Colomitos beach DIY guide: how to hike to this beautiful beach in PV

When I was living in Puerto Vallarta, hiking to Colomitos Beach was always my favorite weekend activity with my dogs! In this post, I will share with you how to get there without a guide.

Colomitos Beach (Playa Colomitos) is located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s about a 30-minute drive (north) from the Malecon and it’s easy to get here by Uber or taxi.

Tourists often do it by themselves although there are certified guides you can hire to visit Colomitos. In this article, I will share with you all the ways – how to get there including the trails, hikes, etc.

If you like easy hikes that will lead you to a beautiful hidden cove, then make sure to go to Colomitos beach when you visit Puerto Vallarta.

Honestly, there are already many beaches in Puerto Vallarta that you can visit but what I love about this is the Colomitos hike!

It’s also very local as most of the people who come here are Mexicans. They come here for the weekend and bring their food, drinks, and even hike with big speakers!

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🦮 Are dogs allowed in Colomitos beach?

ABSOLUTELY! The path to Colomitos is super pet-friendly. I adopted my dogs in Sayulita so they are very outdoorsy and can go to trails and hikes without a leash.

colomitos beach

There was a part of the trail where I had to carry them over a barbed fence but it wasn’t that difficult. Your pets will enjoy the Colomitos hike and there are barely any other dogs on the trail so you don’t have to worry about them!

🛣️ How to get to Colomitos beach

Colomitos guided tour

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If you don’t want to do it yourself, the easiest way to get to Colomitos is by signing up with a tour guide. The guided tours cost $140 USD per person and include pick-up/drop-off to and from your hotel.

colomitos beach

The guide will lead you all throughout the Colomitos hike and take you back to your hotel safely. You will also have a few hours to hang out on the beach.

Getting to Colomitos by taxi

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Another easy way to get to Colomitos is to just hop on an Uber. I am not sure how much the price is since I have a car but it shouldn’t be more than $30 USD. Make sure to put ‘Boca de Tomatlan,’ not ‘Colomitos’ on the Uber app.

colomitos beach

Uber is widely used in Puerto Vallarta. Some can even take you all the way to Sayulita and San Pancho. Alternatively, my taxi driver friend can pick you up and bring you to Colomitos.

Just get in touch with me and I will make an intro! He is also a PV local so he can give you a mini-tour of PV.

Renting a car in Puerto Vallarta

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There are many car rental companies in Puerto Vallarta’s malecon but I can’t really recommend any. Renting a car in Mexico is easy and usually costs $20 USD per day.

However, you will be charged a security deposit. In my experience, booking it online is cheaper than going to the office to inquire.

colomitos beach

The car will be yours for 24 hours so it will be a great opportunity to explore other beaches of Puerto Vallarta as well. Even better, drive all the way to Sayulita or San Pancho! The parking fee in Boca de Tomatlan is $2.50 USD.

Getting to Colomitos by bus

You can take the bus near Costa Linda Suites in Zona Romantica. There is a bus stop at Calle Hortensias which is a public bus so it leaves frequently.

You don’t need to buy your tickets in advance. The bus ticket price is $10 MXN ($0.50 USD) and the ride will take 30 minutes.

This bus will have at least 9 stops but Boca de Tomatlan is a famous stop. Make sure to tell the driver to let you know when you already reached Boca.

Getting to Colomitos by boat

For those who don’t want to hike, you can easily get to Colomitos with a boat ride (which is also what I am suggesting to readers for going back to Boca de Tomatlan after the hike.

colomitos beach

My trusted boatman (Jimmy) can always take you on his boat not just to Colomitos but in other islands such as Quimixto and Yelapa. This ride is less than $5 USD and you will find many boatmen when you are already in Boca.

🏖️ Boca de Tomatlan

Boca de Tomatlan is actually another great spot to hang out in. The beach here is pretty and there are many restaurants in this area.

This is also where the boats to Yelapa and other nearby island trips in Puerto Vallarta. Whenever we go to Colomitos, we spend a few hours in Boca de Tomatlan to eat and hang out at the beach.

colomitos beach

There used to be a restaurant in Colomitos called Ocean Grill Vallarta but it was always closed when I visited. With this, I just make sure I eat a big meal in Boca before the hike.

There are several beachfront restaurants in Boca de Tomatlan all lined together so feel free to choose whatever. They’d end up selling the same Mexican dishes anyway.

colomitos beach

I always order fried fish (mojarra frita) because I know that their seafood is fresh daily. Boca de Tomatlan is a fishing village and you can also buy fish from the fishermen here.

I would suggest coming here for lunch and staying for 2 hours before you start the Colomitos hike. This way, you will have a chance to explore Boca de Tomatlan as well.

🥾 Colomitos hike: what it looks like

You will start the hike in Boca de Tomatlan. There are usually signs to Colomitos but you will start at the parking lot where you will see a bridge leading to the trail.

