Renown for Pristine Beaches, Riviera Nayarit’s Mountain Lake Hideaways Offer Travelers a Fresh and Luxurious Natural Waterfront Alternative

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – Travelers indulging in Riviera Nayarit’s spectacular 200 miles of beachfront vistas should consider the destination’s spectacular lake alternative, hidden in a mountain, as an alluring complement to their Mexican experience. Only a short drive from the southern region’s renowned beach and resort towns of Punta Mita and Sayulita, the posh lake mountain getaway of Santa Maria Del Oro is perfect for those who yearn for the tranquility of “lake life.” Combine both lake and beach experiences to fully experience the natural beauty and luxury of Riviera Nayarit.
Lake Life: Riviera Nayarit’s Hidden Oasis            

·         Santa Maria Del Oro: The Sierra Madre Mountains dance along the Riviera Nayarit skyline, but a short drive into them also reveals a hidden and alluring lake region surrounded by private residences and intimate upscale accommodations such as the Santa Maria Resort Hotel. With 20 beautifully designed cabins each for up to six guests, this property is set in a beautiful garden setting beside the lake.  Ideal for a destination wedding or a tranquil getaway, the entire resort can be reserved for 94 people including children. Lakeside restaurants serve the area’s famed chicarron de pescado. Only 33 miles from Tepic (Nayarit’s Capital), Santa Maria del Oro is an intriguing start to a longer stay in Nayarit and a fresh complement to the destination’s ocean-side options.         
Beach Life: Riviera Nayarit Has Some of Mexico’s Top Beaches         

·         Fast Beach Facts: Riviera Nayarit has 10 Certified Clean Beaches, a Blue Flag Certified Beach, and the longest beach in all of Mexico.          

·         The Hidden Beach: It’s every travelers dream to step into an adventure of discovering secret places, and swimming to the hidden beach of Las Marietas, is sure to surpass even the highest expectations. Only a short boat ride away from the coast, Las Marietas is a cluster of islands formed by volcanic activity and rumored to have once been a hideout to pirates and hunters.  On the eastern most point of the island, exploration minded travelers will discover a narrow tunnel ending with a rock arch which they must swim under to finally gain entry to a cave which then leads into the private cove.  Coined Playa del Amor, or “Lover’s Beach” by the locals, what makes this beach so impressive is the ring of rock that surrounds the open cove, forming a natural oculus to the blue skies above. 
  • Playa Novillero: Palm trees run in an endless parade along this wide, unmarked beach.  Playa Novillero is the longest beach not only in Nayarit but in all of Mexico. Located at the most northern point of the state of Nayarit, Novillero stretches for almost 60 miles and measures almost a third of a mile wide. The fine sand beach is stunning with its tranquil waters, inviting you to walk out into open waters for almost 328 feet. Small local restaurants serving fresh caught fish and cool coconut water make each day here even more relaxing and authentic.
  • Sayulita: From Punta de Mita, it’s only a half hour drive to Sayulita, an eclectic bohemian town that has become an international surfing paradise and has recently earned the distinction of “Pueblo Mágico” by the Ministry of Tourism. It is. Surf on waves that are perfect for any level, particularly from December through March. If you aren’t great with balance, you can also snorkel, fish or peruse the casual beachfront restaurants and a collection of art galleries and boutiques to satisfy any vacation shopping urge.  Here you can also purchase indigenous Huichol art in the town plaza or at Galeria Tanana.
  • Punta Mita: The resort and residential development of Punta Mita has evolved into one of Mexico’s most exclusive luxury communities, with multimillion-dollar villas, two Jack Nicklaus golf courses and two high-end, well-known hotel brands: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. A handful of less expensive resorts nearby offer more modest accommodations. All have one thing in common – beautiful beaches.
  • Las Islitas: This beach gained international fame for once having the longest wave in the world by Guinness Book of Records. Las Islitas is located a mere 10 minutes from the colonial town of San Blas. The waves are consistent and the area is known for great food like the famous pescado zarandeado (butterflied whole fish grilled over a smoky wood fire), shrimp turnovers, oyster soup, banana bread and many more seaside delicacies.  
  • Lo de Marcos: Visitors to Lo de Marcos love the lush scenery along this almost mile-long beach. If you need some time away from the sun, there are informal beachfront restaurants that are ideal watering holes that also serve traditional Mexican fare. Patrons typically cool off with an ice cold agua fresca (traditional Mexican fruit juice drink), cerveza or a michelada. This town remains a charming alternative to the more widely known beach areas throughout Riviera Nayarit.        

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About Riviera Nayarit          
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport.  The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.  Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.”  In 2015, Riviera Nayarit was recognized by Travel Weekly as “Mexico’s new holiday destination on the Pacific coast,” by Yahoo! Travel as “Mexico’s New Playground” and on Conde Nast Traveller UK 2015 Hot Destinations List. For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit’s Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @rivieranayarit.  

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