Top 5 Unique Beaches in the Riviera Nayarit

Nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the Riviera Nayarit is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Renowned for its stunning landscapes, captivating culture, and warm hospitality, the region boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

If you’re seeking a beach getaway like no other, look no further than the Riviera Nayarit. In this blog, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of the top five unique beaches that showcase the true essence of this paradise.

At Travel If You, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for small groups in Mexico. For an all-inclusive trip that is anything but ordinary, check out our Vibrant Vida Nayarit Vacation. We visit both Sayulita and San Pancho, meaning you’ll experience the surfer culture, vibrant nightlife, and laid-back sunsets across these two beautiful destinations. 

If you’re already familiar with Nayarit and want to add even more beaches to your itinerary, take a look at our Private Tours of Mexico and let us organize the planning! Just get in touch with a Travel If You representative for a free consultation for a beach trip like no other. 

1. Surf’s Up in Sayulita — a Surfer’s Paradise in Nayarit

Our first stop is the vibrant and bohemian town of Sayulita, where Playa Sayulita beckons with its laid-back atmosphere and fantastic waves. With lush tropical vegetation and swaying palm trees, this beach exudes a relaxed vibe that attracts surfers and beach lovers worldwide.

Sayulita is a busy beach but for good reason! For those looking to ride the waves, Sayulita’s consistent surf breaks offer an excellent opportunity to catch a wave. You can also swim, scuba dive, and paddle board in the Pacific Ocean, amongst the diverse wildlife. 

But it’s not just the beach that makes Sayulita unique; the beach town itself is a colorful and artistic hub, filled with local handmade goods, vibrant street art, and a lively community. After a day of sun and surf, explore the town’s vibrant alleys and indulge in delicious street food for chill vibes.

beach in Sayulita

2. Uncover the Hidden Beach (Playa del Amor) in Nayarit

The Hidden Beach, also known as Playa del Amor, is located on one of the Marieta Islands within Banderas Bay, Nayarit. These uninhabited islands were formed by underwater volcano eruptions, resulting in an otherworldly ambiance and untouched beauty. 

You can visit the Hidden Beach by taking a boat journey, between 60-90 minutes long, and discover the picturesque beauty that was a former military testing site for Mexico’s government. After conservation efforts, the Islands are open to visitors on authorized trips. 

Make sure to book ahead for this spectacular location as passes to the beach are often in high demand and limited to help conserve the beautiful islands. The turquoise waters and crystal sands are well worth the journey! You can also swim in the cave formations and admire the surrounding cliffs in the once-unknown location.

3. Visit Playa de los Muertos, Nayarit Where Tradition Meets Beauty 

Steeped in history and folklore, Playa de los Muertos, or “Beach of the Dead,” is anything but ominous. The beach’s name comes from its proximity to a cemetery on a hill nearby and offers a serene and picturesque haven for beachgoers and locals seeking a tranquil escape.

Located in the charming fishing village of Sayulita, Playa de los Muertos is a place where traditional wooden fishing boats called pangas are scattered along the shoreline, adding to the authentic ambiance. 

You can access Playa de los Muertos by taking a stroll from Playa Sayulita, which takes roughly 15 minutes — if you don’t stop to shop or check out other sights! The beach’s pristine golden sands and crystalline waters offer a relaxed environment to enjoy a day off the beaten track.

4. San Pancho: A Relaxing Escape in Nayarit

Hidden in the heart of Riviera Nayarit Mexico, San Pancho Beach, also known as San Francisco Beach, is a tranquil and unspoiled haven away from the bustling crowds. This pristine stretch of shoreline offers an idyllic retreat for nature enthusiasts and those seeking solitude.

San Pancho’s laid-back vibe, swaying coconut palms, and gentle waves create a calming ambiance that invites visitors to unwind and reconnect with nature. The area has a great community feel that centers around wellness and cultural activities.

Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, embrace the stunning views of the ocean, or simply bask in the sun while listening to the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Make sure to enjoy one of San Pancho’s electric sunsets; they are some of the best in the region!

5. Punta Mita Beach: Luxury Redefined

Our final destination on this coastal journey is Punta Mita Beach, a glamorous retreat for the luxury-seeking traveler. Located on a private peninsula, Punta Mita offers exclusive resorts, upscale amenities, and pristine white sands lapped by the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Punta Mita boasts impressive surf breaks, making it an ideal destination for both beginners and experienced surfers. For water sports enthusiasts, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and scuba diving are popular activities that reveal the vibrant marine life thriving just beneath the surface.

In the town of El Ancolte, there is a beach accessible to the public that is surrounded by aquamarine waters at the northern end of Banderas Bay. There are several high-end restaurants in the area, which are also open to the public, so if you’re feeling fancy, check them out!

Riviera Nayarit is a coastal paradise brimming with unique beaches, each offering its own distinct charm and allure. If you’re seeking the best beach vacation with several sandy spots, our Vibrant Vida Nayarit Vacation is waiting for you!

Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or luxury, the Riviera Nayarit’s diverse beaches cater to every traveler’s dream. So pack your bags, immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty and warm culture, and visit Riviera Nayarit’s top five beaches. Just get in touch to start your Mexican adventure!