The Southern Coast of the bay is distinguished by tranquil waters, abundant vegetation and beautiful beaches framed by the Sierra Madre. In this region can be found the small towns of Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlán, along with hidden beaches far from the hustle and bustle, such as Yelapa, Las Ánimas, Quimixto and the spectacular Los Arcos maritime reserve.
With its peaceful coastal waters, thick vegetation and rustic beach, Mismaloya is far from the hustle and bustle of Puerta Vallarta's central zone. Mismaloya has a unique view of the maritime reserve known as "Los Arcos" and the Sierra Madre, and was made famous by such films as The Night of the Iguana in the 1960s, and Predator in the 1980s among other great Hollywood productions.
Approaching these majestic rock formations that appear to float on the bay is a complete experience. Inside, a naturally formed tunnel 82 feet high is the perfect invitation for diving and snorkeling.
Las Animas is a beautiful beach with clear waters accessible only by boat where you will find restaurants with typical cuisine offering delicious food and refreshing drinks. Some of the restaurants have their own beach clubs. Las Animas, too, offers opportunities for diverse kinds of excursions and aquatic activities.