A view of Playa Platanitos from Barceló Occidental Nuevo Vallarta

Travel guide to coastal gem, Playa Platanitos

Playa Platanitos is located in the municipality of Compostela, just an hour from Tepic in Mexico. It is a very popular spot because it offers delicious typical food from the Riviera Nayarit, beautiful landscapes, and a refreshing breeze.

With a coastline over 350 meters long, it is the ideal place to enjoy tasty grilled fish, whether under the shade of a palapa or from the comfort of a restaurant.

The waves are very calm, perfect for the whole family. If you walk north, you will find a cluster of rocks that are perfect for taking a good souvenir photo.

How to Get There?

By Air: To reach Playa Platanitos, the nearest airport is Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta. This airport is well-connected with major Canadian cities, making it convenient for travelers. From the airport, Playa Platanitos is approximately a two-hour drive.

By Car: Renting a car is the most convenient way to get to Playa Platanitos. Follow Highway 200 north from Puerto Vallarta towards Tepic. Look for signs directing you to Playa Platanitos. The scenic drive offers beautiful coastal views and lush greenery.

Why Playa Platanitos is a Great Place to Visit?

Playa Platanitos is renowned for its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and tranquil atmosphere. Unlike more crowded tourist spots, Playa Platanitos offers a peaceful retreat where you can unwind and connect with nature.

Natural Beauty: The beach is framed by stunning cliffs and vibrant vegetation, providing a breathtaking backdrop for relaxation and exploration. The calm, clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities.

Rich Biodiversity: The area around Playa Platanitos is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including sea turtles, which often come ashore to nest. Bird watchers will also find a variety of bird species in the surrounding mangroves and forests.

Things to Do

Playa Platanitos offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, this beautiful beach has something to offer. Here’s a breakdown of the top things to do at Playa Platanitos.

Beach Activities: Enjoy the soft sand and warm sun at Playa Platanitos. Swimming is safe and fun due to the gentle waves and clear waters. You can also sunbathe and work on your tan while enjoying the stunning ocean views.

Beachcombing is another popular activity, where you can search for unique seashells and other treasures washed ashore.

Water Sports: For those who love being in the water, Playa Platanitos is a great spot for kayaking and paddleboarding. The calm waters make it easy for beginners to try these sports. If you enjoy exploring underwater, snorkeling is a must-do. The clear waters provide excellent visibility to see colorful fish and other marine life.

Wildlife Watching: Playa Platanitos is known for its rich biodiversity. Join a guided tour to see sea turtles nesting on the beach, an unforgettable experience, especially during the nesting season. You can also go on a boat tour to spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Bird watchers will find plenty of opportunities to see various bird species in the nearby mangroves.

Best Restaurants

Restaurante Las Palmas: Located right on the beach, Restaurante Las Palmas offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes. Their ceviche and grilled fish are must-tries. Enjoy your meal with a view of the ocean.

Mariscos La Playa: For authentic Mexican cuisine, Mariscos La Playa serves delicious seafood tacos, shrimp cocktails, and aguachile. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly service make it a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

El Delfin: Situated in the heart of Playa Platanitos, El Delfin offers a mix of traditional Mexican dishes and international cuisine. Their fish tacos and prawns in garlic sauce are highly recommended.

Hours and Fees

Beach Access: Playa Platanitos is open to the public year-round. There are no entrance fees, making it an affordable destination for everyone.

Parking: There is ample parking available near the beach, with some areas offering free parking and others charging a nominal fee.

Restaurant Hours: Most restaurants in Playa Platanitos are open from 11 am to 9 pm, but it’s always a good idea to check their hours during off-peak seasons.

Travel Tips

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Playa Platanitos is during the dry season, from November to April, when the weather is warm and sunny. Avoid the rainy season, from June to October, as heavy rains can affect travel plans.

What to Pack: Pack light, breathable clothing, swimwear, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear and camera to capture the stunning scenery.

Safety Tips: While Playa Platanitos is generally safe, it’s always wise to practice standard travel safety measures. Keep your belongings secure and avoid leaving valuables unattended on the beach.

Where to Stay?

For the ultimate comfort and luxury, consider staying at the Barceló Occidental Nuevo Vallarta. This all-inclusive resort offers a range of amenities, including spacious rooms, multiple dining options, swimming pools, and direct beach access. The resort’s prime location makes it an excellent base for exploring Playa Platanitos and the surrounding area.

Why Choose Barceló Occidental Nuevo Vallarta

Convenient Location: Located just a short drive from Playa Platanitos, Barceló Occidental Nuevo Vallarta offers easy access to the beach and nearby attractions.

Luxurious Amenities: Enjoy the resort’s world-class amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and kids club.

Gourmet Dining: The resort features several restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, from Mexican specialties to international dishes.

Exceptional Service: The friendly and attentive staff ensure a comfortable and memorable stay for all guests.

For more information and reservations, visit: https://www.barcelo.com/en-ca/occidental-nuevo-vallarta/

Playa Platanitos is a hidden paradise that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore the natural beauty, or experience local culture, this destination has it all. With its stunning scenery, diverse activities, and welcoming atmosphere, Playa Platanitos is a must-visit for any traveler.

And for the best experience, consider staying at the Barceló Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, where you can enjoy luxury and convenience while exploring this beautiful region.

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