Playa Boca de Iguanas
Plumy Playa Boca de Iguanas curves for six miles along the tranquil inner recess of the Bay of Tenacatita. The cavernous former beachfront Hotel Bahía Tenacatita, which slumbered for years beneath the grove, is being reclaimed by the jungle and the animals that live in the nearby mangrove marsh.
The beach, however, is as enjoyable as ever: wide and level, with firm white sand good for hiking, jogging, and beachcombing. Offshore, the gently rolling waves are equally fine for bodysurfing and boogie boarding. Beds of oysters, free for those who dive for them, lie a few hundred feet offshore. A rocky outcropping at the north end invites fishing and snorkeling while the calm water beyond the breakers invites sailboarding. Bring your own equipment.
Get to Playa Boca de Iguanas by following the signed paved road at Km 17 for 1.5 miles (2.4 km).
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Puerto Vallarta, 7th edition