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The only traffic jams in Yelapa happen when friends stop for a chat on the path. The simple questions, ‘what time is it?’ or ‘what day's today?’ usually draw a blank. And although you can certainly go hiking, fishing, riding, meditating, disco dancing, and even flying, the most popular activity is actually doing nothing at all.


  • Although some places will take credit cards, bear in mind that there are no ATM's in Yelapa, so bring cash.
  • You can use foreign credit or debit cards in any ATM in Mexico to get pesos at good exchange rates. USD bills are also widely accepted here.
  • The main means of transportation here is walking, so a small backpack is always handy.
  • Beds are usually fitted with mosquito nets in lodging facilites, but if you are prone to bites bring your favorite insect repellent.
  • Yelapa has had electricity since August 2001, but the paths are still somewhat dark. A small flashlight or headlamp is a must.
  • If you visit during the winter, bring a light sweater or jacket.


  • All of Yelapa functions on septic tank systems. Please, no paper in the toilets anywhere!
  • Most Yelapa restaurant and hotel workers get low or no salaries, so please don't forget to tip them. The norm here is 15%, with 20% being appropriate for outstanding service. Kindly bear in mind that foreign coins have no value in Mexico.
  • One should keep an eye out for scorpions throughout Mexico, but particularly in hot or tropical areas. Shake your shoes & clothes before putting them on, and be cautious when grabbing items.
  • Don't forget to lock up valuables at night.

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