7 days in Riviera Nayarit Itinerary

7 days in Riviera Nayarit Itinerary

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7 days in Riviera Nayarit Itinerary

Mexico City
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Sayulita
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Blas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Chacala
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Mexico City

3
days
Sayulita

Sayulita
Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Punta Mita Golf Course. Venture out of the city with trips to La Cruz de Huanacaxle Fish Market (in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle), Estudio-Cafe (in Nuevo Vallarta) and El Buzo de Bucerias (in Bucerias). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Rancho Manuel, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of entreamigos, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Mexico City to Sayulita is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sayulita. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Blas.

Things to do in Sayulita

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Punta de Mita, Estudio-Cafe, entreamigos, La Cruz de Huanacaxle Fish Market, El Buzo de Bucerias
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Punta Mita Golf Course
Punta Mita Golf Course
Estudio-Cafe ©
Estudio-Cafe
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
days
San Blas

San Blas ©
San Blas is both a municipality and municipal seat located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit.CitySan Blas is a port and a popular tourist destination, located about 160 km north of Puerto Vallarta, and 64 km west of the state capital Tepic. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Contaduria, then admire the striking features of Our Lady of the Rosary (Nuestra Senora del Rosario), and then stroll through Playa El Borrego. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Las Islitas, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Blas River, and then explore the activities along Matanchen Bay.

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Traveling by car from Sayulita to San Blas takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sayulita to San Blas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sayulita in March, plan for little chillier nights in San Blas, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Chacala.

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Las Islitas ©
Las Islitas
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Playa El Borrego
San Blas River ©
San Blas River

2
days
Chacala

Chacala ©
Chacala is a beach-town set in small cove on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the State of Nayarit. On the 3rd (Fri), stop by Hamaca Maya, cool off at Rincon de Guayabitos, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at La Penita Tiangui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chacala and then contemplate the long history of Altavista Petroglyph Complex.

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Getting from San Blas to Chacala by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Chacala are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chacala

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Penita de Jaltemba, Rincon de Guayabitos
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Rincon de Guayabitos ©
Rincon de Guayabitos