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Why These Beaches Near Puerto Vallarta Are Among The Best In Mexico 

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When it comes to spectacular beaches and breathtaking ocean destinations, Puerto Vallarta’s beaches have it all.  

Among these, the beaches of Bahía de Banderas, known as Riviera Nayarit, have been consistently recognized for their beauty, exceptional quality, and environmental sustainability.  

In a recent Reunion Nacional de Playas Limpias, the National Clean Beach Meeting, Bahia de Banderas solidified its top position.  

Aerial view of Riviera Nayarit beach

Let us take a look at what makes these beaches among the best in Mexico.  

Certifications Received 

During the National Clean Beach Meeting, Jorge García, the Director of Municipal Tourism, accepted an impressive 15 certifications on behalf of the Riviera Nayarit region. 

These certifications ranged from the esteemed “White Flag” awarded by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification to the prestigious “Blue Flag” certifications. 

  • White Flags (Bandera Blanca): These are awarded to beaches showing the highest standards of cleanliness and safety. Beachgoers can enjoy their time in the sun without concerns about pollution or hazards. 
  • Blue Flags (Bandera Azul): The Blue Flag is a globally recognized certification that signifies excellence in water quality, environmental management, safety, and education. It is an honor given on beaches committed to sustainability and environmental protection. 
blue flag

Earlier this year, three beaches in Puerto Vallarta received the prestigious Blue Flags including the Marriot Hotel, Westin Puerto Vallarta, and the Sheraton Hotel.  

Bahia de Bandera’s commitment to beach excellence was recognized with six Platinum certifications, six 120 Tourism certifications, and three additional certifications from the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (INMC).  

One of these certifications was the highly esteemed Blue Flag, which adds an extra layer of prestige to the region.  

aerial of puerto vallarta beach

Riviera Nayarit’s Best Beaches 

Now, let us take a trip through some of the stunning beaches that the Riviera Nayarit region has to offer.  

Nuevo Vallarta 

Nuevo Vallarta is known for its golden sands and calm, inviting waters.  

Families and travelers are drawn to Nuevo Vallarta to enjoy the sun, play in the sand, and enjoy the gentle waves.  

The White Flag certification assures visitors of a clean and safe environment. 

aerial view of sayulita beach puerto vallarta


This vibrant and charming beach town draws in a bohemian mix of surfers and artists.  

Sayulita’s White Flag certification ensures a clean beach where creativity and adventure thrive. 

aerial view of beach sayulita with trees

Los Muertos de Sayulita 

A short distance from Sayulita, Los Muertos de Sayulita Beach offers a quiet option away from the charming and busy town. Its white sands and clear waters are the perfect backdrop for relaxation. 


Bucerías is a charming coastal town known for its traditional Mexican atmosphere.  

Visitors can explore the local culture and cuisine while enjoying the beauty of the beach, certified by the White Flag. 

faro de bucerias

Efforts to Expand 

The dedication to beach quality does not stop here. Bahía de Banderas is in the process of certifying more beaches, including Susurros del Corazón and Lo de Marcos.  

Additionally, two more beaches are going through certification processes, reinforcing the commitment to providing visitors with amazing experiences.  

playa de los marcos

Conservation and Tourism

As you explore the beautiful beaches of Bahía de Banderas, you will not only witness breathtaking natural beauty but also the dedication to maintaining these beaches in excellent condition.  

Riviera Nayarit recognizes the importance of conserving its natural beauty as well as the impact that tourism has on the economy of the area.  

Just in the first half of this year, over a million international travelers have visited Puerto Vallarta, a 14% increase from the previous year.  

secluded beach in puerto vallarta

The collection of certifications, from White Flags to the coveted Blue Flags, shows that beach destinations’ conservation efforts and tourism can coexist and thrive.  

It is no wonder that these Puerto Vallarta beaches are celebrated as some of the best in all of Mexico, drawing travelers from around the world to their pristine beaches.  

Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, Bahía de Banderas welcomes you with spectacular beaches and open arms.  

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