Sailing in Puerto Vallarta



Although large Bahía de Banderas and towns to the north and south have lots of beautiful beaches to explore and wildlife to see, there are few sailing adventures for the public. Most boating companies don't want to rely on the wind to get to area beaches for the day's activities.


For insurance reasons, companies or individuals here don't rent bareboat (uncrewed) yachts even to seasoned sailors. Those who want to crew the ship themselves can do semi-bareboat charters, where the captain comes along but allows the clients to sail the boat.


Casa Naval. Captain-owner Andre Schwartz has the Symbiosis (a comfortable 39-foot Beneteau Oceanis 390) for charters of four hours to several days. He charges $100 per hour for up to 10 passengers, with a discount of 10% for longer sails. El Faro de la Marina, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, 48354. 322/100–4154 cell; 322/148–2203 cell; 322/100–0154 for hard-of-hearing callers.

Dos Amantes. Easygoing owners Joe and Lori Lacey will tailor a day or overnight of sailing to their clients' wishes: giving sailing tips or sailing the boat themselves, providing gourmet food, snorkeling, and sunset-viewing opportunities, and most anything else. Costs are $600 to $900 for four-hour and full-day sails, respectively. Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, 48354. 322/140–3171 cell; 322/140–3771 in U.S.

Puerto Vallarta Tours. With this operator you can arrange day trips to Yelapa, Caletas, Quimixto, las Animas, or Los Arcos, or book private sailing charters. Prices for shared cruises range from $50 per person for a four-hour tour to Los Arcos to $80 for a full-day jaunt to Las Caletas, the latter including activities such as yoga, snorkeling, kayaking, and a cooking lesson. Puerto Vallarta. 322/222–4935; 866/701–3372 from U.S. and Canada.

Vallarta Adventures. Different sorts of cruising adventures run anywhere from $55 per person for a Yelapa trip to $110 for the Sea Safari Eco Adventure—which includes horseback riding at Quimixto as well as lunch, horseback riding, and kayaking at remote Pizote, south of Yelapa. There are individual charters as well. Paseo de las Palmas 39–A, Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, 48335. 322/297–1212; 888/303–2653 in U.S. and Canada. Edifício Marina Golf, Local 13–C, Calle Mástil, Marina Vallarta, 48354. 322/221–0657.


The winter season brings foreign vessels and lots of racing and boating activities, including the five-day Banderas Bay Regatta. There are cocktail parties, charity events, receptions, seminars, additional races, and boat parades as well as competitive races among boats designed for coastal and offshore cruising. Puerto Vallarta. 322/297–2222.;


The five-day Annual Sports Classic invites amateurs, pros, and semipros to compete in basketball, soccer, and bowling; some years they also offer events in tennis and beach volleyball. Most events take place at the Agustin Flores Contreras Stadium, Los Arcos Amphitheater, or the beach in front of the Holiday Inn. Puerto Vallarta. 322/226–0404 Ext. 6038 [Veronica Alarcon at Sheraton Buganvilias].


The Puerto Vallarta International Half Marathon, held in early November, gets bigger each year. There's a 5K run, too, and a big pasta dinner on the beach the day before the race. Puerto Vallarta.

The International Puerto Vallarta Marlin & Sailfish Tournament celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2010. The entry fee is nearly $4,000 per boat (up to four fishermen), but the prizes and prestige of winning are great. Categories are dorado (mahimahi), tuna, marlin, and sailfish, the last catch-and-release. Puerto Vallarta. 322/225–5467.


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