Located in western Mexico, between the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Pacific Ocean, the state of Nayarit is a gem that has become popular for its gastronomy, cultural richness, diverse flora, beautiful beaches, and the unparalleled Riviera Nayarit.

For these reasons, it has become one of the favorite tourist destinations for foreigners and nationals alike, as recognized by prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and Condé Nast Traveller.

In its December 2023 edition, National Geographic in Spanish dedicated a special report recognizing Nayarit as a favorite destination for incredible adventures.

On the other hand, the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveller mentioned Sayulita in its top 21 Best Holiday Destinations in January 2024.

Here we list some experiences you’ll live in Nayarit:

Sports Activities

Due to its location, you’ll find many water activities, including surfing, a popular sport thanks to the waves of Nayarit’s beaches. You can also enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding; there are at least a dozen ideal places, including national parks, reserves, and hills.

Photo: Benjamin Soto Ferraris via México Desconocido


One of the most sought-after activities is whale watching. January and February are the best months to be part of this natural wonder. In addition to these amazing mammals, visitors will discover that Nayarit is an essential reserve for conserving some species of sea turtles. Between September and December, campaigns for releasing turtle hatchlings are organized in Nayarit camps. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Local Crafts

The cultural heritage of indigenous ethnic groups has a strong presence, visible through the diversity of sculptures and handicrafts created by native artists who share their wisdom and worldview with curious travelers.

Distinguished Cuisine

Nayarit has earned a well-deserved reputation in the culinary field. Being a coastal state, seafood is a highlight, with dishes like the popular pescado zarandeado. However, you can also savor other options with different proteins and flavors, such as pumpkin seeds pipián or Ixtlán del Río-style chicken. This place is full of possibilities.

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How to get to Riviera Nayarit?

Once your bags are packed, you can take a flight to Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll be just a few minutes away from experiencing the beauty and diversity of experiences that Nayarit’s beaches offer travelers.

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So, what are you waiting for to visit this wonderful place?