Bucerías, Destiladeras, Matanchén, Rincón de Guayabitos and Las Islitas top the list of best choices to take the kids for a swim.
The Riviera Nayarit offers hundreds of miles of beaches for every taste thanks to the different conditions present along the coast. Here’s a list of the Top 5 Safest Beaches for kids. In addition to these beaches there are dozens of excellent places to enjoy with your children including the Blue Flag beach in Nuevo Vallarta.
#5- Bucerías (Northern Area), Bahía de Banderas
Beaches on bays are usually safer than those on the open water: case in point, the beach at Bucerías, especially the Northern area that’s closest to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. This beach has the best wind in the region, mild waves and firm sand. And, the small waves that do break on the sand don’t make it past burrito class.
Bucerias is also a charming fishing town with excellent beachfront restaurants and a cute souvenir market.
#4- Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Bahía de Banderas
Even though this beach has waves of up to 3 and 4 meters and is located at the edge of the bay where the currents are stronger, it’s on the list because those waves break some 10 to 15 meters from shore, giving it many meters up front of solid sand with very little irregularities, making it a perfect spot for kids to wait for the gentle ripples that make it to shore. Destiladeras also offers beachfront dining with chair and umbrella rental. While busy with families on Sundays, this huge beach has plenty of space and is perfect for a lazy day at the beach.
#3- Bahía de Matanchén, San Blas
This ample bay comes with waves, but it also boasts one of the widest stretches of sand in the entire state. Though there are a lot of waves, they’re usually on the small side and the currents are light and easy to manage. Also renowned for its fresh oysters, many Nationals from the nearby cities of Tepic and Guadalajara have beachfront vacation homes along this beach.
#2- Rincón de Guayabitos, Compostela
This one is considered by many to be Mexico’s largest swimming pool. Just like Matanchén and Bucerías, Guayabitos has the privilege of being on a bay: the Bahía de Jaltemba. Its small waves and firm, sandy bottom allow kids to wade in as far as they’re comfortable, making it a very safe choice. The town of Guayabitos is in a bit of a renaissance with huge improvements being made to the infrastructure and new hotels and dining options opening each day. If you haven’t been in a while, its worth a revisit.
#1- Las Islitas, San Blas
If Guayabitos is considered a swimming pool, then Las Islitas is a wading pool. For most of the year there aren’t waves, not even burritos or anything, just a small tide that moves the water. And, as if that weren’t enough, you can walk into the water for at least 10 meters without it going over a meter in depth. For a special treat stop along the way at one of the many road side stands selling fresh baked banana bread and nut muffins.