Choose Your Favorite from the Top 10 Hottest Beaches in Riviera Nayarit
Jorge Jimenez - CVB of Riviera Nayarit

April 6, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit is a sun and sand destination — the perfect combination for a vacation stay. With its 186 miles of coastline, visitors will find a fantastic variety of spots to choose from, including these Top 10 Hottest Beaches in the Riviera Nayarit.

10.- La Manzanilla (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle)
Thanks to its easy access just a few yards from the Marina Riviera Nayarit, this beach is very popular not only with tourists but also with locals, who come here frequently thanks to the ease and comfort it offers for family time.

9.- Lo de Marcos
The town of Lo de Marcos has been evolving at its own pace, which is why every day there are more services for visitors. There’s an estuary alongside its extensive beach, trails in the mountain for exploring, and great waves for surfing or SUP. Without a doubt this is one of the most relaxed micro-destinations in the Riviera Nayarit.

8.- Jaltemba Bay
This area in Compostela is one of the most traditional destinations for domestic tourism thanks to its quiet waters and multiple services that include everything from beachside restaurants to party boats or banana boat rides. Jaltemba Bay has three beaches: Los Ayala, Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita de Jaltemba.

7.- Destiladeras (Punta de Mita)
Punta de Mita offers several ways to access the ocean, each with its own charm. Destiladeras is a favorite thanks to its expanse of firm sand and, even though at times it has high waves, these break far from shore, which makes it safe for kids and adults.

6.- Matanchén Bay (San Blas)
It’s well known that bays have waves and currents that are gentler than open water beaches. The huge Matanchén Bay starts at Santa Cruz de Miramar all the way to Las Islitas, including Los Cocos, Aticama and, obviously, Matanchén. One of the greatest pleasures of this area is eating oysters fresh from the sea.

5.- San Pancho
When it comes to beaches, San Pancho is probably the most cosmopolitan in the destination, because it welcomes visitors from around the globe. Its nickname of Cultural Capital has positioned the town as a relaxed, easy-going micro-destination, with a great party scene and excellent waves for short board surfing.

4.- Novillero (Tecuala)
Novillero is right on the border between Nayarit and Sinaloa, a world famous beach for its length and for being practically virgin. Its 56 miles of sand make it the longest in Mexico, the second longest in Latin America, the third in the Americas and the sixth in the world.

3.- Sayulita
Sayulita, a Magical Town and the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital and the birthplace of SUP in Mexico, is without a doubt a must for every visitor to the destination. Its hippie-chic vibe inspires communion and respect among every sort of tourist.

2.- Nuevo Vallarta
Nuevo Vallarta is the source of many good things in the Riviera Nayarit, it has the highest number of rooms in the destination and its beach is divided into three sections, all certified clean beaches. It also boasts the first Blue Flag in the destination, multiple environmental awards, its own marina and, as if that weren’t enough, it’s also complemented by the beach at Flamingos.

1.- Playa del Amor
The Playa del Amor or Playa Escondida (Lover’s Beach or Hidden Beach) is located in the Islas Marietas National Park and is the icon of the Riviera Nayarit for its spectacular natural beauty. Thanks to the huge popularity of the spot, however, there have been effective and protective measures put into place so the visits are well managed so the place is preserved for future generations to enjoy.


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