Riviera Nayarit is reportedly the most underrated destination of Mexico, yet the most sought-after. Situated north of Puerto Vallarta, it spans up to 190 miles along the Pacific coast and offers some of the most ostentatious accommodations, outdoor adventures, water sports, pure and primeval beaches and chic surf towns. Riviera Nayarit is a favorite destination for some of the Hollywood A-listers and the place has the aura to attract a different crowd. In fact, it is with the recent emergence of Riviera Nayarit, the brand new tourist region, that travel agents have plethora of options in promoting Mexico among their clients. This destination gets sold by itself and they may even book it as an alternate route to the already famous Puerto Vallarta.
Among some of the major attractions are the Banderas Bay, which is one of the largest bays in the whole world and home to Nuevo Vallarta’s most developed area, the exclusionary and fashionable residential area and luxury resort Punta Mita, the popular coastal village by San Blas, a rich cultural heritage with pre-Columbian and pre-Hispanic history and a bizarre and outlandish species of protected wildlife. The annual average temperature hovers around the 80s in Riviera Nayarit and the place offers soft adventure, relaxation at the beach, water sports, outdoor recreation, dining options, cultural expedition and eco-tourism.
Where to check in?
Some of the top resorts and hotels in Riviera Nayarit are the Four Seasons Resorts, which comprise of the Punta Mita, Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resorts Nuevo Vallarta and the Marival Resort and Suites. The Forbes travel Guide recently announced its 2015 Star Ratings and it is thrilling to share the news that Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has been sanctioned as a Five Star Hotel. As per the 57th list of Star Rating winners, 2014’s rankings include the first-ever star rated properties in Mexico and Punta Mita has been recognized as one of the 2 resorts that can earn the rank of a Five Star.
Hollywood celebrities have been sneaking away to this particular area for a couple of years and there are many who own some of the best cost-line villas in Punta Mita, which is located to the north of the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta. Punta Mita’s official website recently published photos of the international star Kim Kadarshian and Kanye West, spending their second honeymoon in June, 2014. Punta Mita is also home to a countless private villa rentals that can provide you with a jaw-dropping experience. Palmasola, Casa China Blanca, Villa Lunada, Casa Majani, Rancho 9 and Villa Pacifica are some of them.
The future looks bright for Riviera Nayarit
Riviera Nayarit is presently at the initial stages of a major tourism development. Within the years 2005 and 2007, the government has reportedly invested around $1.5 billion in tourism infrastructure and facilities. Among the 20 projects that are currently under development, 20% of the investment is from the US. Expansion of hotel capacity is one of the vital components of the extension program. In the next 4 years, Punta Mita is expected to have 1000 rooms and Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos will have 2000 rooms.
Hot spots that you can’t miss
As per researches, there are more than 10 popular hot destinations to visit in Riviera Nayarit. In Nuevo Vallarta, tourists can find a wide array of golfing opportunities, as well as small and large hotels, dolphin parks, shopping, a water park, a marina and even some of the widest and longest beaches in this region. For all the seafood freaks, there’s Bucerias, a small fishing town that has currently grown into a spot for dining and shopping near the Nuevo Vallarta resorts.
When asked about the allure of the area, Larissa McGee, co-owner of Agave Villas Mexico, remarked: “The villas of Punta Mita are not only the most beautiful of the Riviera Nayarit but they rival the villas of Greece, the Bahamas, and any other world-class coastal destination. Because of its proximity to the US (especially California), it’s no wonder that stars like Kanye and Kim like to vacation here.
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