Tucked away in the southernmost cove of Bahía de Banderas, one of the largest bays in the world, there's Yelapa, a quaint fishing village about a forty-five minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
This charming village, where cars don't exist -- just the odd scooter, as well as a few horses -- is a great place to get away and disconnect for a few days.
The day I arrived, I spent the morning hiking up to a beautiful waterfall, then cooled off in the cold, fresh swimming hole below. Then, in the afternoon, I enjoyed lunch on the beach, then swam for hours in the bay's warm, salty water. While those around me snorkeled right there, just off the beach.
Later as the sun was setting through the mountains, I walked up the winding, old cobbled streets to the main part of the town, finding Tacos Los Abuelos, the most popular taqueria in town. On their recommendation, I had the most delicious fish tacos, made with fresh, home-made blue tortillas, and a spicy tamarind margarita.
The next morning, I got back on the boat to Puerto Vallarta feeling refreshed, hoping to one day make it back to this little piece of paradise.