Explore Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico
Los Ayala is the smallest and southern-most town in Jaltemba Bay and is located just a stone’s throw from Guayabitos. It is a quiet beach community with an idyllic swimming beach that is popular on weekends and during Mexican holidays. There are several small hotels, numerous family-style bungalows and a couple of trailer parks. Tourist services include a few small mercados, gift shops specializing in beach paraphernalia, and the many taco stands and palapa restaurants where you can get a bite to eat and a cold drink.
Beaches & Attractions
Photo of Playa Los Ayala by Christina Stobbs. Photo of Kissing Beach restaurant by Dave Boroughs. Photo of Isla Coral by Sarah Chamberlain.
It is worth noting that when you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you will be on Central Time. Once you head north, you will leave the state of Jalisco and enter the state of Nayarit. The time zone no longer changes at the state lines as it once did. The new time zone includes the towns of Mezcales, Bucerias, Sayulita, San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. So, once you pass Lo de Marcos (and head towards Los Ayala, Guayabitos and La Peñita), be sure to turn your watches back one hour as you will now be on 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.
Location & Map
The Bahia de Jaltemba (Bay of Jaltemba) is located 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The large bay stretches all the way from Punta Raza on the south to Playa Boca de Naranjo on the north. It includes three small towns – Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita de Jaltemba and Los Ayala – and nine spectacular beaches. It is the perfect place for those who want to experience the “real” Mexico.
Jaltemba Bay is situated in the center/heart of the beautiful Riviera Nayarit region, which spans nearly 200 miles of Pacific coastline from Nuevo Vallarta to the historic port of San Blas. The nearest major cities are Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, both of which are located in the state of Jalisco.
Driving Distances from Los Ayala:
- Rincón de Guayabitos – 3 km / 2 miles (7 minutes)
- La Peñita – 6 km / 3.6 miles (10 minutes)
- Puerto Vallarta Airport – 66 km / 41 miles (1-1½ hours)
- Guadalajara – 264 km / 164 miles (4-4½)
If you live in Los Ayala and have additional information about the town, beaches or attractions, please contact us.
Video by Riviera Nayarit CVB.