Quimixto is a tiny fishing village with about 400 residents and is well known for its popular beach and a waterfall. It is located halfway between Las Ánimas beach (to the east) and Las Caletas (to the west). This beach is clean and enjoyable, making it a favorite among the locals, and the crystal clear waters of Quimixto are popular with diving and snorkeling fans. This is also a favorite place for surfers between October and April, with competitions being held here regularly.
You can take a water taxi from Puerto Vallarta, at the Los Muertos beach pier. However, the easiest way to reach Quimixto is by first taking the bus (white and orange bus) from the corner of Constitucion and Calle Basilio Badillo in Puerto Vallarta. This will take you to the small fishing town of Boca de Tomatlan. Once you are in Boca de Tomatlan everything here is close, so you won’t get lost. Then, walk to the pier and ask for a ride to Quimixto. Water taxis will run periodically so there is no fixed schedule. Be sure to tell the boat captain what time you want to get picked up on the beach to get back to Boca de Tomatlan.
The beach is divided into two areas. One area is by the town and the other area is by the pier where the boats arrive. This beach is a mix of sand and rocks and is about 300 yards long. Farther along you reach the main beach, which is relatively narrow and 600 yards long with mostly gentle waves. This beach offers one of the few restaurants/bars in the area, Los Cocos, with local seafood and Mexican food. Here you can enjoy simple, tasty, local dishes and a nice bar with very good cocktails.
Where the water taxi drops you off at the pier, you can follow the cobblestone road, actually the only one, which runs along the beach and disappears in the jungle after a few houses. This is where you can start a brief hike on the path to the big suspension bridge and start your way inland to the waterfall.
Along the way, you may see some of the wide variety of seabirds, including pelicans, gulls, and herons, and ducks in the river. The surrounding hills are home to iguanas, coatis, raccoons, possums, parrots and, with any luck, even an ocelot or deer.
The hike is relatively easy and pleasant. You will find signs along the way that indicate that you are on the right path. Just before leaving the village, there is a horseback riding place where you can take a ride to the waterfalls for around 150 pesos, if you don’t feel like walking.