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Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

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Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

Located in the mouth of Banderas Bay are the beautiful Las Marietas Islands, about 22 nautical miles west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Formed by volcanic activity over thousands of years, the islands are a nationally protected bird sanctuary, also providing shelter for countless marine species.

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With crystal clear waters and sandy beaches, the origins of this idyllic paradise comes as a surprise - it is in fact the world's most picturesque bomb site. This secluded strip of sand is believed to have formed decades ago when it was used as target practice by the Mexican Government in the early 1900s.
But where you might expect to find ruins and devastation, here there is a sensational, deserted beach on the Marieta Islands in Puerto Vallarta.

Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

Las Marietas are an important area for nesting, refuge, reproduction and migration of at least 92 species of aquatic and sub-aquatic birds, native and migratory. The islands shelter the biggest colony and breeding ground in Mexico for the white-capped marine swallow (Anöus stolidus) and the band-tailed swallow (Sterna anaethetus), as well as the largest population in the Pacific Ocean of the curious laughing sea gull (Larus atricilla). It is thought that these islands are home to the largest population in the world of the pájaro bobo café, a penguin species, sula Leucogaster, the latest census estimating them at more than 35,000 individuals. Along with those, you may also enjoy the beautiful blue-footed booby, who also nest in the Galapagos Islands.

Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

A gaping hole in the surface of the lush green island exposes a secret beach, with ample shade, sun and crystal-clear water. The Marieta Islands are an archipelago, a chain of islands that exist as a result of volcanic eruption. The islands themselves are natural wonders, but it was something else that caused the burrowed beach to be shown the light.

Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

The Hidden Beach is invisible from the outside, and is only accessible through a long water tunnel that links the beach to the Pacific Ocean. There is approximately six feet of space above water level, so visitors can arrive at the beach by swimming or kayaking. The islands are still uninhabited, but are frequently visited by tourists who come to enjoy the diverse marine wildlife and the unique tropical eden of Playa Del Amor.

Mexico's Hidden Beach At Marieta Islands, A Real Exciting Wonder

A water tunnel in the Marieta Island lead swimmers to the hidden beach. It is approximately a forty to fifty feet swim through the cave with about five to six feet of space above water level to the rock. As it is not an underwater tunnel, there is no necessity for a scuba gear or to even hold your breath.

Nearest city:

Tepic, Mexico is closest to Puerto Vallarta, making it easily accessible. Other cities like Punta Mita and Zapopan are also fairly close to Puerto Vallarta, making it easy to reach.

How to get there:

direct flights are available from almost all major cities to Puerto Vallarta at Gustave Diaz Ordaz International Airport, located just north of Puerto Vallarta. Getting to the hidden beach, Marieta Islands, Puerto Vallarta is relatively simple considering availability of boats that can be booked in advance or on spot for any number of people.

Best time to visit:

Puerto Vallarta weather remains pretty much same throughout the year. However, following winter rains, the water of the beach becomes exceptionally clear, taking marine experience of the place to a whole different level.

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