We've sailed from Los Angeles through the Panama canal
. In my opinion, Puerto Vallarta
was hands down the best marina we've stayed in. TONS of places to walk to, dockside bars, gated and guarded docks, huge yard with good skilled labor for 1/2 the U.S. cost. There are 2 marinas - one is rough adn the other is top notch. Depends on your budget
, but the top notch marina was about $990/ month, including water
and electricity for a 44' sailboat. That was back in 2015 at Marina Vallarta. Again, really, really nice marina with all the amenities you could ask for. HUGE shopping
center and steet vendor setup as soon as you leave the dock
. Tons of things to do in Puerto Vallarta
- it's a huge protected cove. There is a small cove you can sail to in a few hours which makes you feel like you're on a deserted island (because you can only get to it by boat). Amazing fishing
. Oh, and you could walk to the international airport
if you wanted to.
If you're looking for a cheaper option, Vista Mar in Panama is a brand new marina with amazing staff.
Downside, it's much more secluded and you will have to ride about 1/2 a mile to get out of the gated area which encompasses the resort/ marina.
As of 2019, there was no yard, however, the marina already has plans (and plenty of land) to install a lift
Upside: totally safe and protected (armed guards protect the only gat you can drive in from). There is a really nice (but not cheap) marina bar. If you are a golfer, this marina is connected to a very nice course - it's only a few hundred yards away.
Our favorite perk of this marina was that they let cruisers use the GIANG infinity pool. There are very few full-time residents of the houses on the resort, so most of the time it feels like you're swimming in your own private pool overlooking the ocean. The pool is almost as big as a football field. Super plush.