10 Reasons Why Renting a Yacht in Puerto Vallarta is Well Worth It

Why You Should Experience a Yacht Charter in Puerto Vallarta

I’ve been living in Vallarta for quite some time, and let me assure you, you’re in for an incredible experience exploring the city’s sights and the expansive mountainous landscapes. Puerto Vallarta is genuinely special, with a charm that sets it apart from many other places. However, I have to say, the level of fun I’ve had on the water aboard various boats is truly unmatched.

One of the main reasons Palmara Charters was we just couldn’t get enough of the amazing times we had on the beautiful Mexican waters There’s just something about it that warms my heart, and has me aching to come back and set sail again as soon as I can. It took me some time to narrow it down and dissect why I (along with so many others) have fallen in love with the Bay of Banderas. Why most things experienced on a yacht (or most boats for that matter), is a better experience than on land.

If you’re pondering the question, “Is it truly worth it?” Well, the straightforward answer is a resounding YES, and here’s why: Today, we’re contemplating the age-old question – “To yacht or not to yacht?” Exploring why being on a boat might just outshine doing the same on land. So, let’s dive into my top 10 reasons why you should set sail.

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1. Exclusive Privacy:

A boat provides a more intimate and private setting, allowing you to enjoy the warm waters away from crowded beaches. This one may sound obvious, but privacy in a touristic destination is not always easy to come by. Even when you embark on a lot of the tours here in Vallarta, you’ll be packed on a boat with 100+ other people sitting on a hard bench and hanging onto a cold chrome railing. It’s not the most idealistic environment if you’re looking to enjoy sailing those warm waters exclusively with your friends and family. Allowing you to be yourself and let loose (especially if you’re drinking). And who doesn’t want to be able to fully act themselves right?

For numerous individuals, privacy stands out as the paramount consideration when opting to rent a personal boat. It guarantees that you share the boat exclusively with the individuals you choose. Being on a boat with unfamiliar faces in an environment where quick departures aren’t always feasible can alter the entire experience. This isn’t to imply that meeting new people and potentially forming friendships is undesirable. However, especially when traveling to Mexico with your family or celebrating a wedding, for instance, the time spent on board is markedly more enjoyable when you are at ease and acquainted with everyone around you.

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The tranquility of the open seas on a catamaran is truly unmatched.

2. 360-Degree Views:

Indulge in breathtaking panoramic vistas of the coastline, sunsets, and marine wonders as you navigate the open waters, setting the stage for a truly picturesque celebration. Unlike being on land, where the beauty of the mountains and sea is viewed separately, the water offers a unique vantage point for enjoying both simultaneously. Experiencing that full 360-degree panorama inherently evokes a sense of freedom for the soul.

The expansiveness surrounding you from every angle is genuinely extraordinary—a feeling that truly manifests itself when you’re out at sea. It’s this distinctive sensation that inspires our slogan, “freedom realized.” There’s nothing quite like being on the water, feeling the gentle warmth of the breeze, and marveling at your surroundings. This sensation encapsulates a profound sense of freedom, and if I could bottle and sell that feeling, well, I’d be quite a wealthy individual.

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Enjoying a cocktail while soaking up the views of an endless horizon

3. Beach Hopping:

Explore nearby beaches and secluded coves that are only accessible by boat, adding an element of discovery to your experience. Similar to being on other tours as mentioned earlier, you have no say in where the boat goes. If everyone is having a wonderful time in a specific location – these bigger tours are on a predetermined schedule and itinerary. Which for some people is exactly what they want. While for others, if they had it their way, they would have liked to explore different locations – like the many secluded beaches along the coast for example. Well the beautiful part of renting your own yacht is you have the ability to go anywhere you’d like.

Additionally, a considerable number of our yachts, as well as others in our fleet, boast a more modest size compared to the larger tour boats. This size advantage enables you to anchor in closer proximity to the shore, providing the flexibility to either swim directly to the beach or take a dinghy (small shuttle boat) comfortably to the shore. The significance of this size difference becomes apparent when you wish to explore specific locations around the bay.

The smaller yachts offer superior maneuverability compared to the larger double-decker catamarans, ensuring a more agile and personalized experience. To learn about some of Vallarta’s beaches within the Bay of Banderas, have a quick read of article about Puerto Vallarta’s top beaches. Many people love to explore Majahuitas beach club for its exclusivity and grandeur – with serene ocean views while surrounded by lush jungle.

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4. Water Activities:

Immerse yourself in the inviting waters for an interactive and exhilarating celebration with opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and water sports. Our fleet includes boats equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, lily pads, sea scooters, and sometimes even jet skis. These engaging activities are exclusive to the aquatic realm and are integral to the yacht rental experience here in Vallarta. Whether you’re yearning for the thrill of a jet ski ride or seeking a closer connection to the ocean, these activities offer the perfect means to do so.

If you haven’t snorkelled here in Vallarta yet, accessing the best locations is most easily accomplished when you’re chartering the coast in your yacht. At any point you can hop off and swim close to the rocks (carefully of course), because around the rocks is where you’ll discover the most abundance of marine life. Also your captain will know of the best spots to explore as well, and will be happy to stop anytime you’d like to snorkel.

