Bay Attractions

Discover the Best Attractions in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay on Your Yacht Cruise

attractions of Banderas Bay

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Embark on an extraordinary adventure with Vallarta Yacht Cruises, where we specialize in overnight, 3, 4, and 7-day private charters in the stunning Puerto Vallarta area. This page is your gateway to discovering the best of Banderas Bay, divided into attractions accessible by water only, attractions accessible by land, and attractions accessible by both water and land. Imagine snorkeling among the vibrant marine life at Los Arcos Marine Park, hiking to hidden waterfalls in Yelapa, or enjoying the serene, secluded beaches of Majahuitas—all reachable only by your private yacht. On land, experience the cultural charm of Puerto Vallarta's Malecón, the lush beauty of Vallarta Botanical Gardens, and the bohemian vibe of Sayulita. Each destination promises unique adventures and unforgettable experiences, making your yacht charter the perfect blend of luxury, excitement, and natural beauty. Dive into our curated list of bay attractions and start planning your dream yachting escape today!

Banderas Bay Attractions - Accessible By Boat Only

Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park is a breathtaking natural sanctuary renowned for its towering granite rock formations emerging from the sea. Located in Banderas Bay, this protected area is a paradise for snorkelers and divers, offering crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life, underwater caves, and fascinating tunnels. Kayakers and paddleboarders will also find the calm, picturesque waters perfect for exploration. A visit to Los Arcos Marine Park promises an unforgettable adventure in one of Puerto Vallarta’s most iconic and beautiful locations.

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Yelapa

Nestled along the southern shores of Banderas Bay, Yelapa is a hidden gem accessible only by boat, making it an exclusive stop for our yachts. This quaint fishing village offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and tranquil charm. Relax on Yelapa's pristine beach, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and savor fresh seafood at beachfront palapas. For the adventurous, a short hike leads to the stunning Yelapa Waterfall, where you can take a refreshing dip. Experience the laid-back vibe and scenic beauty of Yelapa for a truly unforgettable stop on your yachting adventure.

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Majahuitas

Majahuitas, a secluded paradise tucked away on the southern coast of Banderas Bay, is an idyllic stop for discerning yachters. Accessible only by boat, this tranquil cove boasts pristine, golden sands and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Surrounded by lush jungle and untouched by commercial development, Majahuitas offers a serene escape where you can relax in the natural beauty and enjoy the peaceful ambiance. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, Majahuitas promises an unforgettable and exclusive experience on your yachting journey.

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Quimixto Waterfall

Quimixto

Quimixto, a charming village nestled along the southern coast of Banderas Bay, is a must-visit destination for yacht enthusiasts seeking a unique and serene stop. Accessible only by boat, Quimixto offers a tranquil escape with its beautiful, unspoiled beaches and lush jungle surroundings. Explore the quaint village, hike to the stunning Quimixto Waterfall, or simply relax on the pristine shore. With its authentic charm and natural beauty, Quimixto provides a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal stop on your yachting journey.

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Las Animas

Las Animas, MX, is a picturesque beach destination in Banderas Bay, perfect for yacht clients seeking a unique and exciting stopover. Accessible only by water, this charming spot features a long, sandy beach lined with palapa restaurants serving fresh seafood. Enjoy thrilling water sports like parasailing and snorkeling, hike to a stunning waterfall, or relax on the beach. The small fishing village offers a glimpse into traditional Mexican life, with friendly locals and handmade crafts. Las Animas is an ideal blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion for yacht travelers.

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Colomitos Cove & Ocean Grill Restaurant

Colomitos Cove, MX, is a hidden gem in Banderas Bay, perfect for yacht clients seeking a secluded and scenic stop. This small, pristine beach is surrounded by lush jungle and clear turquoise waters, ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Nearby, the Ocean Grill restaurant offers a unique dining experience accessible only by boat. Enjoy fresh, gourmet seafood and breathtaking ocean views in an intimate, open-air setting. Colomitos Cove and Ocean Grill provide a tranquil and exclusive escape, perfect for those looking to combine luxury, adventure, and exquisite dining on their yacht journey.

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Marieta Islands & Lover's Beach

Discover the enchanting Marieta Islands and Lover's Beach on your next adventure. A yacht trip to Marieta Islands is a must-do when visiting Puerto Vallarta, offering an unforgettable experience with its stunning marine life, crystal-clear waters, and hidden beaches. Lover's Beach, a secluded gem, is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and exploring its unique rock formations. Accessible only by boat, this breathtaking destination ensures a private and exclusive escape for yacht clients seeking adventure and tranquility.

