South Shore Map
Beyond Conchas Chinas, the South Shore is where the Sierra Madre Mountains meet the shores of the Banderas Bay. Here the jungle creeps to the beach, making it a perfect tropical setting. This must be the reason movie director, John Huston, chose Mismaloya, one of such destinations, to film the famous "Night of the Iguana." South of Mismaloya is an area full of coves, small bays, rivers, and secluded, remote beaches such as Las Animas and Quimixto, accessible only by boat. Nestled into the southernmost cove of Banderas Bay lies Yelapa, a village with a South Seas feel, a nature lover's delight and a refuge from the complications of city living, electricity and telephone service recent additions to its very kick-back lifestyle. Popular with creative types, one can always find interesting folks to talk to, especially in the steep-pathed village, and kids can be hired to guide you to its pretty waterfall. Accommodations are abundant with prices to suit every budget, rooms in private homes for rent by the day, week or month. If you come on a day trip and stay on the beach you'll enjoy it, but miss the things that really make Yelapa an intriguing, even magical place. A wide range of courses can be taken here, Spanish, yoga, writing, drumming, meditation, art, and those that are mind-body-spirit related among them. The Yacht Club doubles as the community center, most expatriates here taking to the dance floor every Wednesday and Saturday night.