We wanted very much to visit the towns just to the north and south of Lo de Marcos, in the state of Nayarit. How could we not? Lo de Marcos was beautiful, exotic and interesting, the people were friendly, the food was great, and we had never been anywhere else in the area. We had only eight days in which to explore before our deadline to leave for the Central Mexican Highlands.
From side to side, Lo de Marcos is only about a half a mile wide, from where you can watch the sun set as it plunges into the Pacific Ocean on the west, to where the town effectively dead-ends into the main road to the east. This main road runs roughly parallel to the ocean and connects the areas from the north (from where we arrived, originally disembarking from the Baja Ferry in Mazatlan) to the south, to Puerto Vallarta, about an hour away by car. From that road, we could visit several little beach towns, roughly 30 miles from the one furthest north, La Peñita, to the one furthest south, Punta Mita.
One of the reasons we were so happy to explore the area is that the main road is wonderfully beautiful. From the sides of this road, jungle vines, palm trees and broad-leafed plants accompanied us on all our journeys, and at various times, formed a canopy overhead through which we and the other cars and trucks passed...
Starting from our rental in Lo de Marcos, we would visit five other towns along the main road. Like six sisters who were raised in the same home with the same parents and later went out into the world to start their own families in their own homes with their own styles and personalities, each town had a similar core and common foundations.
You're invited to come along for the ride to La Peñita, Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita and Punta Mita. Read the entire article at Best Places in the World to Retire
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