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The Marieta Islands (Spanish: Islas Marietas) are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico. They are very popular tourist destinations because of the abundant marine life populations due to the islands being protected from fishing and hunting by the Mexican government.

The Marieta Islands were originally formed many thousands of years ago by volcanic activity, and are completely uninhabited. The islands are about an hour long boat ride west-northwest from the coast of Puerto Vallarta and are visited daily by hundreds of tourists, yet no one can legally set foot on the islands. In the early 1900s the Mexican government began conducting military testing on the islands because no one lived there. Many bombings and large explosions took place on the islands causing amazing caves and rock formations to be created. After a massive international outcry, started by scientist Jacques Cousteau in the late 1960s, the government eventually decided to label the islands a national park and therefore protected against any fishing, hunting or human activity.

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Live an experience not to be easy to forget, admiring a variety of birds some of them migratory, and in turn enjoy its sandy beaches soft cliffs and coral reefs that you can discover immersing you in its crystalline waters, having a diversity of flora and fauna, making you feel like you never imagined. The Marieta Islands are one of the most biodiverse ecological sanctuaries in Mexico, so that makes them one of the natural wonders you must see.

 

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An aerial view of the Hidden Beach, officially called Playa De Amor, or the ‘Beach of Love’, located on the Marieta Islands in Puerto Vallarta.

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