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The coasts of Mexico are some of the most beautiful places in the world. Along the west coast, Riviera Nayarit is a 200-mile stretch of long sandy beaches and charming coastal villages that makes it one of the best places to visit for Mexico vacations. Whether you spend most of your time in Nuevo Vallarta or explore further out into the region, these are some of the top places to visit in Riviera Nayarit. 


Nuevo Vallarta Beach

The Riviera Nayarit beaches are famous for their beauty, and the Nuevo Vallarta Beach is one of the most stunning and accessible. It has been designated a Blue Flag beach, recognizing its cleanliness and the community’s work to educate the public on conservation. 

Nuevo Vallarta Bike Path


One of the best things to do in Riviera Nayarit is to spend a morning biking along the Nuevo Vallarta bike path because it gives you the opportunity to soak up the fresh air. Stretching three miles past the city’s major resorts and in front of popular restaurants, the bike path is shaded by lush palm trees. There are several local options for bike rentals so that you can enjoy seeing more of one of the best places to visit in Mexico. 

El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary

What makes Riviera Nayarit one of the most beautiful places in the world is its natural beauty. At El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary, you can tour a wild mangrove forest, spot tropical birds, and see crocodiles in their natural habitat. Supporting the sanctuary and its conservation is one of the best things to do in Riviera Nayarit.

Monkey Mountain

While the beaches make Mexico vacations in Riviera Nayarit popular, the gently rolling verdant mountains are also filled with adventure. One of the top places to visit in Riviera Nayarit is Monkey Mountain. The ascent is difficult, so wear sturdy shoes and take more water than you think you’ll need. However, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views along the Riviera Nayarit beaches and into the heart of the Sierra Madre mountain range. 

Sayulita

For a day trip from Nuevo Vallarta, one of the top places to visit in Riviera Nayarit is Sayulita, a coastal surfing village known for its eclectic art and laid-back vibes. The government of Mexico has officially declared it to be a pueblo magico, a magical city. Try a surfing class, wander through the artisan boutiques, and grab some fresh fish tacos during your visit to Sayulita.

San Pancho

To the north of Sayulita, San Pancho is another small pueblo magico. Like the other magical small villages of Riviera Nayarit, life is simpler here, and the city has maintained its small-town feel that attracts hundreds of visitors. Relax on the beach, visit the local community center, and try the seafood in this charming Mexican village. 

Lo de Marcos

Lo de Marcos is one of the best places to visit if you’re looking to escape the crowds. This idyllic village offers authentic Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood. After wandering the cobblestone streets, stretch out on the spacious and quiet beach.

Chacala

Discover some of the most secluded and tranquil Riviera Nayarit beaches in Chacala. Here, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounded by wild jungle. As you visit the cozy restaurants and local shops, you’ll experience true small-town Mexican life. After visiting Chacala, you’ll see why Riviera Nayarit is one of the most beautiful places in the world

Alta Vista Petroglyphs

One of the most unique things to do on Mexico vacations is touring ancient archeological sites. A short drive from Chacala are the Alta Vista Petroglyphs. The best way to see these thousands-of-years-old carvings in rocks is with a local guide who will enrich your adventure with their knowledge of the environment and history of the area.

Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs

If you’re up for an adventure, visiting the Nuevo Ixtlan hot springs is one of the best things to do in Riviera Nayarit. You’ll have to drive down a twisting and bumpy dirt road, but at the end, you can relax in a natural hot spring. The caretakers keep the springs impeccably clean and provide simple changing areas. Bring your own drinks and food, but you can use the site’s grills if you bring your own charcoal. 

Exploring Riviera Nayarit adds adventure and wonder to your Mexico vacations. Check out these beautiful spots on your next trip to Riviera Nayarit.

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