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Playa Caballo

Explore Playa Caballo, a secluded paradise in Banderas Bay, accessible only by boat or hiking. This hidden gem offers yacht clients a luxurious and adventurous stopover with pristine sands and crystal-clear waters. Relax at Casitas Maraika beach club, where you can indulge in exquisite dining, stunning views, and the serene beauty of Playa Caballo. Whether you're looking to unwind on the beach, enjoy a gourmet meal, or simply soak in the natural beauty, Playa Caballo is the perfect destination for an unforgettable yacht excursion.

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Punta Perula and Islas Cocina


A yacht trip to Punta Pérula and Isla Cocina is a luxurious adventure perfect for those seeking a serene escape. Nestled on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico, Punta Pérula boasts crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, ideal for relaxing or exploring the vibrant marine life through snorkeling and diving. Just a short cruise away, Isla Cocina offers calm surf and crystal-clear waters, making it perfect for snorkeling. Accessible only by water, these exclusive destinations promise a unique and unforgettable experience, with our crew providing expert assistance throughout your journey.

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Piedra El Morro

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with a cruise to Piedra El Morro in Banderas Bay. This stunning rock formation offers thrilling activities for everyone—dive into its mesmerizing underwater tunnels and caves, teeming with vibrant marine life and colorful coral formations, or enjoy world-class fishing in its rich waters. Whether you're an avid diver, a fishing enthusiast, or simply seeking a breathtaking and unique escape, Piedra El Morro promises an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and natural beauty. Book your cruise now and discover why this hidden gem is a must-visit destination for yacht clients.

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Las Caletas


Experience the ultimate Yacht Trip to Las Caletas, a secluded paradise south of Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay. Accessible only by sea, this exclusive beach hideaway offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Spend your day snorkeling, kayaking, and exploring the lush jungle. For a curated experience, purchase a tour from Vallarta Adventures to enjoy amenities and activities at Las Caletas Beach Hideaway, including the mesmerizing "Rhythms of the Night" performance by Cirque de Soleil. End your day with luxurious overnight accommodations on your yacht, making this an unforgettable journey.

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Banderas Bay Attractions - Accessible By Land

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Discover the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta's most iconic landmark. Marvel at its distinctive crown-topped tower and immerse yourself in its rich history and stunning architecture. Perfectly situated near Los Muertos Pier, this cultural gem offers an ideal stopover for yacht clients. Explore nearby attractions like Los Muertos Beach, the bustling Malecon, and the vibrant Municipal Market. Don't miss out on experiencing this must-see historic site and the heart of Puerto Vallarta's charm. Click here to learn more and plan your visit today!

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Banderas Bay Attractions - Accessible By Water or Land

Los Muertos Beach


Los Muertos Beach & Pier is a must-visit destination for yacht clients seeking a vibrant and dynamic experience. Accessible easily by yacht, this iconic beach is renowned for its lively atmosphere, beautiful golden sands, and crystal-clear waters. The newly renovated pier serves as a hub for activities, including boarding water taxis to nearby beaches. Yacht guests can indulge in water sports, enjoy fresh oysters from beach vendors, or relax at one of the many renowned beachfront restaurants and bars. Whether you're sunbathing, strolling along the bustling Malecón, or catching a breathtaking sunset, Los Muertos Beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement.

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El Anclote in Punta Mita

Located at the northern tip of Banderas Bay in Punta Mita, El Anclote offers a pristine beach experience framed by turquoise waters and lush tropical surroundings. Known for its vibrant surf breaks, ideal for both beginners and experienced surfers, El Anclote is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. From snorkeling and paddleboarding to exploring nearby Marieta Islands, this beach captivates with its natural beauty and variety of activities. The shoreline is dotted with charming restaurants serving fresh seafood, making it a perfect spot to unwind after a day of adventure or a yacht excursion.

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Mismaloya


Nestled in the heart of Banderas Bay, just 15 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, Mismaloya is a picturesque seaside village framed by the lush Sierra Madre Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Mexican Pacific. Famous for its role in the iconic film "The Night of the Iguana," this enchanting destination offers a blend of rich history and stunning natural beauty. Located near the stunning Los Arcos National Marine Park, Mismaloya provides a perfect spot for water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding. Land adventures include hiking, zip-lining, and exploring historical sites. Unique attractions such as El Eden and the Puerto Vallarta Zoo add to its charm, making Mismaloya a must-visit destination in the region.

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