The skyline of Puerto Vallarta is unique and memorable for many reasons; the imposing mountain-scapes accentuate the perfect horseshoe shape of Banderas Bay. As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean every evening, and the tower of the Church of Guadalupe illuminates the nights in Puerto Vallarta. The most distinct feature of the skyline, however, has to be Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos Islets that rise from the seabed.

When you drive southward from Puerto Vallarta towards Mismaloya, it’s pretty hard to miss the undeniable beauty of the tropical landscapes, the sweeping vistas of the sparkling waters, and the awe-inspiring silhouettes of Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos rock formations that erupt from the waters of Banderas Bay. These lovely islets are iconic in the area and are a major attraction for the tourists who visit the area.

Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos de Mismaloya

These islets, also known as the Los Arcos de Mismaloya, have been classified as a natural reserve and national Marine park since 1984. As a wonderfully complex habitat for marine life, and exotic birds the Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos are important landmarks for the town. They are located just off the coast of the Garza Blanca preserve and boast a wonderful array of caves, tunnels, arches and a beautiful reef that makes it a great place for snorkelling, swimming and diving!

Visitors come from all over the area, booking tours and excursions, just to catch sight of these lovely islets in all their glory. If you’re staying the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, however, you can catch this wonderful view on a daily basis from the lobby and the balcony of your suite! Along with all this the resort offers all guests the chance to visit the islands on a paddle board or kayak! A professional guide will help you to learn all about the many different species that call the rock formations home. They’ll help you to understand the importance of preserving the unique eco-system of Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos at Mismaloya.