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Riviera Nayarit Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Riviera Nayarit, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Language Spanish
Time Difference -5 hours
Currency Mexican Peso
Voltage 110V

Stretching for 200-miles along Mexico's west coast and nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, Riviera Nayarit promises spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and a wealth of adventures both on land and at sea. Delve beneath the waves with incredible snorkelling, head out by kayak to explore hidden coves, try your hand at deep sea fishing, trek along scenic mountain trails or soar through jungle treetops by zipline, before unwinding on one of the riviera's immaculate sandy beaches. Various towns and pueblos are located in the region, many brimming with cultural treasures and traditional crafts, while there are also several superb golf courses to choose from.

Highlights+
Spectacular Scenery

Rugged and largely untouched, Riviera Nayarit combines a captivating coastline and palm-fringed beaches with mountainous rainforest and nature sanctuaries. All this allows for plenty of alfresco activities – including hiking, cycling, horse-riding, rappelling, ATV adventures and more! You may choose to soar across the jungles by zipline or spot a wealth of birdlife as you kayak along natural estuaries and mangroves. Possible species include belted kingfishers, Inca doves, bronzed cowbirds, Mexican wood nymphs, Military MaCaws and more.

Marine Adventures

Fringed by the Mexican Pacific, Riviera Nayarit offers easy access to the delights of the ocean. Take to the waves with an array of watersports – including kayaking, kite boarding, paddle boarding and sailing – or sip sundowners as you cruise along the coast as evening falls. Deep sea fishing is spectacular here, with catches including bass, tuna and marlin, while scuba diving or snorkelling invites you to discover a wealth of tropical fish and marine creatures. Offering some of the world’s best reef breaks, surfing is incredibly popular along the riviera too, while unforgettable and unobtrusive whale and whale shark watching trips can also be enjoyed during their migration season.

Culture and Traditions

Along with the natural delights of the region, Riviera Nayarit is home to several seaside towns and traditional pueblos, inviting you to discover the local way of life here. The native Huichol Indians – direct descendants of Aztecs - can be found near Sayulita in the foothills and highlands of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Across several communities, you can respectfully explore their artwork, lifestyle and traditional ceremonies.

Climate+

Riviera Nayarit has a predominately sub-humid climate with an annual average temperature of 25°C. Around 90% of the year, it experiences glorious sunshine. The most rain falls between June and November, though it is often just short showers rather than all-day downpours.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Riviera Nayarit.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January279
February2720
March273
April280
May303
June31114
July32233
August32234
September32174
October3295
November302
December282

Getting There+

Flights from London to Puerto Vallarta via several US, Canadian and Mexican cities - including Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City. Ask your Luxury Travel Specialists for the best travel arrangements according to your bespoke itinerary.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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