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Top 7 Places To Visit In Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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There are so many attractions of breathtaking beauty to discover in this coastal strip of the Riviera Nayarit. Here's a selection of the best to see and do in the Riviera Nayarit so that you enjoy the weather and maximize your time there.

Enjoy Nuevo Vallarta

Due to its closeness with its most famous Jalisco neighbor (Puerto Vallarta), Nuevo Vallarta is the best-known tourist destination in the Riviera Nayarit.  In Nuevo Vallarta, there are magnificent hotels, top-rated restaurants, spectacular water parks, golf courses designed by luminaries of that sport, world-class spas, nightlife, and tours to all the destinations of interest in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, and Banderas Bay.

Snorkeling in Islas Marietas

In these islands, you will see species of unparalleled beauty, like the blue-footed booby bird, and underwater the spectacle is even better. Here you'll have the opportunity to witness it diving or snorkeling in the Marietas. Some reef areas are enabled for underwater excursions to admire the beautiful marine biodiversity without exerting too much pressure on the delicate ecosystems. In this aquatic ecosystem, you can spot many species such as the yellow-tailed blue damselfish, angelfish, dorado, parrotfish, octopus, giant rays, starfish, sea turtles, and the majestic shark-whale.

Stay in Rincon de Guayabitos

Guayabitos has one of the most varied lodging offers in the Riviera Nayarit. This Mexican corner stands out for its bungalows and cabins on the beach or very close to it. Guayabitos is located in the Bay of Jaltemba. It's an inlet known as the “largest pool in the world” for its spaciousness, tranquil beaches, and crystal-clear waters. On the shores of Guayabitos, you can swim quietly, sunbathe, practice beach games, enjoy excellent drinks and many dining options. You can book sport fishing trips and excursions from the bay for sighting tours of sea lions and whales.

Explore Sayulita

Sayulita is a town in the Riviera Nayarit recognized as a Magical Town. Its main beach is one of the best in Mexico for surfing, and there are schools with experienced instructors to train beginners in this fun sport or classes for advanced surfers. With world-class accommodations and the gastronomy of Sayulita, which revolves around seafood, you will enjoy its fine cuisine. The increased tourist growth of the town has expanded the culinary offer to different cuisine options in a laid back atmosphere.

Go whale watching From San Pancho

San Francisco, better known as San Pacho, is a place that stands out in Banderas Bay for its ecological activities. One is the humpback whale watching tours, the gigantic creatures that come to the warm waters of Nayarit to breed between late autumn and early spring. Another ecological activity in San Pancho worthy of admiration is the release of turtles. San Pancho is a cozy town, with a delicious beach, suitable for surfing, and everything you need to spend a great vacation.

Go fishing from Punta de Mita

Punta de Mita is a destination in the Riviera Nayarit very frequented for its excellent hotel infrastructure and beautiful beaches and the closest place to the Marietas Islands, which are only 8 km from Mita. It's a small peninsula of about 4 miles that is favored by the breezes that keep the weather cool due to its geographical position. A place called La Escollera, in the small town of Nuevo Corral del Risco, is the center of operations of a group of boatmen who make fishing, diving, and tourist interest excursions in general. In La Escollera, there are fluttering pelicans, seagulls, and other members of the avian fauna, guarded by the picturesque lighthouse at the entrance.

Immerse Yourself in Puerto Vallarta

The prominent tourist city of Jalisco is so close to the Riviera Nayarit that it's practically a part of the tourist corridor. Every visit to Puerto Vallarta should start with its emblematic boardwalk, the Malecon. This kilometer-long promenade facing the ocean is full of large-format sculptures, cafes, restaurants, street artists, and music. In front of the boardwalk, one of the most famous beaches in the city is Playa de Los Muertos, always animated by many people who go to sunbathe, practice beach sports, drink a cold beer with friends, and eat delicious deliciously snacks. Other beaches in PV or very close to the city are Conchas Chinas, Boca de Tomatlán  and Boca de Tomates. An unmissable Puerto Vallarta site is the Romantic Zone, an area of Old Vallarta limited by the boardwalk and the river. It's a town of cobbled streets, cafes, restaurants, cozy hotels, and all the old city's charm.

The entire Riviera Nayarit has excellent hotels, beautiful beaches with all the beach entertainment and tourist services. It also has magnificent restaurants, fishing villages, nature reserves, wildlife refuges, water parks, spas, clubs, bars, and everything you need for a fantastic holiday or weekend trip.

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