Secret Mexico: 4 Hidden Gems on Mexico’s Pacific Coast
Discover the hidden gems of Mexico’s Pacific coast. From its unknown Amazon rainforest, the mysterious micro-travel destination ‘Mexican Venice’, an undiscovered coastal city in hippie chic and a hidden beach.
Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from the UK. People visit the beaches of Cancun, the culturally rich capital of Mexico City, and enjoy the great facilities of the country’s family and golf resorts. With international travel returning, visitors may want to try heading to Mexico’s Pacific coast to discover the hidden treasure of the Riviera Nayarit.
Known for its eclectic charm and authentic vibrancy, the Riviera Nayarit is home to some secret spots full of adventure while relaxing from the busier tourist areas.
La Tovara: A protected area for nature lovers in the unknown Amazon rainforest in Mexico
La Tovara National Park on the Riviera Nayarit is smaller but nonetheless powerful and is home to an abundance of nature and wildlife that coexist, creating a unique and surprising ecosystem. Crocodiles have found refuge in the waters of La Tovara due to the pleasant water temperatures and the sufficient availability of food. The Kiekari Crocodile Preserve provides a sustainable environment for the crocodiles and also houses a crocodile nurse. Travelers can visit the reserve and discover how they are released into the wild as part of a restoration program.
Due to the unique location of La Tovara, natural, fresh spring water flows from the mountains. Here travelers can discover the crystal clear waters of the Camalota Lagoon – a perfect habitat for thousands of species of fish, birds and reptiles. Legend has it that those who take a dip in the lagoon are protected by magical nets to prevent the crocodiles from nibbling their toes.
Mexcaltitán: The mysterious micro-destination known as “Mexican Venice”, birthplace of the Aztecs
Mexcaltitán on the Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s youngest minted “magical city”, a recognition of some beautiful Mexican villages that have preserved their cultural and historical wealth.
Mexcaltitán is surrounded by mystical and magical history that is well worth a day trip. The island is deeply rooted in ancient Aztec history and many historians believe this island is the birthplace of what is now Mexico. Over time, it has been popularly referred to as the “Mexican Venice” as Mexcaltitán has tall walkways that allow pedestrians to navigate the island even during periods of high water that can flood the island’s streets. Visitors won’t find any cars, and a canoe trip around the charming island takes about 30 minutes past thousands of traditionally colorful Mexican houses and street art.
Marietas Islands National Park: Mexico’s hidden beach
Located in the UNESCO-recognized Marietas Islands National Park, the ultimate destination on the bucket list. It is a hidden beach that was formed by volcanic activity and is only accessible by swimming through a tunnel.
To reach this hidden beach, travelers must book a boat tour to Marietas Islands National Park, a 45-minute drive from Punta Mita on the south of the Riviera Nayarit. There, visitors are asked to jump off the boat and swim near the entrance. Since the beach is hidden underground, visitors must swim through a passageway that will eventually lead them to the shore.
The Marietas Islands are a wildlife sanctuary that is home to the incredibly rare blue-footed booby, which is only found in two parts of the planet: the Marietas Islands and the Galapagos Islands.
The crystal clear water and coral reefs are ideal for snorkeling. Common visitors to the Marietas Islands are turtles, dolphins and humpback whales, while visitors to the shore can spot barber butterflies, humpback parrots and steel swallows.
Sayulita: The hippie-chic seaside town with a bohemian art colony
It could be its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, its beaches perfect for surfing, or maybe the ’60s-style atmosphere: peace and love. Whatever it is, this city has a certain je n’ai sais quoi that is very charming, with a boho-chic style that fills its streets, shops, galleries, and accommodations. There is no doubt that Sayulita is the hippest city in Mexico.
The city has a thriving art street scene and a gloriously growing fleet of up-and-coming local artists. Street art in Sayulita has exploded in recent years. Huichol Indians display their colorful art in the square in the heart of the city.
Visitors can discover Sayulita’s street art on a day trip and immerse themselves in this quirky and colorful open-air art gallery. A perfect tour starts with exploring cobblestone streets overflowing with these unique works of art. Interpret the fascinating murals for free, either alone or in a group, and end the day with pottery, pottery, and locally handcrafted jewelry.
More information is available at www.RivieraNayarit.com.