A long, flat brown sand beach that literally means Shrimp Beach, Playa Camarones was the first urban beach in the country to receive the Playa Limpia (Clean Beach) certification by the federal government. The certification means that the beach will always have a lifeguard present, trash bins, clean bathrooms, and handicap accessibility. Its location attracts many locals: parallel to the malecón between the Hotel Rosita and the Buenaventura Hotel. The shore is always changing—it
could be rock-strewn in the morning and clear later when the tide goes out. Watch for whales in winter, too, from trendy beachfront El Solar Bar or from the Barracuda Restaurant, next door. Although the waves are gentle, there are strange currents here, which should discourage all but strong swimmers. What you see here most often are small groups of men and boys surf casting. Facilities: Lifeguard, banana-boat rides, SUP paddle boards, Jet Skis, parasailing; food concessions, toilets, trash bins, street parking and private parking at Parque Hidalgo. Best for: sunset; surfing; walking.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico