The Best Activities in Riviera Nayarit

With its breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, is a tropical paradise that offers a myriad of exciting activities for every traveler. But what are the must-dos of this beautiful travel destination on the west coast of Mexico?

Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone looking to immerse yourself in the local culture, Riviera Nayarit has something to offer. In this blog, we will take you on a journey through some of the best activities in this stunning coastal region.

At Travel If You, we love sharing authentic Mexican experiences with visitors from around the world. Centered on providing small group tours in Mexico, our all-inclusive tours to Nayarit are like no other. Just send us an email if you’d like to learn more about what we do. 

Created with your interests at the forefront, our private tours offer group vacations where we take care of the planning. All you need to do is grab your passport, pack a bag, and get ready to enjoy the best activities in Riviera Nayarit! 

Go Whale Watching in Riviera Nayarit 

Riviera Nayarit is renowned for its abundant marine life, and one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you can have here is whale watching. 

Between December and March, humpback whales migrate to the area, and lucky visitors can witness these majestic creatures breaching and playing in the open waters.

Every year, between 300 and 500 Humpback Whales grace the area, where these gentle giants can be spotted in the water while parents guide their baby calves amongst the waves.

Hop on a whale-watching tour led by knowledgeable guides who respect the animals’ natural habitat and provide valuable insights into their behavior and conservation efforts.

whale watching during sunset

Escape to Nature on a Sierra de Vallejo Adventure, Riviera Nayarit

Venture inland to the Sierra de Vallejo and discover a world of natural wonders. Not only is there a variety of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and zip-lining, but in Sierra de Vallejo, there is also an incredible biosphere that thousands of animals call home. 

There are several guided tours that intrepid travelers can take to the mountain, many of which are hikes lasting a couple of hours. Whether you traverse the lush jungles and cascading waterfalls, encounter the diverse flora and fauna, or go on heart-raising activities, this ecotourist destination is a must.

Mountains in Mexico

Experience Artistry in a Huichol Indian Village, Riviera Nayarit

A unique experience in Riviera Nayarit is paying a visit to the Huichol Indigenous communities. They are located near Sayulita in both the foothills and highlands of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, 3,000 feet above sea level. As direct descendants of the Aztec people, the Huichol artwork and customs are remarkable.

Renowned for their artwork, visitors can learn about the traditions and native crafts with the opportunity to purchase some exquisite art. Each piece is handmade and one-of-a-kind and ranges from jewelry to textiles. You will find Huichol art studios in the towns across Nayarit.

Huichol artwork

Enjoy Beach Days at Riviera Nayarit’s Sayulita and San Pancho

While Sayulita and San Pancho are known for more than just their beaches, these picture-postcard towns are well worth spending a day at or longer! Relax on their sandy shores and let your cares wash away with the waves. 

Sayulita Beach offers a lively atmosphere with great waves, making it perfect for surfing, people-watching, and nightlife. You can find vibrant beach clubs and plenty of surfers. On the other hand, San Pancho Beach provides a more tranquil and secluded experience, ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and romantic strolls. If you walk further to the north end, you are guaranteed to find your own slice of beach paradise. 

If you want to visit even more beautiful beaches in the area, take a look at our blog covering the Top 5 Unique Beaches in the Riviera Nayarit.

rocks on the beach

Visit the Marieta Islands on an Ecoadventure in Riviera Nayarit

Embark on an eco-adventure to the Marieta Islands, a protected wildlife sanctuary famous for its hidden beaches and diverse ecosystems. Take a boat tour to explore the renowned Hidden Beach, an enchanting crater-like formation accessible only through a water tunnel. 

While visiting the islands, visitors can also snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and immerse themselves in the vibrant marine life thriving beneath the surface.

As you explore the islands, keep an eye out for the multitude of bird species that call this place home. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the sight of blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and other fascinating avian residents.

marieta islands

Go Shopping in Bucerías’ Boutiques in Riviera Nayarit

You’re on vacation and it’s time to treat yourself! Indulge in a spot of retail therapy in Bucerías. Explore its lively streets adorned with local art galleries, craft stores, and traditional restaurants, where you can savor mouth watering Mexican delicacies. 

Every Thursday evening, Bucerías comes alive with the enchanting Bucerías Art Walk. This delightful self-guided tour takes you through a vibrant array of over a dozen galleries and art boutiques along Lazaro Cardenas Street. 


Release Sea Turtles and Support Conservation in Riviera Nayarit 

Releasing baby sea turtles has emerged as a prominent traveler experience in recent years. The Mexican government, in collaboration with marine biologists, has created several turtle protection programs featuring specialized turtle farms, so you can get involved knowing it’s ethical.

These facilities are dedicated to the careful harvesting, hatching, and release of baby sea turtles back into the ocean. The conservation efforts not only protect these shelled cuties but offers tourists a unique opportunity to witness the remarkable journey of young turtles.

sea turtles

As you can see, Riviera Nayarit is a haven of exciting activities and experiences for all kinds of travelers! Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, or wildlife encounters, this Mexican paradise has it all. 

From riding the waves and whale watching to exploring the Marieta Islands and more, every moment spent in Riviera Nayarit shows you Mexico as you’d never imagined. Embrace the beauty of this coastal gem on our Vibrant Vida Nayarit Vacation or your own signature private Mexico tour.

If you’re tempted to check out this relatively untouched beach destination for yourself, get in touch with one of our Travel If You representatives for a no-obligation consultation. We can’t wait to introduce you to Riviera Nayarit!