Living in the Bay

Whoever said you can’t have it all has never visited Banderas Bay. Never enjoyed the biodiversity, watching the birds, whales, dolphins, turtles, walking the sandy beaches, the people, the gastronomy, and the postcards with the most amazing and magical sunsets in the world.

The bay has such geographical and motivational attributes for what is called the complete personality for a destination.
From the north Banderas Bay starts in Punta de Mita, one of the most outstanding micro destinations that have seen a total tourism boom in Riviera Nayarit and south passing through the area of Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes.

Historically, the bay started to develop commercial activities in 1851 while Puerto Vallarta was declared officially as a city in 1918. Mexicana de Aviación airline inaugurated the first flight Guadalajara-Puerto Vallarta on November 11th, 1954 and with that air connectivity brought the destination to the attention of Hollywood’s biggest names and celebrities such as Liz Taylor and Richard Burton who after finishing filming the legendary movie “The night of the iguana” set their residence in Puerto Vallarta and this contributed to consolidate it as one of the world-class favorite destinations not only for vacation but to buy a property for retirement, to live full time or second home and stay most part of the year.

According to the Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2018 Conference held in Sweden, the relationship that customers develop with a destination can be determined by taking its attributes into account. Fortunately, the bay qualifies for a perfect balance between them.



The bay offers the tranquility of nature contact, landscapes, hiking, birdwatching, whale watching of the Humpback whales that are the species most frequently seen, dolphin and sea lion swimming or surfing in Sayulita or Punta de Mita Beach, and more activities for all families.

If we speak about golf the bay has become very popular for golf lovers from around the world, exceptional world-class Nayarit golf courses designed by golfing masters as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jim Lipe, Percy Clifford, and Robert Von Hagge & Baril.

Two of the most emblematic spots in the bay are the world-famous “Playa Escondida” or “Playa del Amor” located in Marietas Islands, Riviera Nayarit, and “Los Arcos national park” Puerto Vallarta side, south part the bay.



There are tour companies that guide experiences for people of all ages that look for all sorts of water sports, diving, skydiving, and any other extreme sports.
History and culture. The bay has the typical attributes from a Mexican town, the Cultural richness of the Huicholes, the tours around the city, the markets, the food stands, and handcrafts, that is the advantage of having the mountains and at the same time the beach as the protagonist.


Art and fashion are part of the destination spirit with a big amount of galleries and artists that had chosen to settle in this destination. On the other hand, gastronomy distinguishes with the best chefs worldwide holding important gastronomic festivals year after year such as the International Gourmet Festival and the Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomica that feed the cosmopolitan scene.


Medical Tourism

About medical care, the bay has the best specialists and hospitals with a huge range of new technologies that not only represent a benefit for those who live full time but for also the so-called “Medical Tourism”.


Diversity and Inclusion

Not less important is to talk about diversity and inclusion. All habitants and visitors feel welcome no matter the origin, religion, sexual orientation, color of their skin, the message is clear, we all human beings are equal.

Nowadays, consumers have ubiquitous access to vast amounts of information, and additionally, they are highly connected, allowing them to exchange experiences and more information among each other. Attributes are listed: sea, mountain, biking, golfing, sandy beach, marina, water sports professional or amateur to mention some are fishing, sailing, surf, kitesurf, windsurf, and some extreme sports like skydiving.



Other important factors are the cost of living and lifestyle, gastronomy, sports, real estate market, commercial clusters, nightlife, entertaining are evaluated by consumers that remain more and more connected to information sources. Therefore is a contrast on these attributes of a big scale tourism destination and attributes related to a first-class destination perfectly equilibrated to please everyone in search of luxury lifestyle, exotic, peace or adventure experiences.

In order to offer diversity in accommodation such as beachfront or not hotels and resorts, real estate solutions for the customers, and to guarantee comfort, security, value, and sustainability for those who decide to visit or invest on full-time ownership a great joint effort has taken place among government, hotel owners, managers, business owners, and real estate broker-owners.

You can find the most complete references and all the information to explore the bay, activities, accommodations nightlife, wellness, shopping, nature and landscape, culture, sightseeing, entertainment, mobility, price level, gastronomy, beach and swimming, golf, scuba diving, kite and windsurfing, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, family, peacefulness, surfing, sailing and mountain biking among others at the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta websites.

The real estate activity is regulated through the Mexican Real Estate Professional Association (AMPI) in three chapters that concentrate the promotion and real estate sales. AMPI makes sure that every agent has the proper knowledge in order to provide the investors with the advisory acting based on one same Code of Ethics. To choose an AMPI member as your real estate agent is a warranty to get the best service.

The preliminary conclusion is that Banderas Bay is one of the destinations with the most complete lifestyle to vacation, invest or full time living.