Mexico is known the world over for being one of the most vibrant, exciting and colourful holiday destinations. In combining cultural traditions, stunning landscapes and high temperatures, it has become a must-visit for all keen travellers.
Mexico’s Pacific Coast remains a largely undiscovered gem, but the twin destinations of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are cultivating quite the name for themselves as the new Latin American hotspots.
With so much to do in the area, we have compiled the best way to spend 7 days in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Stick to it completely; use it as inspiration; or just use it to help decide where you want to head to next. Just make sure you don’t miss out on these Mexican jewels.
Day 1: Art and Culture
The Pacific Coast of Mexico is a cultural hotspot that provides the perfect start to your week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Discover artistic activities and workshops on River Cuale Island, or head to artistic spots like galleries, theatres, museums and concert halls. One particular highlight is San Pancho, the cultural capital of Riviera Nayarit with the Entre Amigos community centre, where you can buy art made from recycled materials or partake in activities learning the culture of helping the community.
Day 2: Street Food Tour
Bucerias is a perfect area to get an authentic taste of Mexican life; its many beach side places like El Brujo, where you can enjoy a cold Pacifico and cheese-crusted Shrimp tacos. If you want to get really hands on, book a tour with Vallarta Food Tours, offering a catalogue of different excursions, from the Original Downtown Tour – a daytime walking tour exploring the best of the Centro and Old Town neighbourhoods – to the Bikes & Bites Tour – a 3-and-a-half hour cycling tour of the eight best food tasting locations. For more information, visit http://vallartafoodtours.com/
Day 3: A Night as an A-Lister
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are full of amazing hotels and spell-binding restaurants. Casa Velas (http://www.hotelcasavelas.com/) provides Luxury All-Inclusive stays for adults only in lush gardens on the edge of the beach, and the W Punta de Mita (http://www.wpuntademita.com/) guarantees opulent luxury with infinity pools and stunning cuisine. Round out the night with a stroll along the port side to see the super yachts that dock regularly in Puerto Vallarta or with a spot of bar hopping in Sayulita.
Day 4: Snorkelling / Dolphins
On the coast, you will have plenty of opportunities to take to the water – from scuba diving and snorkelling to explore the magnificent marine life to swimming with dolphins and whale watching tours to create magical memories.
Day 5: Beach / Surf / Paddle Board
After all that time in the water, why not try your hand ON the water with a spot of surfing or paddle boarding? Water sports are plentiful throughout Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s 70km golden coastline. Alternatively, relax on the soft sand and soak up the sun on their picture-perfect beaches. Head up to Punta de Mita for surfing classes with Wildmex (http://wildmex.com/).
Day 6: Eco-tourism
The Botanical Gardens of Puerto Vallarta features a wide collection of rare and local plants and vegetation, and the El Salado Estuary Tour is the perfect opportunity to spot wildlife, including crocodiles. Meanwhile, Riviera Nayarit is home to 400 species of indigenous and migratory birds – La Tovata National Park in San Blas is an absolute must for nature lovers!
Day 7: Something a bit different
Finish off your week in Mexico with a unique twist. If Day 6 tickled your fancy with wildlife, then Riviera Nayarit offers an even more rewarding experience: the Baby Sea Turtle Release Mission, where thousands of sea turtles hatch along the coastline and head out to the Pacific Ocean. For something more hair-raising, experience canopy zip lining adventures, ATV Adventure tours and rappelling down a rainforest waterfall!
For more ideas on how to spend a perfect week on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, go to http://visitpuertovallarta.com/ and http://www.rivieranayarit.com/.