Special spots in Riviera Nayarit, Great Travel and Tourism
Riviera Nayarit is located 10 minutes away from the International Airport of Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Banderas Bay. It is a 100 mile long coastal strip with a warm tropical climate; its average yearly temperature is 77°F.
The Riviera Nayarit is composed by the sites of Nuevo Vallarta, San Blas, Bahía de Matanchen, Punta Custodia, Boca de Chila, Chacala, El Capomo, Rincón de Guayabitos, Punta Raza, San Francisco, Sayulita, Litibu, Punta de Mita, Costa Banderas, Destiladeras, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerías and Flamingos.
Its landscapes are very special, a mix of tropical jungle, the Sierra Madre mountain range and the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Living on its beautiful coasts are diverse flora and fauna species. This peculiar scenario offers all kinds of activities such as water sports, golf, swimming with dolphins, diving, cycling, adventure tours, ship rides, cultural events, horseback rides and whale watching.
Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a world class golf destination thanks to the combination of its incredible landscapes of tropical jungle, mountains and the Pacific Ocean with the courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Robert von Hagge. Its four golf clubs are El Tigre Club de Golf in Paradise Village, Four Seasons Golf Club in Punta Mita, Flamingos Golf Club and Mayan Palace Golf Club.
This region is famous for the crafts of Huichol Indians, who create colorful objects covered in beads and embroidery textiles. These beautiful decorations, plus toys and handmade candy, can be purchased at the crafts markets of Bucerías and Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
Its traditions mix prehispanic origins with religious celebrations, resulting in the traditional “Festival de la Virgen de la Paz” celebrated every January in Bucerías, the festivity of “La Santa Cruz” in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and in September, the town of San Francisco commemorates Saint Francis of Assisi.
Nuevo Vallarta is the border town between the States of Jalisco and Nayarit. It is located on a plain between two rivers and is the scenario of two world class golf courses in addition to a marine for yachts and sail ships. The famous Flamingo Golf Club was designed by famous Percy Clifford in 1978, when the area was still completely populated by crocodiles, in its surrounding development there are important hotels, resorts, apartments and the very interesting crocodile aquarium.
Bucerías still displays the genuine and friendly Mexico, the typical cobble stone town. On its coast people practice high sports fishing for the valued species of sailfish, marlin and dorado. The festival of Virgen de la Paz is celebrated each January with special blessings for the fishermen.
Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a fishing town currently transforming thanks to great investments, outstanding among its construction projects is the great marine for Yacht Club La Cruz that will offer safe refuge for 380 ships and great resorts, boutique hotels and restaurants in its bay, while the fishing industry continues growing and a seafood market is planned.
Litibú is located to the north of Punta Mita. This site started to receive national attention when former President Vicente Fox dedicated an initial investment of $50 million dollars to its basic infrastructure and among the future plans are great resorts, a marine, heliport, hospitals, world class golf course and eight hotel franchises.
Punta de Mita used to be the destination of the yearly pilgrimage done by the ancient Huichol tribe during its harvest ceremonies. It is currently recognized for its environmental efforts and is receiving great constructions, including golf courses, resorts and a Deepak Chopra Center.
The Marietas Islands are located in Banderas Bay and are a national environmental sanctuary famous for their coral reefs and colorful sea life, including the giant stingray. It is home to the Blue-footed Booby bird, specie in danger of extinction. It is an excellent place for diving and fishing.
Sayulita hosts a great artist community. On its beaches people enjoy camping, restaurants, bars, resorts, spas and surfing.
San Francisco, commonly known as San Pancho, hosts the recently established Polo Club. This coastal town offers a great variety of activities, including diving, snorkeling, hiking and horseback riding.
Lo de Marcos is a small town in rapid growth thanks to the many tourism projects that are being developed.
Rincón de Guayabitos, commonly described as “The Hidden Pearl” offers full comfort in a traditional environment.
San Blas is a coastal town with numerous beaches and a great vitality for its rich cultural heritage and migrating birds. La Toyara National Park is a protected area and Mexcaltitán is a small mangrove island with the reputation for being the legendary Aztlán, the place where the Aztec civilization was born.
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