Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, spans over 200 miles of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Home to some of Mexico’s most famous beaches, these are thriving regions with no shortage of fun water activities for all to take part in. See the top water sports you won’t want to miss in the Riviera Nayarit!
Diving: Diving in the Riviera Nayarit is one of the top attractions for travelers looking for more than fun in the sun during their vacations. If anyone has ever dreamed of diving with whales, dolphins, or turtles, this is your chance!
The floor of our more than 300 km (186 mi) of coastline stretching from Nuevo Vallarta to Playa Novilleros is rich for adventurous divers who can easily peer through their visors at everything from schools of colorful fish, giant turtles, mantas, rays, and other marine species thanks to the crystalline quality of the water.
Surfing: Surfing lessons around the region are readily available at very reasonable prices for beginners, making this a great family treat.
Riviera Nayarit’s Punta de Mita, Sayulita and San Blas are year-round top spots for beginners to pro surfers, seeing visitors from all over the globe come to enjoy the destination’s quality break points and reef breaks. Lunazul in Sayulita is a must-try for quality lessons and the chance to enjoy top waves in the most beautiful hippie town. Chacala in Riviera Nayarit, where beaches are hidden and adored by locals, is also a hot spot for surfers.
Sailing: Banderas Bay is also a premier sailing destination, and like so many of the other activities you can do here, there are excursions suitable for all skill levels. Unparalleled coastline, warm waters and friendly winds provide the perfect setting for your sailing getaway.
Vallarta Adventures offers both private and group sailing charters on fishing boats, sailboats and catamarans for a number of memorable excursions. While away the evening on a sunset cruise, take in the night breeze and incredible surroundings of the destination, with cocktail to hand.
Snorkelling: Another great way to discover these warm Pacific waters is to take a snorkel trip. Join a group of experienced snorkellers on a boat trip and explore this land of tropical eco-systems, stopping at secluded spots and coves along the way.
Off Riviera Nayarit’s coast, the Marietas Islands are a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site offering many opportunities for exploration and adventure. It’s here you’ll find the ‘Hidden Beach’ – a secluded paradise of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, reached only by swimming or kayaking.
Kitesurfing: It’s not easy, because it’s considered an extreme sport. However, if you’re a beginner and you want to check out kitesurfing, then Bucerías is the perfect place for you to start. It has the best breezes in the Pacific to practice this discipline, as well as top-level instructors.