Playa de los Muertos

Playa de los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta: Address, Phone Number, Playa de los Muertos Reviews: 4.5/5

Playa de los Muertos
"Deadmen's Beach," named for legendary pirate raids on the nearby village, is one of the most-frequented beaches in Puerto Vallarta.
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA21,992 contributions
Apr 2021
Playa de Los Muertos ... "Deadman’s Beach," named for the bones of the local indigenous people found buried in the sand, or after the legendary pirate raids on the nearby village, it depends who you believe. Lots of beach sports are played here overlooked by an assortment of excellent restaurants and bars that are a party haven for PV's LGBTQ travelers. The pier lights up at night, and is also the starting point for day fishing trips, and boat rides to the more private and secluded beaches. The little seahorse statue is worth a photo as it has been replacing three times, due to serious storms removing it.

TIP: The beach has a strong current, parents with children please take extra precautions when swimming.
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Written August 12, 2021
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Palm Springs, CA81 contributions
Dec 2021
Not only is the beach terrific and the sand not too rocky or grainy, the restaurants that line it are delightful, with food and drinks available all day long, comfy chairs, great to watch people stroll up and down the water's edge. Some people are bothered by the non-stop vendors, but we find them delightful to talk to, even if we don't buy. If you want a special meal, go to La Palapa, one of the best restaurants in PV, right there in the sand. Dinners there are fabulous.
Written December 23, 2021
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10 contributions
May 2022
Great area to explore! Great views, Food, Shopping and culture all steps away. Be sure to walk out of the area and don't get a cab until you are closer to the end of the Art walk area. Not a lot of legitimate Cabs, but plenty of people offering rides.
Written May 30, 2022
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Sydney, Australia36 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Becoming more dangerous by the day. The lifesavers assured me that minimum distance from JetSki of 50m to bathers and 200 m to shore 'do not apply in Mexico'
I was hit yesterday by a rental JetSki ridden by a drunk local. About 15m from water. With plenty of bathers around. I asked lifesaver to file an accident report, he told me that any complain would be 'settled' with local authorities for 100 pesos ($5). No surprise - you have 100s times greater chance to die at this beach from JetSki
Written June 23, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK16,167 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Thursday 3rd February we visited this popular beach, along the Malecon in Zona Romántica. The promenade is lined with Hotels, holiday accommodation so the beach is rather convenient and therefore busy.

The most notable feature of the area is the Muelle (Pier) de Playa los Muertos and it's tall metal sail. The pier stretches out into the sea for a 100 metres (328 feet).

There is a beach, Playa los Muertos which straddles either side of the Pier. The name of beach translates as " The Beach of the Dead", because it was once the sight of a cemetery.

Lots of sunloungers and umbrellas were lined up on the golden sand, taking up a lot the beach.

There were also a number of beach sellers walking up and down the beach. There were some water sport activities available
Written March 23, 2022
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Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
Apr 2019
Nice sandy beach stretching along the sea front with many places to access it. When we were there it wasn't too busy so it was very pleasant to stroll along it. Several sand sculptors were creating great sculptures. Quite a few restaurants on the edge and lots of sea birds diving into the sea for food.
Written March 10, 2020
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Issaquah, WA469 contributions
Jul 2021
Wow! Crazy place! We walked down Basilio Badillo, and ended up at Los Muertos. We walked out onto the famous pier, and local kids were jumping off. It was a summer weekend so packed with locals and visitors alike. You can rent water sports like paddleboards. We meant to come back because it was one large insane party place, and looked so fun, but didn't have time to return. Lots of beachfront eateries, and shopping on the street side of the restaurants. I wouldn't want to stay here unless I was a young party person (in which case, yes please!), but it is a great place to visit for the day. I'd like to see it lit up at night, too. It was very gay friendly, and good for families too. We walked up the beach all the way to The Marina.
Written July 29, 2021
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Stephen P
Miami, FL96 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
A long beach at the south end of PV. Gay positive and straight friendly for all - singles, couples, families, young and old. You can para-glide from the beach too and there are plenty of places to eat and get drinks. It can get crowded in the afternoon and many restaurants have their sun loungers on the beach for you to sit in, but you have to pay! But sometimes it's worth it and they will serve you food and drinks to your seat. There are beach areas though where you don't pay to sit down! There are copious beach vendors that will sell you almost anything...sunglasses, ice creams, bracelets and jewellery galore, nuts & dried fruit, drinks, chicken and shrimps on skewers, sarongs, and the list goes on. People complain about them, but this is how they make their living, so be nice to them and even buy from them. Smile at them. Their job is a hard one and they are in the heat all day. You should barter though! We bought some really nice bracelets. Great for watching the sunset from here and you can do lots of 'people watching'!
Written April 7, 2019
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Jon D
Newport Beach25 contributions
Dec 2012 • Friends
This is the most popular beach in Puerto Vallarta and rightly so. They keep the beach very clean and there are a lot of activities to keep you busy. Grab a chair and umbrella at one of the many beach clubs along the beach, sit back & relax while enjoying a cerveza, or your favorite margarita, people watch, sunbath, enjoy the music, buy souvenirs from the beach vendors, rent wave runners, go parasailing, sign up and schedule boat tours and enjoy the incredible sunsets. But if you are not careful, you can get hosed. I find the culture of the people who live and work here to be honest, hardworking people. But they have ruthless sales skills (not necessarily a bad thing - being in sales I appreciate their aggressive sales tactics). So beware. However, with a few basic negotiating skills, and some tips from the Ultimate Cheapskate, you can vacation here and pay less than what the locals do. Here are a few ways:

