By Rebecca Brown
Sometimes, a change of environment is what you need to clear your mind and improve your well-being. When it comes to wellness tourism, Riviera Nayarit is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world. Offering a plethora of activities to reduce stress during anxious times, Riviera Nayarit is an ideal choice for your next vacation.
When you go for a walk along the beaches of Riviera Nayarit, the bright sun, sandy paths, colorful houses, inviting food stalls, and mesmerizing waves of the Pacific Ocean will help you clear your mind in no time.
No matter where you go for a walk in this palm tree-dotted eden, you are in for a stress-free experience. The surfing villages of Riviera Nayarit are perfect for laid-back beachside walks.
If you prefer walks that are buzzing rather than quiet, check out the huge flea market in Bucerias. It is just a 20-minute bike ride or 10-minute car ride away from Nuevo Vallarta.
This flea market has everything—art galleries, local crafts, jewelry, and, naturally, fresh seafood. It is perfect for a walking/shopping day by the beach.
Golf like a Pro
A day of golfing by the seaside may be just what you need to clear your mind from stress and anxiety. The Punda de Mitca Pacific is arguably the most famous and most impressive golf course in the country.
The course offers fantastic ocean views. If you are a passionate golf enthusiast, you will be happy to know that it was designed by one of the most famous professional golfers of all times—Jack Nicklaus.
Keep in mind, this is just one of several remarkable golf courses you can choose from in Riviera Nayarit. Most of the golf courses in the area are PGA certified.
Yoga and Meditation
Riviera Nayarit is dotted with many beautiful facilities and spots where you can practice yoga and meditate. If you are new to this ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice, the Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort in Nuevo Vallarta offers great daily yoga classes.
Of course, this is just one of many luxurious hotels in the area that offer meditation workshops and yoga courses.
If you want to take your yoga skills to the next level, you can try out stand-up paddleboarding yoga (SUP yoga) in the blissfully scenic waters of the Banderas Bay.
Whether you are curious about SUP, yoga, or both, Nayarit is full of certified instructors that can introduce you to the mindful magic of morning SUP yoga classes. The bright blue waters of Riviera Nayarit will allow you to paddle your way to peace of mind.
For those who are into less-active forms of meditation, the many breathtaking yet isolated spots between the coast and the jungle are ideal for mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises.
The whole of Riviera Nayarit is one big bird watching paradise. The region has over 450 migratory and endemic bird species, depending on the time of the year.
The Marietas Islands, located just a few miles offshore, are one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in the state of Nayarit. Here, you can watch the stress of everyday life fly away together with some of the most exotic birds of central America.
To set foot on the island, you need special permission from the government. But, visitors are welcome to watch the island’s teeming birdlife from the comfort of their boats.
The rocky shoreline of the Marietas Islands is best known for being home to flourishing colonies of Blue Footed Bobbies. The waters around the island are also teeming with life, so you will see some whales and dolphins too.
San Blas and San Pancho offer excellent bird watching opportunities as well. You can go birdwatching in Riviera Nayarit any month of the year, but the best time is from October to March.
Sea Turtle Release
The sunsets in Riviera Nayarit are incredible. Still, the locals have found a way to make them even better!
When the sun is about to disappear below the horizon, it is the perfect time to release hatching baby turtles into the sea. And, many turtle sanctuaries along Riviera Nayarit will let you do it yourself.
Such an overload of cuteness will help take your mind off all the worries you might have. By liberating turtles in the Riviera Nayarit, you can liberate yourself from stressful thinking.
Thanks to the many turtle camps in the state, the whole area has become one of the greatest sanctuaries for these tiny chelonians. Sea turtle release is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state.
The hawksbill, the leatherback, the green sea turtle, and the Olive Ridley are the four protected species that lay eggs on the coast of Nayarit. To survive, they all rely on the help of locals and tourists.
The interactive, emotional, and educational experience of releasing baby turtles into the sea won’t just help you clear your mind, but will also leave you with unforgettable memories of Riviera Nayarit sunsets.
I’m Rebecca, a translator and avid traveler, a book worm and horror flick enthusiast. My job has given me the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world, and writing on Rough Draft gives me a chance to try to showcase some of them.