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Visit Riviera Nayarit for Your Summer 2013 Vacation

Cecilia Ameri - Enjoying Mexico
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August 23, 2013

Riviera Nayarit is only 10 minutes away from the Puerto Vallarta airport and located at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain range. There are almost 200 miles of sandy beaches, resort hotels and many attractions. This region enjoys a tropical climate with average 80 degree temperatures, which makes it the ideal spot to spend your summer 2013 in Riviera Nayarit.

Beaches and protected areas

The Riviera has beautiful beaches and protected areas to discover; San Blas is about a four-hour drive north of Puerto Vallarta. This is a quite relaxing spot and there are plenty of activities you can do. In the main beach called Matanchen Bay, tourists can practice surfing, water skiing, sailing, diving or just relax on the beach. Nearby tourists can visit the gorgeous ruins of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Temple, constructed in 1769.

In the final part of Nayarit, you will find Mexcaltitán, a small island of floating mangroves and lowlands located about 25 miles from the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla. It is known as ‘Mexican Venice’ because in its small area holds a well-developed urban area with streets that became navigable canal during rainy season. It is believed to be the original Aztlan, home and birthplace of the Aztecs. The island is home to just over 800 people. Inhabitants make a living with shrimp fishing and handicrafts made from mangrove trees.

Riviera Nayarit adventure activities

Experience a day of jungle canopy zip lining at the Canopy Adventure Park. It is a half-day activity that includes; short hikes on jungle paths and plenty of zip lining “whooshes”. This is one of the eco adventures that make Riviera Nayarit so special and appealing for families. Prices are approx. $75 (USD) for adults and $52 (USD) for children.

ATV excursions is another wild activity you can practice in Riviera Nayarit, racing down trails into the jungle, splashing through rivers and kicking up the mud as you go on the road guarantees a fun-filled day. Sometimes, a Tequila Tour is featured at the end of some ATV outings. Prices are approx. $55 (USD) in a Single ATV and $65 (USD) in a Double ATV.

Another activity is Sea Turtle Adventure excursions and Baby Sea Turtle Release programs available, from June to September children and adults release baby turtles from buckets and applaud as the hatchlings plunge into the ocean. Prices are approx. $50 (USD) for adults and $30 (USD) for children.


You can enjoy the non-stopping night fun at Riviera Nayarit. In Puerto Vallarta, for instance, there are huge nightclubs playing American pop, salsa and some other rhythms to dance the night away. Other options are bars with a bohemian atmosphere that play jazz or simply piano and guitar are also a must.

  Learn more about Ecological Group of Costa Verde

  Learn more about Association for Environmental Unity in Mexico

  Learn more about Nuestra Tierra Turtle Conservation Program

  Learn more about The Western Ecological Society

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