Details for Marina Riviera Nayarit

Marina Riviera Nayarit

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 6 reviews

Address Marlin No. 39
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, NA

Phone52 (329) 29-555-26

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: With taxes it works out to $0.75 USD per foot per day. No discounts for weekly and only a 5% discount for monthly.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: 22 cents USD per Kwh, 2017.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Some slips seem to have cable with lots of channels. Others only 3 Mexican channels.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - The water at the dock is NOT potable and costs $3.00 USD per cubic meter. Drinkable water in 20 liter bottles can be purchased from the marina store for 25 pesos per bottle. 2017

Dinghy access

Yes - Free, convenient, and safe.

Liveaboard info

Yes - No extra charges, nice shower facilities included in the price. The monthly moorage fee is about the same as a state-side marina, not cheap.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: 15% or more is added for "docking" fees, but still total cost is reasonable at 17.18 pesos/liter (65 pesos/gallon).


Yes - Wednesday is propane day. You drop your tank off at the office, it comes back full later in the day, and you pay about what you would pay in the states to fill up your tank yourself.

Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Available at the fuel dock.




Yes - For marina residents that have key card. Open 24/7



Yes - The laundry lady comes out on the docks, picks your laundry up, brings it back all nice and clean, for a pretty reasonable charge.


Yes - Lots of local markets in town within walking distance. The local fishermens' open air fish market is really close. Farmer's market on the weekend has all sorts of local produce and specialized stuff. Walmart and Mega are two huge grocery stores within an easy bus ride.



Yes - From very good expensive ones to tacos in the street that are awesome and really cheap, and everything in between. La Cruz is turning into a great little restaurant town with all sorts of cool little foodie places opening, coffee houses, music, etc. A great little scene.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Yes - They can haul out 70 foot yachts with their Travellift and have skilled workers.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Observation Dec 2016: Free wifi available, but low bandwidth and slow internet connection. Better from VIP Lounge in the club house.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Lots of cheap buses and taxis.

Other services


Reviews for Marina Riviera Nayarit
Best overall marina in Banderas Bay, 2017-05-27
Captain: , Tucson, AZ (60)

My best overall opinion is mainly due to location and excellent staff. The docks are not in great shape, though they have started replacing the rotting wood. Electric is mostly good, but some sections have poor connections in neutral or ground. The dock water has TDS of around 1200ppm. I wouldn't put it in my tank without significant filtration. I use a small RO system that does a good job. Like most marinas, the wifi is really slow when a lot of people are there. An antenna and amplifier help. The showers are in good shape, and the VIP room good for internet work. The shipyard is pricey but does excellent work. PV Sailing is onsite for repairs and new North Sails. There are shops in La Cruz for canvas work and Raymarine parts and service. The onsite restaurants Frascati and La Peska are very good, but a little pricey, as you would expect. Slip fees are expensive in season, but reasonable starting in June.

Quaint location, 2017-01-09
Captain: , Georgetown, SC (616)

Jqn '16 Update - Returned for 5 nights on our way back to Mazatlan. No improvement in the dock maintenance. Had an excellent meal in the on site Frascati restaurant. Well worth experiencing.

May '15 - We spent two weeks here (5/1 - 5/14/15) after leaving Mazatlan. Since the previous 2013 review, in my opinion, maintenance of the docks has declined. Not terrible, but not worthy of four stars. The first place we've stayed where the water is metered. The rest of the marina is nice and well maintained. The VIP lounge is clean, comfortable and cool, as are the adjacent banos.
It may be due to the late date, but there were many vacant slips.
The bi-lingual marina staff was very helpful, but unable to process the paperwork for port entrance/exit from the Capitania.
The town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is like stepping back twenty years in time. Numerous restaurants of all varieties within walking distance, many small tiendas. The fresh fish market (Mercado de Mar) can't be beat. Price and quality are exceptional!
Appears to be a significant ex-pat community.
Provisioning requires a cab ride.

Easy to get stuck here, 2013-03-17
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We pulled in only expecting to stay a week, but ended up staying almost 2 (we did do 4 days of in-land travel). There's constantly things going on here with cruiser seminars, music, food, swap meets, etc. I can see how people get sucked into staying here.

The facilities are in good shape. The docks are well maintained. It can be a long haul to the showers depending upon where you are. The staff speaks excellent English and is very helpful. It's too bad that they don't have potable water.

Marina de La Cruz, 2012-12-28
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

First class marina with everything you might want. Friendly staff, well-maintained facilities, and lovely town withing walkin distance. Excellent fish market up from the fuel dock. Good selection of restaurants in town.

Awesome place to hang out., 2012-02-16
Captain: , Fall City (67)

As far as marinas go on the west coast of Mexico, this is in the top 5. It doesn't rain from November thru June, and it is too hot to be here the rest of the time. La Cruz is turning into a really special place, with a very strong cruiser community. The marina is clean, the water in the basin is clean, there is a ton of fun stuff to do on shore within walking distance, the boat yard has stateside skills and prices, the free anchorage is the best one in Banderas Bay, and there are a lot of interesting people hanging out here.

not worth it, 2011-06-26
Captain: , Seattle (180)

It may have fuel and has been rebuilt but with out potable water and if it rains the sewage enters marina why wlould anyone want to stay here. I did not visit except for fuel

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