palapainyelapa ( guest services and rentals)
Dialed from Vallarta... 209 5096
Here's some information for your upcoming stay in Yelapa.
Items to bring
The most useful item for visitors of Yelapa is a flashlight. A small
compact LED light is best. Other useful items are antibacterial lotion
for bites, cuts and scrapes. If you drink coffee, bring some. A pocket-size
pad of paper for remembering directions and taking notes is always helpful.
Snacks from home are a treat to have here. Earplugs are a must for animal
sounds, stereos and other new sounds. Also bring a mask and snorkel
for playing with fish.
Like cattle you are herded to the various lines for you to receive your 30 -
90 day Visitors Visa. Be prepared to show your ID and paper work that
you completed on the plane. After passing through, your next task is
to find your luggage. If you have more than you want to carry , hand
signal a porter to assist you. He will cost 15 pesos per bag. Next, the
customs agents will have you push the button for the stoplight. If you
get the green light, you leave. If you push the red light, you get your
luggage searched. It is a pretty random process, and the search is quick
and nothing to worry about. You now will enter a room with a bunch of
friendly smiling faces. These are mainly, time share representatives.
Once you leave the main glass doors you will see two taxi companys located on the back wall. I recommend the company on the left, Movil. Grab a taxi and you’re a step closer to paradise. Price is roughly 25 usd to Los Muertos and 40 usd to Boca.
Our Private Taxi Service
We use Movil for all taxi services. We can meet you as soon as leave customs and walk you directly to the VIP room and your taxi. If you are interested email me at email@example.com, with your arrival date, flight number and location of departure.
The currency of Mexico is the peso. The best money to use for all purchases
is the peso. US dollars are widely excepted in Yelapa, but you will
then be at the mercy of their exchange rate which is often times ten
pesos to the dollar, where as at a bank or casa de cambio is often higher.
(Taxis, bars, shops and restaurants
do not take CDN money for the most part) So in essence, exchange your
money, or use an ATM card at one of the many ATM machines in Vallarta
which are in English and in Spanish. All change from USD dollars is
given in pesos. Foreign coin is not accepted anywhere and has ZERO value.
Changing Dollars for pesos is available in many locations. For years
I recomended the airport, but the lines have grown with long waits.
My friend's Sergio, Roger and Celeste, usually offer money exchange at a great
rate, at the office located on the far left of the Los Muertos Pier.
It is so convienent to exchange money there, as this is where you can
board the water taxi to Yelapa. If not there are two different ATM's within a block of the pier.
Payments for our rentals are to be paid in US Dollars upon arrival. Both Yelapa Oasis and Casas de los Sueños accept credit cards.
There is no ATM in Yelapa
.Only the Hotel Lagunita, Galeria and Chicos accepts credit cards for services.
Travelers Checks can be cashed, at one location but I recomend it as
a last resort.
Los Muertos Pier and catching a boat to Yelapa
Upon Arrival to Los Muertos, you will be instantly greeted by the men
in white. They make their living as salesmen. They already know you
are going to Yelapa and will pressure you to buy a roundtrip ticket.
It is my recommendation that you kindly and firmly tell them you are
buying a ticket from Sergio , Roger or Celeste. The office is located on the left as
you walk, to the pier, the second business. You will see the white sign saying "Hotel
Lagunita Office ". Celeste will sell you a ticket, either
one way or roundtrip. 95 percent of water taxi's, work together in
Yelapa. The cost of a one way ticket is 110 pesos.
As a service to our guests, The Lagunita office will call me and tell me
that you have arrived and I will confirm where to meet you. This contact
is how I will know to meet you in Yelapa.
