Yacht Charters in Mexico, West Coast
Expect beautiful pueblos with distinctive colonial architecture; glorious mountain ranges; endless stretches of sandy beaches and a warm and welcoming people on your Mexico West Coast yacht charter. It is no wonder that the West coast of Mexico continues to attract a chic clientele. They come in search of the romanticism the western coast of Mexico promises. It can be found in the beautiful marinas that line the shore, in the sumptuous food of the many local restaurants and in the great seafaring adventure that lies ahead of you upon the gulf of California and beyond.
Discover the West Coast of Mexico on a luxury yacht charter with Denison Superyachts. View an itinerary below.
Zihuatanejo to Los Cabos, Mexico: 8 Days
Day 1: Zihuatanejo
Zihuatanejo is a simple and authentic Mexican beach town that has changed slowly with time. Those seeking a low-key retreat with Mexican personality should settle in Zihuatanejo, home to simple inns close to the beach as well as some ultra-luxury boutique hotels. The area, with the backdrop of the Sierra Madre and foreground of the Pacific Ocean, provides a broad range of outdoor activities and sun-drenched diversions. Scuba diving on the coral reef, deep-sea fishing, remote beaches, and golf are among the favorites. Nightlife in both towns borders on the subdued, although Ixtapa is livelier during holiday periods.
Day 2 & 3: Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a combination of Mexican warmth, international diversity, and artistic charm.
Galleries, boutique shops, and outdoor markets blanket the town's cobblestone streets. You can walk everywhere, pausing along the way at a beachside cafe or on a boardwalk bench. Life here revolves around the ocean, with activities including deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, long-board surfing, and swimming with dolphins. Ecotourism activities abound - enjoy a jungle canopy tour, visit a protected island preserve, or test your sight at bird-watching. Ease yourself into an ocean kayak, watch whales migrating, or put on your scuba gear and dive with giant mantas in Banderas Bay.
Choose from 26 miles of beaches, many in pristine coves accessible only by boat and framed by the majestic Sierra Madre mountains. Follow the right tropical mountain path just a short way from the coast and the trail will wind you through peaceful, scenic landscapes until you arrive at a waterfall in a small canyon.
Nighttime entertainment transforms the malecón into a modern Mexican party, where hipsters pack fashionable clubs, dancers swing to salsa, midnight revelers chase back tequila, and celebrations spill into the streets. A number of more chilled-out bars cater to the wine and margarita crowd.
Day 4: Sayulita
Sayulita captures the simplicity and tranquility of beach life that has long since left Vallarta. For years, Sayulita has been principally a surfers' destination -- the main beach in town is known for its consistent break and long, ridable waves.
An easygoing attitude prevails in this beach town, despite the niceties popping up amid the basic accommodations, inexpensive Mexican food stands, and handmade, hippie-style-bauble vendors. You may encounter a Huichol Indian family that has come down from the Sierra to sell their wares. Yet it's quickly becoming gentrified with new cafes, sleek shops, aromatherapy-infused spas, and elegant villas for rent.
Day 5: Mazatlan
Hop off your West Coast Mexico superyacht charter, and get lost among the cobbled streets of the old town, where you can absorb the colonial splendor of the 19th-century Italian-style Teatro Peralta; meander past restored neoclassical homes resplendent in warm tropical colors; and pause in a traditional cafe for a robust Mexican coffee. Sit in the tree-lined Plaza Mechado amid a creative crowd of artists, musicians, and writers.
Enjoy the world-class golf scene, check out the cliff divers near the old lighthouse, grab a surfboard and paddle out to the small, consistent waves. Deep-sea fishing for marlin and sailfish is among the best in Mexico. Hiking, bird-watching, and quiet beach walks here will lift your soul. Discover Playa Venado -ideal for swimming, sailing and snorkeling.
Mazatlán has its share of clubs and discos -- it always seems to be happy hour at Señor Frog's, and Joe's Oyster Bar attracts an all-day party crowd. But in the old town, old-school cantinas bring as much warm energy to the night air as the hip modern bars.
Day 6 & 7: Cabo San Lucas
Cruise overnight across the Pacific to the southern tip of Baja California. Cabo's been a hot spot for 70 years, since its start as a golden-age sport fishing mecca in the 1950s. Since then it has transformed into one of Mexico's most exclusive destinations, but is as appealing today as way back when, with beautiful beaches, singular sunsets, and the magic that happens where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. Visit the coves of Baja from January to March for whale watching as California grey whales migrate from Alaska to breed.
Inland adventurers can hike Baja's desert canyons and waterfalls, or blow through them in a Humvee. Get your history fix at the stone-walled Iglesia de San Lucas, founded by Spanish missionaries in 1730. Visit El Arco by tender or kayak - rock shaped into an arch over the centuries by the waves.
Day 8: Los Cabos & Cabo San Lucas
It is recommended to spend a few days here after disembarking from your yacht as there are many adventures on land to enjoy. Los Cabos (the Capes) are not one place but two very different ones, separated by 33km (22 miles) of wild, gorgeous beaches and a roster of luxury resorts. San José del Cabo, known as San José, is the original Cabo, founded in 1730 by Spanish missionaries in a fertile plain uphill from the sea. Cabo San Lucas, known simply as Cabo, is the upstart -- up until the 1950s, it was a small fishing village, albeit at the edge of some of the most dramatic coastline in the Americas.
San José is still the older sister, more cultured and staid, while Cabo is the wild child, dedicated to sports, beaches, and parties. San José savors organic cuisine and ambles along the colonial streets of its arts district, while Cabo is sunbathing on yachts and drinking in nightclubs. San José has the surfing beaches, but Cabo has the port. San José is upscale Mexican; Cabo is gringo all the way.
The good news is, you don't have to choose. However different they may be, the two Cabos are only a half-hour drive apart on a zippy four-lane highway. It's common to make your base in one and make day trips to the other, or split the difference and bed down in one of the super-luxurious beachfront resorts along the so-called Corridor between them.
Luxury yacht charters with Denison Superyachts will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. To find out how to charter a yacht on the West Coast of Mexico, please contact one of the team.