Situated on the west coast of Mexico, Banderas Bay offers nearly 40 miles of incomparable coastline in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Banderas Bay is Mexico's largest natural bay and home to Puerto Vallarta's many great destinations. (Videos by PromoVision)
There are nearly 200 miles of sandy beaches, resort hotels and attractions along Mexico's Nayarit Pacific Coast. The region sits at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain range. The culture and traditions of this region are rich and complex and enjoys a tropical climate with average 80 degree temperatures. Spanish and English are the two most common languages.
San Blas is both a municipality and municipal seat located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit. San Blas is a port and a popular tourist destination, located about 100 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, and 40 miles west of the state capital Tepic. San Blas was founded in 1531, but the official date of founding is 1768.
With more than 3.5 kilometers of beach, this area holds the attention of the thousands of tourists that visit every year to enjoy their vacation. In this area, you can enjoy the soft golden sand and the tranquil waves where you can enjoy the warm waters and it is thanks to the shape of the Bay that the waters stay tranquil and warm almost year round.
Lo de Marcos
Lo de Marcos has an official population of fewer than 3,000 people, so it is not the splashy and polished scene found further south in Puerto Vallarta. What it is, is a genuinely Mexican town on the coast - meaning a very casual atmosphere and authentic foods and customs that can be hard to find in the big tourist spots. It is rural Mexico with amenities.
San Francisco (San Pancho) is an enchanting beach pueblo located in the state of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - just 25 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. There is world class surfing, golf, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, snorkeling, diving, hiking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, and tropical bird watching.
Sayulita is a popular tourist destination located in the southern state of Nayarit on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Mexico. Located 30 miles (48kms) north of Puerto Vallarta, just below the Tropic of Cancer. With cobblestone streets hosting dogs, chickens and playing children, Sayulita is a half-century away from nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Litibu is an upcoming tourism destination in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Situated just 45 minutes north to famous travel area Puerto Vallarta at the Banderas Bay, between the luxury travel destination Punta Mita and Sayulita. Featuring white sands and crystal clear water together with an incredible nature, Litibu combines all qualities a traveler is looking for.
Designed by the legendary golfer Greg Norman, Litibu opened in early 2010 hosting the International Canadian Golf Tournament. The unique feature of this par 72, 7,022 yard course is that it was built over a surface of 68.48 hectares, where 7 holes are a link style, 8 others are surrounded by virgin jungles, and the last three run along the Pacific Ocean.
Punta de Mita
Compared to nearby villages, Punta de Mita is more developed, with bars, cafes and seafood restaurants strung along the beach. Punta Mita is surrounded on three sides by nine and a half miles of Pacific Ocean beaches and coves including Litibu Bay and is at the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands also home to five-star resorts such as the Four Seasons.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a quaint fishing village and a favorite destination of boaters from all over the world. Marina Riviera Nayarit at La Cruz was designed to be the best marina in Mexico. It offers top of the line facilities and the highest quality in nautical services. Here you will be able to relax and get restored.
Bucerias meaning "place of divers" is a small fishing village located in the Mexican state of Nayarit on a stretch of that country's Pacific coast known as the Riviera Nayarit, between La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Nuevo Vallarta. It is a typical village of the region with cobblestone streets. Bucerias boasts some of the best tacos on the street, beach and shopping.
Nuevo Vallarta offers almost 4 miles of fine sand beaches, the best in Vallarta, and ideal for water sports and leisure, as they offer a hidden yet close paradise to stay and relax. Located about 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, here you can row by the lagoon, swim with dolphins, or sail by the estuaries and islands by Ameca River.
Downtown Puerto Vallarta
El Centro is the heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta, this is where the action is, a sensory and cultural feast never to be forgotten. Eclectic and bohemian in feel with world-class offerings, its dining and art scenes are extraordinary, the nightlife abundant, no visit here complete without a stroll and people-watching session on the popular oceanfront Malecon.
Puerto Vallarta Malecon
One of the most beautiful miles on Earth, the famous El Malecon in Puerto Vallarta is a mile-long oceanfront boardwalk that follows the beach and the main street in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Originating at Hotel Rosita - the first hotel built in Vallarta in the 1940s - El Malecon culminates at a beautiful, open-air theater called Los Arcos, or The Arches.
This area is renowned for its exclusive villas and condos, some of which are featured in programs screened around the world and is the choice for private relaxation. Many gated communities perched high on the mountainsides directly on the ocean, enjoy one of the best beaches in Vallarta and the town is only a few minutes south of Puerto Vallarta.
A little village south of Puerto Vallarta that can only be reached by sea, a place that some 250 families call home. This is where you will find the only surf break on the south side of the bay, a remote beach and one of the biggest fishing villages on the south part Banderas Bay. Enjoy cool refreshments and a meal in the palapa restaurants on the beach.
Step back in time in Yelapa, accessible only by sea, which was probably first populated by a some Native Americans of the tribe that originated in the ancient circular town of Tenacatitlan. The word means 'gathering place' or 'meeting place' and, although it lies on the same latitude as Hawaii, has been likened to Tahiti.
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