Another popular stop when cruising with Vallarta Yacht Company is "Las Animas". It is a very small fishing village and beach just to the south of Puerto Vallarta. It is another stop only accessible by boat and the best and only way to get to Las Animas is by water taxi or private yacht. Many of our past guests have enjoyed a visit to Las Animas beaches.
Las Animas beach has been a favorite for many of our customers because it is like coming into a tropical paradise. The beach is highly rated as one of the nicest beaches of the bay because the sand is clear and fine, the water is very clear, the waves soft and the surrounding Mexican culture is incredible. Las Animas also has a beautiful waterfall which is a beautiful 25 minute hike. There are several hills so this is really for the adventure seeker.
There are many beach restaurants and vendors making a wide variety of Mexican foods (primarily fresh seafood) and your favorite beverages such as margaritas, piña colada and daiquiri's. There are also plenty of Mexican artesian crafts and gifts to purchase. Las Animas is a small Indian village with primarily native Mexicans and their families who have lived there for many generations. The area is known as an Indian Ejido, administered by Indian communities in Chacala, a village in to the east in the mountains close to El Tuito.
During your time on any of our yachts, we will provide transportation to the beach area and you will find the Mexican people of Las Animas are extremely nice & friendly and very happy to see you. They have really joined the spending of the dollar and charging for drinks, food and crafts. But then again you are on a secluded beach in Mexico. The food is wonderful. One item that is always great is the seafood platter, it has shrimp, lobster, octopus, clams, mussels and oysters with rice and vegetables. Do not forget that our tours are all inclusive and include gourmet foods throughout your day so you may choose to just have beverages on the beach.
While we are there, you will find all beach activities such as the banana boat ride, parasailing and wave runners if you want a little action in your day of course we have several water activities included on your tour. While on shore you may choose to have a shot of the local moonshine called “raicilla” it is made locally but be careful with this stuff, after a couple of shots many hallucinate and become a completely different person. One of these shots is all anyone needs to do. Many locals will do one shot in the morning slowly and another at night slowly and truly say and believe that this is what causes longevity in life. Who knows, maybe it is the secret and who can argue with age and wisdom?
You will also find the Las Animas Beach Adventure Park on the beach to add a little excitement to your day with zip lines, hanging bridges, rock climbing, tequila tasting and much more. It is great and gets your blood going, and of course there is an extra charge to participate in the water park.
This is just one of the options during a full day or overnight charter with Vallarta Yacht Company, of course we can stay as long or as little time as you want on this little piece of paradise. There are plenty of exciting destinations to explore so you may choose to make Las Animas one of your stops while cruising in luxury in paradise.