you can catch a water taxi from Puerto Vallarta which is about a 40 minute boat ride ($120 pesos each way).
Yelapa has beachfront restaurants, rustic to luxury accommodations, a charming town of winding paths, cafes and tiendas, an impressive (small) waterfall set back about five minutes from town and much larger waterfall back along the river that you can hike to or hire a horse. There is internet and cell service for those of us who go into cold sweats without a reliable connection.
We hopped off at Playa Isabel and a short 50 meters found us at the very welcoming El Jardin Eco Retreat where we would do almost nothing for the next 24 hours. Sigh….heaven. We stayed in Bamboo palapa which was set up the hillside in a bamboo forest. An open-air comfortably appointed room with attached washroom and hot showers, the highlight was the view but, I did enjoy the hanging bed as well. A bed and breakfast atmosphere had me around a dinner table eating a delicious curried prawn and rice meal with newlyweds, a journalist, some friends of the hosts, and a couple of locals. Lively conversation, a couple of beverages and a gently swaying sleep with only the sound of crickets (?) lulled me to sleep.
Next week, we will have a larger article on the pueblito of Yelapa as it is a very special place and I want to make sure our readers have an opportunity to learn more and make a trip to visit this hidden oasis.
In other news, Puerto Vallarta celebrates Day of the Dead this weekend, the ArtWalk is now open on Wednesday evenings, the Old Town Farmers Market is having a grand opening at its new location in Lazaro Cardeñas park on Olas Altas on Saturday, the La Cruz market kicks off this Sunday and I suppose we are officially in winter season as I see snow has fallen across Canada and in parts of the US.
Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, get out and explore! I promise no snow will fall here.

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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.


  1. Yes it has been snowing in the Sierra Mountains of California, and at our summer home in the small town of Arnold, at 4,000 foot elevation, and surrounded by the Stanaslaus National Forest, that is across the street from our little two acres. Winter has arrived early this year.

    Before we built our house, we used to camp out on the property in January and February back in the 1960s before the winters got colder. Then we might see a dusting of snow over Christmas, but after we built our house in the 1970s, we got over 6 foot of snow on the deck that covered up the sliding glass doors. This was at a time when there was talk of an oncoming little ice age.

    Sleeping on a hammock tied between two trees, as the wife and daughters slept in our Volkswagon Camper bus before the house was built, I awoke one night from the hammock swaying. I could barely see the large deer nudging at the hammock.

    I remained still until it satisfied its curiosity , me knowing that it was not a brown bear that roams these woods looking for food. During the day I was surrounded by a cloud of flying ladybugs traveling down from the snow in the high country where they hatched from eggs left on the trees before the snow came. They were on the way to the central valley where they would stay during the spring and summer until the hot air up drafts carried them high up in the sky and transported them back to the high country, where this cycle repeated each year.

    Back in San Francisco, we are experiencing our Indian Summer, with warn to hot days, and some fog but no rain – and the average temperature year around is some 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Most years we do not have to turn on our central heating furnace, or the air circulation system in the summer.

  2. Here it is two years later and I am reading this Editor’s Notes again. This is the year where the United Nations is warning of the possible end of the world due to Global Climate Change … this time warming.

    What a difference two years makes when global warming is a long time weather change. Even the columnists at the Vallarta Tribune are commenting on the weather/climate changes in the Vallarta Tribune. It has been just months since Hurricane Patricia hit the Jalisco state, and was one of , or the biggest hurricane to be recorded on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

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