- About 140 vessels from the United States, Canada and the northern coast of the Mexican Pacific that are sailing as part of the traditional Baja Ha-Ha will visit the area for a lengthy stay that will benefit tourism in general.
For the third year in a row the destination prepares to celebrate the Riviera Nayarit Sailors’ Splash, a rally that coincides with the 21st anniversary of the Baja Ha-Ha, whose participants will be arriving in the area starting on December 12th.
The Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle will welcome about 140 vessels that will be generating excellent dividends for tourism in the region thanks to their extended stay in the Banderas Bay area.
Latitude 38 Sailing Magazine and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), sponsors of the event, joined forces with the Marina and laid the groundwork to receive the approximately 300 people that will be generating income for local businesses.
“This rally translates into occupancy for the marinas along the Mexican Pacific from November through May; many of these vessels actually stay the whole year round,” commented Rafael Alcántara, Harbor Master for the Marina Riviera Nayarit. “In this manner they activate the economy not only for the marinas but also for the cities and towns they come across.”
Alcántara describes this rally as the most stable in the last ten years and one that, among other things, has consistently grown year after year and has positioned itself as the “originator of nautical tourism from the United States and Canada towards the coasts of the Mexican Pacific,” he added.
Whenever vessels arrive the area kicks off different nautical activities to engage the visitors, including the Banderas Bay Blast regatta, a fun competition that takes place over the course of three days in the waters around de La Cruz, Punta de Mita and Nuevo Vallarta.
It’s important to mention that the Baja Ha-Ha is an event that plays out on an international stage, as it has brought together over 10 thousand sailors since its inception.