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Why This 200 Mile Stretch Of Coastline Is One Of The Trendiest Destinations In Mexico

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Visitors numbers fluctuate month to month, but it's safe to say Puerto Vallarta is among the top 5 destinations in Mexico.

Take out Mexico City and all the top destinations are premiere beach getaways. Each vacation spot has its own unique vibe.

Beach in Riviera Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta stands out as a dreamy resort escape while still holding on to an authentic experience for travelers.

While many choose to stay put in the touristy areas of the city, just minutes north of Puerto Vallarta is 200 miles of pristine coastline, becoming one of the trendiest spots in Mexico this year.

Bookings Are Surging In Riviera Nayarit

While vacationers always have Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta on the brain, Riviera Nayarit is making a name for itself as Mexico's newest luxury beach destination.

couple on vacation at resort

The numbers back it up with bookings surging through 2024 already. With hundreds of miles to choose from, travelers have so many options of what to do and where to stay.

Despite being under the radar for now, the area is developed with ample resorts along some of the most scenic beaches and jungles in Mexico.

Travelers don't have to sacrifice comfort to go against the grain of the mega-popular resort destinations we all know.

In fact, if you're seeking pure bliss and luxury on your next trip, Riviera Nayarit checks off all the boxes with fewer crowds for miles and miles.

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A Mix Of Everything

Travelers will need to fly into Puerto Vallarta's conveniently located airport to reach Riviera Nayarit the easiest.

From there, it's up to you how to plan out your trip. You can stay in a crowded touristy city elbow to elbow or add just mere minutes to your trip by going to Riviera Nayarit without sacrificing your experience.

While certain areas of the city have held on to their authenticity, unlike more popular vacation hotspots catered to tourists, Riviera Nayarit does so even more as it's still developing.

vibrant street in sayulita

Of course, we all love to rest our heads at night in nice hotels, but there is so much charm this side of Mexico has to offer beyond the resorts.

Home to dozens of picturesque coastal towns and pueblos, there are three in particular that should be on your radar for a trip to this vast area.

Sayulita and Punta Mita are among the more popular small towns, both oozing charm during the day and home to buzzing nightlife spots after sundown.

The other town quickly spiking in popularity for 2024 is the Nuevo Vallarta. Widely expected to be one of the top destinations with the most buzz, this town has breathtaking beaches, eye-popping architecture, and an excellent safety record to ease tourists' minds about going somewhere new.

resort in jungle of riviera nayarit

No matter where you go, expect endless ways to spend time at the beach or in the water, ranging from surfing to kayaking, all while taking in the gorgeous backdrop of lush green jungles.

As more travelers pin Riviera Nayarit on their maps, more developments will surely occur. Shovels have hit the ground for the latest development in Sayulita.

Keep an eye on the new ZEL Sayulita slated to open in 2025.

Safe And Accessible

Mexico doesn't always hold the strongest safety record, according to public opinion, yet when you really dive in, tourists are rarely affected by crime.

tourist at punta mita beach

As long as tourists keep their wits about them, most of Mexico is deemed safe. Few places have severe travel warnings from the U.S. State Department, especially the mega-popular vacation getaways.

Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area are about as safe as it gets for tourists staying at resorts. The only things you may want to keep an eye on are shark sightings and crocodiles – not criminals.

As far as flying into a premiere vacation spot, it doesn't get much easier than here. The easy-to-reach airport set tourism records this year for a reason.

With its central location, travelers can get off the plane and start their vacation in a jiffy. Transport to the charming small towns or the massively popular resorts can all be done in 45 or less.

palm trees at puerto vallarta airport

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