Visitors of all ages discover endless adventures, from hiking in the mountains, to basking in the sun on the area’s 192 miles of golden Pacific coastline, to exploring charming towns and villages and their unique treasures, all easily accessible from the inter-coastal highway. Famous for its world-class resorts, designer golf courses, spas, marinas and gourmet restaurants, Riviera Nayarit is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s haven for experiencing alegría de la vida (joy of life).
Sunshine envelops Riviera Nayarit 90 percent of the year, with the average temperature a pleasant 77° F (25° C), alluring visitors to engage in sunbathing, watersports, horseback riding, hiking and more outdoor activities year-round.
Devotion to preserving its pristine ecological beauty and ensuring the safety of its visitors has led Riviera Nayarit to experience some of Mexico’s greatest economic growth.
Only a 5-minute drive from Matlali, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a picturesque, traditional fishing village, where visitors can watch fisherman sail in with boatloads of fish, and visit the bustling Mercado del Mar (fish market). Complete with quaint cobblestone streets, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is home to authentic Mexican restaurants offering the delicious catch of the day, a refreshing margarita, and live music. Other attractions include the traditional Mexican church on the plaza; and on Sundays from October to April, the Tianguis Artesanal, a traveling market in Mercado del Mar featuring handicrafts and organic products. Bringing a modern touch to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is Marina Riviera Nayarit, which offers a yacht club, sky bar, restaurant and more.
The golden beach and waters of La Cruz, home to limitless colorful species of fish, are the ideal spot for spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving year-round, or awesome surfing in the winter months. Learn more.
Situated on the north end of Banderas Bay, just a short drive from Matlali, the tranquil Punta de Mita is a tropical haven with almost six miles of virgin white sand beaches, endless sparking blue waters and breathtaking rock formations. This gated paradise also boasts world-class golf, with a par-72 course acclaimed for its one-of-a-kind 3b-style hole, situated on a natural island with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
Visitors can find those “must-have” items at Punta de Mita’s upscale boutiques, enjoy gourmet delicacies at exclusive restaurants, and dance the night away at nightlife hotspots. Tourists also just may catch a glimpse of some Hollywood celebrities, who are known to frequent the low-key vacation spot. Learn more.
Famous for its world-class surfing, Sayulita is a mere 45 minute drive from Matlali. The ultimate paradise for those who love surfing and paddle boarding, this cosmopolitan yet laid-back town offers a vibe of the sixties, with a focus on love of nature. A peaceful horseback ride along the serene ocean shore while watching the sunset is yet another offering in Sayulita.
The crown jewel of the Riviera Nayarit, Sayulita is home to an eclectic blend of Cora and Huichol natives, ethnic groups of Western Central Mexico and traveling craftsmen. Visitors meander among charming cobblestone streets, where they can find scrumptious traditional dishes, fresh-baked breads, and exceptional art and handicrafts at local small shops. Learn more.
Just a 35-minute drive from Matlali lies Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a delightful city replete with tradition and history, as well as the cosmopolitan treasures of exciting nightlife, renowned cuisine, art and culture. Surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains and home to relaxing beaches and flowing rivers, Puerto Vallarta is a hub of ecotourism and extreme adventure such as zip lining through tropical forests, off-road tours through the Mexican Outback, whale watching in Riviera Nayarit, and rock climbing next to cascading waterfalls.
Those who enjoy the pleasures of city life will delight in the Malecón, a half-mile promenade lining Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s historic center and waterfront, featuring lovely cafés, vibrant nightclubs, galleries, public sculptures and cultural festivals throughout the year. Learn more.