La Bahía de Navidad

La Bahía de Navidad is south of Puerto Vallarta about 200 KM and is on Mexico’s Costa Alegre’s Coast or translated (“Christmas Bay on the Happy Coast”), it is basically a less expensive, smaller version of Puerto Vallarta about four hours by car and 6 – 7 hours by boat to the south. This is a stop only for those overnight charters and you will enjoy the extremely friendly and nice Mexican population of about 3000 folks as well as the 1000 or so full time expats. The expats integrate easily into Barra de Navidad and Melaque, these are the two towns on the bay. Melaque is a typical ocean-side Mexican village where fishing, agriculture, and tourism provide a relaxed lifestyle for the locals. Barra de Navidad is chic and picturesque, with good restaurants and jumping nightspots, anchored by the elegant Grand Bay Hotel on the south-east side. Both of these towns receive thousands of winter visitors each year, primarily Canadian snowbirds celebrating their escape from the freezing weather back home by sunbathing and drinking frosty margaritas.

The Bahía of Navidad is an excellent overnight anchorage and has rightfully earned a reputation as an outstanding snowbird and vacation destination, and a full-year retreat for those folks that love hot weather, the weather is slightly warmer than Puerto Vallarta. The bay is becoming more popular to yachts from from around the world as an overnight stop over. We will provide you with transportation to the shore to give you and your guests a chance to explore this unique city.


If your dream haven includes exploring sunny beaches, good restaurants, friendly people, fishing, boating, and surfing in a small-town setting, then this area will put a special smile on your face.

The ride to Bahia De Navidad is a long one but very nice along the southern coast of Banderas Bay and into the open waters of Cabo Corrientes. The waters are a bit rougher in these parts but still a very smooth ride on the Aurora Yacht. If you are planning this trip then plan on a 4 - 5 day boat trip so you can spend time enjoying each and every destination along the bay and beyond.