Explore the Pacific Coast of Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico’s Pacific Coast is known for its charming coastal towns, pristine bays, jungle-covered mountains, golden sand beaches, spectacular sunsets, diverse flora and fauna, fabulous food, great shopping, colorful Huichol Indian artwork, outstanding surf breaks, world-class golf courses, and friendly hard-working people. Here, you’ll find the perfect mix – from quaint fishing villages to secluded beach hideaways, from flea markets to chic boutiques, from micheladas to martinis, from budget hotels to ritzy gated resorts – and they’re all waiting to be explored.
And lucky for you, the Explore Nayarit Directory can help you hire a tour guide, find a rental car or catch a bus to travel from town to town. The journey from the Puerto Vallarta airport to Tepic, the capital city of the state of Nayarit, or the coastal town of San Blas is only 3-3½ hours each way, and there’s so much to see along the way.
Get out there and explore Nayarit, Mexico!
Towns & Beaches
This small fishing village has become a popular Mexican tourist beach, as well as a place more and more expats are discovering. Chacala – which means “where there are shrimp” in Náhuatl.
El Monteón / Punta Raza
The small Mexican village of El Monteón is a farming and brick-making town with friendly people, a few rustic restaurants and two spectacular and uninhabited beaches.
This quiet beach community boasts one of Mexico’s best swimming beach, and is a popular tourist destination on weekends and during Mexican holidays.
Rincón de Guayabitos
The colorful resort town of Rincón de Guayabitos is widely known as a friendly and family-oriented beach town. It is gaining popularity as a vacation and second home destination.
Nayarit Coast Driving Distance Chart
Driving distances shown are heading north from the Puerto Vallarta airport. Times may vary depending on traffic.
Time Zone Reminder
When you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you will be on Jalisco/Central Time. Once you head north, you will leave the state of Jalisco and cross into the state of Nayarit. While the time zone originally changed at the state line, a time zone change went into affect in 2010 within the Bahía de Banderas municipality, including the towns of Mezcales, Bucerias, Sayulita, San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. So once you pass Lo de Marcos (and head towards Los Ayala, Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita), be sure to turn your watches back one hour, as you will now be on Nayarit/Mountain Time.
Upon your return to the airport in Puerto Vallarta, remember that you will lose an hour as the time zone changes back to Central Time. Be sure to set your watches accordingly so you don’t miss your flight.
- View detailed Time Zone Map
Check out our Visitor Guide to help plan your trip:
- Getting Here – List of airlines, car rental companies and bus lines, in addition to detailed directions on how to get here.
- Getting Around / Nayarit Driving Distance Map – Driving distance chart and local transportation.
- Emergency & Important Phone Numbers – Police, hospitals, doctors, veterinarians, consulates.
- Phone & Internet – Calling guide, area codes, internet information, etc.
- Everyday Information / Time Zone Map – Currency, language, time zones, weather and more.
- Travel Tips Guide – What to bring, what to pack, required documents, customs, etc.
- Pet Travel Tips & Regulations – Current regulations and required documents for traveling to/from Mexico.
- Forum – Jaltemba Bay Folk forum is the best place to ask questions about the area.