Riviera Nayarit may be Mexico’s most underrated destination. Just north of Puerto Vallarta, and spanning 190 miles along the country’s Pacific coast, the region offers luxurious accommodations, pristine beaches, outdoor adventures and chic surf towns. It’s a favorite spot of Hollywood A-listers and draws a different crowd from the spring breakers who flood Cancun. Start your adventure at the Marieta Islands, which are a few miles off the coast of Nayarit. A protected national park, the uninhabited islands are perfect for whale-watching, snorkeling, paddleboarding or just relaxing on the beach. Plan ahead: Only a few tour companies are allowed by the Mexican government to take visitors to the Marieta Islands due to conservation. No fishing or hunting is allowed there. Book the “Marine Safari” with Punta Mita Expeditions for a gorgeous tour of the waters. Families will love the whale- and bird-watching from expertly piloted small boats. Also as part of this tour, you can snorkel through the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the tropical fish, starfish and more. Another stop on the Marine Safari is Hidden Beach on the Marieta Islands, a former U.S. bombing site that was saved thanks to intervention by Jacques Cousteau. It’s only accessible by… Read full this story
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