Los Muertos Beach

Los Muertos Beach
Photo of Los Muertos Beach by David Stanley

Playa de Los Muertos is located south of the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta and the Cuale river, in the Romantic Zone. Here you can find great hotels, such as the Hotel Emperador Vallarta, or popular LGBT hotel The Blue Chairs. You will also find a variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries and clothing stores among other attractions.

There are plenty of restaurants on Los Muertos Beach that offer lounge chairs, and some even offer towels, to customers for the afternoon. Many will allow you to stay as long as you wish, as long as you are a paying customer.

Los Muertos Beach is the liveliest beach in Puerto Vallarta and a great place to people watch. You will find many activities in this stretch of beach, including jet skis, parasailing, banana boats, and more.

The southern end of Los Muertos Beach is popular with the LGBT travelers.


Los Muertos Beach is a great activity beach and the water is suitable for taking dips in the Bay of Banderas to cool off, however, the name Los Muertos isn’t just a name. Los Muertos means The Dead in Spanish and the name of the beach comes from its strong undertow (rip current). It’s not recommended for children or adults who cannot swim or are not strong swimmers.  Don’t attempt to head out where your feet do not touch the ground. The water can also have many sharp rocks, water shoes are a good idea. If you like the beaches for swimming and calmer waves to enjoy the day in the water, head to the beaches north or south of downtown Puerto Vallarta where the currents are calmer and the water is more clear. If you love to parasail, jetski, boogie board, play volleyball, and other beach activities, then Los Muertos Beach is the place for you!

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Pets on leashes
  • Bottled Water (or beverages, no glass containers please)
  • A plastic bag for your trash, please keep our beaches clean!
  • Umbrella
  • There are some places that offer bathrooms for a few pesos, take some change, or have a cocktail or lunch at many of the beach clubs and utilize that time as a customer to also use the restrooms.
  • There are several outdoor showers on the beach to rinse off

Hotels on Los Muertos Beach

Find hotels on Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Tropicana Hotel

The Puerto Vallarta Tropicana Hotel is located on Los Muertos Beach in Amapas, within a 20-minute drive of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and just a short walk to the south side of the Malecon.
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Blue Chairs Hotel

Blue Chairs Hotel and Resort by the Sea is a popular hotel for gay travelers in Puerto Vallarta, sitting directly on the gayest beach of the town.

Things to do on Los Muertos Beach

Find tours and activities on Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Los Muertos Beach Mantamar VIP Tour

Enjoy a full-filled afternoon on Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Old Town. Visit 3 beach clubs and 1 slush bar. Sip on hand-crafted, specialty drinks, learn about Puerto Vallarta beach clubs, some tequila history, and snack on tapas while you tour. This 2-hour Hopping Tour ends at Puerto Vallarta’s Luxury Mantamar Beach Club. […]

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