On the southern board of Puerto Vallarta, just behind the famous Los Muertos Beach and the new pier, you will find the upscale residential neighborhoods of Amapas and Conchas Chinas. They are located on both sides of Highway 200 and enjoy either the whitest beaches of the bay or the best panoramic ocean views. The beaches are fun to visit and explore, with impressive boulders, little coves, and rocky grottos, and you can access them from the highway or on foot from Los Muertos Beach via a small trail. However, the lack of restaurants, showers, toilets, and other facilities don’t make these beaches ideal for long stays.
The higher zones are incredible observation points and can be easily accessed through one of two entrances on the left side of the road. Simply take either of them and drive as high as you can, stopping whenever you feel like. At the top, turn round and get some spectacular shots of the bay or of the high-end villas.