As the cold days show no sign of fading away, many of us Brits are looking for a sunshine filled getaway this spring. Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two stunning regions in Mexico offer abundant options for the alternative traveller. Take a look at our round up of the best things to do there this season…
Stay at a one-of-a-kind Ecolodge hotel
The first of its kind in Puerto Vallarta, Nemi Eco Villa in Amapas is made from sustainable materials including recycled shipping containers and offers a unique twist on traditional accommodation. Lounge in your own individual bedroom pod and swim in the chemical-free 40 foot swimming pool, for an ecologically responsible experience that doesn’t sacrifice on luxury.
Get back to nature at the Botanical Gardens
Although the seasons differ from the UK in Mexico, this time of year is still perfect to visit Puerto Vallarta’s ‘Jardin Botanico’. Home to a diverse range of rare plants the blossoms here are a marvel to behold. Entry costs around just £3 and a complimentary tour of the Garden is offered daily, or for a more in-depth exploration visitors can pay extra for the mesmerizing ‘Enchanted Falls Tour’.
Take a snorkel tour in paradise
Truly the experience of a lifetime, visitors to sundrenched hideaway Las Caletas are in for a treat. Branded ‘Mexico's Garden of Eden’ the unspoilt area is only accessible by sea with tours running through Vallarta Adventures. Home to many stunning coves brimming with marine life, take a guided snorkel tour and get a glimpse of the wonders below the surface.
Visit Cuale River Island
Located in the middle of the city, between downtown PV and the Romantic Zone you'll find Isla Rio Cuale, an island poised between two arms of the river. An extraordinary place made up of cobbled passages and dense trees with iguanas hidden among the branches, the island is the perfect stop for a light shopping trip, or bite to eat at a quaint cafe, such as Le Bistro Jazz Café.
Soak up the sun on Nuevo Vallarta Beach
With miles of pristine beach on offer take a stroll along the sand and be sure to stay till dusk to admire the beautiful sunset. The water is also a perfect temperature for swimming, or if you’re feeling adventurous there are banana-boat rides, Jet Skis and parasailing on offer. The beach also recently received certification by the Mexican government as a ‘Clean Beach’, among other accolades.
Stroll through Sayulita Farmer’s Market
Mercado del Pueblo is Riviera Nayarit’s original and most well-loved Farmer's Market. Attracting both locals and tourists alike, the colourful array of market stalls stock a wide array of sustainable food products from cheese to
coffees and pestos. Located in the heart of downtown Sayulita, the market is open every Friday from 10am-2pm, until the end of April and is a perfect place to eat, listen to live music and soak up the atmosphere.
Dance like no one’s watching at the Salsa & Mambo Fest
The 3rd annual Salsa & Mambo Fest hits Marival Resort & Suites in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit from April 23rd - 26th. Dance, music and fun make up this energetic festival, which promotes the country’s Latin culture and involves all those who share a love for dance in activities all day and night.
Create your own masterpiece at Splash of Glass
If in the vicinity of the beautiful town of Bucerias it is definitely worth paying a visit to unique store ‘Splash of Glass’. Offering classes in stained glass, fused glass, suncatchers, glass jewellery and glass mosaics, you can make your own creation to take home. If you would rather purchase something readymade then the store also stocks many wonderful handmade items.