To start off with, stay at a Vacation Rental Property instead of a hotel. There are plenty of really nice complexes to stay in along the beach that offer rates either comparable to a hotel room or less. We were 3 couples that stayed in a 3 BR Penthouse right on Los Muertos Beach for $100 a couple per night. The PH had a full kitchen, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and a private roof top deck with a gas BBQ and a private plunge pool. You can save a lot of money by walking through the malecon and shopping at the local supermarket, and take a taxi back with your groceries. We bought 3 whole chickens for like $6 US a piece, roasted them in the oven for about an hour and had enough chicken to make tacos, and quesadillas for the entire week. We also bought steaks that were less than $5 a piece and cooked them up on the BBQ one evening. Carne Asada was excellent to make on the grill for tacos as well. Eggs and cheese burritos are easy to make in the morning. They had a sale on beer a 6 pack was only $3.50 US - that’s about 60 cents a can. Stock up! You can take your own beers to the beach instead of paying $3 US + tip at the beach club. They have excellent homemade salsa and guacamole that is very reasonably priced as well. Stock up on that! Our tab at the supermarket came out to $50 a person, and we had plenty of food and beer to last for a whole week. Not too shabby!

OK, so I know some are saying "who wants to cook? We're on vacation?". Well everyone took turns cooking so really we only had to inconvenience ourselves 1 day each. And trust me, tacos and enchiladas, not what I would call - slaving over the stove all day. But OK, you want to go out to eat? here are some tips that will save you a fortune:

Have lunch or a snack at the taco stand on the same street that the pier is on my Archie's Wok - where they make you fresh homemade tacos to order for only $1 each. Bring along those beers you brought from the supermarket and enjoy some of the freshest tacos in town.

Want to save a bundle on a really really good seafood restaurant in town? If you don't already have the Four Square app downloaded on your smart phone - download it now. Then check out the nearby Specials. One of the specials is a 50% discount off your individual bill at Joe Jack's Fish Shack on Basillo Badillo. This is a 5 star restaurant. Very good food, excellent service. Everyone in the party needs to bring their smartphone with them and check in when they get there to receive the offer. This is one of the best offers I have seen anywhere. It includes alcohol as well. Our group had several bottles of wine, appetizers and fresh caught grilled snapper. Every dish was very tasty. The Check-In Special brought our $300 bill down to $150 - a mere $25 per person for a meal fit for a king.

Some other Check In specials on Four Square:

A free bottle of wine at the La Palapa restaurant and the Vista Grill - both 5 star restaurants right on the beach with award winning cuisine - Contact me for how to turn this offer into a bottle of wine and an appetizer for $5 per person every daay of your trip..

Oceana Grill - 2 beers for $1 from 3-5PM - on your first check in plus a free order of guc or chips and salsa. Contact me for a tip on how to get this offer every day.

Sea Monkey - $1 beers all day. Just don’t get suckered into buying their expensive food. If you are hungry, tell the waiter your friends want to go to another restaurant where they are offering 2 for 1 entrée’s but that you would rather stay there and eat if they can match it. We did this and they gave us 2 for 1 Fajitas. Very good – and half price. Even better.


Yes, believe it or not, Mexico not has offers similar to Groupon marketed under Cupocity. Go to their website and sign up for the daily e-mails. Watch out for them about a month before you leave if you can - We got 4 while we were down there. Most of them offered an entree and a glass of wine for around $10. Make sure they are close to where you are staying tho. Otherwise, taking a cab to save money on dinner defeats the purpose. We had some really good food at some amazing restaurants right on the beach for up to 65% off.

Finally, feel free to contact me regarding that 3 BR Penthouse we stayed in. I can tell you how to go about getting a 20% discount and free daily maid service. Let them do the cleaning......... Pretty sweet……
Written December 19, 2012
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Mitchell D
Brookline, MA287 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
Since I no longer like sitting in the sun roasting all day, and walking miles to get there, this is now my favorite gay beach. You can sit under palapas or umbrellas all day., There are plenty of lounge chairs. And you can order food and drinks. There is also music to listen to and the locals try to sell you everything from jewelry to blankets. Very festive location. And you can walk the beach or go swimming if you wish. And it's right off the street, not miles down a hot treeless beach. Definately the best gay beach anywhere.
Written November 5, 2012
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