Little Known Riviera Nayarit Islands Dazzle Visitors
With Their Rare Wildlife, History And Even A Hidden Beach
Most often heralded for its nearly 200 miles of golden coast, Riviera Nayarit is also home to beautiful, remote islands full of wildlife and adventure, each offering a different “off the beaten track” experience. Islas Marietas and Isla Isabel represent ecotourism at its best since both are protected Unesco biosphere reserves. Cultural immersion, Mexico’s earliest history and very unusual culinary traditions make a visit to Mexcaltitan a “must” when traveling to Riviera Nayarit.
In an area made famous by Jacques Cousteau, Islas Marietas is a cluster of islands that is rich with wildlife. A federally protected nature reserve, the islands are accessible only via an approved tour company such as Vallarta Adventures and visitors will be guided via a medium sized, high-bow boat, known throughout the region as a panga. Those traveling to Islas Marietas are likely to encounter the same wildlife that impressed Jacques Cousteau himself.
Formed by volcanic activity, these islands are home to literally thousands of birds and are surrounded by first-class diving opportunities. Octopuses, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish await the divers and tourists who visit these islands.
For the more adventure-oriented, one of the Marietas Islands has a hidden beach, only accessible by swimming through a tunnel. On the other side of this tunnel lies an incredible sight: Playa Del Amor. Partially shaded by the natural overlay of the island walls, this cave-like opening is a beach experience like no other in the world. Only a few companies can grant access to this beach, creating an intimate experience that is sure to weave its way into your travel stories for the rest of your life.