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Sea and Beaches Platanitos (Nayarit)

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Should you wish to see a typical Mexican beach, Platanitos is a very good option. This small bay is closed from both sides by rocks. The beach has darker sand and is very gradual so even big waves are not dangerous here. On the contrary, they are the main attraction. As well as screaming kids, beach simple restaurants, inflatable dinosaurs, fresh grilled fish and homemade ice cream that will most certainly cause you diarrhea. The visitants are 99% national, but foreign tourists are welcome.
The place is very simple and possibilities of accommodation are rather limited. The village counts with two small grocery shops. Most of the visitants come in their own car to spend the day and leave in the evening.
In the summer it’s unbelievable hot and fug, not even the Pacific water is very refreshing. The surrounding countryside is green low jungle with many mosquitoes.
What here:
You can make a trip to the next beach „Playa de Tortugas“, a turtle sanctuary that local people take care of. From September till May you can watch how in the afternoons small baby turtles trip to the ocean. The restaurant „El Delfin“ makes organized trips, or you can go on your own, you just have to figure out how to cross the river that separates both beaches. When it’s raining the river has strong current, but otherwise you could wade through. From the beach Platanitos you take the dirt path across the hill and walk for about 15 to 20 minutes. Another way is by a car. Drive via main road (about 15km).
Considering that this is a sanctuary, we were shocked by the small hills of garbage on the beach. Who knows it it was the work of a recent storm or a typical local décor.

Try a local speciality, a tropical fruit Yaka, that you will hardly find in any other place in Mexico. Huge and heavy greenish fruit has orange pulp with seeds inside. You can eat it fresh or as an ice cream.
 
Where to stay:
The posibilities are somewhat limited. Owners of the El Delfin restaurant offer 2 bungalows in minimalist style (kitchen, aircon that sometimes works, curtains instead of inside doors and a view to messy yard) next to the road to the beach. They charge 350 pesos a night for two people stazing in the bungalow. On top of small cliff above the beach (entrance from the main road) are another „tasteful“ Alex bungalows. Since hey have a partial ocean view, they charge 500 for a bungalow and 350 for a simple room with private bathroom. You won’t get spoiled here.
How to get here:
You can take a local bus from Las Varas (30 minutes, 30 pesos). You can easily get to Las varas by bus from Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita or Tepic. There are also buses twice a day that run between Platanitos and San Blas.