- The 2020-21 season is about to start; most of the markets will open the first week of November with all the safety measures in place to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19.
Shopping will be quite the experience from November through April thanks to the traditional markets in the coastal towns of the Riviera Nayarit, where locals offer the best organic and artisanal products of the season.
Also known as “farmer’s markets,” they will follow the strict protocols required by the new normal and are ready to receive the first wave of winter tourists from the United States and Canada.
These farmer’s markets are a blend of the very Mexican tianguis markets and their North American counterparts and are a great option for buying organic food and meeting regional producers and artisans. It’s also a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning or an afternoon in the company of family and friends.
It’s important to note that in order to reopen the markets, every protective measure was put in place so visitors can shop safely. Not all of them are re-opening, however; some have decided to wait for next season once conditions have improved.
Below please find a list of those that have already confirmed an opening date:
La Cruz Market
This artisanal market—a pioneer in the region—has announced its 11th season starting on November 1st with a new location next to the amphitheater inside the Marina Riviera Nayarit. Also known as the Tianguis Huanacaxtle, it’s an excellent sport to spend some time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors will find an ample variety of stands to browse through with all sorts of handmade products, organic fruits and vegetables, cheese, sausages, traditional clothing, and more.
Opens: November 1 Day: Sunday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Season: Winter – November to April | Location: Marina Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit.
For more information, click: http://www.lacruzmarket.com
Mercado del Pueblo Sayulita (Village Market)
The Mercado del Pueblo in Sayulita opens its doors on November 6, 2020 and will be open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through May 2021. It offers a variety of organic products, live music, and lots of fun.
The Mercado del Pueblo is currently located on Revolución street, just north of the main bridge across from the Galería Tanana and has about 80 vendors.
Opens: November 6 Day: Friday| Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Season: Winter – From November through May. | Location: Av. Revolución, Sayulita, Nayarit.
More info: www.mercadodelpueblo.org
Riviera Farmer’s Market – Centro Empresarial Nuevo Vallarta (Business Center)
This colorful market opens its doors as it does every winter season on November 10th in the parking lot of the Centro Empresarial Nuevo Vallarta (Business Center). Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will enjoy a delightful selection of artisanal baked goods, fresh coconuts, blue corn tlacoyos handmade to order, exotic flowers, vegetables, and fresh and dried pasta. There’s also live music and a great family atmosphere, all set against the spectacular background of the Marina Nuevo Vallarta.
Opens: November 10 Day: Tuesday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Season: Winter – From November through April | Location: Paseo de los Cocoteros #55, Centro Empresarial, Nuevo Vallarta.
Tianguis Lo de Marcos
The organizers of the Tianguis Lo de Marcos have chosen to suspend all their activities this season due to the health risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Sars-Covid-19 virus has been devastating for tourism and artists throughout Mexico. Our hearts are saddened by the thought that our beloved artisans—many of whom have been with us since the first year we opened the Tianguis (7 years ago)—will not have a place to go this year. We hope to meet again for the 2021-2022 season,” said the organizers.
The opening dates for the traditional markets in San Pancho, La Peñita de Jaltemba, Rincón de Guayabitos, and Chacala are also still pending.
Remember, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure will be here when you can travel again.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) work together to promote the region with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur). The cultural tourism product offer is an invaluable asset for these promotional efforts.