Millions of Americans vacation in Mexico every year, usually at the popular household name go-to’s like Cabo, Tijuana, and Puerta Vallarta. But it’s actually a place outside of Puerta Vallarta that is gaining notoriety.

Playa del Amor, more commonly known as “Hidden Beach,” is a feature of one of the Marieta Islands, located just west of Puerto Vallarta.

The word “feature” is used to describe what the beach actually is because Playa del Amor is indescribable.

Would You Sign Up For A Visit If These Were Your Instructions?

Playa del Amor lies at the mouth of Banderas Bay and looks like something out of a fantasy movie.

It is, essentially, a wide, sandy cavern with the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean rushing in. It isn’t exactly easy to get here, and if you don’t know how to swim, a visit to this magical place may be out of the question, period.

What If You Knew This Was Your End Result?

The islands off the coast of Puerta Vallarta form an archipelago, which is a chain of land formations (or islands) formed by underwater volcano eruptions.

Playa del Amor looks like it could be one of the Wonders of the World, except for one small detail: the Hidden Beach is not natural. Meaning, it was formed by a very manmade thing.

The View: From The Air, From The Beach

The rumor going around is that the hole that created Playa del Amor formed as a result of deliberate bombings.

The Marieta Islands have always been totally uninhabited, making them the ideal sites for military testing.

Beginning in the early 1900’s, the Mexican government tested weapons and artillery on the Marieta Islands, a safe distance from Mexican citizens.

Can You Think of Any Words To Do This Justice?

Unfortunately, the testing was not safe for the Marieta Islands’ topography.

Test bombs are the known cause for many caves and rock formations on the island, and it is highly likely that Playa del Amor was formed from them as well.

It’s Like Being In A Deam Sequence

In the 1960’s, famed oceanic scientist Jacques Cousteau led a protest against harmful activity on the islands.

Four decades later, the islands were named a national park, Parque Nacional Islas Marietas, and swimming, kayaking, sunbathing, and other forms of recreation the only activity permitted on the stretch of islands.

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