Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach)
Come explore the impressive Marietas Islands and Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), also known as Playa del Amor (Love Beach)—unique for its peculiar crater formation in the middle of the ocean. A tour of the Marietas has become a favorite for those who visit the lovely Riviera Nayarit. There are actually two separate tours: one takes you to the islands and the other lets you visit the islands as well as swim into the famous Playa Escondida.
Marietas Islands Tour
On the Marietas Islands tour you can visit the beaches that ring the exterior of the island, among them Playa La Nopalera with its incredibly crystalline waters and more colorful fish than you can imagine. Tours held from December through March might very well include sightings of humpback whales frolicking nearby—truly a unique experience! During this tour you’ll also be able to snorkel around the islands. We recommend it for the entire family. Keep in mind, though, it doesn’t include the access bracelet to Playa Escondida/Playa del Amor.
Marietas Islands Tour with access to Playa Escondida/Playa del Amor
This is everyone’s favorite tour! Access to Playa Escondida/Playa del Amor is restricted to 116 people per day, which means you’ll need prior reservations, especially during vacation season. To access Playa Escondida you need to wear a life jacket and swim without fins to avoid damaging the coral. You get there by jumping off the boat a few meters from the entrance and swimming to the interior of the beach. It’s not recommended for children under 4 years of age. You can snorkel once you’re inside.
Flora and Fauna found in the Islas Marietas:
- Brown-footed Booby
- Blue-Footed Booby
- Gray-Breasted Martin
- Brown Pelican
- Cauliflower Coral
- Yellow Snapper
- Olive Ridley Turtle
- Humpback Whale
- Butterfly Barber Fish
- Humphead Parrotfish
Where to take the tour:
You can pick up the Marietas Islands tour from different meeting spots in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. Here are the options depending on your hotel:
- Marina Puerto Vallarta
- Marina Nuevo Vallarta
- Corral del Risco in Punta de Mita
The tour lasts approximately two hours plus transportation time from wherever you decide to take it.
Please note the National Park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Check out our Nayarit water activities page to explore other great adventures like our Nuevo Vallarta Estuary Eco Tour.
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