Relax in this unique open palapa house right on the ocean. Watch whales, mantas, dolphins, pelicans and sunsets from the deck in comfortable lounge chairs. Activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and hiking are just steps from the palapa.
La Palapa Tranquila is one of those unique hard to find special places. If you are looking for something different, an adventurous vacation away from it all, with tranquil days in the sun, deserted beaches and evenings of watching beautiful sunsets, you have found your paradise. Your adventure will be an unforgettable escape from the modern every day rat race.
The palapa house, La Palapa Tranquila, is in an eco resort called Chonchos. It is very remote, which means on some occasions you will need to spend your first night in the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta. There you can enjoy your first evening dining in one of the finest restaurants, visiting many of the art galleries, or strolling along the malecon. We can recommend a hotel in PV if you like. If time allows after the arrival of your flight into PV, you can go directly to the palapa and catch the 3:00 PM water taxi Nayeli, from Boca de Tomatlan, an hour from PVR airport.
The water taxi ride will take you by the scenic coastline where the green lush mountains meet the deep blue Pacific Ocean with small Mexican fishing villages, the well known town of Yelapa and other small vacation resorts along the way. After the hour water taxi ride you will arrive at the beach of Chonchos and be greeted by the staff who will help take your luggage to La Palapa Tranquila. The palapa house is off the grid with solar panels to give you the modern convenience of refrigeration and lights. We have a solar hot water heater for nice warm showers and drinkable clean spring water. Most personal cell phones will have service at the palapa if one wishes to use one. Instead of watching TV you will be entertained by nature with a variety of animals, birds and insects and an wide ocean view right in front of the palapa where sightings of whales, dolphins, manta rays and other fish are an entertaining every day phenomena depending what time of the year you are visiting.
There are beautiful hikes, one of which takes you to the next quaint little village, Chimo, where one can get cold beer, basic groceries and dine at one of the two local restaurants. Some other activities include kayaking, snorkeling, birding and fishing. You can also take day trips to other small villages such as Yelapa and Pizota by water taxi. If you are looking for a different type of vacation then look no more!
Freshly cooked meals at our small restaurant overlooking the beach!
Restaurante de Chonchos
The cost is $75.00 per couple for 2-3 meals a day. The cost does not include tips.
The neighborhood is unique, because there are no roads, so it is very quiet and peaceful. No cars, so all transportation is by food, mule, kayak or boat.
There is a water taxi, Nayeli, which goes by twice a day to pick up and drop off passengers at our beach. The cost is approximately 130 pesos each way per person from Boca to Chonchos. Departure times:
9:00 AM and 3:00 PM from Boca to our place
11:00 AM and 5:00 PM back to Boca
Check in is after 3:00 PM unless the place can be ready for you earlier. Please contact me regarding earlier check in!
The water taxi can also take you to Yelapa, Pizota and Chimo for the day.
Other Things to Note
The Nayeli water taxi does offer special trips as well. See below:
Boca-Chonchos $185.00US per trip
Maximum 6 persons
Los muertos pier( Vallarta)
To Chonchos $240.00US per trip
Maximum 6 persons
$65.00US p/h 4 hours minimum($260.00).
Marietas islands tours
$75.00US p/p 6 hours($450.00)
And yes also includes the traditional ceviche.
50% deposit required
(deposit to be paid at Chonchos to schedule then balance paid when boat arrives, or (email hidden))
There is a users manual at the palapa.
This is an amazing place: in the middle of the benevolent jungle, right next to the sea, beautiful calm energy and the sound of the waves... It's the kind of place where you feel like getting away from everything and spending time on your own or with very special people. The houses are great: you feel very close to the nature - they are kind of half-open but also protected. Also they all have kitchens and even several sleeping areas. Henry who works there is super friendly and helpful so in case you need something there's always somebody to take care of you.
Everything was magnificent. Chuck and Yvonne were very clear about the rustic nature of the home and location, and the limited amenities. They were not present, but their friends and helpers in the community who greeted us and helped us get settled - specifically the young New Jersey lad, Henry - were just great.
