SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT: The Marinas of the Riviera Nayarit

  • These five facilities were built to extend the perfect welcome for lovers of the vast ocean, the salt air, and new versions of paradise.

Few destinations have the services, luxury, and comfort offered by the Riviera Nayarit on every level. Included are the local marinas, built to extend the perfect welcome for lovers of the vast ocean, the salt air, and new versions of paradise.

Ownership of a super-yacht not only requires maintenance, but these ships must also be docked in a worthy port. In this respect, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure holds all the cards with four large marinas and one boutique marina, which can handle craft that range anywhere from 26 to 400 feet in length.

Marina Nuevo Vallarta, located in the El Chino estuary, offers all the services of a world-class facility. Close-by, the Marina Paradise Village is in a natural protected lagoon ringed with elegant residences. A few minutes away lies the small, discrete Boutique Marina Pueblo Naútico. To the north, the Marina Riviera Nayarit, located in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. And, finally, the Marina Fonatur in the historic Port of San Blas.

All five of them are equipped with every luxury and comfort a visitor can want while offering them the chance to explore and experience the charms of the Riviera Nayarit. Included among their services are drinking water, 24-hour security, trash pickup, dry-dock, holding tank emptying, concierge, telephone, cable television, and Internet, just to mention a few.

Marina Riviera Nayarit
The Marina Riviera Nayarit is one of this Pacific Treasure’s most ambitious and novel projects; it’s located in a traditional fishing village known as La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

The marina is considered one of the largest on the coast of the Mexican Pacific at 18 thousand square meters of land and aquatic construction. It has 354 slips and docks that can hold small craft starting at 31 feet all the way to 400-foot boats and the capacity to move ships of up to 150 tons.

Since its opening in 2007 it has hosted several international nautical events, including the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Mexico Cup Regatta, and the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Fishing Tournament, and, most recently, musical events such as the RHA Festival. These events and its many geographic and biological attractions help it live up to its motto: “A dream marina come true.”
Marina Paradise Village
The Marina Paradise Village and the Vallarta Yacht Club are both world class facilities located in a beautiful protected lagoon and can welcome yachts of up to 240 feet in length. Visitors have access to all the services offered by the Paradise Village Resort as well as the Yacht Club. It’s also possible to rent a boat for deep sea fishing, whale watching, or other adventures.
The marina has hosted important regattas including the 2007, 2014, and 2018 North American Optimist Championship; the 2007 J24 World Championship; the 2011 Pan American Games; and the 2013 National Sailing Olympics.
Marina Nuevo Vallarta
The Marina Nuevo Vallarta has six docks that can welcome up to 80 ships and sailboats, plus tour boats that ply the canals around the El Chino estuary and a water taxi service, all close to the facilities offered by the Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico Nuevo Vallarta.
Visitors have access to its 400-meter long boardwalk—a safe place with excellent lighting where families often enjoy time together. There are also excellent international restaurants, hotels, and shops selling nautical items.
Marina Fonatur San Blas
This marina is located in the historic port of San Blas and can dock up to 17 ships and yacht of up to 40 feet in length. The facilities are run by Fonatur’s Port Operator, a subsidiary of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur, by its acronym in Spanish). Every year it hosts the San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament organized by the Tepic Sport Fishing Club.
Boutique Marina Pueblo Náutico
This small marina is located in one of the main canals at the El Chino estuary very close to the Riviera Nayarit’s best beaches. It has floating docks that can receive ships of up to 90 feet and a dry dock. Thanks to its strategic location it gives clients privacy and protection from the tides, currents, and wind. It also offers a select gamut of local services, including hotels, restaurants, and shopping plazas.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) work hard to promote the destination with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via its Tourism Promotional Trust (Fiprotur). The cultural tourism product offer is an invaluable asset for these promotional efforts.

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