Riviera Nayarit or Nuevo Vallarta
Treasure of the Mexican Pacific, this young destination has more than 186 Miles of beautiful beaches. Rincón de Guayabitos is a tranquil site with virgin beaches. Sayulita is a very bohemian cosmopolitan village, where surf lovers from all the world go to get on the waves of its beaches. This area is located on the northern area of Puerto Vallarta on Bandaras Bay.
Nestled on the imposing Western Sierra Madre, and washed by the Ocean Pacific waters, Riviera Nayarit is shaping to be one of Mexico’s most attractive tourist destinations also refferred to as Nuevo Vallarta. The area is actually a 192 mile stretch of coastline, backed by jungle-clad mountains and facing offshore islands. There is plenty of remote backcountry for those wanting to see a more rustic side of rural Mexico.
Banderas Bay, on the southern section of the Nayarit Riviera, is famous for being the destination spot of thousands of humpback whales that offer an unmatched spectacle. Here, visitors will find several points of interest, such as Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita, home of luxury golf courses, marinas, shopping centers and hotels. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is famous for its long seafront walkway and its vibrant nightlife.
In the middle of the corridor, we find Rincon de Guayabitos, whose beaches with crystal-clear waters and calm waves simulate a large swimming pool. Near by, visitors will find the pre-Hispanic sanctuary of Altavista and the semi-virgin beach named Chacala, the perfect site to get amazed by nature.
The municipality of San Blas, located in the Riviera’s northern section, is home to a great biodiversity and archeological remains as well. Here, visitors can tour the Tovara swamps, take a tour to Isla Isabel, do some bird sighting in Singayta, surf at Matanchen’s bay, visit the ruins of the San Basilio fort, explore Mexcaltitlan Island and visit the archeological site named Los Toriles.
There are many culinary options at the Nayarit Riviera: Luxury hotels and restaurants serve gourmet dishes prepared with fresh seafood, always with a pre-Hispanic touch. At the beach and the town, visitors can try exquisite delicacies, such as shrimp meatballs, the traditional grilled fish, aguachile (seafood served with a spicy lemon mix), fish rinds, shrimp tamales, marlin tacos or chalupas and many more. The food and drink varies from luxurious restaurants to small diners, all of them offer great fresh sea food and international cuisine.
The Huichol Indians are the most famous ethnic group within the region; they are characterized by their eye-catching clothing, hats adorned with feathers and their colorful handcrafts, such as masks and animal figurines made of beads, pictures, purses and jewelry.
Things to See and Do In Riviera Nayarit
|Where's Your Surfboard? Riviera Nayarit has a great quantity of places in which either beginners as well as experts can practice surf. One of the most popular events of surf in Riviera Nayarit is organized in Sayulita amid of March, where the surfers from all over the world arrive to the coast of the Pacific seeking the best waves. For those who want to incursion in surfing during the holidays, several places teach to dominate the waves in short or long board and in stand-up paddleboard. In parallel, more extreme incursions are organized for experienced surfers. Some of the most famous spots for surfing in Riviera Nayarit are The Cove & El Faro, and El Anclote, in Punta de Mita.|
Riviera Nayarit has spaces dedicated to the fun of the entire family, which offer activities for children, big pools and sports on the beach. In addition to its beaches and bays, there is a wide variety of theme parks in the Riviera, among which, one of the most popular is Aquaventuras. The place has green areas, slides, shows featuring dolphins and sea lions, as well as special programs where visitors are able to interact with them. Besides swimming with dolphins, you can go snorkeling and even practice aquatic aerobics and other stunts with them.
|Marietas Islands an amazing ecological adventure. There is no turning back, you have boarded a ship or catamaran sailboat, bringing along your snorkel and fins, and are about to begin one of the most beautiful and surprising ecotourism adventures in Mexico. Enjoy the ride, because during the course of 45 minutes you will be able to see a landscape where there will be nothing but the tranquility of the ocean, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see some sunbathing sea turtles, dolphins and even whales. In the horizon, the color blue no longer dominates, and before your eyes it will seem as if three islands emerge, this is actually the Marieta Islands National Park. (NOTE: They may be shutting down tourists from going to this Sanctauary as of 2016)|
|Come and practice your swing at some of the impressive golf courses offered up in the state of Nayarit! Enjoy the luxury and comfort of a world-class course against a backdrop of some of the state’s most beautiful natural landscapes. Nayarit has gradually becoming one of the best golfing destinations in Mexico due to its courses being located in the most majestic surroundings: from mountains and rainforests, to beach locations. Quality facilities are guaranteed and you’ll find courses designed by famous proponents of the game such as Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.|
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