Riviera Nayarit is located in the heart of Mexico's Pacific coastline with Puerto Vallarta to the south and a slew of charming villages to the north. With the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and fronted by the Bay of Banderas to the west, Riviera Nayarit is nestled in quiet dignity. The area is home to migrating gray whales and a plethora of sea life. With Puerto Vallarta only 20 minutes away, there are abundant choices for both cosmopolitan and natural adventures.
- Swim with dolphins or sea lions
- Visit the turtle sanctuary
- Indulge in a spa treatment
- Soar over the jungle on a zip line
- Tour the beachfront town of Bucerias
- Surf in Sayulita (or just watch)
- Golf at El Tigre
- Go whale-watching
- Release baby turtles to the ocean
- Dance all night in world-class clubs
- Kayak in the Bay of Banderas
- Get wet at AquaVenturas Park
- Watch the sun set over Banderas Bay
Riviera Nayarit spans 190 miles along the Pacific coast, with its primary destination only a ten minute taxi ride north of Airport Gustavo Diaz Ordaz which is served by a wide variety of national and international airlines, many with nonstop flights to Puerto Vallarta. With golden sands along its full length and quaint towns dotted along the way, it is ideal for vacation or relocation. Passports are required.
Expect a tropical, sub-humid climate year round. November through April temperatures range from 27C/81F in the daytime and 18C/65F in the evening, May through October are much warmer with averages from 32C/90F in the daytime and 25C/78F in the evening with higher humidity due to the rainy season. There are an average of 330 days of sunshine a year with heavy rains July through September. Most showers pass in the evenings cooling off the heat of the day.
When to Go
Tourism is highest during December to March. This is the time of year with a larger selection of activities, events and social outings. For a calmer vacation, April to November is the time to visit. The warmer temperatures and occasional rains provide a pleasant tempo of lazy days and quiet nights. Whether you want all the adventure of an action packed vacation or the languid days of peaceful summer, Riviera Nayarit will never leave you disenchanted.
Festivals and Holidays
Most of the festival action takes place in lively Puerto Vallarta. The malecon (boardwalk) is host to many of the cities events. You can also visit Bucerias in January for the Urban Art Festival (Chalk Art), Carnival Peace and The Taste of Riviera Nayarit, or La Cruz for the Taste of La Cruz, a unique experience to learn of the people, commerce and culture in this corner of Riviera Nayarit. March highlights the ISA Mexican Masters for Laser racing. May is a time for speed with various kite-boarding competitions while December whisks you along for the Banderas Bay Blast Sailing Regatta.
A Brief History
Puerto Vallarta has aged with vestiges of its former historic self while Riviera Nayarit is a planned resort community that is mostly new. Because of the similar names and the fact that the two "Vallartas" are close to each other, many tend to confuse the two. The reality is that Riviera Nayarit is a federally funded government project that began more than ten years ago. It now features a state-of-the-art marina, more than three miles of sandy beaches, deluxe resort amenities and shopping malls. Just beyond its commercialization are a variety of sleepy villages and lush natural beauty spanning nearly 200 miles, making it the complete Mexican destination of old and new, sophisticated and rugged.