Chachalaka. First light across the water on the fishing village of Tehuamixtle and Tehua Bay is simply amazing. With a cup of coffee on the beach... it is paradise. This paradise is only a two hour scenic drive from Puerto Vallarta.
Fish, fresh seafood, and a beautiful beach... less than two hours south of Puerto Vallarta. Tehuamixtle is a place not yet made ordinary by tourism.
Boaters cruising the Pacific coast of Mexico along the state of Jalisco know Tehuamixtle provides a safe place to anchor. It is the only spot south of Puerto Vallarta before the bay of Chamela
Sampling fresh sucked oysters, washed down with a cold beer is a good way to start your day at Tehua. You can stroll down the beach and find a quiet, private spot and just hang out, the beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling with it's gentle sandy entry.
When it is time to eat, you can choose from three restaurants at waters edge. Or take some fish home.
The road surfacing project is in full swing, with the last sections now being worked on. This was a rough one lane track not long ago. In a year this should all be done and the drive from Puerto Vallarta should be about an hour and a half. Everyone knows that this will be the beginning of more visitors to the area.
We purchased a bunch of fish from Tehua for a big fish grill at Rinconcito on Mayto Beach. Fernando did the cooking for about 30 people, and everyone wanted seconds. A trip to the Mayto area is not complete without a stop in Tehuamixtle for some fresh fish.
Tehuamixtle dates back to the Spanish. The Spanish used Tehua Bay to load their ships that sailed the coast and shipped whatever they could back to Spain. The remains of a "bodega" warehouse can be seen at the far end of Tehua Bay above the beach.
A sail to Tehua from Puerto Vallarta will put you there in time for a lunch of oysters and fresh fish for a hungry and thirsty crew. Just give a signal and a panga will come over and bring you ashore once you have set the hook. You have a choice of three casual palapa style restaurants to choose from.
This birds eye view of Tehuamixtle and the bay help you visualize the setting of this special place. Tehua Bay is protected by a large headland and surrounded by high banks above the community. Just northwest on the other side of Tehua is a rock beach known as pirates cove. You can walk to Lover's Beach and Mayto Beach from there.
Tehuamixtle is the place to hire a panga and head out for some great fishing. Summer is the time for some of the best fishing. The warm waters bring a lot of fish into the area around Tehua. It is also an excellent time for surfcasting from the nearby beaches of Mayto and Villa del Mar.
Late afternoon is a great time to tour Tehua Bay by Panga. We hired Antonio "Tony" who is a master skipper, diver, and fisherman to take us out for a couple of hours. It is fun to see everything from the water and it gives you a sense of the shoreline around the area.
A cold cerveza and fresh oyster served to you from the pier at Tehuamixtle. Now, that is service. Life is still very laid back in Tehua, a bonus for the lucky ones who venture here from the usual crowed tourist areas. We also like the beach, it is gentle and the water is clear. Perfect for swimming.
Less than a two hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta, lies another world of endless beaches and coastline. Tehuamixtle is being discovered, and now is a great time to visit this paradise. A small lodging project may be starting sometime soon, providing the perfect getaway from the more crowded and over-developed areas. Information will be posted on this blog.
Surf fishing the nearby Mayto beach is great sport for those who have discovered this area. The summer months are always the best for fishing and some record size fish have been caught in these waters. If you don't want to surf fish, you can hire a panga and fish from a boat. At the end of the day there is nothing like a cold cerveza and fresh grilled fish.