We are getting closer to that day when we will be able to visit the places we love and to take those much-needed vacations. In past days, we shared a list of the places you should visit in Puerto Vallarta, and as we promised, Riviera Nayarit is the next on our list.

In recent years this destination has taken on special relevance due to the plethora of touristic places, activities, and entertainment for all tastes and styles. In addition, Riviera Nayarit is very close to Puerto Vallarta. Here you can unwind in hidden beaches surrounded by the jungle, colorful magic towns and tourist corridors with luxury resorts. 

Riviera Nayarit has everything ready for you to enjoy a memorable trip. 

Nuevo Vallarta

Home to one of our world-renowned Grand Velas resorts, this zone is located north Puerto Vallarta, where the Ameca river divides the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. This is one of the most important residential community in Riviera Nayarit and is packed with luxury resorts, water sports and a prestigious golf course, perfect for practicing your swing, as well as a wide variety of restaurants where you can taste the destination’s gastronomy.

Nuevo Vallarta beach in Riviera Nayarit, Banderas Bay


Next to Nuevo Vallarta, on the Banderas Bay beach, you will find this warm and picturesque town with cobblestone streets and colorful houses, which offers different activities for visitors to enjoy. For instance, a recommended attraction for those art-treasure and relaxing-moment seekers, is the art-walk held every Thursday night. Visitors who love thrilling nightlife will be amazed by the exciting bars and delightful restaurants that bring evenings to life. 

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 

The modern Marina Riviera Nayarit is in the spotlight for sport fishing aficionados, making this town to become a favorite destination for tourists who like to sail and spend their vacations on board of their own boats, and those who prefer to forget the hustle and bustle of the daily routine. The locals’ warm hospitality, its beautiful beaches, exquisite cuisine, and relaxing activities such as fishing clubs and spa treatments, will make you want to stay forever!

Litibu Beach

This beautiful beach is perfect for both ecotourism and luxury lovers; on one side you’ll find a private residential community with resorts, condos and a distinguished golf course designed by Greg Norman, and in the other you can find untouched beaches with a superb jungle landscape, perfect for whale watching, turtle hatching witnessing or camping. 

Punta de Mita

This sophisticated destination is located on a small peninsula of the Banderas Bay. It is known by the wide variety of activities for different kinds of travelers, which include snorkeling, scuba diving, first-class golfing, sport fishing, horse trips, and paddleboarding. Foodies will fall in love with this place as they delight on-trend restaurants and local cuisine while exploring the village. 

Marietas Islands

This national park was included in the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program by UNESCO, as this sanctuary is home to over 44 different species of plants and animals. “Las Marietas” as this reserve is known among the locals, is located a few miles from Punta Mita and you can take different tours to explore the islands. Some restrictions must be observed to visit this protected area, but it is perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, and to admire the abundant marine fauna of the place. 


Considered as one of the main destinations in the state of Nayarit, this small town will make your vacations incredible; a relaxed atmosphere and colorful streets decorated with Mexican handcrafts make this place a must on your list. You can see the versatility of this place in the large number of activities available: practicing water sports like surfing, enjoying the romantic atmosphere with that special someone, or simply touring all the restaurants and bars in this beautiful town.

These are some of the magic places Riviera Nayarit has in store for you, no doubt one trip won’t be enough to visit all of them! Remember to stay tuned to our next articles to see more activities and places to visit in the beautiful destinations where Velas Resorts is present. See you on the next chapter of this series!