The beaches and coast of Mexico are legendary, but the region known as Riviera Nayarit truly has something for everyone. This stunning area has every travel pace from sedate to full-octane; choose your speed and off you go! Whether it’s the challenge of a hard wave, a hole in one, or where to spot the next humpback, each challenge can be met here in Riviera Nayarit.
One of Mexico’s hidden gems is the relaxed seaside village of San Blas, relatively untouched by the tourism industry. This fishing town has quiet beaches, fantastic surfing, and lush jungles accessible by riverboats. Right along the harbor visitors can see the old Spanish fort, built in the 16th century and operated as an important trading port for the Spanish until its closure in the 19th century.
One slice of natural tranquility in the Riviera is Isla Isabel, an island located just 21 miles (34 km) off of the west coast of Mexico near San Blas. This island is rich in wildlife, from blue-footed boobies to enormous whale sharks to gentle humpback whales. Because of this island’s diverse animal population, there is always a scientific presence studying the interaction of nature and beast.
The capital of the Mexican state of Nayarit is Tepic, is a city with a low-level hum of activity. In the Plaza Principal stands a lavish cathedral standing sentry over the city, its facade created in the Neogothic style. Founded in the 16th century by the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, the city has retained quite a lot of its Spanish history, but never losing its original Huichole roots, proudly displayed on the locals in their vibrant dress.
One of Mexico’s most popular destinations is, without a doubt, the stunning coastal paradise of Puerto Vallarta. Catering to the booming travel business that brings millions of tourists to its doorstep, Puerto Vallarta has it all: shops, restaurants, sparkling beaches, boat trips, and is considered the gay beach capital of Mexico. Anyone looking for a relaxed pace here will also enjoy the golfing, whale watching, snorkeling, fishing, yoga, and multiple festivals held year-round.
Just 60 miles (96 km) north of Puerto Vallarta is the charming village of Chacala. This is the ideal place to pull away from the hustle of Puerto Vallarta and take some time to just soak in the absolutely gorgeous Mexican horizon with its lack of resort amenities and huge crowds. Come for either the sunrise or sunset for the perfect picture, or just relax and take a picture in your mind’s eye.
Sayulita was discovered in the 1990’s, and ever since has become a favorite among surfer gringos (foreigners) for its exceptional beaches and waves. The town has evolved into a quirky, hipster, surfer’s paradise along the west coast of Mexico. For the non-surfers there’s plenty to do as well, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, canopy tours in the Mexican jungle, and snorkeling in the azure waters.
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