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Riviera Nayarit Beaches

Let's be honest: what else does anyone really need besides sun, sand and sea to be happy? In Riviera Nayarit (aka Mexico's Riviera), the long wide sandy carpets of powder at the base of the Sierra Madre mountains make for ideal places to catch the sun's rays. Fishing, wind-surfing, scuba diving, boating and turtle watching are also encouraged.

Nuevo Vallarta Beach

This is "the" beach in Nuevo Vallarta and boasts wide sandy beach stretches ringed by luxury condos and sprawling resort hotels.

La Manzanilla

Steady waters and gorgeous scenery make this among one of the most visited in Riviera Nayarit.

Bucerias Beach

Gentle waves and a variety of oceanfront palapa restaurants make this a popular place for families.

El Anclote

This beach lies along Roadway 200 on your way to Bucerias and offers clear and warm waters along with dozens of coastal birds. It's also prime for amazing sunsets.

Punta de Mita

Home to The Four Seasons and the boutique resort Casa Las Brisas.

Los Muertos Beach (El Centro)

Yes, this translates to "The Dead," but this Puerto Vallarta beach is one of the area's most popular.

Las Caletas Beach

A tourist must: This lush hidden cove south of PV is comprised of three small sandy beaches and is the former home of movie director John Huston.

Sayulita

A surfer's dream destination.

Punta de Burro

A small beach with thunderous waves that expert surfers tend to enjoy. You can see the Marietas Islands from here, making for a fun excursion.

Boca de Tomates Beach

A bit of a drive but worth it: this sandy retreat boasts more crocodiles, sea turtles and exotic birds than sun worshippers. It also features fun palapa restaurants.