Riviera Nayarit combines luxury, relaxation and authenticity and surrounds it by mountains, beaches and the beautiful turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. This picturesque area of Mexico, with all it has to offer, is the perfect location for a destination wedding.
Romantic times, places and activities for two are plentiful making it an easy and enjoyable for honeymoons. From peaceful strolls along stretches of beautiful beach, whether it be under the sun or stars, to romantic moonlit seaside dining and dancing in the evenings.
It sits nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains, just north of Puerto Vallarta, spanning 190 miles of golden sand along the Nayarit Pacific coast, Mexico’s hidden treasure – Riviera Nayarit. Full of charm, authentic beach towns, all-inclusive resorts and colonial history, the area is still relatively ‘off the beaten track’ compared to the hustle-bustle of resort areas such as Cancun but it truly is a beach lover’s paradise.
In the southern section of Riviera Nayarit, you will find Banderas Bay, an area most famous as the destination spot for thousands of humpback whales. The towns of Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita are located here and offer luxury golf courses, marinas, first-class resorts, restaurants and shopping centres.
In the middle, we find Rincon de Guayabitos, with beaches with crystal-clear waters and calm waves that simulate a large swimming pool. Nearby, visitors will find the pre-Hispanic sanctuary of Altavista and the semi-virgin beach named Chacala, the perfect site to get amazed by nature.
To the north is the municipality of San Blas and home to a great biodiversity and archeological remains. Here, visitors can tour the Tovara swamps, take a tour to Isla Isabel, do some bird sighting in Singayta, surf at Matanchen’s bay, visit the ruins of the San Basilio fort, explore Mexcaltitlan Island and visit the archeological site named Los Toriles.
Riviera Nayarit is also home to towns with an extraordinary natural richness, such as Flamingos, where people can enjoy three beautiful lakes; Bucerias, with a long beach and cobblestone streets; La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a picturesque fishing town; Destiladeras, a paradise for surfers; Islas Marieta, an ecological preserve; and Sayulita, a bohemian town ideal for camping.
Although Riviera Nayarit may appear to be a destination of quiet and relaxation, the destination does offer a wide array of activities and adventures for those more active types. Tee off at any of the 6 world-championship golf courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Norman and Van Hagge, rejuvenate at luxury and wellness spas and for adventure? Try zip-lining, an ATV excursion, deep-sea fishing, diving, sailing or surfing to name a few. And the nature encounters, which seem to be the most popular activities, include whale-watching, swimming with the dolphins, sea lion encounters or release new born sea turtles back into the ocean.
Picture Perfect Weddings
Riviera Nayarit has all the ingredients needed for picture perfect romantic celebrations such as weddings, vow renewals or anniversaries. Surrounded by Emerald mountains that cascade to endless golden beaches and onto deep blues of the Pacific Ocean, it truly is magical. Picturesque settings incorporating the mountains, beaches and sea form an incomparable backdrop where couples can gather with family and friends to celebrate your love with a destination wedding.
Most hotels and resorts offer special wedding packages and have experienced wedding co-ordinators to assist with all the details necessary to ensure a perfect event. And, there are many resorts that offer all inclusive wedding packages that put everything together for the ultimate in convenience.
Accommodations options range from well-known large luxury resorts (name brands and one-of-a-kind) to the unique, smaller, intimate boutique hotels that specialize in personalized service and making any special occasion, extra special.