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Hot Spot Swap - Riviera Nayarit Vs Playa del Carmen

Updated: Feb 28

Playa del Carmen has long been popular among spring breakers, singles and families. Set along the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline it is known for its palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, beach clubs, shops and nightspots

Playa del Carmen


Tulum is a big draw card for visitors. A quick 40 minute drive from Playa, people arrive in droves to drink in the Mayan ruins perched on a rocky cliff above the white sand beach and turquoise sea.

Riviera Nayarit

Now Riviera Nayarit has been named the new Mexican hot spot with bucket loads on offer. A 3 hour flight from Los Angeles, you touch down in Puerto Vallarta, drive 60 mins and are greeted with a glorious stretch of Pacific coastline. Riviera Nayarit is on the milder part of the weather spectrum. Think 23 degrees and sunny mostly, avoid July, August and September when the temperature gauge moves above 30.

So what’s on offer? Beach after beach after beach.

The beaches of Riviera Nayarit

Surfers will want to pay a visit to La Lancha, an excellent reef break, more consistent then Sayulita. No board? No problem. WildMex surf shot across the road rents boards for about $20 a day and offers lessons.

La Lancha surf spot

Snorkelling is best at Playa De Los Muertos, this little cove is a sensational spot, don’t let the fact that it’s named after a graveyard scare you.

Playa De Los Muertos

Horse riders should head to Litibu Beach, a long open stretch of soft sand and clear water where you can take a ride while the sun goes down.

Litibu Beach

Top of the must see list, La Playa del Amor in the Marieta Islands. Once a hidden beach, it’s now one of the biggest attractions. Heads up though, you do need a permit and only 120 are issued per day, so make sure you book through a reputable tour company.

La Playa del Amor

And when in Mexico, a tequila tasting is mandatory. Work your way through some of the areas finest offerings, Sayulita Wine Shop is a good place to start.

Tequila tasting in Sayulita

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Fish tacos. A trip to Mexico would not be complete without downing an authentic fish taco and they don’t come more authentic then the, wait for it, The Real Fish Taco restaurant. Just steps off the beach, they come on a freshly made tortilla, topped with lettuce, pico de gallo and a spicy sauce.

The Real Fish Taco Restaurant


At the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Surrounded by the blue waters of Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains, this property has revolutionised the all inclusive concept. It offers 267 generous suites (family suites too), gold, deep sea fishing and diving, kids and teens club, luxury spa and exceptional dining.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit


In Sayulita, a tiny town chock full of vibrant boutiques, art galleries and high end shops. This is where you will stock up on gifts for loved ones back home. Beach bags, pom poms, blankets. It’s all there.

Sayulita streets

Frontier Perks:

Frontier guests that chose to stay at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival subject to availability

  • Daily breakfast (as well as all meals for this is all-inclusive property)

  • Complimentary one-way private airport transfers (must be arranged in advance thru our pre arrival Virtuoso concierge at conciergern@velasresorts.com)

  • Guests' choice of complimentary greens fees for up to two persons in room, once during stay at Vista Vallarta or Marina Vallarta (a Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf World Championships Designs, golf cart rental and transportation additional) OR 20% discount on spa services during length of stay

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Get in touch with us here to discover Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and book your escape today.

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