Here are the Top 7 for Riviera Nayarit – stretching north 100 miles from the Jalisco regional border near Puerto Vallarta to San Blas, the newest, most hip region to go in Mexico is Riviera Nayarit!  This region is guarded by the Sierra Madres Mountain Range that overlook lush tropical jungles, and a variety of beaches lined with Palm trees from secluded rocky coves to sandy shores with some of the longest waves in the world. This area is known for a training ground for beginner surfers to pick up some surfing skills!  If you prefer the bohemian, eco-friendly beach town beat, head towards Sayulita where ex pats surf and enjoy watering holes, or San Pancho, an artsy village with Old Mexican charm.  If you want a luxurious getaway, the gated communities and hotels of Punta Mita live up to every peso you spend.

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Place to stay?

1.  Villa Amor in Sayulita or Hotel Cielo Rojo in San Pancho or “Go Luxury” and check into the Four Seasons in Punta Mita – we loved the Olito Room, an open air bungalow attached to Le Gran Villa at Villa Amor’s hilltop on the Southwest hill overlooking Sayulita.


Place to eat?

2.  Cafe Sayulita – home to the famous Chile Rellano:, Burrito Revolution:  Sayulita Life and the best breakfasts, El Espresso Sayulita:  If you want work off some of the chips and salsa you’ve been eating, go salsa dancing (Monday nights) at Don Pedro’s beachfront open-air restaurant and move to the beat of the live Cuban band, while enjoying a margarita or two….

Places to shop?

3. Hip boutiques and galleries are sprouting up in Sayulita’s cobblestoned streets, including Pacha Mama, Revolucion del Sueno,

and a very talented jewlery artist turning antique beads into one-of-a-kind pieces, be sure to stop by Debbie de la Cueva’s Boutique,

Place to surf? 

4.  Wild Mex Surf School plans great surfing itineraries with instructors.  The best surfing beaches included:  La Loncha,Burros Beach, and Punta de Mita’s gold glittery sandy beach!
5.  San Pancho – just a short drive north of Sayulita, you will find a charming beach town where you share the streets with donkeys, and roosters are your wake up call!  Stop to see the wall of murals near the beachfront that tell the history of the town, and enjoy the chance to be one of few tourists who have discovered this quaint Riviera Nayarit village.  We recommend staying at Hotel Cielo Rojo, where there are only 9 boutique rooms designed with eclectic art filled decor.  If you crave a slower pace in life, stay in this old-world Mexican charmed town for more than a day for a reasonably priced quiet hideaway.  Be sure to dine at the hotel’s Bistro Organico and dine at one of the best restaurants in the state (catering to vegan and gluten-free meals).  Ask about Capomo “Brosimum alicastrum) and taste the delicious, healthy crackers, cookies, and “healthy” coffee from this grain provided by Grupo Mujeressemilla nayarit.
6.  Bucerias:  visit this little beach town and cross over the “kissing bridge” from Old Bucerias into the New Bucerias where you will find dozens of open air stalls of Mexican crafts and souvenirs to take home.
Looking to Add Purpose/Meaning to your Travel?
7.  Stop at Entre Amigos in San Fransico, Mexico (within San Pancho), and see how a local community can make a difference by recycling trash and creating new found treasures.  Entreamigos is a model sustainably designed and community built facility and provides tours of their recycling center and Eco Design Workshops.  Click here for more details:










Another great site to reference in preparing for your trip to the Riviera Nayarit: