Destiladeras, a favorite beach in the Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit has a long list of gorgeous beaches in its 23 micro-destinations just waiting for you to find them. Today we’ll showcase one that’s just north of Banderas Bay, between La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Punta de Mita. We’re talking about Destiladeras: Five kilometers (three miles) of fine, clean sand perfect for a day in the sun. Keep reading, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know!

How do I get to Playa Destiladeras?

Playa Destiladeras is on the old road to Punta de Mita. If you head out there from Nuevo Vallarta, drive past Bucerías and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, then about 10 minutes past that, you’ll see it on your right-hand side (about 15 or 20 minutes before getting to Punta de Mita).


What are the waves like at Playa Destiladeras

As we mentioned before, Playa Destiladeras is quite long. The intensity of the waves depends on the tides. Sometimes they’re strong, but it’s usually a very swimmable beach, especially if you don’t venture out too far. Bring along your boogie board or a stand-up paddleboard to get the most fun out of it.

Can I take my family to this beach?

Yep, it’s great for families! Everyone who comes here will have fun on the sand and in the water. There’s very little natural shade, though, so we recommend an umbrella and a lounge chair, especially if you visit with older adults.


Do they sell typical Riviera Nayarit food?

Yes, vendors walk around offering shrimp or fish kabobs and desserts. There’s also a beach club with a traditional menu—ask about the thatched-roof palapas they have for rent on the beach so you can chill out under the sun.


Is there parking?

Yes, the beach club has parking, and you can leave your car there. If you take public transportation to get to Destiladeras, the bus will drop you off right across from the beach.


We highly recommend getting to this beach early so you can pick out a prime spot to enjoy a full day of sun and sand. Try to wait for the sunset: it’s a magical moment that will inspire you to take a ton of photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #RivieraNayarit on all your social media—we want to see you enjoying paradise!