What to do and see in Mismaloya, Jalisco: The Best Places and Tips

Mismaloya comes from Nahuatl: [michmaloyan] "place where they grab fish with their hands" and is a small village, located on the coast of the Bahía de Banderas in the Mexican state of Jalisco [Xalixco] "on the surface of the sand".

1. Playa Mismaloya

Eje Vial Carretera Costera a Barra de Navidad Km 11 | Zona Hotelera Sur, Mismaloya 48390, Mexico Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
55%
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4 based on 143 reviews

Playa Mismaloya

Reviewed By Water-Folks - Durango, ColoradoDurango, Colorado

Voyage on the Jack Sparrow with Capitan Ulises!

On our recent trip to the Puerto Vallarta area, we spent a fabulous day with Capitan Ulises (who spoke very good English) and crew on their boat "Jack Sparrow". We departed a 9 AM from Playa Mismaloya and returned at around 6 PM that evening. For only $50

2. Zoologico de Vallarta

Camino al Eden 700, Mismaloya 49421, Mexico Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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40%
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5%
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4 based on 1033 reviews

Zoologico de Vallarta

Reviewed By Niki013 - Switzerland, ZHSwitzerland, ZH

Avoid this place

this kind of places shouldn't exist at all, it's just an animal prison. They suffer, look very sad. It seems that these animals are dying. Do not go there, these animal have to be in the nature and not closed in a prison. The zoo worldwide should be closi

3. Rancho Lopez

5 de Mayo 642, Mismaloya, Mexico Sights & Landmarks, Ranches
Excellent
78%
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22%
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5 based on 9 reviews

Rancho Lopez

Reviewed By JohngWirral - WirralWirral

Mismaloya, Mexico

Mismaloya is located along the coastline of the Bay of Banderas just south of Puerto Vallarta. It is most famous for the filming of ‘The Night Of the Iguana’ but however there are very little remains of the film set now. However well worth a trip is with

4. Edenva

Camino al Eden 1451 | Parque Ecotursitico EDENVA, Mismaloya 48298, Mexico Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
42%
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27%
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17%
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9%
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5%
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4 based on 488 reviews

Edenva

EDENVA is an eco-tourism natural park in the Eden of Puerto Vallarta. Waterfalls, natural pools, canopy, hiking and the most beautiful landscapes that the jungle of Puerto Vallarta can offer!

Reviewed By j s - British Columbia, CanadaBritish Columbia, Canada

Nice place!

We arrived at this location on a dune buggy tour but you can get to it by cab, drive ect. It is a very nice very well kept piece of perfect. A zip line also operates on/over the property. Beer was cold view was great staff were nice. Nice place to spend s

5. Paddle Zone

Enter a destinationMismaloya, Mexico
Excellent
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5 based on 147 reviews

Paddle Zone

Paddle Zone is a family owned and locally-operated company created to share the intrinsic treasures of the Banderas Bay with the public by way of ecologically-friendly sports and recreation services. Offering equipment rental, professional lessons, and ocean excursions, we craft memorable outdoor experiences aimed at providing value, inspiring adventure, and prioritizing safety.

Reviewed By Utervo

Amazing experience

Highly recommend this outfit - a small company offering an amazing experience. We just got back from a kayak/paddle/snorkel outing. We were welcomed warmly by the staff and offered coffee and water. Felipe was our attentive guide and he took care of us with attention to every detail. We loved the pre-paddle stretching on the beach. Felipe was super friendly and told us many interesting things about the area as we paddled. There was water available during the paddle - no plastic - and an energy bar. After the paddle there was a lovely fruit plate and water/juice waiting for us. We were tiny bit cold and suddenly blankets appeared! A perfect morning.Thank you so much for your comments I love to read you have a great time us we hope to see you again on your next trip to Vallarta

6. Mismaloya Adventures

Enter a destinationMismaloya, Mexico
Excellent
96%
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4%
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5 based on 49 reviews

Mismaloya Adventures

Reviewed By Sharon R - La Habra, Ca.La Habra, Ca.

Awesome snorkeling and boat ride to Yelapa!

