If you’re looking forward to relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, swimming with dolphins or enjoying a mountain backdrop, you can’t miss Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Here are the hottest spots to hit on the Pacific Coast for your Mexico vacation.

Puerto Vallarta, in Jalisco, is famous for the preservation of its authentic Mexican traditions. Hop on to the Pacific Coast port with its 40 miles of coastline, jungles, rivers,  mountain sides and flatlands.

Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast, framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities catering to every travel lover’s taste.

Sunny beaches and blue water

Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, offer more than 250 miles of golden coastline.

Get away from it all in Puerto Vallarta’s Boca de Tomatlan, where the beach is rarely crowded. At Conchas Chinas, expect gentle tides and rich sea life. If you prefer a mountain backdrop, look no further than Garza Blanca.

In Riviera Nayarit, the Nuevo Vallarta resort area offers clear blue water and sandy beaches as soft as powder. To the north, Bucerias has a five-mile shoreline and a calm surf. And Playa los Muertos, in Sayulita, invites families to enjoy a safe swim.

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Meet Whales and Dolphins

Whale watching has long been a favourite pastime in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. From winter until late March, more than 2,000 humpback whales arrive at Banderas Bay to enjoy its warm waters. They travel more than 15,000 miles to mate or give birth to their calves.

Throughout the region, whale watching tours give you a front row seat to see these magnificent sea creatures. As for dolphins, they often splash around travel lovers playfully. Remember – look but don’t touch.

Adventure

If you’re looking for adventure on your Mexico vacation, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit offers everything from jungle safaris to ziplining through the Sierra Madre Mountains.

For an adventure off the beaten track, head to Altavista, home to one of the largest known concentrations of ancient stone engravings. Or travel to the past at San Blas, considered to be the birthplace of the Aztec civilization.

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Day trip for Island Discovery

While you’re at it, why not take a day-trip to Las Marietas Islands? This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ecologically diverse sanctuary with a hidden beach tucked just out of sight.

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Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture

Well-known for the preservation of its Mexican traditions, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are great for an artistic vibe.

In Puerto Vallarta, more than 30 galleries showcase work by local, national and international artists. Public artworks lining the Malecón boardwalk are worth taking in on your Mexico vacation.

At Riviera Nayarit, explore museums and delve into the works of writers, sculptors and artisans that represent the spirit of these lands.

Also, learn about Nayarit’s four existing indigenous tribes: the Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros. Tours to their communities provide excellent opportunities to learn about their ceremonies, lifestyles and artistic creations.

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