Settled on the imposing Western Sierra Madre, and lapped by the Ocean Pacific waters, the Nayarit Riviera is rapidly becoming one of Mexico’s most attractive tourist destinations. The area is a 192 mile stretch of coastline, complemented 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.
Along Nayarit’s coast, visitors will find beaches for all likes and tastes: some with exclusive hotel complexes for those looking for luxury; others with few visitors for those looking to relax; some with strong waves for surfers… we should add islands, swamps and picturesque towns to the attractions of this area.
Banderas Bay is located on the southern section of the Nayarit Riviera; it is famous for being the destination spot for thousands of humpback whales that offer an unmatched spectacle.
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.
The Nayarit Riviera is also home to secluded beaches and towns with an extraordinary natural richness. Such is the case of Flamingos, where people can admire three beautiful lakes; Bucerias, with a long beach and cobblestone streets; La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a picturesque fishermen’s town; Destiladeras, a nirvana for surfers; Islas Marieta, an ecological preserve; and Sayulita, a laidback town ideal for camping.
In the middle of the corridor, we find Rincon de Guayabitos, whose beaches with crystal-clear waters and calm waves appear to be a large swimming pool. Nearby, visitors will find the pre-Hispanic sanctuary of Altavista and Chacala beach perfect place to be overwhelmed 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 visit the Tovara swamps, take a tour to Isla Isabel, do some bird sighting in Singayta, surf at Matanchen’s bay, discover the ruins of the San Basilio fort, explore Mexcaltitlan Island and take a stroll through Los Toriles archaeological site.
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