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A popular beach!

One can stroll along the beach, enjoying the vista of the pier, the fishing and tourist boats, the... read more

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Bellevue, Washington
I found my beach spot

There are many beautiful beaches in Vallarta but this is one of my favorites. To the left of the... read more

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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"Deadmen's Beach," named for legendary pirate raids on the nearby village, is one of the most-frequented beaches in Puerto Vallarta.
El Centro (Off Calle Olas Atlas), Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
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Reviewed yesterday

One can stroll along the beach, enjoying the vista of the pier, the fishing and tourist boats, the people, the magical sunsets and enjoy a drink or meal at the good beachside restarants..

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

There are many beautiful beaches in Vallarta but this is one of my favorites. To the left of the Muelle you will find tons of local families. The waters are filled with kids laughing and playing. There are multiple restaurants that offer beach service and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jmurworld
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're gay or just like showing your body, this is your beach. The water itself is rough, murky and pummeled by incessant breakers, hence a very unsafe option for a swim. The best beaches are further south

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to go and park yourself and people watch. It gets to be very crowded and can be extremely busy. There are several restaurants that have specific chairs to park yourself. Once there you can order food and drinks from them. The surf can...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IRW1127
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach is very crowded. It's very entertaining walking down this strip. The beach chairs are very close to the water so there was not a lot of beach to wander down.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Ludwig K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Playa Los Muertos is probably the busiest beach in PV. Playa means beach. Lots of activity and fun! You should be able to find whatever you are looking for there. Food and drinks, walking and people watching everywhere. This is a busy beach but you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jose' P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cheerful atmosphere with many Mexicans and their families enjoying their days. That was so very nice to take part in.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Martha M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our hotel was on this beach, which was very clean and composed of that sand that is (relatively) easy to remove from everywhere that it gets to! Very little noise despite a constant stream of people wandering the beach front. Our last night we watched...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank andykfw
Reviewed December 12, 2018

I always come to this beach when in Vallarta, nice sandy beaches, lots of activities water activities (banana boat, parasailing, flyboard, etc...), shops and restaurants are nearby if you need a break from the beach.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Carla R
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Beautiful Beach south of Los Muertos Pier. As you walk beyond the pier, the initial area is more family-oriented and suffers occasionally from the gassy fumes from the motor boats that anchor just off the beach. During busy times it tends to be most dense...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Mark S
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Deb B
May 17, 2017|
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Response from Howard B | Reviewed this property |
Brian C. - I agree with his description of the location and hill challenge. 🙂
Tim B
June 22, 2016|
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Hi Tim. Yes it is polluted. Wear shoes and socks while walking on sand. I would not ever swim in that area. For two reasons. February and March 2016 one person perished in rip tides daily. Often the person was only walking... More
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Hey all, i've done searches for both "waves" and "bodysurfing" and haven't exactly been able to get a great grasp on where the best waves are. This is my second time to PV and I can't wait. Last time we stayed at Torro De Oro on La Playa de Los Muertos. The beach had excellent waves toward the south end, unforutnaltey they crashed so close to the beach that you could break your neck if you weren't careful. What is the best beach for a bunch of mid-20s guys that see big waves and great...More
November 10, 2006|
Response fromvallartafree|
There is more consistent surf to the north at either Destilideras beach or Sayulita. Both beaches are about twenty minutes from Bucerias which is located just north of Nuevo Vallarta. You can take a bus from Wal Mart,Sams Club parking lot to Bucerias first and check out the waves in Bucerias. There are buses to Sayulita and Punta Mita that depart from Bucerias. In Sayulita you can find surf shops and board rentals and even surfing lessons. If you need info on the area just google...More
A sincere thanks. But no thank you. (62 Replies)
I am sad. And it is my own fault. Truly. After, about well, 25 years or so, we visited our much enjoyed Puerto Vallarta. And...as all things change, it too has changed. I had no right or reason to expect it to be the same, and yet, when it wasn't, I was disappointed. And I really really, did not want to be. As I have posted before, our last visit we stayed at the magical Molina del Aqua and thoroughly enjoyed Playa de Los Muertos. We drank riceia at Rolling Stones and bought the most...More
April 09, 2013|
Response fromJ R|
I also miss those days, but, what can I do? sigh :(