On the right side of the pier, you will see the boat launch. Currently,
Water taxis leave Los Muertos at 9:30 am, 10:15, 11am, 11:35 am, 12:30, 3pm, 4:00, 4:30 and sometimes the 5:30 pm. Be there
at least 15 minutes early. Watch your bags while waiting. Once the boat
arrives, it will have Yelapa somewhere on the side of it. It usually
has an awning. There are different taxi's on different days. The boatman
will assist you with putting your bags on the front of the boat. If
you have anything fragile keep it with you. Note that water runs through
the center of the boat, so be careful not to put things there that you
don"t want to get wet. Sit as far to the back of the boat and on
the left side for best views and comfort. Always keep your hands in
the boat. Many people smash their hands between the boat and dock. While
the boat is moving, if you touch the water, all behind you will be splashed.
Sit back and enjoy as you pass the Pueblos of Boca de Tomatlan,
Las Animas, Quimixto, Majuahuitas and Caletas. Yelapa is a short 40
Boca de Tomatlan and catching a boat to Yelapa
If the ocean is rough or you get into Vallarta at an in between time,
Boca is a good option to use as a port. It is a 45 minute taxi ride
from the airport.They will let you off at the bottom of the hill and
to your right. Water Taxi's leave at 9am, 10 am, 1, 2, 4, 5 and 5:30pm.
For late arrival, private boats can be chartered for approx. 600 pesos.
While waiting for a taxi, wait in the restaurant located up to the right.
Be careful of sitting on the beach or you will become "bocadotted"
with noseeums and mosquitos.Take off your shoes and roll up your pants,
if you are wearing them, chances are you will be getting a bit wet.
Cost of a one way ticket to Yelapa is 60 pesos and is 20 minutes via
Water Taxi to Yelapa.
If your plane is late
If you somehow get delayed and will not be on the boat that we discussed,
I ask that you please try and contact me. Go to a store and buy a 30
peso Telmex card. Follow the instructions on the card. Contact me at
209 5096. Another option is to get a hotel and spend the night. I stay
in Old Town at the Hotel Azteca., 473 Madero Phone: 222 2750 It
is very bare-bones but cheap, clean and safe. There are other budget
Hotels on the same street.
Arrival to Yelapa
Once in Yelapa, usually the first stop is the beach or Hotel Pier. Next should be either the point or the town pier. Remember to keep your hands in the boat, you
don't want them to be pinched in between the dock and boat. The boatman will hand your bags to you after you get
off the boat. There will
be many kids and teens fighting to carry your bags to your casa. Costs
are roughly 40 pesos per large bag. Make sure all your bags are all
accounted for. At that point, they or one of my team will guide you to the casa and
to your stay in Yelapa. Finally, If you are staying in Casa Pedrana,
ask that you be let off at Playa de Isabel or la Puntilla. This is a beach landing. The cost of carrying your bags to Casa Pedrana is 100
pesos per large bag.
In general, Yelapa is very safe. Most casa's offer some sort of locked
bodega. Keep money, expensive cameras and ipods with you. If you have
a loss, report it to the police or the comisario quickly. The police
live off the basketball court and the comisario/sheriff, Jamen Vallastero Rodriguez keeps office nextdoor.The phone number
is 209 5243. Spanish only spoken.
Drink and Eat in Moderation.
Don't try a lot's of new foods
and drinks, all at once. Alcohol in Yelapa can be very strong. If you
over do it, visit my mother in law, Alicia at Casa Del Sol. She is a
master Herbalist and can usually heal you, quickly. The local medical
clinic can handle most procedures. Visitors are asked to make a donation
yes... Yelapa has scorpions. Good chances are that you will not see
one. Scorpions or Alacran's live under brush and in crevices and in
general, spots that are not usually touched daily and do not want to
be found.They are about two inches long and are usually golden, in color.
Scorpions can move fast but are not aggressive and will run from you.
Basic precautions are to wear shoes at night and to not hang towels
over areas that touch the ground. Avoid placing wet towels or clothes,
on the floor without inspecting them when picking them up. Another tip
is that Scorpions put out a strong energy when they are close to you.
If you get a feeling to look somewhere, follow your intuition. Also,
it seems the more you concentrate or worry about them, the better chances
you will meet one. If you find one, take off or find a shoe and kill
it. In the rare chance of being stung, go to the nearest, local Yelapense.
They will help you. Oh yeah... stay calm.