Sailing in Banderas Bay

If you travel to Mexico on vacation and ever get to Puerto Vallarta, or the Riviera Nayarit, you should consider a sailing cruise of Bahia de Banderas, or Banderas Bay as it is called by us gringos.

The gang and I went out on the Sayula I, an older catamaran that is actually a working sailboat.  There are many other cruise boats that are nothing more then party boats, some do not even have sails, but choose to motor around on an outboard all day.  I was looking for an authoentic sailing cruise, where I might get to stear the boat, pull the sheet, or hoist hte sails.

The idea was to go out early evening for a sunset cruise, but the weather decided to send us a squall as we got out into the bay. I was navigating he boat and going all over he place trying to keep the wind in the sail (like my dad taught me many years ago), but the wind kept shifting and the ride was exciting to say the least.

Since the clouds were out and the weather a bit stormy, we decided to head over to one of the many secluded beaches only accessible by boat, and take in a bit of volleyball and whatever.

While swimming onthe beach, it started to rain, and the cooler water falling from the sky was in contrast to the bath-warm ocean waters  in Banderas Bay.

Alas, we decided to motor back into the marina, since the winds had dies down and the clouds blocked the sun, but just as we were headed back into port, the clouds departed and the red sun shone magnificantly over the Sierra Madres.

Consider a Mexico vacation, and think about visiting the Riviera Nayarit for an Eco-friendly trip.

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