Beginning in the 1960’s, the Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit (MEXorc) began hosting the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Yacht Race, which has grown to include more than 500 visitors and participants in recent years. In 2014, the weeklong event will be take place in Puerto Vallarta from March 23-29 and will feature a variety of regattas, including long and short races in the Bay of Banderas. In addition, races will be held to and from Las Caletas beach, the nearby Marietas Islands and Puerto Vallarta’s marina.
The main leg of the race will actually begin at the San Diego Yacht Club with a kick off party on Thursday, March 13, with more than 250 sailors expected to attend. Upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta, participants can enjoy special discount rates at the Westin Resort and Spa, which is the official host hotel for the event. More than 25 highly competitive boats have already registered for the race, making this the largest field since 2002.
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Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay is home to a rich history and diverse local culture, with fabulous cuisine and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The horseshoe-shaped bay is naturally protected, making the area ideal for water sports, and the city has become a major cruise ship destination. The region is also home to pristine tropical lagoons, rainforests, mangroves and breathtaking mountains, which have helped Puerto Vallarta to emerge as a prime ecotourism destination in recent years.
After undergoing an extensive $2.4 million makeover last year, the city’s newly renovated Los Muertos Pier will serve as a gathering place for spectators and participants in this year’s race. Today, the pier encompasses more than 2,182 square feet and includes a large pedestrian-friendly zone, state of the art lighting, a spacious waterfront promenade and a landing dock.
The marina in Puerto Vallarta lies just south of the city’s international airport and features 500 slips that are surrounded by picturesque condos and a charming boardwalk where visitors can explore a wide variety of shops, boutiques and restaurants. A number of world-class golf courses can also be found in the area, making the most of the Sierra Madre’s stunning natural landscape.