Yelapa, Jalisco

*Yelapa is only accessible by water taxi. Visit the Water Taxi Transportation page to find the next taxi to Yelapa.

A boat takes you across the gentle waters of the bay to a smaller bay. A small town that time has almost forgotten. Where cars don’t exist and the pace of life is slow. You know you have just found paradise. You found… Yelapa.

Yelapa holds many secrets. You walk up the narrow cobble streets to a warm waterfall that comes off the Sierra Madre mountains into a shallow pool.  Dining consists of spending the afternoon at an oceanfront cafe. In the mornings the only sounds you hear are that of the animals stirring in the forest, while you practice yoga. It’s in that moment that you realize this is the most relaxed you have ever been.

Yelapa also offers many beach clubs. You can sit at any of the clubs along the beach all day, while you sip cerveza. Don’t expect to get mauled by too many vendors. These beaches are calm and tranquil.

Because there is so little human interaction, it is far more likely that you will see wildlife. Birds, geckos, iguanas,crabs, all of these animals are in far greater numbers.

There is a river that flows into the small bay. The interesting thing about the river is that it appears to just stop at a sand bar that is the beach.

Even though you may feel like you’re on your own private island, Yelapa still has phone service and internet, keeping you in touch with the rest of the world. That is, if you choose to stay in touch.

This is Yelapa!

PVT Tip: Take the Route 1 City Bus to Boca de Tomatlan and catch the water taxi from there.

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Daily review

Tony Kwok
Tony Kwok

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I'm hoping we just went on an off night as our experience was not as good as most other reviews. Burnt and cold food, slow service, stale burger buns and one meal that had to be sent back twice but was great on the third try.

It will be quite a while before we try this one again.

EDIT: Total redemption. We took up the owner's offer and went back to give them another try as other friends reported back that the food was excellent. On this return visit, the meals were all cooked to perfection and extremely tasty. The meat was cooked as ordered. The fries were fresh and hot. The chocolate cake actually tasted like really good rich chocolate (if you have had chocolate in Mexico, you know what I mean). We tried the stuffed baked potatoes and were blown away by how good they were. We will definitely be back to see if we just hit one bad night or if they are inconsistent. That being said, I can definitely recommend you give this restaurant a try as last night's meal was probably the best meal I have had in Bucerias in the past decade that I have been coming here.

mark boudreau
mark boudreau

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

Another magnificent meal with great service. Very good value.

lisa kerth-zittel
lisa kerth-zittel

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Delicious! Great service! One of out favorite restaurants around. Excellent, plus the just stopped iding straws - I love that!