Having previously spent time to the south of Puerto Vallarta, it was interesting to see the differences in beaches and seascapes up north. Near Playa Anclote and Punta de Mita, the sand is much whiter, and the water much bluer, compared to the southern parts of the Bay of Banderas. It's almost Caribbean-looking! We had a delicious lunch of fresh seafood at the palapa restaurant on the beach at Playa Anclote. There are very few tourists this far north, and only one vendor approached us. You can rent a panga here if you want to visit the Marietas Islands.