Your scenic drive north from the Puerto Vallarta Airport to Playa Las Tortugas is about two hours, leading you through areas of old-growth jungle, coastal hills, typical Mexican towns, to the sandy road that leads here.
As you leave the airport parking lot, turn left leaving the toll booth, go through the intersection, and afterwards bear right instead of returning to the terminal. Follow the sign for COMPOSTELA, which will take you the opposite direction from Puerto Vallarta. Merge onto Highway 200 in the direction of COMPOSTELA (TEPIC and GUADALAJARA). If you find yourself exiting the airport by the shopping center, turn left at the light in front of the shopping center (only with a green arrow), making a u-turn away from Puerto Vallarta. Follow Highway 200 for 84 km to LAS VARAS.84 km/52.2 mi - at LAS VARAS the road once again is four lanes, move into the far right “access” lane for “Zacualpan”. From the far right lane you will turn left at the SECOND stoplight towards Zacualpan and San Blas. OUR VISITORS SOMETIMES MISS THIS TURN. GPS Coordinates for the second stoplight- N21d10.778m, W105d08.180m . Now you’re on the road to Zacualpan and San Blas.
100 km/62.1 mi - bear right at the “Y” towards ATICAMA and SAN BLAS (you are passing by little town called "Ixtapa" and there is a speed bump).105 km/65.2 mi - watch for the green “Playa Las Tortugas” road sign on the right side, just past "Otates". From there, our gravel road is another 100 yards on the left side of the road. Turn left on to our sandy gravel road. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to reach the property from the turnoff. We are located 9.8 km (6 miles) from the highway.
Off the beaten path? Definitely! Well worth it? Most definitely!