It was the perfect way to unplug! We are both self-employed and very busy. To be removed from email and internet for the days we stayed there was amazing. Our young children loved the openness of the space, and the closeness of the family without distraction. If you are looking to unwind and unplug, you can do much better than this!
Amazing. If you are thinking about staying here and enjoy being a bit off the map and just enjoying peace and quiet and nature then look no further. Seriously just do it! You won't be sorry unless you hate the sound of the ocean, seeing whales every day, and really BEING with whoever it is that's lucky enough to join you on this trip.
This was our second time at La Palapa Tranquila, and we loved it. The spot is absolutely beautiful and the Palapa is a really great place to relax and unwind. Chuck and Yvonne always communicate well - everything went very smoothly!
Sure, its a bit more of a hassle to get here than to some other beach spots, but its absolutely worth it. The hassle makes sure that the place doesn't get overridden with people and besides, the water taxi is quite a fun ride through the Pacific anyway. We saw some dolphins along the way.
Los Chonchos is a quiet place with few people (who are all extremely friendly). There is a small beach landing, but also a much larger secluded beach about a 10 minute hike away over the hill. You can either hike there, or just hop in a kayak and paddle around to the other beach (we hiked).
I would suggest bringing headlamps and tea lights for night time. We also packed a huge bag of food and brought it with us on the water taxi (every time I go I get nervous that it will be too heavy for the water taxi, but they can basically take ANYTHING on there, so do not worry about this). Finally, you can always hike to Chimo to get anything you may have forgotten or for some entertainment, though we didn't go this time around.
I would highly recommend this spot (which is why we have already been back twice!).
Its hard to imagine a spot that would live up to the description and photos of the Palapa Tranquila. But in real life its actually even better! We loved EVERYTHING about it. Such a special, magical place. We felt so lucky to be there. Thank you Chuck & Yvonne for sharing!
Palapa Tranquila IS the place you want to go to get away from it all; quiet; relaxing; beautiful.
The Los Chonchos community where Palapa Tranquila sits offers the opportunity for a proper jungle/ocean adventure.
Experience only Palapa Tranquila, never stepping a foot out of your Palapa, or use Palapa Tranquila as your base for adventures around the protected areas surrounding Los Chonchos. We did the latter. Our activities included: jungle hike to pick wild avocados, limes, and mangos; fishing for Bonita on a chartered boat led by the sons of the owner of Chimo's restaurant in neighboring Chimo; yoga on the small beach; swimming @ the big beach; seafood feasts @ Chimo's in Chimo; morning hikes to Chimo for dinner margarita supplies.
The water taxi ride from Bocas de Tomatlan to Los Chonchos sets the tone for what ends up being a great couple of days away from it all.
note: We chose the personal chef package offered by 2 new residents @ Chonchos, Henry & Heather. The food is wonderful! So too are Henry & Heather. Some food items come from Chimo, the town 45min hike South from Los Chonchos; some come from the jungle & ocean! Everything is very fresh & well prepared. Every meal included guacamole & some rendition of salsa, beans, and rice. Great value!
The palapa is one the most beautiful places I've ever seen: peaceful, remote and a little adventure. I would definitely recommend it to everybody who is into nature and loves to hear the surf at night!
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We were so excited when we came upon the opportunity to buy this special place, La Palapa Tranquila, which is located in the tropics where the jungle meets the ocean. It's like a dream come true to have a little peace of paradise just like this. It is like being on a beautiful deserted island and now we are happy to share our special place with you.
Chuck, my husband, is a retired architect and my back ground is in interior design, photography and art. However, I chose to be a stay at home mom for our two beautiful daughters. We are very adventurous, athletic and outdoorsy. We love to travel and have been to many places. I am from the Netherlands, so we travel back to Europe quite often. It is one of our favorite destinations. There are so many other places we want to see one day, especially South America and explore more of Mexico. We enjoy the Mexican people and their culture very much. We can't complain about the food either. We are not much into 5 star traveling, even though we have done it from time to time. We find that when you go off the beaten path and stay at different homes, B&B's or small non-chain hotels instead of big luxurious hotels, you meet the most interesting people and learn the most of one's culture.
Our moto in life: collect as many positive experiences and friends rather than personal possessions.