Nuevo Vallarta Mexico | Nayarit Hotels, Spas, Things to Do

An Exclusive Beach Destination

Nuevo Vallarta voted #3 out of the top 5
destinations Mexicans want to visit in 2021 (by Expedia)

Nestled between the tranquil Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de Vallejo mountains is Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit. Just a 20-minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport, Nuevo Vallarta is one of the most visited and exclusive beach destinations in all of Mexico. Yet it still  holds the 2019 Earth Check Silver Certification. Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit brings together luxury and the abundance of nature to offer each visitor an enchanting escape with excellent hospitality, comfort, and entertainment.

2019 Earth Check Silver Certified Award for Nuevo Vallarta, Bahia de Banderas Nayarit

The Ultimate Mexico Tourist Hot Spot

Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is the entryway into the state of Riviera Nayarit with the second highest number of hotels and resorts in the country. You’ll find a first class infrastructure, which is easily witnessed in the impeccable and vast golf courses, luxurious condominiums, exclusive restaurants, and two of the country’s most important marinas.

Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is a lively destination with its five kilometer (three-mile) shoreline of golden beaches. Visitors can delight in the turquoise-blue ocean and fine sands, as well as the various activities offered in this unbeatable climate. And of course, there is no better way to enjoy the late afternoon than by taking in a breathtaking sunset accompanied by the crashing waves as you read a great book.

From Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit, visitors make their way north to visit other tourist hot spots like:

Nuevo Vallarta Hotels & Restaurants

Nuevo Vallarta is one of the most visited Nayarit destinations. This vacation hot spot also boasts notable real estate developments, whether set beachside, among beautiful trees, or near exclusive golf clubs. Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is an irresistible invitation to establish this tropical paradise as your home away from home.

The hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit are listed among the most exclusive and luxurious of beach destinations on an international scale. Some of these palace-like establishments have received the Five Diamond distinction, awarded by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels that offer the finest and most luxurious of lodging, ambiance and hospitality. Hanging gardens, endless infinity pools that visually meld into the ocean, and luxurious hotel suites are just some of the tempting delights tucked away in these resorts with elegant architecture. Every resort hotel is complimented by the exquisite scenery of Banderas Bay and the tropical beauty of the magnificent Pacific coast.

Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is also home to many of the most exclusive restaurants —many of which are located inside and outside of the hotel complexes. You’ll find menus offering everything from the intense tastes of Mexican and regional cuisine to a la carte gourmet delicacies that guarantee a unique culinary experience. Nuevo Vallarta restaurants are sure to please even the most demanding of palates. Some of the restaurants participate in the renowned annual International Gourmet Festival, and the delectable dishes served are as varied as the intricate flavors of Italian, Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisine themselves. Among the restaurants to receive international praise for their excellent creations and service is Piaf, named a Michelin restaurant and located inside the Grand Velas Hotel. Nuevo Vallarta is blessed with an impressive variety of gastronomic options that will leave even the most knowledgeable of food connoisseurs contented.

Things To Do in Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit

The hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, in addition to luxury and comfort, also offer a variety of recreational activities for visitors to help them enjoy their stay to the fullest.

Activity options include numerous beach sports, golf, scuba diving, surfing, yoga classes, gym equipment, and sports fields and courts.

Also worthy of praise are the sophisticated resort spas where you can enjoy revitalizing treatments for mind, body and spirit such as hydrotherapy, sauna treatments, and hydro-reflexology, among others.

Spas & Wellness

Nuevo Vallarta’s Nayarit spas and wellness centers have also received important recognition for their world-class quality. And if you are of an adventurous spirit, in most hotels you will find tour packages that will take you by boat down one of the nearby canals surrounded by white mangroves where you can admire the region’s variety of wild flora and fauna.

And what can be more romantic than declaring your everlasting love on the ocean shore? With its impressive natural scenery and exceptional infrastructure, Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is the ideal place for couples that wish to enter into marriage or enjoy a luxurious honeymoon. With these guests in mind, most hotels offer package deals to ensure the perfect organization of this important ceremony.

The happy couple can choose to celebrate their union in a beautiful garden, an elegant ballroom or along the seashore with their loved ones looking on. The main event will then be followed by an exquisite reception.

El Tigre Golf Course

Impeccable and surrounded by beautiful natural wonders, the golf courses of Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit are yet another stunning attraction.

Named among the most challenging of Mexico, the El Tigre golf course opened its doors in 2002 to offer its visitors one of this game’s most exhilarating experiences. After passing under the stone portico and admiring the impressive Bengal tigers housed in a secure habitat enclosure, you will delight in practicing your swing at this enchanting course. El Tigre was designed by Texan Robert von Hagge, and is comprised of 18 holes, par 72 with 144 sand traps distributed over 7,329 yards of Bermuda 419-covered terrain. It is a course that also includes nine artificial lakes, challenging for even the most experienced of golfers.  The par-three sixth hole is a marvelous treat, as it is comprised of a green inside a Scottish pot bunker on an island, a true challenge. Open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, this course also has an exclusive 45,000-squarefoot Spanish-style clubhouse complete with an exclusive restaurant, lockers, a break room, boutiques and a spa.