From there, you will go through a cliff neighborhood where Mexicans live. There may be turns but there will always be people hanging outside their homes and you can ask them for directions. They are very friendly!

colomitos beach

Just watch out for other dogs there especially if you have your pets with you. Some attacked one of my dogs and it was super stressful!

After passing through this neighborhood, everything is just straight. Some paths are downhill but they are not difficult to walk on. You don’t even need proper shoes to do it!

colomitos hike

There will be a few view decks and beautiful spots to stop and take pictures. From here, you will see great views of Boca de Tomatlan on your right. This area of PV is really beautiful!

This hike is only 30 minutes but it took us about 45 minutes to get to Colomitos because of the many stops we made. Finally, you will enter a downhill jungle and from there, you will see Colomitos.

colomitos hike

The small bridge crossing from the jungle to Colomitos is actually where the restaurant is located. If you do this hike and see that the restaurant is open, please let me know so I can update this post!

I’ve read many reviews online that Colomitos is too crowded but whenever I am there (see the drone video at the beginning of this blog post), I always feel comfortable and don’t feel like it’s too crowded.

colomitos hike

Sure, there will be loud music and partying. That’s pretty much a default in Mexico but I never saw it packed. Probably because I always go on a weekday.

There is a small hut in Colomitos that sells any types of drinks if you didn’t bring any with you. Lastly, there is a short cliff hike on the beach where you will see great views of the Colomitos cove.

📝 Colomitos Beach day trip summary

Here’s a summary of how to hike Colomitos beach:

  • First, go to Boca de Tomatlan from Puerto Vallarta downtown. You can spend a few hours here for lunch.
  • Start your Colomitos hike. The hike will take about 40 minutes
  • After spending the afternoon in Colomitos, take the boat back to Boca de Tomatlan. This is recommended if you want to see the sunset from here. You don’t want to hike back when it’s dark.

🛏️ Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

There are many hotels in Puerto Vallarta but many visitors opt for an all-inclusive stay in resorts. If you’re not the type, here are some of my recommendations for affordable accommodations in PV that are in the center:

For budget travelers, all Puerto Vallarta hostels are mostly by the Malecon. Super well located and starts at US$15 per night (bed in a dorm).

✈️ Ready for your trip to Puerto Vallarta? If you need more information about visiting Colomitos beach, I’d be happy to update this post – just leave a comment below!

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  1. Just finished hike and swim today. I thought hike was at least moderate, not easy. Some really big steps, and sketchy bridges. Took us seniors about 1 hour out. Maybe less on return.

    Beautiful views, nice water. Restaurant was open.

    Update prices +50% though. Bus is still 100 pesos, but that’s also worth 20% more USD.

  2. Thank you so much for this post, your tips are very helpful!! I would love to take a water taxi to boca de Tomatlan. Is the price for water taxis all about the same or does your guy give you a good deal? Thanks 🙂

  3. hi can you give me information on what boat I would take from PV this is my first time there will be there next week and where exactly does the hike start from. this person you know would he take us and how would it cost ther are 5 of us

    1. Hola Renu! As I stated in the summary above, you need to go to Boca de Tomatlan from downtown PV via taxi or Uber. The hike to Colomitos starts there. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. I will spend a few months in Mexico, so I was delighted to read your guide. I would also like to go to Puerto Vallarta. I did not think Colomitos was such an exciting place. It’s good to know that the prices for renting a car are affordable. The hike seems terrific. I would like to go for it. It’s great that you also recommend where to eat in Boca before going on the trail.

  5. I love the fact that dogs are welcome to the beach which is such an important issue for a dog owner and lover. I would love to plan out the trip on my own rather than going through an operator. The hike looks exciting. Love the fish fry. Another reason to enjoy.

  6. I like how the beach is pet friendly. It’s also good to know there are different ways to take you to Colomitos although I found the guided tour is too expensive, and compare it to public bus that is only 50 cents! And your fried fish looks delicious!

  7. The Colomitos beach ⛱️ is such a perfect holiday destination in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The quaint town surrounded with rock boulders and delicious Mexican food to go with is very inviting.

  8. I was surprised by the many secret beaches and hidden coves around Puerto Vallarta when I visited. I would love to have lunch at Boca de Tomatlan and the Colomitos hike looks beautiful. The sunset boat ride back to Boca de Tomatlan makes it a perfect day.

  9. Colomitos Beach looks beautiful, a wonderful place to visit in Puerto Vallarta. It’s good to know one can reach it by taxi or with a tour guide, or even self-drive. The path through the cliff neighbourhoods sounds really appealing.

  10. Great to know that it is pretty easy to visit Colomitos Beach without a guide. And that Uber is a great option! Although I must admit that the option to visit by water would appeal to me. Maybe boat there and hike back? The sights along the hike look great.

  11. It’s very nice that you can do this hike and then just relax on the beach afterwards. Colomitos beach looks very pretty, and the scenery to get to it quite spectacular, with all those rock formations and natural pools in the water. I would definitely like to spend some time in Boca de Tomatlan village, and order the same local food you had. It looks delicious.

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