Just a few miles south of the once sleepy fishing village now known as Puerto Vallarta, lies perhaps Mexico’s true Garden of Eden. Famed film director John Huston not only referred to Las Caletas as his home, but wrote that it was the most beautiful spot on earth. 

Las Celatas, which means “the creeks”, or a maritime translation of inlet or cove is more appropriate, is a strip of sand, rock, and jungle that has become a tropical haven for locals and tourists alike. Inaccessible by land, a variety of sea faring craft can carry you and your companions along some of the most spectacular coastline in western Mexico.  The color of the ocean is pure aquamarine. The sun drenched jungle foliage radiates emerald. At night, the stars become diamonds within your reach.

One begins to understand Mr. Huston, it truly is a tropical paradise. As with most anywhere in the Bay of Banderas, the recreational possibilities are endless both on land and in the sea. Scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, or just “hang’n in the hammock”, are just a few of the ways to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy this little bit of heaven. 

A spa and restaurant are available for your continued pleasure, but the highlight of my day was an encounter with some exotic “fine feathered friends”….the parrots. A variety of these parrots and macaws, whose colorful plumage borders on psychedelic, remain in their natural habitat, making viewing them all that more special. The interactive experience with these magnificent birds in their own environment, gives one the feeling of having just communed with an old friend. They do possess a wisdom and a personality that becomes obvious at the first exchange of words and/or food.

Simply put, a day at Las Caletas, with or with out parrots, will provide those looking for their own personal Garden of Eden with a memory that can be revisited time and time again.

Malcolm Farley

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