From Puerto Vallarta, the distance to Riviera Nayarit can range between 45 minutes to several hours depending on where you’re headed. The region encompasses quaint towns such as Nuevo Vallarta, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerias, Punta de Mita, Litibu, Sayulita, San Blas, Guayabitos and more. The Río Ameca separates the states of Jalisco and Nayarit.
While in Riviera Nayarit, be sure to visit San Blas, with its colorful birds and lush mangroves. The port city has grown into a haven for history, cuisine and the arts. The historic Fort of San Basilio (Fuerte de la Contaduría) helped protect the city and also served as a point for Spanish expeditions to the north.
The nearby Mexcaltitlán Island is thought to be the birthplace of the Aztec civilization. The area’s palm-fringed sandy beaches, such as Los Cocos, El Borrego and the delightful Las Islitas, little islands off the coast, seem to stretch forever.
An array of authentic Mexican towns, such as San Francisco, Lo de Marcos, and Chacala, dot the coastline. From the warmth of its people to the beautiful weather and cuisine, Riviera Nayarit offers a pristine sun-drenched playground slightly off the beaten path.
What To Do
Snorkel alongside wild dolphins and bustling sealife in the Marieta Islands or experience the renowned hidden beach off the coast of Nayarit.
Sail to Caletas, a secluded, sheltered cove where you can snorkel, kayak, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or simply lie back and let the pristine landscape rejuvenate your soul.
Or relax with a margarita at a local restaurant and sample some of the Riviera Nayarit’s authentic cuisine from spicy fish dishes to tangy ceviches.
On the way to the white-sand beaches of Punta de Mita, stop for a Sunday visit to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle’s farmer’s market for organic produce, arts, and crafts.
When to Go
The Riviera Nayarit offers a balmy climate, boasting average summer temperatures around 85 degrees F and a lovely 75 degrees F during the winter.
The waves in Sayulita tempt surfers from near and far year-round who also compete in the destination’s many surf competitions.