5 Weekend Getaways in Riviera Nayarit

From exploring an underground beach to a full day of shopping, these getaways will allow you to discover the wide range of places, culture, nature, gastronomy and Magical Towns found in the region.
When you yearn to breathe fresh beach or mountain air, or just an escape from the monotony of the workweek, all it takes is making up your mind. You will be able to travel a few miles away and return in time for work.
In this case, Riviera Nayarit will always be an excellent option, since it is a destination that has the ideal conditions to detoxify from the stress that this pandemic has generated.
People who live in Guadalajara, Tepic or even in the Bajío, have the great advantage of being able to escape for a weekend, and in a few hours be in paradise, where they can discover a wide range of places, culture, nature, gastronomy and Magical Towns.
Rincon de Guayabitos, close to everything
Rincón de Guayabitos is known as “The Heart of the Riviera Nayarit”, as it is a place full of life, which vibrates to the rhythm of the thousands of visitors it receives mainly on weekends. Walking on the beach on a Saturday or Sunday is like having a panorama of the different regions of Mexico. Stay in one of the hotels or bungalows of the destination, there are them for all tastes and budgets. There is no doubt that “in the sea life is tastier” and if it is the sea of Rincón de Guayabitos, it is much better!
The tip: Coral Island is a must. The boats depart from Rincón de Guayabitos to take you to this fantastic island of white sand, turquoise waters and a coral seabed. Bathing in the transparent waters while watching the goldfish is a pleasure.
Ecotourism Ranches in Sayulita-Higuera Blanca
In Riviera Nayarit not everything is sun and beach; There are other alternatives, such as the mountains and the jungle, with ecotourism ranches located in rural areas that offer fun activities for all lovers of outdoor life. One of them is Rancho Vista Paraíso located in a natural reserve of tropical forest within the lands of La Montalbeña, very close to the town of Higuera Blanca. There is also Rancho Mi Chaparrita in Sayulita Pueblo Mágico, where the main attraction is the Canopy Tour, which has 13 lines and three suspension bridges that descend from the top of the mountain into the jungle. Rancho Mi Chaparrita is located on the highway to Punta de Mita, via Sayulita-Higuera Blanca, just 5 minutes from downtown Sayulita.
The tip: Pack your swimsuit because at the ranch you can also use the pool.
A Sunday at La Cruz Market
Do you want to spend a super fun day, shopping and at the same time enjoy a day at the beach? Visiting La Cruz Market will be an excellent option. This traditional market is located within the Marina Riviera Nayarit, in the coastal town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and is one of the most popular in the region due to the wide variety of products that it offers each season (in winter). We are sure that you are going to love it, since there is also live music and delicious typical Mexican food and from other parts of the world. The market is installed every Sunday from November to April, from 9 a.m. at 2 p.m.
The tip: After touring the market, enjoy a good dip in La Cruz beach, a few meters from the marina.
Marine Safari to the Marietas Islands
A walk to the Islas Marietas National Park and its Escondida Beach continues to be one of the must-see activities in Riviera Nayarit. The winter season is excellent to do so, since it coincides with the arrival of the humpback whales to the Bay of Banderas and it is very possible that on the way you will meet these wonderful mammals. To live this experience to the fullest, it is important to choose a qualified company to do any of the various tours to the islands. Punta Mita Expeditions and Vallarta Adventures, for example, are certified tour providers that will guide you in this experience.
The tip: There is a boat service, yacht or guided tours from Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, El Anclote, Sayulita or Lo de Marcos.
Cacao Tour in Planeta Cacao
Very close to Bucerías, in the town of Tondoroque, is Planeta Cacao, the original Cacao Demonstration Garden, where you can learn in an interactive way about the history of this ancestral seed, the cultural uses, cultivation and transformation into chocolate and drinks traditional. In front of Planeta Cacao are the choco-artisans Laura Aguilar and Mina Ibarra, who will guide you in this magnificent experience. Tour hours: 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
The tip: Didn’t you know that chocolate comes from a tree? Participate in an artisan chocolate workshop in which you will learn how to do it yourself, you will taste ancestral drinks and corn and cocoa gorditas.
Remember, Riviera Nayarit is a safe destination, all hotels, restaurants and other tourist establishments are following all the health protocols established by the Federal Government’s Health Secretariat. Hotels are only operating at 30% of capacity and access to the beaches is limited. Be a responsible tourist, use the mask and watch your distance.
We are ready!