Las Caletas Beach (Playa Las Caletas)
Once home to director John Huston, Las Caletas Beach and Nature Reserve is a secluded stretch of Bay of Banderas shoreline, which has since become a dream day-trip destination for vacationers in Puerto Vallarta. Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle of busy central beaches and wile away the hours swaying in a hammock, snorkeling, or enjoying a soothing massage on the shores of Las Caletas.
As with most stretches of Jalisco coastline—especially in and around Puerto Vallarta—Las Caletas is hemmed on one side by crashing seas and the other by tropical palms, orchids, and lush jungle. Not only will bird-watchers find solace here, sun-worshippers and water babies will be well catered for at this idyllic destination, with guided diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking options.
Unlike most parts of the Jalisco coastline though, Las Caletas is entirely private and can’t be reached independently. So if you’re sold on the thought of a laidback, all-inclusive beach day, you’ll need to book an excursion; they typically involve open bars, cooking classes, and evening shows, among a host of other benefits.
Things to Know Before You Go
There’s an activity to appeal to every age at Las Caletas, from play areas to under-the-sea activities, and free guided walks in the surrounds.
Take a change of clothes and other items you’ll need to enjoy a full day at the beach and in the surrounding jungle.
Visit Las Caletas as part of an organized, all-inclusive day trip to truly take advantage of both the fun and relaxation this private beach has to offer.
Las Caletas is the only private beach on this stretch of shoreline.
Non-ambulatory travelers who use a wheelchair may find this destination inaccessible.
How to Get There
Las Caletas, situated on the south side of the Bay of Banderas, is only accessible by boat. For that reason, visiting Las Caletas as part of an organized excursion is the most hassle-free—and only—way to get there. Tours typically use modern catamarans for the round-trip, often with food and an open bar offered onboard.
When to Get There
Given the popularity of Las Caletas day trips and the overall exclusivity of the place, spots on organized excursions tend to sell out especially quickly in Puerto Vallarta’s high season, over the winter months. For a quieter—albeit more humid—experience, you’ll want to drop by between roughly June and September. Or, consider a midweek visit.
Other Puerto Vallarta Beaches
As the only stretch of privately managed beach in the area, Las Caletas offers a unique vibe and the opportunity to try a host of new experiences. However, if you’d like to explore more of the Bay of Banderas, consider taking a speedboat out of Boca de Tomatlán towards Playa las Ánimas or hanging out in laidback Yelapa and Majahuitas.
- Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port
- Gringo Gulch
- Zona Romantica
- Los Muertos Beach (Playa Los Muertos)
- Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)
- Marigalante Galleon
- Los Arcos National Marine Park
- Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe)
- Marina Vallarta
- Vista Vallarta Golf Club
- Aquaventuras Park
- Nuevo Vallarta
- Boca de Tomatlán
- Vallarta Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico de Vallarta)
- El Tuito