The Puerto Vallarta South Shore begins at Conchas Chinas, and from there runs along the coast passing the residential developments of Garza Blanca and Sierra del Mar to Boca de Tomatlan, where the highway turns east and heads up into the Sierra Madre mountains towards El Tuito. Although the highway ends, the border of the South Shore continues along the coastline, but without road access there is very little in the way or real estate opportunities.
Along this coastline is where the region’s first gated hillside communities were built. Today, there are a number of them, offering mostly single-family residences or villas. Interspersed are small beachfront condominium projects. The views are so good that often real estate prices on the hillside rival those of the oceanfront homes. The South Shore is still relatively close to downtown, making it easy to frequent the restaurants or stroll the Malecon.
Litibu, located just north of Punta de Mita, is the focal point of a major government beach vacation development project. Luxury resorts will be carefully integrated into the cliffs, virgin beaches and paradise-like surroundings, insuring that the beauty and existence of the ecosystem and environment are well preserved. The first hotels and a new Greg Norman golf course have recently opened to rave reviews and this area will soon be recognized internationally as a world-class destination unto itself. Another Litibu attraction is its turtle sanctuary, open to the public from July through December, where visitors can participate and release young hatchlings back into the sea.