Considered worldwide as the trendiest and chic Mexican beach destination at the moment, Riviera Nayarit is an extensive tourist corridor (it covers a little over 300 km on the Pacific Ocean coast) that starts in Nuevo Vallarta and ends in Playa Novilleros. It is made up by five municipalities (Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago Ixcuintla y Tecuala) as well as important places of references, each one belonging (Punta Mita, Flamingos, Bucerías, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, among others), to this zone that has reaches world fame due to the development of a fantastic infrastructure for luxury tourism services – with an awareness of sustainability – along with the richness of the biodiversity and local culture.
Favorite of the high-class tourists, ideal for weddings, honeymooners, families and friends. Although the sea, sun and beach make up its main attractions, they are not the only ones. Excellent marine landscapes to practice diving, snorkeling, surf, kayak, sport fishing; areas for extreme sports (rappel, mountaineering, zip line, canopy, mountain biking). Animal watching in their natural habitat (birds, whales, turtles, dolphins, sharks, sting grays). Places with a historical and cultural interest (Mexcaltitlán –the mythical Aztlán, origin of the Mexicas-; Los Toriles or Antiguo Ixtlán, archaeological site; Compostela and Boca de Chila, 17th century petroglyphs; visits to Cora and Huichol communities, outstanding handicrafts of unique manufacture.
Family theme parks (Aquaventuras, Vallarta Adventures). Spas (Apuane, Remède, Grand Velas) and world-class golf courses (Nayar, El Tigre, Flamingos, Litibú, Punta Mita Pacífico, Punta Mita Bahía). Exclusive art galleries and boutiques. Traditional and colorful festivities blend with the noisy nightlife, rendering options for all tastes and moods. Local cuisine basically based on seafood (typical: zarandeado fish, shrimp broth, seafood chimichangas, fish chicharrón and ceviche). Varied restaurant offer of different styles; good gourmet options.
TO STAY RIVIERA NAYARIT
• Casa de Mita
Boutique hotel, fine rustic. Eight cozy rooms. Isolated and heavenly beach. Gourmet cuisine. Personalized service. For couples or friends (without children).
Calle Playa Caballeros.
Punta Mita. Tel: (01-329) 298 4114.
• Imanta Resort
Luxury in the midst of nature. Spacious houses; ideal for families and couples. Gym, spa. Good cuisine.
Montenahuac, Lote L. Higuera Blanca, Bahía de Banderas.
Tel: (01-329) 298 4242.
• Four Seasons Punta Mita
It’s a guarantee of quality and service. Family atmosphere, as well as for couples. Spa, gym, activities for children and young people. Aramara restaurant.
Punta Mita, Bahía de Banderas.
Tel: (01-329) 291 6000.
• Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Very luxurious all-inclusive; good option for families or couples. Spectacular pools; spa. Three gourmet restaurants: Frida, Lucca, Piaf.
Av. Cocoteros 98 Sur. Nuevo Vallarta.
Tel: (01-322) 226 8000.
• The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
Contemporary luxury and rustic elegance. Suites with a private pool. Plus: relaxed environment, perfect for families or couples. Magnificent pools (one exclusively for adults); tennis courts, beach club, children’s club: exceptional spa; access to the main golf courses. Sea Breeze restaurants: California cuisine with organic products.
Km. 19.5 Carretera Federal 200. Punta Mita.
Tel:(01-329) 291 5800.
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• El Dorado
Seafood Mexican cuisine.
On the beach. Its highlight is the fresh seafood. Good breakfasts. Friendly and casual atmosphere. Ideal for families and friends.
Ceviche tostadas; Fresh oysters; Omelet with lobster.
Playa El Anclote. Punta Mita.
Tel: (01-329) 291 6296.
• Ginger Garden
Fusion Asian cuisine.
This concept offers fresh and healthy dishes with an Asian accent. Attractive, warm, contemporary and fun atmosphere, with outdoor seats. Ideal for evenings with friends or as a couple.
Curry chicken; Tuna tartar; Duck tacos.
Av. de las Palmas 3. (Plaza 3.14 Local 37). Nuevo Vallarta.
Tel: (01-322) 297 0381.
• Café des Artistes del Mar
French and Mexican cuisine.
Branch of the famous Café des Artistes Puerto Vallarta. Elegant and casual style; with the guarantee of the chain that supports it. Spectacular views of the sunset outdoors. Ideal for a business dinner, as a couple or with friends.
Av. Anclote. Lote 5. Coral. Punta Mita.
Tel: (01-329) 291 5145.
• Casa Teresa
Homey, artisan, operated by an Italian origin mother and daughter. The dishes are made with fresh products of the region. Fine atmosphere in the style of an Italian villa.
Calle Pez Vela 133. Punta Mita.
Tel: (01-329) 291 6480.
• Porto Bello Bistro & Lounge
Branch of the Porto Bello in Puerto Vallarta. Upscale, casual and elegant atmosphere with the same concept of quality cuisine as its main branch. DJ music at nights. Fresh terrace.
Centro Comercial Nuevo Vallarta Plaza & Business Center. Local 4.
Tel: (01-322) 297 6719.
• Prime 159
Located in the marina area. Quality cuts in a relaxed and pleasant environment. Assorted wine list. Terrace with confortable furniture. Ideal for couples, friends and families.
Prime Rib sandwich; Pork ribs.
Centro Comercial Nuevo Vallarta Plaza & Business Center. Local 13. Nuevo Vallarta. Tel: (01-322) 297 6442.
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• Santa Marea
Taco Bar & Lounge.
Original concept of gourmet tacos, achieving a good combination of traditional tacos with Mexican haute cuisine. Bar with good music. Ideal for a casual outing with friends or family.
Rosarito style lobster tacos; Parmesan shrimp tacos; Salmon in a walnut crust.
Av. de las Palmas 3. (Plaza 3.14). Nuevo Vallarta.
Tel: (01-322) 297 0201.
Mexican Mediterranean cuisine.
Located in the Playa Fortuna development. Warm and peaceful; elegant, comfortable and modern environment with a view to the sea. Ideal for a romantic occasion.
Seafood paella; Duck carnitas.
Playa Fortuna Beach Club. Km. 19 Carretera Federal 200. Punta Mita.
Tel: (01-329) 298 7317.
• Tacos El Muelle
In the marina; nice view. Young and homey service. Ideal for a casual outing with friends or family.
Filled green peppers; Sopes; Chicken with mole.
Miguel Hidalgo Local 1. Nuevo Vallarta.
Tel: (01-322) 297 6576.