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Banderas Bay, Mexico

There are some 90-100 miles of sensational coastline (and an estimated 30-40 miles of sandy beaches) on Banderas Bay, the largest natural bay in Mexico and the seventh largest in the world. Along much of the central area (Puerto Vallarta) and northern parts of the Bay (Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz and Punta de Mita), you can find beaches that often stretch for miles. To add to the pleasure of these beaches, from November to March a sighting of whales or schools of dolphins is not unusual. Swimming, parasailing, surfing, fishing, boogie-boarding, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving are popular outdoor activities in the Banderas Bay area.

Banderas Bay

There are many ways by which you can travel to Banderas Bay.  Many dedicated cruisers have made the trip from the North, from as far north as Vancouver, but most of the boats stationed or at anchor in Banderas Bay are from California, Seattle, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.

Banderas Bay is located in Nuevo Vallarta, province of Nayarit.   Nuevo Vallarta  is an easy 20 minute taxi ride from the Puerto Vallarta airport. 

The Paradise Village Yacht Club at Nuevo Vallarta has a beautiful club house which welcomes all boaters and offers reciprocal yacht club privileges.  It  holds a weekly Saturday race and a weekly Sunday dinghy race.   For those who would like to participate in a sailing yacht race, you can call on the marine radio and volunteer as crew on one of the participating yachts.
Photos (left) sailing yacht returning from the race (right) docking the boat
Photo on left: local Sunday dinghy race. Photo on right: Paradise village marina

Photo on left: fun at the race.   Photo on right: local Mexican entertainers  
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