The Riviera Nayarit has more than a dozen fantastic attractions offering history, nature, magic, fun, colors, luxury, infrastructure, fiesta, culture, flora, fauna, gastronomy and much more. Here is a list of the 10 Must-Sees in The Riviera Nayarit.
10. – Isla del Coral, Compostela
This little island is just 3 km (2 miles) from the beach at Guayabitos in Compostela and is home to thousands of colorful fish and coral reefs—perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are also pelicans, seagulls, boobies and more for you to enjoy from under your umbrella on the beach. Its waters are calm and ideal for SUP yoga.
9. – Playa Novillero, Tecuala
This virgin beach is located on the north coast of the Riviera Nayarit less than 100 miles from San Blas on the border with Sinaloa. It’s 56 miles long and it’s known as the longest beach in Mexico, the second longest in Latin America, the third longest in the Americas and the fifth longest in the world. The area belongs to the National Marshes Biosphere Reserve.
8. – Las Fábricas de San Pancho, Bahía de Banderas
The Centro Cultural Las Fábricas de San Pancho A.C. is the reason the town is considered the Cultural Capital to the Riviera Nayarit. The warehouses were repurposed and filled with culture, the arts, environmental causes and community development with the Centro Comunitario Entre Amigos at its heart, along with the Alianza Jaguar, theColectivo San Pancho, the Bodega Teatro and the newer Bodega del Circo de los Niños established by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque Du Soleil.
7. – Marina Riviera Nayarit, Bahía de Banderas
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is the Nautical Capital of the Riviera Nayarit thanks to this marina, considered the largest and most modern of the Mexican Pacific. It’s the only marina in Mexico that has received the Blue Flag certification for its environmental commitment. As if this weren’t enough, it also hosts a series of upscale international events.
6. – Isla de Mexcaltitán, Santiago Ixcuintla
According to historians, Mexcaltitán is the birthplace of Mexican heritage and where the legend of Aztlán began, the starting point of the seven Náhuatl tribes’ long journey to the Valley of Mexico that ended when they founded the great city of Tenochtitlán. Today the island is home to fishermen, with beautiful scenery surrounded by mangroves and dozens of species of birds. Its gastronomy is unique, as it’s the also the birthplace of the Taxtihuile shrimp and, possibly, the famous pescado zarandeado.
5. –Isla Isabel National Park
This is a Nature Preserve that allows camping, 74 km (46 miles) from the docks at San Blas. The air is filled with frigate birds, but you’ll also find blue-footed and brown boobies. It’s the perfect place for fishing, scuba diving and hiking. Its beaches, the lighthouse, the Monas islets and the long crater are all part of the grand tour.
4. – La Tovara, San Blas
These freshwater canals coexist with nature in the best way possible: it’s one of the few places in the world where you can find the four different species of mangrove: White, Red, Black and Buttonwood. It’s also home to endemic, resident and migratory birds. The Náhuatl origins of Tovara is tobara, which means “water that springs from the rocks.”
3. – Hole 3B “Tail of the Whale,” Bahía de Banderas
The Punta Mita development in the Glamour Peninsula of the Riviera Nayarit is home to the Pacífico Punta Mita Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, who famously said Hole 3B—also known as “Tail of the Whale”—is the best Par 3 he has ever designed. It was recently picked as one of the “Top Ten” best Par 3 holes in the world by the UK edition of GQ for being the only green that’s located on a natural island.
2. – Sayulita Magical Town, Bahía de Banderas
This is the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital: It’s hippie chic, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s party, and it’s all about good vibrations… Sayulita is this and much more and it’s currently the Mexican destination showing the biggest tourism growth within the past year. It’s a must-visit.
1. –Islas Marietas National Park
This Natural Protected Area has become the signature icon of the Rivera Nayarit for its spectacular attractions including the Playa del Amor, or Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), and the Playa La Nopalera, among others. It’s of prime importance to be informed and choose a qualified tour operator to enjoy one of the many tours to the islands. Once there, visitors can not only enjoy birdwatching, but also snorkeling to enjoy the schools of colorful fish that call this area home.
GRAND PALLADIUM VALLARTA RESORT 5*
Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is located in a heavenly setting, sorrounded by lush tropical vegetation and a private beach of 300M of fine White sand bathed by the beautiful waters of Mexico. It has a Mexican décor and is an ideal choice to unwind and enjoy a wonderful rest after a day of walking around Banderas Bay or playing golf at any of the internationally renowned golf courses available in the area.
Iberostar Playa Mita 5*
IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, a 5-star Premium Gold hotel located near Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit, offers a relaxing and all-inclusive atmosphere complete with mouthwatering international dishes and endless activities for guests of all ages. Standing tall near the beautiful Punta de Mita, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, IBEROSTAR Playa Mita is conveniently located 25 miles from Puerto Vallarta nternational Airport.
Family Facilities. Guests of all ages will enjoy the many amenities provided by IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, from luxurious accommodations to a Splash Park and a Disco, everyone can enjoy their all-inclusive stay. Facilities also include a shopping area, gym, library, spa and even tennis courts.
