This page gives the links to our cruising blog posts from the northern portion of the mainland between Mazatlan and Manzanilo which is known as the Mexican Riviera. The southern portion of this region south of Puerto Vallarta (Banderas Bay) and on down to Manzanillo is referred to as the “Costa Alegre” (sometimes concatenated to “Costalegre”), and also known to cruisers as the Gold Coast.
If the geography of Mexico is unfamiliar to you, especially the locations of the most popular anchorages, check out our Maps of Mexico – Most Popular Anchorages. If you are considering a cruise along Mexico’s Pacific coast and/or Sea of Cortez, have a look at our Mexico Cruising Guide and our Insider’s Tips to Cruising Mexico.
July, 2013 - We started our Baja Bash in Puerto Vallarta by sailing on the coattails of Hurricane Dalila to Cabo San Lucas. Yikes!
February, 2011 - Barra de Navidad is a funky seaside town and serene anchorage overflowing with cruisers and shore-side ex-pats at one end and high-end resort guests at the other...
March, 2013 - Wow, talk about color! The tiny anchorage of Careyes is hard to park in, but the colorful views surrounding the anchorage make it well worth the effort!
During a delightful week at beautiful Casa Maguey in La Manzanilla, we met kindred spirits and discovered our host grew up in a 26' motorhome traveling throughout in N. and S. America!
November, 2010 - Crossing the Sea of Cortez "the long way" from Cabo to Chamela was unnerving, but Chamela was a great place to recover.
March, 2011 - We discovered the island anchorages of Chamela Bay are remote, unspoiled and very scenic..
March, 2013 - On our second visit to the "Secret Anchorage" of Cuastecomate, we got ashore to the cute village behind the palapa beach bars.
While staying at Casa Maguey in La Manzanilla, we had fun experiences with the locals and learned about the first RV train tour of Copper Canyon!
February, 2011 - Las Hadas Resort has gorgeous views of Manzanillo bay, but a trip in town revealed the grittier side of Manzanillo's downtown.
January, 2012 - When our alternator died in Manzanillo, a Mexican Horatio Alger and an expert repairman whose shop was outdoors saved our bacon...
December, 2010 - What a fantastic spot: Las Hadas ("The Fairies) Resort anchorage where the movie "10" was made and where life is easy.
December, 2010 - Las Hadas Resort is all about languid poolside afternoons and strolls amid fantasy architecture, but those niggling chores...
March, 2013 - Visiting Las Hadas in our third season aboard Groovy, we were charmed by its picturesque beauty once again and took tons of pics!!
February, 2011 - Santiago has a wide four mile long beach in Manzanillo where we found wildlife, a tuba player and a perfect birthday afternoon.
March, 2013 - Paraiso is a tiny gem of an anchorage where we found clear turquoise water, thick swarms of fish, tall palms and a gorgeous beach.
March, 2013 - In Santiago Bay we bolted out of bed every morning to watch the gorgeous sunrises. Each was more beautiful than the last.
March, 2011 - At Tenacatita we saw the most extensive red tide we've ever seen, but an exotic "jungle tour" up a mangrove estuary made us smile again...
April, 2011 - Mazatlan was once a great Mexican city, and some folks still enjoy its Old Town, but we never got the warm and fuzzies there.
April, 2011 - We saw a great whale display going to San Blas, then on to Isla Isabel where blue footed boobies and their babies delighted us.
May, 2013 - The World Cup Kiteboard competitions took place right on our beach. And what a thrilling show it was -- soaring athletes on wings and cool cars!!
March, 2013 - Our passage from Chamela to La Cruz was very tranquil until breaching humpback whales burst out of the water next to us, welcoming us to Banderas Bay!
March, 2011 - La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a sailing oriented town near Puerto Vallarta where we discovered Huichol yarn art and saw Mexico's wilder side.
April, 2013 - La Cruz is a favorite cruiser hangout, and when we went to the Sunday farmer's market we understood why -- it's fantastic!!
April, 2013 - At Paradise Village Marina, we suddenly found ourselves vacationing at a high end resort filled with pools, palapas, Mayan touches and exotic animals.
December, 2011 - After an unusual birthday bash in La Paz, we crossed the Sea of Cortez to Paradise Village Resort Marina for some pre-holiday luxury...
April, 2013 - Taking an estuary tour behind Paradise Village Marina, we found exotic birds, iguanas & crocs. What a surprise to find dolphins too!
To see the links to our cruising blog posts from the other regions of Mexico, check out these summary pages (you can also find every anchorage we visited under the Mexico menu item (Pacific Mexico Destinations) in the menu bar at the top of each page):
- Pacific Coast of the Baja (San Diego to Cabo San Lucas)
- Sea of Cortez (La Paz to San Carlos)
- Costa Grande & Costa Sur (Zihuatanejo to Chiapas)
- Southern Mexico Travel (inland) (San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca, Monte Alban, Palenque, Morelia)
To follow our travels chronologically, see the Route page.