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Nothing like snorkeling on a hot day in the warm clear waters of Banderas Bay

5. Personalized Service:

When you charter a boat, you’re not just booking a vessel; you’re securing a dedicated crew ready to curate an experience tailored precisely to your preferences. Consider the magic of music – imagine your own playlist setting the vibe, creating an atmosphere that’s uniquely yours. It’s those small, personalized touches that make the journey exceptional.

The same principle applies to your culinary adventure. No more settling for standard fare; our crews customize menus to suit your taste buds. And let’s not forget about drinks – crafted just the way you like them. This level of attention to detail sets yacht experiences apart from typical tours, where mass catering often takes precedence.

On our boats, the team is on a mission to ensure your every need is met. They go beyond the expected, diligently catering to each guest on board. It’s a commitment to top-notch service, creating an ambiance where you’re not just a passenger but a pampered guest. Cruising the Mexican seas on a yacht is a rare treat. So, let’s make every moment count, soaking in the luxury and relishing the fact that not every day involves sailing these breathtaking waters.

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Bachelorette party on board

6. Unmatched Atmosphere:

The gentle rocking of the boat, the sound of waves, and the sea breeze create a unique and relaxing atmosphere that is impossible to replicate on land. You can get close to that feeling and ambiance relaxing on a beach, but it’s still not quite the same. There’s a sense of freedom being aboard a boat, floating on the water – and it’s hard to describe unless you’ve experienced it for yourself. Obviously no one likes feeling seasick, but with the help of dramamine (anti seasick pill) and some of our yachts having a Seakeeper installed – this helps dramatically.

7. Freedom to Move:

Aboard a boat, the freedom to effortlessly change locations opens up a world of possibilities—exploring diverse stretches of the coastline or discovering the ideal spot to anchor and revel in festivities. This very freedom is often the driving force for those who choose to invest in and own a boat—a sense of unrestricted movement. The same liberating principle holds true when renting a yacht in Puerto Vallarta. Here, you have the power to guide the captain to your desired destinations at any moment, adding a touch of spontaneity and personalization to your voyage (within reasonable bounds, of course).

In contrast, larger tours typically come with pre-set itineraries and timelines. So, even if everyone on board is thoroughly enjoying a particular spot and wishes to linger, the rigid schedule may not allow it. Onward and upward, as they say. However, with a personalized yacht rental, how you spend your time on the vessel is entirely at your discretion. The journey becomes a canvas, and you are the artist, shaping the experience as you see fit.

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Reading on the flybridge on our 62ft 620S Prestige

8. Sunset Spectacle:

Savor the magic of mesmerizing ocean sunsets, setting a naturally romantic tone for your celebration. Witness the sun’s rays playfully dancing on the endless waves—a truly wondrous spectacle that exclusively unfolds when you’re at sea level aboard a boat. As the sun gracefully dips below the horizon, the boat’s lights come to life, creating an experience not everyone has the chance to enjoy. The true delight of being on a boat reaches its peak when you get to spend time onboard at night. The charming warm mood lighting emerges, enveloping you in coziness and making you feel right at home.

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Sunset views on the water with out Lagoon Cat 40

9. No Crowds, No Limits:

Bask in the camaraderie of your group, unrestricted by the confines of crowded venues or noise limitations, creating an exclusive and unforgettable experience. While many companies in the Vallarta area offer excellent tours, they often adhere to a similar business model—large crowds and lower prices. While this model has its merits, it’s not the service we strive to provide. On the contrary, we believe in offering an experience free from crowds. There’s something truly exceptional about having a place all to yourself, whether you’re a couple of two or a party of twenty (or more, in some cases).

We understand the joy of having ample room to stroll without brushing shoulders with strangers. It’s about fostering that intimate, family-like atmosphere, precisely what we aim to achieve on our vessels. When you charter a yacht with Palmara Charters in Puerto Vallarta, exclusivity and privacy take center stage—our guiding principles for an unparalleled experience.

10. Luxury Amenities:

Step aboard many charter boats, and you’ll discover a world of luxurious amenities—expansive decks, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and exquisite dining options—all designed to elevate your celebration to a realm of unparalleled comfort and style. From top-quality, plush seating to well-appointed rooms, inviting lounge areas, and expansive outdoor deck spaces, our priority is ensuring your utmost comfort. In the realm of commercial charters, concerns may not extend to the finer details like leather seating or handcrafted dining room furniture designed to enhance your dining pleasure, but for us, they are paramount. We’re dedicated to offering you nothing but the best, providing an experience fit for royalty because you deserve to be treated like one every once in a while.

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In the main salon of our 85ft Azimut yacht for overnight excursions

Whether it’s a private party, celebration, or a casual day out, being on a boat in the warm waters of Vallarta offers a unique and unforgettable experience that goes beyond the possibilities of land-based venues. It’s not every day you’re in Mexico and have the chance of sailing in beautiful Banderas Bay around Puerto Vallarta, so why not treat yourself to something special? Life is all about sharing time with loved ones and creating memories you’ll cherish for years to come. It might sound cliche, but it really is true. And spending a day (or more) on a yacht is one incredible experience – one you’ll be remembering for a long long time.

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you to Mexico and bring your yacht charter dreams to fruition. To learn more about how to book your yacht charter, we’ve made it simple for you by writing a short article that walks you through all the necessary steps when renting a yacht in Puerto Vallarta. Feel free to reach out at any time to discuss the endless possibilities. We’re excited about the prospect of connecting with you soon!