6 Reasons to Visit Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Written by: Amanda Bailey on January 12, 2016

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This 200-mile span of Mexico’s Pacific coastline was listed among our top spots to visit in 2016. It’s less developed than Cancun or its neighbor to the south, Puerto Vallarta, but the tourism industry is growing. Get to Riviera Nayarit before the throngs of tourists do, and discover its laid-back vibes and diverse natural beauty.

Check out the top reasons to visit Mexico’s Pacific Treasure:

1. Scuba & Snorkel

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Visitors can explore the tropical waters and diverse marine life of Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean year-round. The coastal towns of Sayulita, Punta Mita, Bucerias, and Nuevo Vallarta are excellent bases for both divers and snorkelers.

2. World-class Golf

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With six top-notch golf courses, Riviera Nayarit is gradually becoming one of Mexico’s premier golf destinations. Check out El Nayar Vidanta for its sweeping views of the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and Punta Mita Pacífico, a breathtaking course that has been ranked among the top in the world.

3. Explore Traditional Culture

A Huichol artisan community. Photo Attribution: Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A Huichol artisan community. Photo Credit: Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The indigenous Huichol Indians are direct descendants of the Aztecs and they still reside in the Sierra Madre Mountain range. Traveling up into the mountains, visitors can mingle with Huichol people while experiencing authentic native architecture, costumes, artwork and music.

4. Wildlife Encounters

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Whale-watching, sea lion encounters, and swimming with dolphins are all opportunities that animal-lovers can find in Riviera Nayarit. Depending on the time of year, there are also turtle release programs organized by resorts like Imanta Resort Punta de Mita.

5. Shopping

Huichol beadwork for sale. Photo Credit: AlejandroLinaresGarcia (CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Huichol beadwork for sale. Photo Credit: AlejandroLinaresGarcia (CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Each town in Riviera Nayarit has its own style and unique charms which can be found in its boutiques, galleries and markets. Take some time to peruse the handmade crafts, traditional jewelry and other authentic treasures available in the region.

6. Surfing

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High quality break points have drawn both beginner and advanced surfers to Riviera Nayarit, especially around Sayulita and Punta Mita, for decades. Surf lessons taught by pros are available for those who want to learn how to catch a wave.

These are just a few of the reasons to take a Riviera Nayarit vacation! If you have a passion for travel and learning about new destinations, then becoming a travel agent might be right for you! Request our free information packet by filling out the form on the right or calling 1-888-611-1220.