Activity Attractions Riviera Nayarit Mexico

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Activities in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

From the Puerto Vallarta airport the Riviera Nayarit stretches some 200 miles north along the Pacific coast of Mexico encompassing all coastal communities from Nuevo Vallarta up to Playa Novilleros.

While enjoying Mexico Vacations here you can explore some of the best land and water activities in Nuevo Vallarta including those in nearby towns and traditional coastal Mexican villages like Bucerias, Flamingos and Punta Mita on the Banderas Bay.

Many of these Nuevo Vallarta activities and recreation opportunities such as Mexico golfing, whale watching and surfing take place at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains and need to be experienced to be truly appreciated.

Mexico Golf Vacations Near Puerto Vallarta

From Puerto Vallarta up to the tip of Riviera Nayarit, this area offers enough world class Mexico Golfing opportunities to fill a vacation of any duration.

When golfing in Puerto Vallarta, golfers can choose from any number of world renowned courses that are endorsed by golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Robert von Hagge.

Prepare to have your golfing technique, precision, perception and patience challenged when enjoying golfing activities in Nuevo Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit north of Puerto Vallarta.

Nuevo Vallarta Golf Courses are just minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and include these three fine Mexico golf courses:

El Nayar Vidanta Golf Course

El Tigre Golf Course

Flamingos Mexico Golf Course

Punta de Mita Riviera Nayarit golf courses are worth the 30-45 minute drive north along the Riviera Nayarit and include:

Punta Mita Pacifico Golf Course

Punta Mita Bahia Golf Course

Litibu Riviera Nayarit golf course is just 15 minutes north of Punta de Mita and a favorite of many looking for golfing activities in the Nuevo Vallarta region.

Surfing Activities in Nuevo Vallarta & Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta is located in the heart of the Bay of Banderas which offers pristine Mexico beaches and sparkling blue waters that are as renowned for their Mexico Surfing as they are for the rest and relaxation the area seems to provide.

But the best surf waves are found by venturing north along the Bay into the state of Riviera Nayarit where the waves are promising and the breaks impressive.

While experiencing surfing activities in Nuevo Vallarta, you can explore surfing lessons and these great surfing spots.

Surfing Punta de Mita - Located in the Northern part of the Bay of Banderas, Punta Mita offers up superb surfing activities including:

7 surf swells that make up the legendary “Mexican Malibu

9 miles of clean, white sandy beaches Mexico beaches

The Cove, considered to have “the best break around

Surfing Sayulita -Sayulita is a small village located a little over an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta. The village of Sayulita is home to some of the best surfers in the world and said to make all surfers’ dreams come true. Sayulita Mexico surfing activities include:

Waves for all surfers - beginners, locals and professionals

Consistent waves that attract large crowds to the beaches in the winter months

Breaks suited towards long boards but also accessible to short boards

Surfing San Blas - Located in the Bay of Matenchen, San Blas is another great Mexican surfing destination for those seeking to get away from crowds of surfers and willing to travel further (about 100 miles north of Puerto Vallarta). San Blas surfing presents surfers with:

Some of the longest riding waves in the world - over 1 mile

The Stoners break with a high quality wave

Left point Lolas break with regional class surf and barrels

Whale Watching Activities in Nuevo Vallarta

The official whale watching season in Mexico begins in early December and finishes in the fourth week of March. During this time the humpback whales seek out the warm waters near the equator, migrating here to mate and to give birth to their young.

The Bay of Banderas is home to multiple companies offering whale watching activities in Nuevo Vallarta. When you embark on one of these Mexico Whale Watching tours the true beauty of the humpback whale will be revealed as you experience:

Magical whale songs that can last for hours; used to communicate and attract mates

Mother and calf swimming side by side displaying their affection with touches of the flippers

The fluke tail fin propelling the 40 ton mammal through the Bay of Banderas

Tremendous leaps (breaching) and splashes during playful activity

Inquisitive behaviours around the tour boat

Other Puerto Vallarta Activities

If you are still looking for other Puerto Vallarta family activities or activities in the Nuevo Vallarta area of the Riviera Nayarit, the list of Mexico activities also includes Mexico Fishing Vacations and Mexico Sailing Vacations plus

  ATV Tours

Dolphin Swimming


Horseback Riding

Turtle Release Programs


Bird Watching

Rappel Adventures


Scuba Diving

Sea Lion Encounters


Canopy Zip Lines

Snorkelling & Boat Cruises

Get Help Planning Nuevo Vallarta Activities for your Next Mexico Vacation

Thanks for visiting. This Riviera Nayarit website is the official website of the Conventions and Visitors Bureau for the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico’s Pacific coast. We actively promote Mexico tourism and invite all to come enjoy Mexico vacations on the Riviera Nayarit.

Come enjoy the variation and excitement of Mexico’s diverse recreation, lessons and tours in the Riviera Nayarit region.

For a complete recommended list of activities in Nuevo Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit region just north of Puerto Vallarta, visit our Mexico Activities page. To explore the locations for many of the Vallarta activities listed above visit our interactive Nayarit Mexico Map.


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Promoting Mexico tourism in the Riviera Nayarit region along the 200 mile Pacific coastline north of Puerto Vallarta with information on Mexico beaches, all inclusive hotels, luxury resorts and activities like spas and wellness, surfing, golfing, sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins, sea lion encounters, baby sea turtle releases and whale watching. Discover adventure package vacations, dining, shopping and attractions in Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Litibu, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Guayabitos, San Blas, Isla de Mexcaltitan and other Riviera Nayarit locations near Puerto Vallarta.