Luxury Lifestyle: Watersports in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit

by Applegate Realtors on Jul 29th, 2017 under Lifestyle

Many individuals and couples choose to relocate to Puerto Vallarta for the opportunity to live their dream life by the ocean. The beaches in the Banderas Bay and the Riviera Nayarit are richly scenic and accompanied by lush jungle, mangroves, and estuaries. However, these backdrops merely complement what is the main attraction: the gorgeous waters of the Pacific Ocean. Below, we discuss the most popular ways residents enjoy the waters of the Banderas Bay and the Riviera Nayarit.


The calm, serene waters of the Banderas Bay are perfect for sailing enthusiasts. For experienced sailors who live in the region, Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta offers residents a prime location and a professional service to dock their sailboats.

If you have only been sailing a few times, or if you’re looking to get your feet wet, the International Sailing Academy in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle offers intensive sailing courses. These classes are small in size, allowing instructors to provide a quality, personalized experienced.

If you’d like to pass on captain’s duties and would rather be treated to a relaxing ride, there are multiple companies that offer charter services. The most romantic option is to set sail just before sunset and watch the sun gently fall beyond the horizon.


Sport fishing is a popular sport for both residents and tourists in the Banderas Bay. Those who love a challenge can charter a boat for the day and cast for big game fish like marlin, sailfish, and tuna. You can find a calendar of the best season for each fish in the region here.

Professional and competitive fishermen compete in the International Fishing Competition in Puerto Vallarta. This prestigious, annual competition has been hosted by the Fishing Club Puerto Vallarta for more than 60 years.


Waves in the region can be surfed all year round, but the best time to hang ten is typically in the winter months, starting in December and going through April. Since Puerto Vallarta is located in the Banderas Bay, and the waters are quite calm, you’ll find the best waves for surfing north of the region in the Riviera Nayarit.

Sayulita is the most well-known surf spot in the region. This small bohemian town has reached international acclaim and tourism still continues to grow. Sayulita is great for all levels of surfers ranging from beginners to intermediate, to advanced, and pros. That’s because there are two distinct areas of the beach, each one with a unique break. One area is ideal for beginners while the other is challenging enough for more advanced surfers.

Other beaches north of Puerto Vallarta that serve up great waves include:

What Other Watersports Are You Ready to Explore?

Are you ready to embrace seaside living and want to explore Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as a relocation destination? Our real estate experts are ready to answer your questions and advise you on the lifestyle, growth trends, and the culture in Puerto Vallarta. Contact us online or call us from the US and Canada at our toll-free number: (866) 519 4342.