Banderas Bay, one of Mexico’s most beautiful
Located between the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, there is the most beautiful bay in this country. Because of the manner infrastructure and necessary comforts to meet tourism needs has been provided, it forms part of the very exclusive “World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club“, seated in France. With a 68-kilometer coastline, Banderas Bay is home to gorgeous beaches and alluring landscapes, which have enabled tourist activities.
Its wide valleys, bodies of water and mountains bring together an important ecological reservoir. Weather is warm sub-humid, with rainfalls in the summer, from June to September, which further allowed to host the XVI Pan American Games in the year 2011.
The Ameca River spills into the ocean here and is the starting point of the Riviera Nayarit. The bay is outlined to the north by Punta Mita and to the south by Cabo Corrientes; within its territory is its main tourist destination: Puerto Vallarta, in addition to other towns such as Jarretaderas, Flamingos, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle or Punta de Mita.
Banderas Bay is also an important land focused in the protection and preservation of various animal life, one of them the conception and birthing of hump whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the winter season; there are several trips to observe these gigantic creatures who visit our bay in an adequate and respectful manner. Another activity takes place in the town of Teopa, between the months of November to January, when they carry out their sea turtle protection program.
As any coastal sanctuary, its main food is based on seafood, fish, and shrimp being the most favored. But when it comes down to tradition, the “soporrondongo” is the region’s main star: a dish made with a deep-fried corn tamal beside a fried fish or grilled shrimp set up as spears.
One of the most flashing festivals held year after year in this bay is the International Regatta, where ships and yacht measure up in this tropical paradise; this is regarded as one of the world’s largest regatta cruises and the oldest in Mexico’s west coast.
Throughout all of Banderas Bay, but mainly in the town of La Cruz you may find and acquire numerous art-crafts created by the Huichol People, with carved wood, and also silver-work and by Cora people. Other close-by places to see are the towns of San Juan de Abajo, San José del Valle and El Colomo, ideal to those who enjoy admiring religious related architecture through its churches.
EMERGENCIES HOSPITAL CMQ CITY CENTER
Basilio Badillo 365, Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
EMERGENCIES HOSPITAL CMQ PREMIERE
Av. Francisco Villa 1749, Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
EMERGENCIES HOSPITAL CMQ RIVIERA NAYARIT
Av. Héroes de Nacozari 280, Bucerías, Nay.
CONVENTION VISITORS BUREAU PUERTO VALLARTA
José Clemente Orozco #125, Local 18, Las Glorias, Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
CONVENTION VISITORS BUREAU RIVIERA NAYARIT
Centro Empresarial, Av. Paseo de los Cocoteros #55, Local 2112, Nuevo Vallarta, Nay.
AMERICAN EMBASSY AND CONSULAR OFFICE IN MEXICO
Paseo de los Cocoteros #85, Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nay.
BAHÍA DE BANDERAS CIVIL PROTECTION AND FIRE DEPARTMENT
México 200 50, Nuevo Vallarta, Nay.
RED CROSS BAHÍA DE BANDERAS
Carr. Mezcales - San Vicente #343, San Vicente, Nay.