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Nayarit

Get ready for an unforgettable journey to the hidden gem of Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Discover the charm of this lesser-known destination exploring the Pueblos Magicos, indulges in traditional cuisine, and immerses herself in vibrant local culture. From the bohemian art colony of Sayulita to the mystical mangroves of San Blas and the cultural heart of San Pancho. If you visit during the Easter holiday you can witness the unique Semana Santa celebrations in Jala.

Prepare for an adventure filled with breathtaking scenery, fascinating traditions, and unforgettable memories in Nayarit.

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What to do

Explore the Pueblos Magicos

Nayarit boasts nine (9) Pueblos Magicos, each offering unique cultural experiences, traditional cuisine, artisanal crafts, and vibrant festivals.

Compostela

  • Town Square: Enjoy a tour of the town square, explore local markets, and experience a traditional food tour.
  • Cumbres de Huicicila: Visit the coffee farm for a tasting tour and learn about the coffee-growing process.
  • Address: Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: Varies by activity
  • Cost: Free to explore town; tours may have fees

San Blas

  • Mangrove  Tour: Navigate through mystical mangroves and observe  wildlife like crocodiles. They even offer tours at night!
  • Address: San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: Tours typically start at dusk
  • Cost: Approx. $30 USD per person
  • Website: San Blas River Tours

Sayulita

  • Surfing and Shopping: Known for its surfing, Sayulita is also home to fine art galleries, colorful shops, and beachfront restaurants.
  • Address: Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: Shops open around 10 AM
  • Cost: Free to explore; surfing lessons and rentals vary
  • Website: Sayulita Private Trips

San Pancho (San Francisco)

  • La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club: Experience the vibrant lifestyle at this exclusive club.
  • Address: San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: Varies by event
  • Cost: Varies by event
  • Website: La Patrona Polo Club

Jala

  • Semana Santa Celebrations: Witness the unique Holy Week traditions, including ceremonial processions and theatrical experiences.
  • Address: Jala, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: Holy Week (specific dates vary each year)
  • Cost: Free to watch

Where to stay

Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit

Enjoy an upscale all-inclusive experience at this sanctuary-like property, which focuses on wellness with a serene spa and 12 pools.

  • Address: Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Cost: Starting at $250 USD per night
  • Website: Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit

Quinta Nukari Boutique Hotel

Experience boutique luxury in Jala, with a rooftop restaurant offering stunning sunset views.

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What to eat

Delta Beach Club

Savor delicious meals at this beachfront club, perfect for lunch or a relaxing meal after exploring.

  • Address: Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Cost: $$ – $$$
  • Website: Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit

Tierra Tropical Beach Club

Enjoy a relaxing lunch at this beach club, known for its tranquil setting and delicious cuisine.

Local Markets in Compostela

Indulge in a variety of local dishes and snacks while exploring the vibrant markets in Compostela.

  • Address: Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Cost: $

Camahuer Restaurant

Enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience with local ingredients and traditional dishes.

  • Address: Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Cost: $$ – $$$

NUKARI Rooftop Restaurant

Dine with a view at this rooftop restaurant, offering a mix of local and international cuisine.

  • Address: Quinta Nukari Boutique Hotel, Calle Juárez 22, Centro, 63890 Jala, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Hours: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Cost: $$ – $$$
  • Website: Quinta Nukari Boutique Hotel

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Nayarit is during the dry season, from November to April. This period offers pleasant temperatures and sunny days, perfect for beach activities and outdoor adventures.

    Semana Santa (Holy Week), leading up to Easter, is a particularly vibrant time to visit, with numerous cultural events and traditional celebrations. However, be prepared for higher prices and larger crowds during this festive season.

    The rainy season, from June to October, brings lush landscapes but also occasional heavy rains and humidity.

  • Getting Around

    Public Transit: Nayarit has a network of buses that connect major towns and cities. These buses are an affordable way to travel but may not always run on a strict schedule.

    Car Rentals: Renting a car is a convenient option for exploring the region at your own pace. Major rental companies have offices at the Puerto Vallarta airport and in larger towns.

    Ride-Sharing Services: Ride-sharing apps like Uber operate in some areas of Nayarit, particularly around tourist hubs like Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta.

    Taxis: Taxis are readily available and can be hailed on the street or booked through your hotel. Always agree on a fare before starting your journey.

  • Safety Tips

    Health Precautions: Make sure to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. It's also advisable to drink bottled water to avoid any stomach issues.

    Personal Belongings: Keep your valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas. Use hotel safes for important documents and extra cash.

    Local Wildlife: When exploring natural areas, be cautious of local wildlife and insects. Wear long sleeves and pants to protect against mosquito bites, and consider using insect repellent.

    Swimming Safety: Pay attention to beach safety flags and warnings. Some beaches may have strong currents or jellyfish during certain times of the year.

  • Helpful Notes

    Currency: The local currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN). ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops. It's a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments and markets.

    Language: Spanish is the official language. While many people in tourist areas speak English, learning a few basic Spanish phrases can enhance your travel experience.

    Time Zone: Nayarit is in the Central Standard Time Zone (CST), which is UTC -6 hours.

    Tipping: Tipping is customary in Mexico. In restaurants, a tip of 10-15% is standard. For hotel staff, porters, and taxi drivers, small tips are appreciated for good service.

    Plug/Adapter: Mexico uses Type A and Type B electrical outlets, with a standard voltage of 127V and a frequency of 60Hz. If your devices use a different plug type, bring a suitable adapter.

Packing list

Here’s our suggested items to pack for this destination. Please always consider the weather and activities you will be doing.

Clothing

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: T-shirts, tank tops, shorts
  • Swimwear: For beach and pool activities
  • Casual evening wear: Dresses, skirts, or slacks for dining out
  • Comfortable walking shoes: For exploring towns and hiking
  • Sandals or flip-flops: For the beach and casual wear
  • Light jacket or sweater: For cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho: If visiting during the rainy season

Accessories

  • Sun hat or cap: For sun protection
  • Sunglasses: With UV protection
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher
  • Insect repellent: Especially for evenings and nature trips
  • Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated
  • Daypack or small backpack: For day trips and excursions
  • Beach bag: For carrying essentials to the beach

Electronics

  • Camera or smartphone: For capturing memories
  • Portable charger: To keep your devices powered
  • Plug adapter: Type A and Type B for Mexican outlets
  • Waterproof phone case: For beach and water activities

Toiletries

  • Basic toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Moisturizer and lip balm: To combat sun exposure
  • After-sun lotion or aloe vera: For sunburn relief
  • Personal medication: Bring any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you may need

Miscellaneous

  • Travel documents: Passport, visa (if required), travel insurance
  • Copies of important documents: Keep digital and physical copies
  • Cash and credit cards: In addition to carrying some Mexican Pesos
  • Snacks: For travel days and excursions

Optional Items

  • Binoculars: For wildlife spotting in mangroves and nature tours
  • Beach towel or mat: If not provided by your hotel
  • Books or e-reader: For relaxing on the beach
  • Small first aid kit: Band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers

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