Joining the impressive palm trees and green hills that border the crystal-clear waters are Las Islitas, one of the icons of the bay. This formation of cliffs near the shore is a popular place for adventurous visitors seeking that perfect memory photo. All along this beach you will find traditional thatched-roof huts serving up a variety of delicious traditional dishes such as fresh-prepared fish and seafood from the region.
Your tasty meal can even be accompanied by a refreshing drink and the notes of a traditional Mexican folk song.
Dining here is truly a mouth-watering tradition that you mustn’t skip. And on your way out of town, be sure to visit some of the businesses lining the highway. Here you will find great products for sale such as banana bread, cocadas (coconut candy) and other traditional favorites from the region.
As you explore the streets you will relive the events of years past that have marked the history not only of the state of Nayarit but of the entire country of Mexico.
And in this town, time seems to progress at a different pace, almost standing still with its haciendas, historic buildings, and streets, down which residents ride bicycles they have modified in the most curious of ways.
This is, of course, complemented by the impressive natural wonders that abound in San Blas: the navigable canals surrounded by mangroves, the small islands, and the annual arrival of more than 300 migratory birds, which make this destination a must-see, unforgettable retreat.
A visit to this historic gem on the Pacific wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its beaches. El Borrego, whose fine golden sands stretch for three kilometers (two miles), is one of the most frequented destinations among lovers of big waves. And after a quick boat ride, you can explore the wonders of Isla del Rey, a paradise of natural beauty where you can not only bask in the ocean and relax on the sand but also sample some of San Blas’s culinary delights.
Also essential is a visit to the Piedra Blanca, a small rock formation off the coast where the image of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Virgin —also known as La Marinera— is found. This virgin is the patron saint of sailors, and San Blas residents pay homage to her every year on October 7. The Piedra Blanca is also an important ceremonial center for the Huichol people.
Other natural wonders of the port are the tropical marsh that includes the El Pozo estuary and the San Cristóbal River and, of course, the La Tovara National Park —located two kilometers (1.2 miles) from San Blas—, one of the region’s most impressive natural attractions.
Here, you will have the opportunity to explore by boat and appreciate a beautiful variety of mangroves, home to birds such as boat-billed and white herons, and turtles. You can also appreciate first hand the floating wood homes, occupied by some of the first settlers.
These houses were recreated for the filming of the movie Cabeza de Vaca. Farther down river is a community crocodile sanctuary where you can admire reptiles and a variety of animal species as well as take part in important wildlife research and protection efforts.
To round out this unforgettable experience, head over to Isla Isabel —located 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the port—, a natural rock formation of volcanic origins and home to a wide variety of birds. Another great option is to visit the Cora community of Singayta —located two kilometers (1.2 miles) from San Blas— and delve into this interesting culture. Your trip to San Blas, just like the essence of this port, will be remarkable.
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Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de la Riviera Nayarit
Asociación de Hoteles y Moteles de Bahía de Banderas
Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística – Zona Bahía de Banderas
Centro Empresarial, Av. Paseo de los Cocoteros #55, Local 2112, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, C.P. 63732
Call: (322) 297-2516