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7 Small Towns Near Nuevo Vallarta You Must Discover

DESTINATION | Published on 18/07/2023
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Nestled on the stunning shores of the Pacific Ocean, Nuevo Nayarit offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern luxuries. While the allure of this popular tourist destination, with the long list of things to do in Nuevo Nayarit, is undeniable, there's a wealth of treasures waiting to be explored in the other towns near Puerto Vallarta. If you're seeking a break from resort life, set out on a series of day trips from Puerto Vallarta to the surrounding small towns, often referred to as the magic towns in Mexico. Let's dive into the charm and wonder that these hidden gems have to offer.


Situated just a short drive north of Nuevo Nayarit, Bucerías is a charming coastal town that captivates visitors with its vibrant art scene, stunning beaches, and culinary delights. While not one of the places designated as Mexico’s magical towns, Bucerias allows you to savor the beauty of Mexico in an intimate setting where everyone is happy to see you.

Here you can explore local art galleries and studios, showcasing the work of talented Mexican artists, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the golden sands, or indulge in water sports such as paddleboarding, windsurfing, or kayaking. You can also experience the flavors of Mexico with a visit to Bucerías' diverse range of beachfront restaurants and street food stalls.

Punta de Mita

For those seeking sun, sand, and surf, Punta de Mita is one of the towns near Puerto Vallarta that shouldn't be missed. This idyllic coastal town offers pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-class surfing spots, in addition to a slew of swanky restaurants that line the beach. For a truly unique experience, embark on a boat trip to explore the Marietas Islands, a protected marine reserve known for its abundant marine life and hidden beaches. 

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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Heading further north along the coast of Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a charming village that offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling tourist areas. Wander along the scenic marina and watch local fishermen bring in their daily catch or head to a lively Sunday Market where you can browse local crafts, jewelry, and organic produce. With such a small town square and a few good beaches, this is one of the day trips from Puerto Vallarta that you could do on a splendid afternoon. 


Located 40 minutes north of Nuevo Nayarit, Sayulita is a bohemian paradise that captures the hearts of visitors with its laid-back vibe and colorful charm. Surfers flock to its golden beaches, where the waves beckon novices and experts alike. Wander through the vibrant streets of the magic town lined with art galleries, boutique shops, and quaint cafes. Sayulita offers a fusion of traditional Mexican culture and modern influences, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a taste of the local way of life on their Puerto Vallarta day trips.

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San Pancho (San Francisco)

Known as San Pancho by the locals, San Francisco is a laid-back town that features pristine beaches, lush jungles, and a vibrant community of artists. Visit the Entre Amigos Community Center, an inspiring hub for local artisans and educational programs. Explore the town's art galleries, boutique shops, and enjoy live music performances at various venues. San Pancho is also home to the La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, where you can witness thrilling polo matches or even take a horseback ride along the beach.

San Sebastián del Oeste

For one of the longer Puerto Vallarta day trips, travel back in time with a visit to San Sebastián del Oeste, a captivating magic town nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains. As you stroll through its cobblestone streets, you'll be transported to a bygone era, surrounded by well-preserved historic buildings and charming plazas. Immerse yourself in the town's rich mining history and explore the old haciendas. Don't forget to sample the delicious coffee produced in this region, known for its high-quality beans.

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Nestled in a picturesque valley surrounded by lush mountains, Mascota is one of Mexico’s magic towns that seamlessly blends natural beauty with cultural heritage. This hidden gem offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching. Discover the colonial architecture of the town center and visit the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, a stunning church dating back to the 18th century. Mascota is also known for its traditional handicrafts, so be sure to browse the local markets for unique souvenirs on your next day trips from Puerto Vallarta.

While Nuevo Nayarit is a captivating destination in itself, the other small towns near Puerto Vallarta offer a whole new dimension to your Mexican vacation. From the bohemian charm of Sayulita to the historic allure of magic towns in Mexico, such as San Sebastián del Oeste, each place has its own unique character waiting to be discovered. 

So, when planning what things to do in Nuevo Nayarit, be sure to set aside time for Puerto Vallarta day trips and explore these magic towns in Mexico. Immerse yourself in their cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable experiences. Your adventure awaits!

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