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Something for everyone on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

What does your perfect holiday look like? Do you dream up white sandy coastlines, melting pink sunsets, bowing palm trees, diving dolphins and flavoursome cocktails? Does your imagination run wild, or does this place in your mind actually exist? Mexico’s Pacific Coast is home to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions united in the beautiful Banderas Bay that will put your imagination to shame. These two destinations offer something for everyone: families, friends, couples, newlyweds and honeymooners. No matter who you are, you’ll find your paradise here. To the beach For those who love sun, sand and surfing, Riviera Nayarit offers a 200-mile stretch of golden coastline and magical seaside towns to enjoy. Head down to the hippie chic town of Sayulita for surfing, fresh fish, boutiques, paddle boarding, coronas and lots of fun. This sleepy surf town is one of the coolest places around, promising chilled vibes and the real Mexican way of life. Nearby, the peaceful fishing village of Lo de Marcos in Riviera Nayarit is another must-visit for lovers of the ocean. Luscious green hills and singing birds surround the beaches of Los Venados, Las Minitas and El Atracadero, where the phrase “paradise on earth” frames this corner of the coast. For nature lovers, Riviera Nayarit’s pretty town of Punta el Custodio has six miles of virgin beach, eco-friendly villas and turtle sanctuaries! A touch of romance Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, known as the “Zona Romántica,” showcases the beauty of a traditional Mexican town with cafes, restaurants, street food, art galleries and rhythmic nightlife hotspots. Kick things off with Vallarta Eats Food Tours and sample fried fish tacos with guac and endless shots of tequila. Then, wander around the cobbled streets and stop off at the church of Lady Guadalupe, a symbol of the city and a place of historical importance to the locals. Finish with a walk along the famous Malecón as you watch a pink sunset crash into the waves. Family fun In Banderas Bay, adventure and wildlife thrive and flocks of tropical birds fill the sky. Embark on a trip with Vallarta Adventures to visit the breathtaking Marietas Islands. Swim with schools of King Angel fish, Giant Pacific Manta Rays and enormous turtles as they reveal their underwater world. Get active with an afternoon of paddle boarding, snorkelling or diving, and then end on a strong note with a spot of entertainment from the Blue-footed booby birds ready to show off their hip-hop dancing! If wildlife is more your thing, venture to Puerto Vallarta and check-in to the Wildlife Connection for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with wild dolphins. Just like humans, teenage dolphins are known to be mischievous, splashing around and playing games with visitors. Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have the highest respect for their wildlife. All creatures of the sea live free within their natural habitats and are constantly watched over by loving locals. Active adventures Don’t be fooled that the underwater world has a hold over land activity. If you prefer to stay dry, Banderas Bay is filled with endless activities that beg to be experienced. Riviera Nayarit is home to six signature golf courses to welcome golf lovers from across the globe. The region is also a hotspot for horse riding, zip lining, rappelling and bird watching. Neighbour Puerto Vallarta also has a wide adventure offering that includes kite surfing, ATV riding and parachute jumping! Amazing nightlife If parachute jumping doesn’t get your pulse racing, then the region’s nightlife is sure to do the trick! For a night of fine dining, sophistication and impeccable service, waltz round to Riviera Nayarit’s Punta Mita zone, home to the best of the best hotels including the St. Regis and Four Seasons. A favourite amongst the rich and famous – including the Kardashian clan, Eva Longoria and Rihanna – this picture-perfect resort makes way for a night of glitz and glam. For those looking for an authentic Mexican evening, head over to Sayulita and the pretty fishing village of San Pancho where crafty cocktails are aplenty. Make sure to visit La Fresona Beach Club to enjoy live music in tiki huts! For a day scene, head to W Punta de Mita resort for bubbles and buzzing beats by the poolside. For those looking to turn it up a notch, Puerto Vallarta awaits with its vibrant nightlife. It’s well-known as a city that comes alive after sunset. Live bars, clubs and open-air shows line the Malecón strip, tempting party-loving night owls.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. So many fantastic options here. Horse riding, the coast and diving in the ocean for me and golf for the husband. Then zip lining and rapelling for the kids – a bit too adventurous for me though! It’s great to know the area would offer something for everyone and it really does look fun and beautiful. I love Mexico and can’t wait to go back, I’ve even been working on my Spanish.

  2. Sounds amazing – I’d love to go to Mexico now! Chilled vibes are the perfect kinds of holidays sometimes. Los Venados sounds incredible, I do love to have some greenery wherever I’m visiting – it’s a must! I’d probably skip the nightlife though, and spend the drinks money on food instead!

  3. This blog so much engaging and knowledge giving. I went to Mexico with my friends but can’t get this much enjoyment but now after reading this, I am going to plan a trip over there and have fun to the fullest.

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