Located in the northwest of Mexico is the beautiful state of Nayarit. It possesses an important coast facing the Pacific Ocean, where the famous Marias Islands can also be found. With more than 16 exceptional destinations for all kinds of tourists, it is impossible to deny the beauty of this riviera.
Its 153 kilometer (95 miles) coast, running from San Blas up to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, will stun you with its vistas. You can marvel at the exuberant landscapes, with emerald-hued mountains and studded with glorious little fishing towns, where marine biodiversity thrives. Along the shore you can also find exclusive and luxurious resorts, with top spas and golf courses.
The green of its forests, another attraction in Nayarit, will soothe and relax you. Its hot springs, brooks, waterfalls and vegetation will make for truly unforgettable experiences.
The architecture in Nayarit will take you back to the 18th and 19th centuries, with buildings like the Tepic Cathedral, its museums, or the many other colonial-era buildings.
Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita, Sayulita, and San Blas, where you will find deep-blue waters, temperate climate, and beaches offering a wonderful variety of activities, both exciting and relaxing. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers 173 rooms and suites, two golf courses designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, a spa, and great restaurants offering a taste of Mexico with their sommelier-designed tequila tastings.
A must in Nayarit is whale watching. Every year, starting around mid-December and ending in late March, you can come down to Nayarit and take part in one of the most awe-inspiring natural spectacles in the world. The majestic gray and humpback whales make their way to the Banderas Bay after a long journey, part of their yearly migratory cycle. The whales will jump high in the air and crash down on the water, or show off the span of their tails as they swim deep into the ocean, creating a memorable visit for all spectators. They can be seen from shore, or from a boat, navigating close to the gentle creatures.
“La Noria” is a good place to wind down amid Nayarit’s forests and not too far from Tepic, the state’s capital. Breathe the crisp air and go on an adventure: on foot, mountain bike, or motorcycle. You can also visit other stunning forests in Nayarit, running from Acaponeta to Amatlán de Cañas.
Nayarit is home to three natural treasures worth visiting, three bodies of water which have drawn visitors from Mexico and all around the world: Santa María del Oro, born in a volcanic crater; San Pedro Lagunillas, with an unbeatable climate; and Tepetiltic, surrounded by massive oak trees.
Between its mountains and oceans are Nayarit’s valleys, swaths of land full of exquisite beauty. Looming tall over these valleys is the El Ceboruco volcano, and feeding them are innumerable brooks and streams, with crystalline water trickling throughout as the air drifts with breezes aromatic with chocolate. Jala, a picturesque town with quaint cobbled streets showcases its indigenous roots and traditions. Visitors can come to Jala and live its history, walking its streets and seeing its beautiful basilica, all the while catching glimpses of El Ceboruco throughout.
The Nayarit Sierra, made up of El Nayar, La Yesca, and Huajicori, is a place where a fusion of the state’s biggest ethnic groups—the Cora and Huichol, the Tepehuano and Mexicanero—come together. It is a veritable collage of traditions and customs which, in tandem, offer visitors a taste of history and tradition, with its ancient feasts, its colorful art, and their mystical vision of the world.
Things to see and do
swimming, golf, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving, bicycling, hiking, rock and mountain climbing, ziplining tours, water sports, excursions, fishing, surf.
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