Sometimes the best travel experiences aren’t in plain sight. Such is the case with Marietas Island or better known to some as “Hidden Beach.” One of Mexico’s most alluring aquatic attractions, Marietas Island offers a unique landscape along with a rare stretch of white sand beach off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. Completely engulfed by a cave with a massive hole in the roof where the sunlight peeks through, the beach can only be reached by swimming or kayaking through a tunnel after a 45-minute boat ride from Nayarit.
Once adventurers reach the island, activities abound. Strap on snorkeling gear and enjoy swimming with the marine life among the coral reefs; explore the indigenous flora, fauna, and wildlife; and soak up the sun on the pristine playa.
While Marietas Island is often referred to as “natural,” it’s believed the unique landscape was the result of military target practice during the early 1900s. In the 1960s, Jacques Cousteau set out to protect the islands against harmful human interference. And, in 2005, Marietas Island was named a national park, making it protected land.
Interested in visiting the inimitable island during your visit to Puerto Vallarta? Click here for available tours and to schedule activities and check out Travel + Leisure’s recent review of “Hidden Beach” here.