Yelapa, Hab los Fresnos, 63197 Tepic, Nay., Mexico
Yelapa: A Mexican Village that Got Electricity Eight Years AgoTechnically speaking, Yelapa is an idyllic cove that never quite caught onto the fact that the rest of the world has electricity--until about eight years ago.
I boarded a small Vallarta Adventures charter boat from the pier in Nuevo Vallarta, and made my way to Yelapa on a snorkeling trip. En route, I was thrilled to spot whales and dolphins showing off their delicious, silvery arcs in the middle of winter.
Puerto Vallarta is not really known for its beaches; however, Yelapa's beach is beautiful and idyllic, and the stuff vacations are made of. The town itself is small, unhurried, and charming. I gazed at a relatively people-free pier, and hardly one shop.
As I walked through Yelapa, I discovered that there was only one "main" street ---basically a few feet wide--which seemed to meander like a stream through people's backyards. Some residents were seated outside, in a chair, and smiling at passersby as though they were rare to spot. Yet others were selling souvenirs to tourists, although no one pressured me to buy anything. A gorgeous waterfall greeted me some ten minutes into my walk.
Yelapa's beach is an ideal place to spend an afternoon, and there are plenty of shops selling food and pies, for which it is known for. Groceries arrive on this island by boat, of course. In a world where things move at lightning speed, this cove is a refreshing take on how things look if news traveled slowly.