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National Geographic Recognizes This Area North Of Puerto Vallarta As A Top Destination 

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This sunny destination, once a well-kept secret among travelers, has now earned a spot as a top destination.  

National Geographic, the travel and tourism magazine known for uncovering spectacular destinations, has recognized Nayarit in its latest issue.  

Located north of Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit offers stunning natural beauty, and it is the perfect destination for adventure travelers.  

beach cove in nayarit

Let’s take a look at what makes this destination so special.  

Location, location, location 

Nayarit is stealing the spotlight with both local and international travelers, and according to the magazine, it’s no surprise.  

Its location along Mexico’s Pacific coast and an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit make this Puerto Vallarta region a magnet for tourists, foodies, adventurers, and sports enthusiasts. 

In its latest edition, National Geographic not only highlights the region for its breathtaking beaches but explores the variety of experiences Nayarit offers.  

beach with palm trees in nayarit

From exciting adventures in ecotourism to the art, culture, and history that draws in visitors, Nayarit is emerging as a top destination. 

The Beaches of Nayarit 

The beaches of Nayarit are some of the most spectacular shores in this region of Puerto Vallarta.  

Travelers can take advantage of a wide variety of beaches from the serene and luxurious Punta Mita to catching waves in Sayulita, Nayarit’s beaches offer something for every type of traveler.  

Bohemian charm, surfing, and lively beachfront atmosphere make Sayulita one of our favorite beaches in Nayarit.  

surfer at sunset in sayulita beach

For travelers looking for a relaxing escape, the pristine beaches of Punta Mita, with their exclusive resorts and crystal-clear waters, provide a luxury experience.  

Further south, the sandy beaches of Nuevo Vallarta offer a perfect blend of relaxation and water fun.  

Playa Las Tortugas is perfect for nature lovers, known for its serene atmosphere and turtle nesting grounds.  

Playa Las Viudas in Rivera Nayarit, turquoise blue and calm beach

Whether you’re looking for the vibrant energy of busy beaches or the relaxing and serene atmosphere of secluded beach coves, Nayarit’s beaches promise an unforgettable beach day.  

Surfing steals the spotlight in this region, with San Blas, Platanitos, and Sayulita catering to surfers of all levels.    

Eco-conscious Tourism 

National Geographic hails Nayarit as an “unmissable opportunity” for ecotourism thanks to the variety of adventures this region offers.  

For those with an inclination for exploration, Nayarit does not disappoint.  

Whether you prefer hiking in the jungle, horseback riding or birdwatching, Nayarit offers a variety of attractions.  

suspended bridge in jungle

National Geographic recommends packing insect repellent, sunscreen, and ample drinking water for these excursions, and we could not agree more.  

Key points of interest include the Sierra de Vallejo Biosphere Reserve, Los Arcos National Park, Toro’s viewpoint, and Cerro del Mono, promising breathtaking views and memorable adventures. 

Nayarit is committed to sustainable eco-tourism boosting the local economy while preserving the natural beauty for years to come.  

marieta islands

Playground for Nature Enthusiasts 

During winter, travelers can catch sightings of humpback whales as they make their way through the waters of Puerto Vallarta.  

From July to October, the beaches of Nayarit are crucial nesting grounds for sea turtles. 

Travelers who are lucky enough to visit from September to November can witness the release of up to 1.3 million hatchlings across Nayarit, which contributes to the conservation of four protected turtle species: loggerhead, green, leatherback, and hawksbill.  

sea turtle hatching on beach at sunset puerto vallarta

Art, Culture, and Gastronomy 

Venturing beyond the beaten path, National Geographic sheds light on Nayarit’s vibrant cultural scene.  

From local artisans crafting handmade items to lively music echoing through historic streets and a delicious food scene, Nayarit is filled with a rich culture beyond its beaches and natural beauty.  

National Geographic’s recognition extends to the enchanting Pueblos Mágicos, or Magical Towns, scattered throughout Nayarit.  

locals on beach in nayarit

These charming pueblos, rich in history and culture, provide travelers with a glimpse into the heritage of the region.  

Cobblestone streets, busy markets, and warm hospitality – it is like stepping into a postcard filled with charm and history.  

market in nayarit

Start Planning Your Visit To Nayarit 

With adventure, culture, and stunning beaches, Nayarit has it all.  

Following National Geographic’s recognition, this area north of Puerto Vallarta is ready to welcome a new wave of adventurers, drawn by ecotourism, cultural richness, and the natural beauty of the region.  

Start planning your next getaway; Nayarit is waiting for you with open arms. Time to pack those bags and dive into all that Nayarit has to offer.  

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