Hidden Beach at Marietas Islands Wildlife Sanctuaries
by Anne Larison, Family Travel Gurus Travel Consultant
As part of a recent trip to Mexico, sponsored by Travel Weekly and the Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit Tourism Boards, I had the opportunity to tour Marietas Islands with a group of travel professionals. The Marietas Islands are a few miles off the North coast of the Banderas Bay.
As you can see from the picture above and below there is an amazing hidden beach on one of the islands.
Our group set out from the beautiful St. Regis Resort in Punta Mita (the closest city to the islands).
We had beautiful weather although the sea was a little choppy. It is important to go with a professional guide, such as Punta Mita Expeditions. They took good care of us and met all the legal requirements (local Environmental Offices have restrictions).
We arrived at the island after a short boat ride. There were other boats and tour groups in the area but it was relatively uncrowded.
As you can see from the picture above, the opening to the hidden beach is only visible once you get close enough to enter. Like the visitors above we put on our snorkel gear and we were ready to hit the water.
We made it safe and sound. Our group enjoyed exploring the beach and taking a few pictures to remember our adventure.
The water was warm and it was exciting to hear about the history of the islands from our Punta Mita Expeditions guide.
Back on the boat!
The water was beautiful and this is a school of fish we spotted just over the side of our boat. We wished we had more time to snorkel around the area.
The Marietas Islands wildlife sanctuaries are sometimes known as the “Mexican Galapagos”. This area and the Galapagos are one of the few areas in the world where you can see Blue Footed Boobies up close. Our guide pulled the boat right next to the nesting grounds of these Blue Footed Boobies and explained about these unique birds and their lifestyle.
I very much enjoyed my visit to the Marieta Islands and hope to bring my family here some day.
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Unless otherwise noted, all pictures above from Anne Larison