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Yelapa Review

This secluded village and ½-km-long (¼-mi-long) beach is about an hour southeast of downtown PV and a half hour from Boca de Tomatlán—by boat, of course. A half-dozen seafood enramadas (thatch-roof huts) edge its fine, clean, grainy sand. Phones and electricity arrived in Yelapa around the turn of the 21st century. Believe it or not, it's the largest and most developed of the north Cabo Corrientes towns, with quite a few rustic rooms and houses for rent by the day, week, or month. That said, bring all the money you'll need, as there's nothing as formal as a bank.

The beach slopes down to the water, and small waves break right on the shore. In high season and during holidays, there are water-sports outfitters. From here you can hike 20 minutes into the jungle to see the small Cascada Cola del Caballo (Horse Tail Waterfall), with a pool at its base for swimming. (The falls are often dry near the end of the dry season, especially April–early June.) A more ambitious expedition of several hours brings you to less-visited, very beautiful Cascada del Catedral (Cathedral Falls). Beyond that, Yelapa is, for the most part, tranquilisimo: a place to just kick back in a beach chair and sip something cold. Seemingly right when you really need it, Cheggy or Agustina, the pie ladies, will show up with their homemade lime, coconut, or nut creations. Facilities: Boating, fishing, parasailing; food concessions.

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