Last updated: 11:00 PM ET, Thu February 14 2019
Banderas Bay, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Riviera Nayarit

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The Riviera Nayarit is a paradise in every sense of the word. From the rocky cliffs of the Western Sierra Madre Mountains to the scintillating Pacific Ocean, this stunning masterpiece appeals to every type of traveler. Set in the beautiful country of Mexico, tourists flock here to bathe in its tropical essence infused with Mexican flavor that will make any drifter fall in love at first sight. Riviera Nayarit, Mexico is a beauty that forces to be reckoned with, a timeless adventure and an oasis that blesses each tourist with the authentic Mexican flair. Whether you are in need of recharging your batteries at a luxury spa or at the beach, or desiring an exhilarating experience from a zip-line, Riviera Nayarit has it all.

This 200-mile sugary playground is a melting pot of cultures, which includes the Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanes and Mexicaneros- who are indigenous people recognized for their unique traditions and colorful clothing. Much of their culture is presented in hand-woven handicrafts and attractions that introduce travelers to the interesting lifestyles of its people. From deep within the cliffs of the Sierra Madre, the Huichol Indian preserve the pre-Columbian era by upholding the rich traditions of its past. Beachgoers can swim in the blue depths of the Pacific or head to Banderas Bay for world-class exotic adventures including swimming with dolphins, fishing and surfing.

Shopaholics can also nourish their memories on the cultural handicrafts of Riviera Nayarit’s inhabitants. Speckled along its landscape, you will find shops bursting at the seams with local souvenirs including jewelry and designer wear to surfboards and linens fit for every pocket. As the sun sinks into the Pacific, it is the time for night owls to come alive and follow their noses to restaurants that will mesmerize any gourmet with the exotic flavors of Mexico. Infused with flavors of Asia, you will be salivating for more, especially at local spots like Bucerias, San Blas as well as Sayulita.

Riviera Nayarit’s idyllic weather also makes this destination ideal all year round. On average its temperature fluctuates in the mid-70s. However, during the warm season the weather typically ranges in the 90s. The rainy period lasts from June to November, which offers some relief from the heat.

just 10 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport, its convenient location makes it an accessible destination for international and domestic travelers. Once you are in Riviera Nayarit, bus services, which are ATM (Autotransportes Medina) and the Compostela-Pacifico bus line (White & Green buses) provide transportation to its neighboring areas. Taxi service is available for travelers wanting a more flexible mode of transportation, but prices should be set before commencing your ride. Vacationers who also want to get around freely can also a rent a car from popular car rental spots.