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Nayarit, Mexico

Tourism Information

The Huichol and Cora Indians founded Nayar, which is known today as Nayarit. The state is located along the Pacific coast in Mexico’s western region. Many traditions of the pre-Hispanic people persist, as you’ll see in the colorful crafts. Begin your tour by walking along the streets of cosmopolitan Tepic, the state capital, where museums, historic buildings and beautiful parks await you.

This state has various lagoons and beach areas. About 62 km (38 mi) northwest of the capital lies the port of San Blas, an awe-inspiring destination, and 59 km (37 mi) away is Mexcaltitan Island, a magical place with abundant nature. As for the coastal destinations, there’s Vallarta-Nayarit, on the Banderas Bay, a 1,440-km2 extension of fine-sand beaches and calm waters. This is an ideal spot to enjoy water sports and it’s only 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. If you head southwest from the capital, you’ll hit the coast of Punta Mita and ecological reserve Marietas Islands, which is an important refuge for the humpback whale from November through April and has thousand of sea birds. There you can also go scuba diving, snorkeling and camping. In addition, this area hosts two important sporting events that you won’t want to miss: the Banderas Bay International Regatta and the World Champion Challenger fishing tournament. If you choose to continue exploring the beach destinations and are looking for a place with excellent tourism facilities, visit the Rincon de Guayabitos, a 3-km (2-mi) stretch of beach with excellent swimming conditions. The beaches, small islands and coral formations in this state make it an unbeatable place to spend your vacation.