There are four main marinas
in Bandaras Bay,
Marina Vallarta: oldest, most convenient to the main part of PV/tourist area, has fuel dock
and haul out
facilities. A little tight for larger vessels, several shops and restaurants, mostly Gringo area of condos etc. Expensive.
Nueva Vallarta Marina; 8 miles up the coast, newer, only partially finished, some slips w/o water/electricity, no other facilities, no security
, Very Expensive for what you get, some shops and restaurants in walking distance or dinghy
to PVM side.
Paradise Village Marina: just across the lagoon
from NVM, full service
(but no fuel
, no yard), located in Paradise Village Resort, excellent security
, sheltered w/ good maneuvering, access to Vallarta Yacht Club, (fun, very informal, excellent food
, check out our website, (vallartayachtclub.com), large shopping
mall, restaurants, small chandlery
, nicest marina in the Bay. rated one of the 100 best in the world, mostly Gringo area of condos, apts. and hotels, Not Cheap!
Marina La Cruz: 10 miles further up the coast, new, large, easy maneuvering inside breakwater, club house, fuel dock
, yard, easy walk to the small but nice friendly Mexican town/shops, restaurants, Least Expensive.
On The Hook: just outside Marina La Cruz, good holding in sand bottom (30-60 ft.), access to dinghy
dock in MLC, Free, but can be rolly if weather
I'm at present, on a private dock in the lagoon
near the Paradise Village area, it came with the boat but I could have to move on short notice if the property is sold
. If that occurs, I'd move to La Cruz for the summer (better rates) and back to Paradise Village during the "season" (that's where most of my friends are and I'm involved with the junior sailing program at the club). Hope this helps, look forward to meeting you next season.