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In Pictures: Spending a quiet day in Quimixto, Mexico
By Tom Adkinson
February 9, 2024

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QUIMIXTO, Mexico – The bus ride from busy Puerto Vallarta to quiet Boca de Tomatlan takes about 30 minutes, and it would take perhaps 10 minutes more to get to even quieter Quimixto – if a road went to this little divot on Me. The only way to get here is by boat, which costs only 100 pesos (about $6 U.S.) from Boca. Quimixto is a tiny village with a couple of little restaurants, some signs pointing to a trail to a waterfall and a beach where modestly surf-worthy waves roll in. It’s a day-trip destination where you can trade the hustle and bustle of a big resort city for a walk in the woods, a plunge into a cold mountain river and a refreshing margarita on the beach. Ah, Mexico.

Transportation to Quimixto

boca de tomatlan harbor
This little harbor at Boca de Tomatlan is the closest jumping off place for a 20 -minute boat ride down the coast of Banderas Bay to the relative solitude of Quimixto. The price of your escape is about $6 U.S. Image by Tom Adkinson

Into the hills

suspension bridge mexico
A suspension bridge over the tendrils of a stream leads into the hills above Banderas Bay and a 30-minute hike to a substantial waterfall. Refreshments at the waterfall include a swim, cold beer and margaritas. Image by Tom Adkinson

It’s colder than it looks

quimixto waterfall
You might expect a tropical river perhaps only a mile inland from the Pacific Ocean to be warm, but the waterfall above Quimixto feels cold enough to make a trout feel right at home. Image by Tom Adkinson

Back on the beach

olas altas challah style bread
Relaxing at a beach-side restaurant is the reward after hiking back down from the Quimixto waterfall. The boats scooting back to Boca run all afternoon.
Image by Tom Adkinson

Beach buddies

beach amigos
A pair of beach admirers, one local and one visiting, bond over cold beer and great views. The local patron, 91, was celebrating his good fortune after a motorcycle accident a few days previously. He said he was almost ready to ride again. Image by Barbara Ramsay Orr

A bargain at twice the price

quimixto sign
This sign was a hundred yards before the pier where you catch the boat back to Boca. A first-class restroom before a possibly bumpy boat ride is worth the price of admission, especially since the $10 means 10 pesos (about 60 cents U.S.) Image by Tom Adkinson

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(Travel writer Tom Adkinson’s book, 100 Things To Do in Nashville Before You Die, is available on

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