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A photo of an artisan from the Human Connections' tour

A Week in Gorgeous Riviera Nayarit

Mexico7 days / June 2020

This is a one-week itinerary for Riviera Nayarit, including visits to Sayulita, San Pancho, Punta de Mita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and Bucerias.

Highs & Lows

Consistently amazing food

Would have added an additional 3 days to the trip

Itinerary Overview

For one week in January 2020, I decided to leave snowy Canada and head to Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico. After landing at the Puerto Vallarta airport, I travelled northwards to the first town of Bucerías. As the week progressed, I slowly moved along the coast to Punta de Mita, Sayulita, and San Francisco (“San Pancho”). Each town had a wonderful and unique atmosphere - ranging from artistic hubs to relaxed surf beaches. I made sure to end my week in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for the large Sunday market, filled with artisanal products and handcrafted souvenirs. 

My only regret for this trip was that I didn’t stay longer. Riviera Nayarit had exceptional cuisine, beautiful scenery, and an endless amount of activities. This made it difficult to pack everything into a one-week trip. 

  • 2 Nights: Bucerías
    Whale Watching and Beach Time
  • 1 Night: Punta Mita
    Great Restaurants and a Surf Lesson
  • 1 Night: Sayulita
    Boutique Shopping and Nightlife
  • 2 Nights: San Francisco, Nayarit
    Beach Club and Community Centre
  • 1 Night: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
    Market and Mural Tour
  • Q & A

    • What would you have changed?

      There are so many things to do in Riviera Nayarit it is difficult to try them all. Zip lining, cooking classes, snorkelling, hiking, and tequila tasting are some of the other popular activities in this area. Although I was very happy with my trip, I probably would have extended the time period from 7 to 10 days. This would also give me time to explore nearby Puerto Vallarta.

    • How was the food?

      Riviera Nayarit has a wonderful selection of food from all around the world. In fact, I would say that Riviera Nayarit has some of the best food I have ever eaten on a trip. This high level of quality is seen at every price point from the luxury restaurants in Punta de Mita to local taco stands. For some of the best El Pastor tacos, head to Tacos Junior located on the highway by La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

    • What tips would you give a friend?

      Although Sayulita is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Riviera Nayarit, in my opinion it is the least worth visiting. Due to the rapid growth of tourism in Sayulita, the town now struggles with overcrowding and pollution. On the weekends especially, domestic tourists from nearby Guadalajara visit in large numbers, making it difficult to navigate the sidewalks and beach. For a more relaxing experience stay in nearby San Pancho or La Cruz.

    • Packing tips?

      The weather is Riviera Nayarit is hot and steamy almost every day of the year. Pack clothes that would feel cool and comfortable in the heat, such as dresses and shorts. For a brief period of time from January to March the nights can become cool, so make sure to also bring a sweater.

    • Transportation Tips?

      Transportation in Riviera Nayarit can be difficult to arrange. From Nuevo Vallarta to La Cruz de Huanaxactle, Uber and other ride sharing apps are easily available. However, in Punta de Mita, Sayulita, and San Pancho only taxis are allowed. To save money, it is best to take the local buses that run along the highway. For day trips to different towns, it may be best to hire a driver for the day and pay a flat rate.

    Lodging

    • Bucerías, Nayarit, Mexico

      Villa Tayrona

    • Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico

      Casa de Mita

    • Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

      Aurinko Bungalows

    • San Francisco, Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

      Palmar Hotel Tropical

    • La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico

      AirBnB

    Photos

    A photo of an artisan from the Human Connections' tour
    Market in SayulitaLa Patrona Beach Club2+