Mexico Boating

Here are the Top 5 Boating Destinations in Mexico

Written by Boatsetter Team
January 4, 2018

Last Updated on February 3, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

Rent a Boat in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and San Miguel de Cozumel

Sailing in and around some of the world’s most popular oceans remains a “bucket-list” item for so many people. A Boatsetter luxury yacht rental is an incredible vacation idea that will never be forgotten. Did you know that renting a boat is now easier than ever? If you get a few of your best friends together one night, talk with them about the type of boat you are dreaming of and start setting aside some dates for your fabulous boating vacation. Think about the types of boats you may want to rent. With Boatsetter, you have a wide range of choices, including catamarans, sailboats, pontoon boat, or all types of powerful and flashy motorboats.

But once you have determined the type of boat you are looking for, the next question is, where should you go? Although Boatsetter offers you amazing options in almost any international location, Mexico is an especially attractive choice for most Americans because it is easy to fly to one of the major cities, and it is close enough that you don’t need to have a large block of time set aside. You can easily take a quick jaunt down south for a relaxing week off, or you might even be able to go for just a weekend. Check out these top five boating destinations in Mexico for some inspiring ideas of where to enjoy the boating trip of your dreams.

Lovin’ it in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is a paradise for sun-worshippers and all types of boats. When you rent a boat in Cabo San Lucas, you can count on year-round warm weather and some incredible fishing opportunities. Be sure to sail out to the iconic arching stone cliffs at Land’s End. There are also endless activities for you to enjoy in this resort town, such as jet-skiing, banana boating, parasailing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, and diving. Cabo San Lucas is famous for having tons of wild parties at night, so either come prepared for that or sail your boat offshore to escape the noise and the crowds. It is certainly possible to truly relax in style when you rent a boat in Cabo San Lucas and enjoy all of the great resorts, beaches, and natural scenery.

Pristine Puerto Vallarta

Check out this official travel guide to Puerto Vallarta to discover all of the amazing things the town has to offer. You can enjoy spectacular scenery when you rent a boat in Puerto Vallarta and cruise it up and down Banderas Bay. It is a resort town especially popular with Canadians because there are often good travel deals departing from Vancouver. The most important attractions for us as boaters are the incredible bays and coves, and of course, the amazing beaches. There are eight Blue Flag certified beaches, meaning that they are clean, safe and comfortable: Palmares, Camarones, Playa de Oro, Amapas, Conchas Chinas I, Conchas Chinas II, Garza Blanca, and Sheraton. You can sail your boat rental to all of these beaches and drop anchor slightly off the coast, and then swim ashore. When you rent a boat in Puerto Vallarta, enjoy the incredible weather while relaxing in the cool, calm water.

Cruising in Cancun

Cancun is on the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula and it is a famous spring break destination. It is full of resorts and long, wide beaches that cater mostly to hotel guests. There are two distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area of El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, where most of the high-rise hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants can be found. Again, there are some public beaches you can use when you rent a boat in Cancun but it is best to avoid swimming ashore to one of the private beaches. The water in Cancun is always extremely clear and it is an excellent area to see big green sea turtles and other exotic aquatic life. When you rent a boat in Cancun, it is possible to sail down to Cozumel, although it will take you at least a few hours.

Chilling in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is also on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It features long lines of palm-lined beaches and a few coral reefs near the shore. When you rent a boat in Playa del Carmen, you will discover that it’s an ideal area for diving and snorkeling, and it is common to see manta rays, moray eels, sea turtles and lots of lavender sea fans. Quinta Avenida is a long pedestrian road that runs parallel to the beach. Here you will find the best bars and restaurants in the town. Playa del Carmen tends to attract more Europeans, so don’t be surprised to hear a wide range of languages while you are lounging on the beach. When you rent a boat in Playa del Carmen, it is also even easier to sail it across the Caribbean Sea to Cozumel, because the island is much closer.

Sunning in San Miguel de Cozumel

San Miguel de Cozumel is the biggest town on the island of Cozumel. The island is easily accessible from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and other parts of the Yucatán Peninsula. If you happen to fly to Cozumel, you can also rent a boat in San Miguel de Cozumel instead of getting one on the mainland. The island features some excellent snorkeling opportunities as well as dozens of interesting coves where you can dock your boat and enjoy a delicious meal or some drinks on the water. Always see what kinds of equipment already come included on your boat when you rent a boat in San Miguel de Cozumel.

Pay Attention to the Weather and Climate on the Water

As a boater, you always want to keep the weather in mind, because it can cause all kinds of problems, from something as simple as ruining your brunch plans, all the way up to something as serious as stranding you in a storm off the coast. Thankfully, Mexican waters generally don’t experience as many weather extremes as some coastal areas. The dry season from December to April is the best time to visit Mexico. It’s an ideal time for a boating adventure because the days are full of sunshine and the nights are pleasantly warm. The rainy season is generally from May to November. You may not think you want to be out on a boat during the rainy season, but even during this time of year, the days are often warm with some minor drizzling some evenings.

Now that you know more about these incredible destinations, start making plans to get down to Mexico! To start browsing the entire Boatsetter fleet of boats for rent, visit the Boatsetter website and enter in your desired location for local listings.



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