La Penita is a small beach town located on Jaltemba Bay, halfway between Puerto Vallarta and Playa Las Tortugas. Visitors to this town escape to an unbelievable site in which art and food has a tremendous influence. Walk down the cobblestone streets while enjoying some of the city’s delicious food and viewing the fine art and jewelry that the locals have to offer. If you’re not in the mood for the normal Mexican cuisine, La Penita offers a variety of dining options including food of the Italian and Chinese varieties.
This escape is a family friendly place where everyone can find something for them. The popular local market, Tianguis, is held every Thursday for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike. Feast your eyes on a variety of edible and artisanal treasures ranging from local fruits and vegetables to handmade jewelry, authentic Oaxacan hand-woven rugs, as well as decorative glassware, pottery, and traditional Huichol Indian art. La Penita mixes local and international influences, offering the charm of a small town combined with the modern convenience of banks, pharmacies, and grocery stores.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, the beach along La Penita is known for its serene ambience and tranquil waters. A new Malecon (boardwalk) complete with a number of beachside restaurants makes a great place for lunch. Take advantage of the spectacular ocean views encompassing the two islands laying right off the coast to snap some memorable photos.