Barefoot Luxury in Nayarit: Sayulita & Punta de Mita

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  • Mexico

  • Beaches

  • International Travel

  • Slow Travel

  • Wellness Travel

  • Coastal

  • Outdoors

  • Sports

Colorful surfboards leaning against a palm tree in Sayulita.
Curator’s statement

Beautiful beaches, Mexican hospitality, laid back vibes and low land rainforest are just a few pieces that make Riviera Nayarit a fantastic destination for all types of travelers.

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Where to stay in Nayarit

Imanta Resorts

A stylish escape to nature with sweeping jungle and Pacific Ocean views, on a hilltop above Banderas Bay.

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  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Imanta breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in Restaurant

  • Complimentary dinner for two people once during stay

One&Only Mandarina

Nestled within the rainforest in Riviera Nayarit, One&Only peaks out through the lush flora with cutting-edge design and unique wellness offerings.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out, whenever possible.

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Things to do in Nayarit

Beautiful blue beach with surfers in Sayulita, Mexico.

Playa Escondida in Islas Marietas: Discover this beautiful hidden beach within an island. Getting there is an adventure, so take a tour or go with a guide. Schedule this one in advance as they limit daily visitors to prevent over tourism.

Hike Monkey Mountain:Just outside of Punta Mita is Higuera Blanca where this trail starts. It's a moderate hike that ends in an amazing 360-degree view of the area. The indigenous Huichol people also see this as sacred space.

Visit San Pancho: This quiet town neighbors the lively Sayulita. Stop by for a day or an afternoon to enjoy the beaches and local cuisine at a laid back pace.

Playa Malpaso and Playa Carricitos: These are two lovely beach walks that are accessible from Sayulita.

Places to Eat & Drink in Nayarit

Cocktail and crickets in Mexico.

Anchor Cafe: Lovely spot for breakfast food, coffee and smoothies in Sayulita.

Organi-K: Breakfast and lunch spot serving up vibrant smoothies and bowls with organic ingredients.

Miscelánea: Cute spot for a filling breakfast and coffee in Sayulita.

Cafecito de Mita: Quaint coffee shop in Punta Mita that serves up great lattes.

Zicatela Cocina: Fantastic spot for a late-lunch or dinner in Punta de Mita.

La Pescadora: Fish-focused menu and market just a few steps away from Zicatela. A great spot to catch the sunset.

El Itacate: Enjoy an easy lunch outside with some quality tacos.

La Rustica: Excellent spot for pizza and drinks right off one of Sayulita’s main streets.

Need to Know

For more travel inspiration, check out my guide First-Timer’s Guide to the French Polynesian Islands.

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