The best and only way to get to Las Animas is by water taxi, the closet town and water taxi stop is Boca de Tomatlan, it is the last bay and town before the highway cuts away from the coast towards the mountains to the town of El Tuito.
The trip to Boca de Tomatlan by car is about 10 miles or 22 KM from downtown Puerto Vallarta. The ride is quite scenic and takes about 20 minutes by car. You can also take the public bus to Boca de Tomatlan at a cost of 7.50 pesos per person (as of 2017) . You also have the choice to take the water taxi all the way from Los Muertos Pier to Las Animas, tickets are $250 round trip per person from PV and only $150 pesos from Boca de Tomatlan.
If you take the water taxi from Los Muertos Pier, you will pass by the world famous Los Arcos rock formations which are absolutely gorgeous and always a place for a great photo, your taxi driver will usually make a stop for you. Next you will pass the towns of Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan before arriving in Las Animas.
Las Animas is quite the busy small beach village with the water taxi pangas loading and unloading passengers as they transport them back and forth between Puerto Vallarta and the beaches and towns up and down Banderas Bay including Quimixto, Majahuitas and Yelapa.
Las Animas beach is a favorite for many of the day tour operators and guests alike because it is the closest stop with a really nice beach from the public pier in Puerto Vallarta. Guests really feel like they have left PV and arrived into a tropical paradise. Las Animas has it’s own pier which makes it easy for the larger tour boats to load and unload. The beach is a top rated tourist beach because the sand is clear and fine, the waters clean, the waves soft and the surrounding nature astounding.
You find many different small restaurants and vendors providing an array of food, beverages and other things to buy. There are a few gringos that live in Las Animas but primarily native Mexicans and their families who have lived there for generations. The area is known as an Indian Ejido, administered by Indian communities in Chacala, a village in the mountains close to El Tuito,
The people of Las Animas are very friendly and nice but beware of getting taken, they have some pretty high prices for a place in the middle of nowhere. Be cautious and bargain and you will be fine.
You will find all the fun beach activities such as the banana boat, parasailing and wave runners. There is plenty to do or just relax and have a margarita or maybe a shot of the local moonshine called “raicilla” If you want to have some more excitement & action, then try the Las Animas Beach Adventure Park where you will find a zip line canopy tour, hanging bridges, rock climbing, tequila tasting and much more.
Las Animas beach is located in the Cabo Corrientes Municipality, an area known for its natural beauty, besides the beautiful white sand beaches you'll find many types of fruits here, that's because mango, papaya, coconuts and bananas are cultivated in the area and just grow wild too. Take a day and enjoy the beauty of Las Animas Beach and the incredible Banderas Bay.