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The Best Beaches in Riviera Nayarit

DESTINATION | Published on 20/11/2018
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There is nothing better than laying out on the best beaches in Riviera Nayarit on your Mexico vacation. The stunning landscapes, serene environment, and incredible diversity of Riviera Nayarit beaches make them a haven for travelers and beach goers of every sort. Whether you’re seeking an adventure filled day in the sun or a relaxing escape from the world, the beautiful beaches in Riviera Nayarit are sure to make your vacation both memorable and rewarding. On your next trip to Mexico, explore the beach of Riviera Nayarit at different points throughout the region and discover the wonders of each unique destination. These five Riviera Nayarit beaches add a lot of beauty to the world and offer a little something for everyone.

Nuevo Vallarta Beach

One of the most clean beaches in Riviera Nayarit, the beach in Nuevo Vallarta is a must on your Mexico vacation. With endless stretches of soft sand, shallow waters for playing, and easy access from your Nuevo Vallarta hotel, this is by far one of the best beaches in Riviera Nayarit. Because this Nuevo Vallarta beach seems to go on for miles, it isn’t as crowded as other beaches in the region. In addition, due to its location on the shores of Banderas Bay, the waves are much more gentle than at other points in Riviera Nayarit, making it a great place for younger travelers to get their fill of swimming in the ocean. At most points along this beach, the water is shallow for a good distance so you and your loved ones can rest at ease as you all splash around in the water and explore the beach of Riviera Nayarit.


Just north of the Nuevo Vallarta beach is Bucerias, a small town bursting with charm. Along one section of the beach in this small town are a ton of restaurants, beach bars, and fun activities for visitors of all ages. If you are looking for a delicious bite to eat, pull up a chair, grab a menu, and watch the kids play in the sand. On the beach in Bucerias, you may even be tempted to take a stroll on horseback, work up an appetite on the massive water park that sits just off shore, or take up kitesurfing, which is popular on the northern end of the beach. However you choose to spend your day, visiting Bucerias should be at the top of your list on your trip to Mexico.


Well known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Riviera Nayarit, Sayulita has become a popular destination for those seeking a unique experience on their Mexico vacation. The beach in front of this small surf town is located on a cove that provides picturesque views in every direction. Because it is located just north of the Bay of Banderas, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Sayulita is a great place for those who wish to take up surfing on their trip to Mexico. As you walk down the often crowded stretch of sand, you’ll find countless companies renting paddle boards, surf boards, and more. You can even take lessons from those who surf with the pros. While the beach is beautiful in Sayulita, the town is equally as impressive. If you have time, stroll the boutique shops, delight in delicious cuisine, and revel in the unique charm of the town.

Punta Mita

At the very tip of Banderas Bay sits one of the most beautiful beaches in Riviera Nayarit. Punta Mita is a small town with luxuriant charm where visitors can relax in style and dine in elegance. Here you can sit at one of the oceanside restaurants, which vary from laid-back eateries to high end fine dining, while sipping a margarita and enjoying the cool ocean breeze. In Punta Mita, you can surf a bit if you’d like, swim in the crystaline waters, or simply take in the beauty that surrounds you. While this isn’t the best of Riviera Nayarit beaches for taking long strolls in the sand, it is one of the most naturally beautiful.

San Pancho

If you want seclusion, picturesque views, and the charm of a quaint Mexican town, then a visit to San Francisco (San Pancho) is a must on your trip to Mexico. As one of the most clean beaches in Riviera Nayarit and one of the most beautiful, you’ll find relaxation, recreation, and romance on this stunning stretch of sand. San Pancho is a great place to dig your feet into the sand, soak up the sun, explore the beach of Riviera Nayarit, and peruse the small shops and restaurants that can be found throughout town. Unlike other beach towns in Riviera Nayarit, San Pancho remains quintessential Mexico, with a mixture of friendly hospitality, authentic culture, and unspoilt beauty.

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