Yelapa, Mexico :: 2019

Mexico Travel Photography

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We rarely share personal photos here on the SilverBox blog, but that’s changing today! My husband and I (Annika here!) traveled to Yelapa (and Puerto Vallarta), Mexico earlier this year and it was worth sharing!

When I think about all of my travels, this trip is a standout. Yelapa is such a magical place. Five minutes after we arrived, Daniel exclaimed that he couldn't wait to come back. That sentiment remained throughout the trip. 
Yelapa isn't an island but feels like one. It is only accessible by boat and electricity just arrived in 2008. We flew into Puerto Vallarta and took a water taxi 45 minutes, south, into Yelapa bay. 
Rivers, jungle, mountains, and ocean all come together in Yelapa. The steep terrain combined with the locals' passion to preserve the lifestyle of their ancestors means that traditional roads will never be a part of the landscape here. Mules, boats, ATVs, and seriously chiseled calf muscles get these people everywhere they want to be. 
This oasis combined all of my favorite things: beauty, ingenuity, delicious food, adventure, spectacular views, animals and wildlife, color, PIE ON THE BEACH, plants, art & design, and the kindest people ever!

We took a boat excursion to the Marietas Islands and saw humpback whales, blue-footed boobies, and tons of colorful fish.

We stayed in both MiraMar Yelapa and Los Arboles, which gave us two very different experiences. MiraMar is a family-owned vacation rental on the water, while Los Arboles is an open-air palapa in the jungle. I was so happy to have both experiences.

I want to shout from the rooftops about how lovely Yelapa is, but also want to keep it as a secret all to myself. We adored the rustic charm of this pueblo on the sea and will count the days until we can return.

If for some reason you have tons of time and patience AND care even one iota about our trip and photos, you are welcome to view all 633 pictures at https://silverboxphotographers.shootproof.com/g…/mexico2019/ 
I've crammed as many as I could into grids to post here. I hope you enjoy!

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