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State of Nayarit

Nayarit, Mexico.

The State of Nayarit starts north of the Rio Ameca and it is also a different time zone, Mountain Time, but the resorts along the coast keep Puerto Vallarta time – Central Time, so people don’t miss their tours and flights.
All, in the bay, up to Punta de Mita can be reached by the ATM Bus Line, see “Out of City Busses” HERE.

Nuevo Vallarta  Go To Map

This area is similar to Cancún and other areas of Mexico where resorts where built, but no town or village existed there before. Until it was developed, the area was scrub and mangrove swamp. So now it still has very little in urban structure, no town hall, central plaza, sports field, not much shopping or restaurants. Slowly there are now some supermarkets, but no Mom & Pop stores, and restaurants. Since the majority of resorts here are All Inclusive, there’s little demand for stores and restaurants.
Good place to lay back on the sand and get a tan, but Puerto Vallarta is a 45min drive away, if you’re lucky. Bucerias to the north is closer.

Bucerias  Go To Map

A relatively new town, (1937) it was known for diving and fishing. It has a fair number of restaurants and also some tourist shopping. Some nice places for dancing and music in the night time. Quite a few ex-pats call it home. Nice beach to the north of town and a lot of kite-surfing.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle  Go To Map

La Cruz, named after a cross made from the Huanacaxtle Tree (Parota), is another small fishing village, west of Bucerias on the way to Punta de Mita. It now sports a brand new Yacht Harbor and the resulting development will change this small place pretty quick. An unusual number of restaurants and music venues exist in this small place.

El Anclote

Just before Punt de Mita is a shallow shelving beach, great for children and also produces some excellent surfing breaks, not big but long. The sand is also finer on the beach than most of the others. Lots of beach restaurants and kayak/boogie board rentals.
A bit over 22 miles from Vallarta. Take the ATM Punta de Mita bus.

Punta de Mita

The northern point of the bay, was once a small fishing village, but about 10 years ago, a group bought up the land, by some strange manipulation of the law, and moved the whole village into concrete block houses at El Anclote beach, while they built the gated and guarded 4 Seasons Resort and a nice golf course. Apart from El Anclote, there’s a nice beach between Punta de Mita and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle called Destiladeras.


About 25 miles north of town and outside the bay (take the Sayulita bus from Walmart), the beach is quite long, wide and boasts a Womens Only Surfing School. Well known in the surfing world. A lot more commercial these days and very busy in the winter months. Restaurants on the beach and in the village – which also has a pool hall. To the south, past the rocky point covered with gringo homes, you’ll find some small sandy coves (take the path by the cemetery).

San Pancho. San Francisco.

Once just a mango harvesting town. There’s a nice beach, some good restaurants, shops, and even a polo field including a clubhouse. The beach is far quieter than, close by, Sayulita. The bus from PV will leave you on the highway, with a short walk to town, or take a short trip on a ‘Colectivo’ from Sayulita.