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Riviera Nayarit Travel Guide - Plan your vacation in Riviera Nayarit

Six reasons why you should travel to Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit is one of Mexico’s most exquisite vacation destinations, spread over 200 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. Here a natural ecosystem of mountainous jungle quietly exists, overlooking the many small resort towns that form this stunning destination. This complete Riviera Nayarit Travel Guide outlines the best reasons to visit to this unique destination. Riviera Nayarit takes great pride in protecting its rainforest and wildlife. It is one of the primary breeding grounds of Olive Ridley sea turtles where over the years, thanks to conservation efforts, thousands of females have made their way onto the beaches to lay their eggs. This paradisiacal coastline is famous for its spectacular beaches and great surfing locations such as San Blas and Sayulita. It is one of the few states in Mexico that produces true tequila (as opposed to mezcal), and there are several distilleries in the area where visitors can enjoy tastings and tours. Riviera Nayarit is home to descendants of the Aztecs where heritage is proudly celebrated. Mexcaltitan, in the northern part of Riviera Nayarit, is thought to be the cradle of the Aztec civilization. For those seeking adventure, there are plenty of hiking trails through the lush undergrowth, up rugged mountain peaks. There is also the option to horseback ride along the beaches, or visit the famous hidden beach of Marietas Islands reachable only by boat. The coast is dotted with small, characterful towns, each with their own distinct personality where the locals are friendly and welcoming. - Where is Riviera Nayarit?Riviera Nayarit is a 200 mile stretch of Pacific Coastline in Mexico. It lies between the historic port of San Blas and the mouth of the Río Ameca at Banderas Bay, in Nuevo Vallarta.- What is the best season for a vacation in the Riviera Nayarit?Riviera Nayarit has two distinct seasons: the rainy season between June and October, and the dry season from November to May. The peak season generally starts in November and runs through April, and this is when you’ll find the largest number of sunny days. Off-peak season is great too with evening rainfall that provides a welcome respite from the heat of the day.

Practical Information

Traveling to Riviera Nayarit offers a fantastic adventure full of amazing, memory-making excursions. As with any foreign holiday, you need to make sure you have everything in order, like the right documentation and healthcare, before leaving home. Let’s review some useful Riviera Nayarit travel information such as time zones, currency, health precautions, and packing tips to ensure you enjoy your Pacific Coast holiday in Mexico.
  • What Documentation do I Need to Travel to Mexico?
    US citizens traveling to Mexico by land or sea can enter the country and return with a passport card. However, traveling by air requires the presentation of a passport. Citizens of other countries also need their passport to enter and some nationalities require a visa. When entering Mexico, you have to fill in the Forma migratoria múltiple, a tourist permit known as the FMM available at official border crossings, ports, and international airports. It must be stamped by Mexican immigration upon entering and leaving.
  • Do I Need Travel Insurance if Traveling to Mexico?
    If you need medical treatment in Mexico and you don’t have travel insurance, you will be responsible for paying for your medical treatment upfront. Even if you current health insurance company offers coverage to Mexico, you might still have to pay before treatment and wait to be reimbursed. Besides health concerns, travel insurance is always a good idea to cover theft or loss of goods.
  • Is it Dangerous for my Health to Visit Mexico?
    Unless you’re going on an intense jungle trek, vacationers in Mexico mainly face the dangers of food and mosquito-borne diseases. Tourists are cautioned to use good mosquito bite repellents, drink bottled or purified water and use discretion when trying local cuisine. In addition, you should also take extra care under the hot Caribbean sun by wearing appropriate beach wear and a high factor sunscreens, as well as drinking plenty of water to stay dehydrated.
  • How do You Pay in Mexico?
    The Mexican currency is the peso. Generally, the sign $ refers to peso prices and any prices quoted in US dollars should be written US$. Not many places accept US dollars and traveler's cheques are becoming increasingly difficult to exchange. While it’s easy to withdraw pesos from ATMS using major Visa and Mastercards, it’s best to travel with a small reserve of cash you can exchange at banks or exchange offices if there aren’t ATMS available. Most airlines, stores, restaurants, and hotels accept credit and debit cards. "
  • What are the Timezones in Mexico?
    Mexico uses four time zones: the Pacific Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, Central Time Zone, and Eastern Time Zone. Riviera Nayarit follows the Mountain Time Zone.
  • What Language is Spoken in Mexico?
    Mexico’s official language is Spanish, although English is spoken in heavily populated tourist areas. Riviera Nayarit is also home to speakers of the Huichol language, a Native American mother-tongue of which 55% of its speakers reside in the Nayarit province. It’s advisable to learn a few common Spanish phrases before going to Mexico, as well as downloading a smartphone app or taking a simple phrase book with you on your travels.
  • What to Put in my Luggage When Traveling to Mexico?
    What you pack depends heavily on the type of trip you’re making. Remember, you’re travelling to a Caribbean climate, which is generally warm but can have some colder days. Take key clothing items that are easy to layer, a pair of beach sandals, and comfortable trainers suitable for walking and exploring the jungle. Other important items include: A sun hat, sunglasses, insect repellents, a windbreaker and basic medical aid kit.