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The golden coasts of Mexico are lined with beautiful beach destinations, from popular tourists beaches to hidden gems tucked away off the beaten path. The spectacular beaches in Riviera Nayarit are each unique in their own ways, but they all boast views of the beautiful Bay of Banderas. From the main city of Nuevo Vallarta to the smaller beach towns of Riviera Nayarit, there’s plenty of paradise to be found. For a vacation full of exploration, check out the five best beaches in Riviera Nayarit

Nuevo Vallarta Beach


 The region of Nuevo Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most beautiful beach destinations, lined by endless stretches of one of the most spectacular beaches in Riviera Nayarit. With soft sands and gently rolling surf, the water here is perfect for swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding without having to fight crashing waves. Because the beach here is so long, it’s easy to access and so spread out that you can enjoy it without ever feeling crowded by other beachgoers.


La Lancha


 North of the city and tucked away from the resorts and tourist areas is La Lancha, home of some of the best surfing in Mexico. Here, you can lay in the sun and watch the surfers catch the waves. To join in the fun, board rentals are available just across the street, and there’s also a variety of surf schools that will take you and help you ride the waves. To access the beach, take a bus towards Punta Mita or a taxi which will drop you off on the main road where a short hike through the lush jungle brings you to this tranquil Riviera Nayarit hidden beach.


Hidden Beach

From all over the world, travelers arrive in Mexico seeking to experience the famed Riviera Nayarit Hidden Beach at Las Marietas Islands. A crater formed over the years by waves and military testing hides this Riviera Nayarit Hidden Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches to ever be tucked away from the world. Due to its growing popularity and the need to protect the natural environment, access is limited. However, if you take a tour and swim through the tunnel that accesses the beach, you’ll discover one of the best beaches in Riviera Nayarit.


Los Muertos Sayulita Beach

One of the charming beach towns of Riviera Nayarit is Sayulita, bursting with bright colors and the smell of sizzling fish tacos drifting on the ocean breeze. Just past the main beach in town is the smaller, less crowded Los Muertos Beach. Not to be confused with Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta, this beach is named for the cemetery with festively decorated graves that you have to walk past to access it. There, the shore is less crowded with rock cliffs and jungle on each side that make it feel like a private beach. After relaxing, you can then wander back through the cobblestone streets and shops of Sayulita, one of the most magical beach towns of Riviera Nayarit.


Destiladeras Beach


Destiladeras Beach is the name given to three miles of the coast towards Punta de Mita. This family-friendly beach has a large parking lot and a welcoming atmosphere that invites you to spread out on the wide shores for a day of playing, swimming, and relaxing. One of the best beaches in Riviera Nayarit, Destiladeras Beach is easy to access for a day away from the crowds and a beautiful view of the entire bay.

These tranquil and beautiful beach destinations are waiting for you to come, explore, and relax along the Pacific coast of Mexico. Whether you visit one or all of the spectacular beaches in Riviera Nayarit, you’ll find beauty, tranquility, and wonder along the shores of Mexico.

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