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Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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Famous for its stunning natural scenery and pristine coastline, Riviera Nayarit is one of the most incredible places in Mexico to experience a vacation. With the sweeping Sierra Madre mountain range creating a picturesque backdrop, you will want to capture every unforgettable moment when visiting the top destination. No matter what type of traveler you happen to be, you will surely fall in love with Riviera Nayarit and the treasures it has to offer. Thanks to the luxurious Nuevo Vallarta all inclusive resorts in the area, your getaway to paradise will be absolutely blissful.

Where is Riviera Nayarit located?

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Located on the western coast of Mexico, Riviera Nayarit is found just north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. Boasting warm, sunny weather all year long, it is a beloved destination of jet-setting travelers from around the globe. A jungle-covered landscape and breathtaking beaches offer endless exploration. 

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Riviera Nayarit Weather

Riviera Nayarit is blessed with incredible weather all year long, with an average of 360 days out of the year seeing sunshine and temperatures typically between 60-90°F. Although Riviera Nayarit receives more visitors during its high season between mid November and the end of April, the area receives plenty of blue skies and sunshine to make any vacation memorable. During the summer months, rain showers are fairly common. However, most days are sunny and welcome showers arrive in the afternoon or evening to offer cooling relief from the heat. 

Riviera Nayarit Time Zone

Nuevo Vallarta is located in the Central Time Zone (GMT -6), the same as the cities of Dallas, Chicago, and Mexico City, however other parts of Riviera Nayarit, which are further north, are located in the Mountain Time Zone (GMT -7), the same as the cities of Denver, Colorado and Edmonton in Canada. 

Riviera Nayarit Top Attractions

  • The Nuevo Vallarta Marina: Take some time to enjoy the sights of yachts, fishing charters and big tour boats that peruse the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay.                    
  • Bucerias: There is so much to see and do here, from shopping at the boutiques and markets to dining at the beachfront restaurants and sipping on cocktails at the bars. 
  • Las Marietas: Located at the northern end of the bay, a visit to the hidden beach situated inside of a crater on an island is truly fascinating. 
  • Golf Courses: With several impressive golf courses to try out, golfers from beginner to advanced will have a blast. 
  • Nightlife: From live music venues and bars to cantinas and casinos, there is plenty of evening entertainment to discover in Riviera Nayarit. 
  • Beaches: Flamingos Beach, San Pancho, Sayulita, and so many more. 
  • Restaurants: Indulge your palate at the various Nuevo Vallarta restaurants, where amazing cuisine from traditional Mexican fare to fresh-caught seafood abounds. 

Riviera Nayarit’s most popular beaches

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Flamingos Beach

With sweeping views of Banderas Bay and a long stretch of sand, this is the perfect place to stroll along and enjoy the views. Thanks to calm, shallow waters, this is also a terrific spot to splash around.

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San Pancho

This charming town has a splendid beach where relaxation is the name of the game with inviting lounge chairs and beach hammocks.  

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From quiet fishing village to a haven for surfers, this town is brimming with character. Surf lessons and surfboards are even offered right on the beach. 

Tours & Activities in Riviera Nayarit

The dual destination of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit is a mecca for outdoor activities. Local tour companies offer everything from ATV rides, zipline tours, sunset cruises, horseback riding, scuba diving, whale watching, and much, much more. Visit the Concierge Desk at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit, one of the best all inclusive resorts in Nuevo Vallarta, for more information about each of the tours or to reserve your space. 

Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Riviera Nayarit Nightlife


Prepare for exciting days and adventurous nights when staying at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa. While the destination is well-known for its activity filled opportunities during the day, there is also ample opportunity for nights filled with dancing, fine dining, and world-class entertainment.  Head to downtown Puerto Vallarta in the evenings when the Malecon becomes a stage for all those…

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Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Riviera Nayarit Golf


There are a number of golf courses located in the region of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, each designed by legendary golf architects, that tempt golfers with stunning fairways, exquisite views, and challenging greens. Guests of Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa can take their pick of nearby courses including the Marina Golf Club and Vista Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta and Flamingos Golf…

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