Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, each offer an alternative and must-visit escape for 2017. Hippies, surfers and lovers of the “laid back” life are sure to fall in love with the beachside resorts.
Now more accessible than ever with direct flights from London, the regions are within reach and offer much to be explored. For those yoga fanatics, wellness lovers, surfers and general lovers of culture and charm, Sayulita in Riviera Nayarit is definitely a first stop.
Less than an hours drive from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, this winning find lies in the region of Riviera Nayarit, which is also home to the lavish Punta Mita pad. Sayulita offers some of the best surf on the coast, along with paddle and body boarding, too. Surfer dudes and happy hippies blanket the bay waiting for the crystal waves to hit breaking point. Shy to the surf? Enjoy a lesson at http://www.lunazulsurfing.com/ , where the pros can get you perfect in no time.
The cobbled streets are filled with beautiful bunting, vibrant colours and bustling street-food; there is nothing like tucking into a cup of ceviche or a guacamole exploding taco washed down with a cool corona whilst you’re exploring the town. Or, if you’re looking to chill out and watch the ocean waves, head down to Don Pedros for lunch and enjoy some Mexican classics such as Beer Battered Shrimp, Taquitos de Pollo and shots of mezcal.
One of Sayulita’s fortes has to be its impressive collection of boutiques and market stalls. Potter around the intertwining streets and be sure to give into temptation. Pretty kaftans, nautical jewellery, hand crafted fabrics and home interiors are apparent everywhere. The seaside haven not only appeals to the laidback surfer type but also to designers, interior lovers and hoteliers who visit the town in search of unique décor and additions to their collections.
Where to stay? Stay at the Haramara Retreat (http://haramararetreat.com) described as the place “where Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest” and one of the best resorts in town! Prices start from 177 GBP per person and flights run directly with Thomson airways from London Gatwick and Manchester airports, http://www.thomson.co.uk/.
For those looking to embrace the ocean breeze and fully escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, head down the coast and visit Casitas Maraika located in Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta. http://www.casitasmaraika.com/
Often referred to as “ a little slice of paradise” and quite rightly so, Casitas Maraika offers pure white sands, crystal blue waters, bowing palm trees, delicious cocktails and endless sunshine. The enchanting retreat is nestled in the Sierra Madre Occidental where marine life coexists with that of the rainforest.
Privacy is key here as the bay is only accessible by boat, which is why perhaps it retains its peaceful vibe. Everything here is eco-friendly, from the washbasins made of shells to the showers made of trees, as respecting Mother Nature is a must at Casitas Maraika.
Visitors can enjoy a day at Maraika by soaking up the rays and sipping cocktails made from exotic fruits (organically grown within the property of course) however, to take in the whole experience, an overnight stay is highly recommended.
For honeymooners and couples Casitas, Spanish for “The little houses” allow for complete privacy, a cool breeze, inspirational décor and the chance to be totally at one with nature. Accommodation categories include “Little Firefly” “Humming Bird Casita” and “Dragonfly Casita”, each offering different set-ups, yet just as charming.
Guests can wake up in the morning and enjoy a yoga or meditation class below the mountainside (a backdrop which can't be compared) or for those after a little more adventure boat rides, kayaking, fishing and horseback riding can be enjoyed.
Where to stay? Stay at http://www.casitasmaraika.com/ for approximately 100 GBP per night, based on two people sharing. Family accommodation is also available. Flights run directly with Thomson airways from London Gatwick and Manchester airports, http://www.thomson.co.uk/.
In short, 2017 is a new year and a time for new experiences. The beauty, serenity and enjoyment offered from these costal gems go beyond expectation. Treat yourself this year, hippie or not, and enjoy some of natures best.