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Marina Nuevo Vallarta Rivera Nayarit Mexico

Jack Nicklaus Vidanta Golf Course

Equally spectacular is the Jack Nicklaus Vidanta Golf Club, located inside the Gran Mayan development in Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit. The 70 par golf course features an exceptional Jack Nicklaus design totalling 6,669 yards and includes nine holes covering 6,400 meters (20,997 feet) of fine Bermuda 417 grass. Players can practice their best shots in a beachfront environment sheltered by the Western Sierra Madre Mountains.

And what better way to relax after a round of golf than by enjoying a delicious meal in the clubhouse restaurant where you will be tempted by the finest in Mediterranean cuisine. You can also unwind in the pristine spa, where you can enjoy a well-deserved spa treatment to round out your day at this course, which is open practically all day from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

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Nuevo Vallarta Marinas

Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is home to two of the most important marinas in the country:

  1. Nuevo Vallarta Marina
  2. Paradise Village Marina

Paradise Village Marina can accommodate close to 500 vessels and offers numerous services such as drinking water, security, pump out stations, and concierge…in short, everything you need to enjoy a pleasant stay in this tropical paradise. In the Paradise Village Marina, certified as Mexico’s cleanest marina, ships are docked in a protected natural area alongside luxurious properties.

Adventurous visitors can admire an important variety of flora and fauna of the region such as white herons, iguanas and a variety of fish species. When touring the Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit piers you can observe beautiful ships displaying flags from remote countries along with many foreign sailors milling about. These visitors have discovered this paradise and deemed Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit as one of the most glorious of destinations on their globetrotting itinerary.

A Paradise for Birds and Wildlife

The natural wealth of Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit is one of its most appealing treasures. With a warm, sub-humid tropical climate, Nuevo Vallarta is located where the fresh water of the Ameca River meets the salty waves of the Pacific Ocean, thus providing the ideal environment for a variety of bird species such as herons, ducks, pelicans and seagulls as well as numerous impressive reptiles that choose to make this their home.

With the Sierra de Vallejo —inhabited by the jaguar and belonging to the State Biosphere Reserve— as another natural boundary of the area, a variety of mangrove swamps and more than a dozen navigable canals are found in the region.

These natural wonders allow tourists to appreciate the local beauty of nature up close. And as if that weren’t enough, true nature lovers will rejoice with the arrival year after year of hawksbill, Olive Ridley and leatherback turtles on the shores of Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit. These incredible mammals come to these golden sands to lay their eggs and in turn, preserve their species. For this reason, a turtle sanctuary has been established to guarantee protection for these turtles and their young from the dangers that they may encounter on their way back to the ocean.

Nuevo Vallarta Nightlife

And, as the sun sinks below the horizon and paints the skies with luminous tones of orange, pink and purple, the festive nightlife calls to those visitors eager to continue their adventures in one of the exclusive bars and restaurants located in area hotels or fashionable independent establishments. Dance to the rhythms of Latin classics or pop music as you sip a delicious drink or enjoy friendly conversation with your friends and family.

There is something for everyone. And if a party atmosphere is not your choice for the evening, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the beach as you take in a breathtaking sunset and the intensely shining stars, the best way to conclude your day filled with sun, sand, waves and lots of fun!

Nuevo Vallarta Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Nuevo Vallarta from the airport?

Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit Mexico is just 8 miles (13km) from Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International airport in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

How to get from Nuevo Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta?

You can drive, take a bus, or take a taxi from Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit to Puerto Vallarta, which is approximately 10 miles (16km) distance.

Where is Nuevo Vallarta Located?

Nuevo Vallarta is located on the Pacific Coast in the southern part of Riviera Nayarit state and just a 20-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta airport.

Can you swim in the ocean in Nuevo Vallarta?

Yes, the year-round Pacific Ocean water temperature in Riviera Nayarit is quite warm, averaging between 77°Fand 88°F (25°C - 31°C) annually.

What to do in Nuevo Vallarta?

There are plenty of activities and things to do in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico from swimming, surfing, fishing, and scuba diving, to golfing, hiking, bird watching, and nature tours, including the sea turtle release program.

What time zone is Nuevo Vallarta?

Nuevo Vallarta is in the Central Daylight Time Zone, which is the same time zone as Texas in the United States.

Where to stay in Nuevo Vallarta?

Along with numerous boutique hotels, Nuevo Vallarta Mexico also has several world class resort hotels including among others, Dreams Villamagna, Grand Luxxe, Grand Mayan, Hard Rock, Marival Distinct, and Riu Jalisco.

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