A growing trend among discerning travelers today revolves around packing multiple destinations and experiences into one vacation by choosing locations teaming with diverse, nearby options. Rivera Nayarit, Mexico’s Pacific treasure and newest destination, less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta and with direct North American connections, hits all these marks, making it the ideal vacation for destination-hopping vacationers seeking to sample multiple options and resort towns.
With a bevy of beach towns, islands and exclusive resorts strung like pearls along the alluring and tranquil Pacific Coast, it is easy to spend a few days overnighting or day-tripping within several locations in the eclectically alluring Riviera Nayarit, even during a vacation with limited time. From towns like Sayulita on the southern coast with a boho-chic surfer town atmosphere, to Punta de Mita, a golfer’s paradise surrounded by lush green hills and six miles of beaches, to family friendly Nuevo Vallarta & Flamingos, vacationers can easily sample the best variety of options regardless of the length of stay. A dynamic schedule of year-round festivals ensures additional ways to enjoy the destination in any season.
“No matter when you visit, the region’s eclectic cuisine, varied beach resorts and locations, along with the never-ending schedule of events set Riviera Nayarit apart from other destinations,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau “The ease of access from North America along with the variety of options are all part of the appeal of this unmatched region.”
Conveniently accessible from the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), the beach towns along the coast offer something for vacationers of every stripe.
The Bahia de Banderas Nayarit Beach Towns are strewn along 62 miles of coastline in an area famed as the largest bay in Mexico. Here, vacationers can sample family friendly Nuevo Vallarta & Flamingos, with its family fun beaches, first class hotels and world class golf courses. Nearby is Punta de Mita, set along a peninsula and known for its exclusive hotels and resorts, including world-renowned luxury brands. It’s also dotted with world-class golf courses overlooking six miles of virgin beaches and lush green hills.
The Southern Nayarit Beach Towns offer a sense of relaxing remoteness, where crowds begin to thin and the scenery becomes ever more striking. Here, vacationers can choose to stay a few days in Sayulita, with its boho-chic surfer town atmosphere and gallery lined cobblestone streets, reminiscent of California’s Manhattan Beach. For a strong contrast, spend a few days in Lo de Marcos, where vacationers can paddle board to find the spectacular Los Venados beach. This hidden gem is renowned for its natural wonders, from birdwatching to its independent turtle sanctuary.
Just 40 miles north of the airport The Jaltemba Bay Nayarit Beach Towns, three colorful pueblos providing an authentic Mexican vacation experience. The town of Los Ayala offers cozy hotels and snorkeling adventures and is a day-tripper’s paradise, only a short boat ride away for easy romantic getaways to Coral Island and Cangrejo Island. Nearby is Rincon de Guayabitos, long a secret getaway for local Mexican families, offering assorted culinary delights, colorful souvenirs, and friendly people waiting to welcome visitors. Just as charming is La Peñita, which still retains its fishing village roots and natural beauty.
Head along the Pacific Coastline to The Central Riviera Nayarit Beach Towns, with their virgin beaches on the Bahia de Matachen near Tepic, Nayarit’s capital. Here a few towns to highlight are Punta el Custodio, with eco lodges and a turtle sanctuary. A short ride away is romantic Boca de Chila, known for stunning sunsets over its five miles of white sand beaches. And all roads lead to Las Veras, a hacienda town dating from only 1935, built at the meeting point of several important passageways in the region, making it easy to stay here and sample other vacation spots too, including El Capomo, known for its rustic camping grounds.
The Northern Riviera Nayarit Beach Towns immerse visitors in history, spanning from Ancient Mexico through to the Spanish Colonial Period. Start a vacation where legend says Mexico’s native civilization began, on Isla Mexcaltitan, a short boat ride away from the coast and nicknamed the “Mexican Venice”. In this region, travelers will also find Playa Novillero, Mexico’s longest and widest beach, stretching for 56 miles and more than a third of a mile wide, its tranquil waters perfect for children and inexperienced swimmers. The Spanish left their mark early on in the region, with San Blas, a five-century step back in time, noted for four miles of beaches and the fascinating Las Islitas cliff formations. More colonial history comes to life in nearby Costa Santiago, and its several well-known beaches Los Corchos, Sesteo, and Boca de Camichín strung along the surrounding coastline.
Whether for only a few days, or weeks, Riviera Nayarit is the perfect vacation spot for destination hoppers at any budget. Plenty of transit options make it easy, from renting a car, taking a taxi, or using local transit to connect among the various destinations lining the ocean. With its variety of hotels, golfing options, beach activities and more, along with its never-ending year-round food and cultural festivals, Riviera Nayarit guarantees that travelers will get the most out of their vacation.
To discover the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com