Neighborhoods of Note: Mismaloya

Written by Tropicasa Realty
April 10th, 2023

While all the beaches up and down the coast near Puerto Vallarta are picturesque, the beach at Mismaloya is unique because it is what transformed Puerto Vallarta from a small fishing town into the major tourist destination that it is today. However, even though it was the beach that put Puerto Vallarta on the map, Mismaloya is still a small, charming village, perfect for those who need a break from the busier city. If you think this sounds like the ideal getaway, keep reading for more reasons why you need to visit Mismaloya now:  

  • It’s famous. Mismaloya was the movie set for the 1964 movie Night of the Iguana starring Ava Gardener, Deborah Kerr and Richard Burton, and directed by the renowned John Huston. It was this film, and the real-life romance between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, that really put this area of Mexico on the map.  

  • It’s a great place for water sports. The waves at Mismaloya beach are gentle and clear, which is perfect for those who enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and stand-up paddling (SUP).  

  • From the southern part of Mismaloya beach you can get spectacular views of the ecological reserve of Los Arcos. This stunning set of granite rock islets are inhabited by a variety of land and aquatic species, and is a favorite for snorkelers and scuba divers. Taking a boat tour to Los Arcos on a panga from Mismaloya beach is a popular and a family-friendly outing that doesn’t break the bank. 

  • There are plenty of opportunities for relaxation at Mismaloya. With several rustic restaurants along the beach, it’s the perfect place to sit back and soak in the view and tropical weather, while enjoying some fresh caught seafood and maybe a cerveza or two.  

With all the reasons to take a trip to Mismaloya, it’s not surprising that it’s also a gorgeous option for a vacation home in paradise. If Mismaloya sounds like what you’re looking for, click here to view Casa Blanca, an exquisitely remodeled home nestled in the hills of Mismaloya, overlooking the bay.  

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