Exquisite Cuisine. At IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, guests can choose from endless culinary options and delectable dishes offered at the hotel’s four specialty restaurants and Nopal Buffet. These restaurants are inspired by international cuisine and famous Mexican seafood dishes, like shrimp meatballs, aguachile, shrimp tamales, and freshly caught fish on the grill. Whether day or night, guests will also find 8 available bars around the hotel serving assorted snacks, local and international drinks.
Sports. Guests who wish to stay active will enjoy unlimited sports and amenities provided by IBEROSTAR Playa Mita. The hotel also features the Litibu Golf Club, one of the top golf courses in Riviera Nayarit, which combines breathtaking oceanfront views and green surroundings extending more than 362 yards. Many of the activities provided at the hotel are already included in your stay like kayaking, water aerobics, beach volleyball, a fully equipped gym, ping pong, non-motorized watersports and even windsurfing.
$49 2 PM to closing
$79 7:30 am to 1:50 pm
RIU JALISCO 5*
Refurbished in 2013, the Riu Jalisco has a 24 hour All Inclusive
system which offers you the best facilities and
service so you can enjoy a perfect holiday in Mexico.
Here, you’ll find two fresh water swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, a solarium-terrace, sauna, gym
and the “Renova Spa” wellness centre with a range of different treatments and massages.
Everything you could need to leave behind the stress of everyday life.
SECRETS VALLARTA BAY 5* ADULTS ONLY
Escape to the all-new, adults-only Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta. Situated on the golden sand beaches on the Pacific coast and located just minutes from the famous 'El Malecón' boardwalk, adults will luxuriate in a world of Unlimited-Luxury® with superior service, well-appointed suites and breathtaking views.
This all-suite, all ocean view resort provides guests with a wealth of amenities ranging from 24-hour room service to premium brand beverages and gourmet dining without reservations to daily activities. Throughout each day, guests will have the chance to take part in a variety of games and activities or they can spoil themselves in our elite, world-class Spa by Pevonia with pampering spa treatments and transcendent massages. Heat things up by catching a live performance in the theater or dance the night away at Desires.
FREE DAILY ROUND OF GOLF!
Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta 4½* all inclusive
Located on one of the largest stretches of beach; 15 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes from the center of Puerto Vallarta.
Riu Palace Pacifico 5*
The Hotel Riu Palace Pacífico (24h All Inclusive) is located in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and is undoubtedly our most luxurious hotel in the area. The high quality service and professionalism of its staff make this 5 star hotel the perfect place to spend your holidays.
Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium 5*
The rooms of The Royal Suites Punta de Mita by Palladium reflect to the smallest detail the luxury and exclusivity of this glamorous hotel. Our 100 spacious Suites feature an exquisite decor and the most modern facilities so you can enjoy a fully guaranteed VIP treatment. Jazuzzi, pillow menu, flat-screen TV and DVD player are just some of the unique features you’ll find in these exclusive suites. Our comfortable memory foam mattresses, and butler and 24-hour room service, are the true meaning of luxury vacations.
Top 5 activities
Stroll the cobblestone streets of the Romantic Area
Delicious cuisine from tacos stands to gourmet restaurants
Ziplining in the Sierra Madre
Savour the sunset at the Malecon
Water taxi to the authentic coastal village Yelapa
The unique craftsmanship of the Huichol culture
Experience the bohemian scene of Sayulita
Walk the unspoiled golden beaches of Chacala
Tthe Garza Canela restaurant by Chef Betty Vazquez in San Blas
Exotic birds and wildlife on the San Blas River
GRAND MARIVAL & SUITES NUEVO VALLARTA
Family of 5
Kids FREE - two kids under 7 stay and eat free!
Dine ala carte for breakfast, lunch & dinner
Unlimited domestic and selected international
drinks (house wine included) • Snacks
3 rounds of golf per week!
Exclusive events, social activities
• Weekly beach party
• VIP access to selected local bars,
clubs and restaurants
• Exclusive advantages at the resort
• Weekly Mexican fiestas every
• No single supplement
• 15% spa discount
• Unlimited Free Internet Access
(dedicated area on property)
• Happy Hour twice per week plus a
special Happy Hour at Insu (Sky bar
at Marival Residence) once per week
• ID bracelet- free cover at
dedicated bars in Vallarta: ie. Punto
V, La Vaquita, Strana
• Special menus with discounted price
at select restaurants such as La
Leche, Dolce Vita, Kenzao
• One free alcoholic drink at La Nata
bar in Puerto Vallarta
NOW AMBER PUERTO VALLARTA 5*
Just 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, an all-new haven in the heart of Puerto Vallarta,
welcomes couples, singles and families. Perfectly situated on a golden sand beach showcasing infinite views
of the sapphire waters of the Banderas Bay, guests are treated to an Unlimited-Luxury® escape with luxurious amenities,
lavish accommodations and pristine facilities. Eight reservation-free dining options and
four lively bars will tempt even the most discerning palates. Endless activities and nightly performances will keep guests of all ages entertained
and enthralled throughout each day.
MARIVAL RESIDENCES 5*
Nothing compares to the seriously all inclusive Marival Residences! the 1st and only 1 to 4 bedroom residences in Puerto Vallarta, true gourment dining, 24/7 room service, international wine bar, full service beach club, unlimited golf and free select excursions plus free nanies and FREE weddings! Truly 5*!
Free excursions include, dolphin encounter, sea lion encounter, zip lining, catamaran and sunset cruise!