Explore Playa Las Tortugas, Nayarit, Mexico
The hidden world of Playa Las Tortugas (Turtle Beach) is undeniably one of the most beautiful beaches around. This spectacular unspoiled 10-mile beach is set along a former coconut plantation. The quiet pristine beach is shared with a sea turtle conservation camp where guests can participate in the preservation of endangered sea turtles, as well as a protected mangrove estuary for resident and wintering water birds, turtles and crocodiles. This ecological preserve offers a wonderful opportunity for nature enthusiasts to experience unspoiled wildlife, sea birds and marine life. The beach is perfect for walking, running or riding horseback, as well as surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing and kayaking.
During the scenic 70-minute drive north from Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita, you’ll wind through the narrow roads of Las Varas, Zacualpan, San Isidro and Ixtapa – and pass field after field of tobacco, papaya, mango, pineapple and other native agricultural crops.
It is worth noting that when you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you will be on Central Time. Once you head north, you will leave the state of Jalisco and enter the state of Nayarit. The time zone no longer changes at the state lines as it once did. The new time zone includes the towns of Mezcales, Bucerias, Sayulita, San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. So, once you pass Lo de Marcos (and head towards Los Ayala, Guayabitos and La Peñita), be sure to turn your watches back one hour as you will now be on Mountain Time.
Upon your return to the airport in Puerto Vallarta, remember that you will lose an hour as the time zone changes back to Central Time. Be sure to set your watches accordingly so you don’t miss your flight.
Location & Map
Playa Las Tortugas is in the municipality of Compostela in the state of Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is about 15 minutes south of Platanitos, 30 minutes west of Los Otates and an hour southeast of San Blas. The nearest major cities are Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, both of which are located in the state of Jalisco.
Driving Distances from Playa Las Tortugas:
- Rincón de Guayabitos – 54 km / 34 miles (1-1½ hour)
- Puerto Vallarta Airport – 119 km / 74 miles (2-2½ hours)
- Guadalajara – 286 km / 178 miles (3½-4 hours)
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