Destination guide

Nayarit is quickly becoming the vacation hotspot

The tiny state of Nayarit is squeezed between the Sierra Madre and the Pacific Ocean, on Mexico's west coast. It might not be as famed as nearby Puerto Vallarta, but it's quickly becoming one of the country's hottest vacation spots. It's famed for its beaches, which have given it the name Nayarit Riviera and it has a seemingly endless list of water sports, including surfing, which is particularly good along this stretch of coast. Beyond the sandy shores, things get decidedly more laidback. Sleepy colonial villages, starkly beautiful scenery and friendly folk make for a refreshing change from the resort-laden coast.

Things to do

Nayarit: discover the home of tequila

It might be an outdoor enthusiasts' paradise, but attractions are a little thin on the ground in Nayarit. Fear not. Just down the road from your Nayarit vacation rental is the pretty city of Puerto Vallarta which punches well above its weight when it comes to things to see. Its diversity of museums is extraordinary, with subjects that range from naval history to tequila. Just outside of town, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens have a marvelous collection of orchids as well as other exotic flora. Before you return to Nayarit, don't skip grabbing a bite to eat at one of the waterfront restaurants on Vallarta Marina.

Activities

Adventures are found in Nayarit

There are simply too many things to near your Nayarit vacation rental to list them all here. Most of the activities are focused around the sea – sailing adventures on private yachts, diving into the water to swim with dolphins or have close sea lion encounters and driving down to the surfing town of Sayulita to practice your pop up. On dry land, you could kick off the sunny mornings on the world-class golf courses and later in the afternoon you can get the adrenaline rushing by flying through the treetops on zip-lines, galloping across the beaches, or racing on the back of ATVs.

Weather

Jet into Nayarit for a little winter sun

The most comfortable time to stay in a Nayarit vacation rental is between December and March, when the temperature hits the low 80s in the day, but the evenings are cool. The sea temperature dips a little over winter, but it's still perfectly comfortable for swimming or water sports. A little later in the season, the prices of rentals takes a dip between April and June, the temperature begins to increase and the crowds thin out leaving long stretches of sand available for the taking. If you don't mind the afternoon rainfall, you can score some rock bottom prices if you visit in fall.

Natural features

Resident crocodiles and manta rays in Nayarit

On the face of it, there doesn't look to be much in the way of wildlife in Nayarit but dig around a little you can grab peeks at plenty of land-dwelling and marine critters. If you're a birdwatcher, go on the search for the endemic San Blas jay, which often tops birders' most wanted lists. Don't jump into the state's lagoons or you may very well get a little too close to one of the resident crocodiles, a magical creature to see from a safe distance. Dive down under the water to spot giant manta rays and gentle and completely harmless whale sharks.

Can I find a vacation rental around Nayarit?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,335 vacation rentals near Nayarit. From 633 Houses to 520 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nayarit for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Nayarit?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nayarit. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Nuevo Vallarta: 5,261 vacation rentals
  • Sayulita: 1,885 vacation rentals
  • Bucerías: 3,440 vacation rentals
  • Punta de Mita: 1,183 vacation rentals
  • Grand Luxxe: 216 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Nayarit! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Nayarit?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nayarit:

  • Nuevo Vallarta: 5,261 rentals
  • Sayulita: 1,885 rentals
  • Bucerías: 3,440 rentals
  • Punta de Mita: 1,183 rentals
  • San Francisco: 497 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Nayarit?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Nayarit are:

  • Tepic Airport (TPQ): 24 vacation rentals
  • Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR): 6,302 vacation rentals
  • General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT): 501 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Nayarit?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Nayarit. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Nayar Vidanta Golf: 5,041 rentals
  • Sayulita Square: 3,524 rentals
  • Playa Bucerias: 3,390 rentals
  • Vallarta Adventures: 4,841 rentals
  • Marina Riviera Nayarit at La Cruz: 1,529 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nayarit listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Nayarit

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San Blas
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