Thank you Mismaloya Adventures once again! I had booked two boats to take us to Yelapa way in advance with a snorkeling on the way to Yelapa. The communication between the the company and I was consistent and was very helpful and friendly and believe me I asked a bunch of questions with various options. They are super friendly and very accommodating! Our flight got canceled and we got in a day later, which conflicted with the boat trip to Yelapa so I contacted the company to request to see if we could go out on Monday morning. They were able to make the accommodations for us and we had a super great time. One group went a bit early to catch the plane back home and they were very aware of the flight schedule and accommodated to trip to fit their schedule. All transaction was done through PayPal for deposit and the rest was paid in cash when I got there. I received my confirmation via email and everything went smoothly. I will return to do a fishing trip next time. Ask for my friend Emilio...he is awesome!

7. Jack Sparrow PV

Enter a destinationMismaloya, Mexico
Excellent
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5 based on 10 reviews

Jack Sparrow PV

Local Company To Live The Best Experiences In The Banderas Bay Visiting The Best Points For Different Types Of Activities, Snorkeling, Hiking, Waterfalls, Fishing And More ..

Reviewed By haydenspaeth - Queens, New YorkQueens, New York

Snorkeling in Los Arcos

The boat could have held more people but it was only two couples and three crew members who were three young men. To begin the adventure we got some history about the location of “Night at the Iguana”. Did a quick cliff jump into the ocean and the took off towards Los Arcos. The day we went was a bit windy but we still saw loads of fish when under water. Fish that we saw that I know the names of are Eagle Ray and puffer fish but we saw so many more beautiful creatures. Our guide was so excited to show us many beautiful things and it’s easy to tell that he loves giving tours. Being a strong swimmer is good as you are in deep ocean water but life jackets were provided also. it was not the best weather but we had a great time that is sure every day are opportunities to live incredible experiences and I thank you for the opportunity to allow us to be your guides I send you a hug and I hope to see you soon

8. Rancho Manolo

Under the Mismaloya Bridge | Hwy. 200 Km. 12, Mismaloya, Mexico Outdoor Activities, Horseback Riding Tours
Excellent
75%
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20%
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Rancho Manolo

Reviewed By Michael N - Denver, Colorado, United StatesDenver, Colorado, United States

Great fun, great guide.

My wife and I went horseback riding to El Eden with this wonderful company. Chava was such a kind and knowledgeable guide. Lola was our 4 legged protector the entire time. The horses were healthy and well trained. A taste of real Mexico and a fun and safe

9. Sea Adventure

Mismaloya, Mexico Outdoor Activities, Other Outdoor Activities
Excellent
91%
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9%
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5 based on 11 reviews

Sea Adventure

Reviewed By ruthanne1 - WinnipegWinnipeg

Fantastic fishing

The first thing I do when I arrive in Puerto Vallarta is book a fishing trip with Adrian through Sea Adventure in Mismaloya. He goes above and beyond to make sure it is a great trip, and he really knows the area. The prices are very reasonable, and the pa

10. Galilea Boat Charters

Enter a destinationMismaloya, Mexico
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5 based on 11 reviews

Galilea Boat Charters

Hola. I am Sergio and I own Galilea Boat Charters. We have a new, comfortable, canopy covered boat which has an onboard toilet. We and can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people. We offer fishing & deep sea fishing charters, snorkelling for all ages, scuba diving, licensed whale watching, trips to Marietas Island, Quimixto, Los Arcos & extensive trips around the Bay. We will take you where ever you want to go, for as long as you wish. We are the Best in the Bay, come and see why.

Reviewed By sweetpetetours - Portland, OregonPortland, Oregon

Friendly + Fun Experience

We had the pleasure of getting to know Sergio and his crew a few years ago, while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta with friends, and have used his services a few times since then. Most recently, we've recommended him to other friends and they've come back with wonderful memories, too.We've done a tour of the coastline, boated around Los Arcos and snorkeled, and done some island hopping with Sergio. He and his family are so friendly and fun, it makes the trip all the more enjoyable. Will definitely book with Galilea next time we're in the area and continue to refer traveling friends to them!Thank you kindly for our five star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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