Riviera Nayarit Beaches

Riviera Nayarit Beaches

Must See Beaches on the Riviera Nayarit

The best beaches are in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit; where the lush escape bombards you through its tropical jungle and endless, pristine beaches. Along the coast, the beaches differ greatly from being swimmable beaches in Puerto Vallarta to being more friendly for surfing. Our picks are based on being easy to get to, family-friendly, and having great sand with options that are swimming and surfing-friendly. Above all, they make for a fun beach day.

Our favorites span from Lo De Marcos in the north to Sayulita in the south. With so many amazing gems to be found, the list of recommendations would be long, so we are focusing on the heart of the Riviera Nayarit. Beach days are a staple of everyday life here for all. Visitors and locals make this a go-to and one of our most enjoyable things to do. In the same vein, we have stellar restaurant recommendations at our favorite beaches in Puerto Vallarta.

Sayulita beach. Great swimmable beach.


First and foremost, considered the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, this boho-chic beach town has everything when it comes to the best beach day ever. This is considered by someone the best beach in Puerto Vallarta. At the main beach, near the lifeguard tower, you can find ola del sol. This translates to English as the wave of the sun and it means an endless, easy-to-ride surfing wave. It does not matter if you are an experienced surfer or want to learn. On the beach and at the surrounding surf shops, board rentals and lessons are available. That is to say, from the point break to the gentle beginner waves, this beach is a must-see.

Additionally, the beaches are wide with soft sand that is fun for playing with and offer small waves that everyone can swim in. Our favorite beach restaurant is an easy go-to. Don Pedro’s is located at Calle Marlin 2. They offer service inside their restaurant overlooking the beach or on the sand under umbrellas and chaise lounges. A full international menu has something for everyone. They have a bit of everything, concentrating on pizzas, seafood, and burgers. Above all, everyone will enjoy a memorable beach day with good food and fun times. Look at the Sayulita real estate to see what could be your next dream property.

San Pancho

Best Beach in Puerto Vallarta is San Pancho

Officially named San Francisco, but called San Pancho by all, it is sandwiched between Lo de Marcos and Sayulita. This tropical paradise has a postcard-worthy charm. Driving down its main street you can not help but run into the beach. Our favorite restaurant here is called La Tarraya (located to the left of the beach restaurants).

You can sit on their platform under umbrellas or at their tables in the sand. This fun bar also has surprising food options. Offering up more than just your normal beach fare, there is everything from great guacamole to burgers and Mexican seafood specialties like ceviche and agua chile. The beach in San Pancho can be a bit rough, but there is generally a spot to be found that is gentler and swimmable. There is also a surf break that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors with a couple of beach palapas offering board rentals and lessons. Look at our San Pancho real estate to see all the amazing homes in town we have.

Lo De Marcos

On the other hand, this up-and-coming, sleepy surf and fishing village is located 10 minutes north of San Pancho by car. Weaving your way through town, our favorite beach here is located at Tomatina’s restaurant. Located at Camino de las Minitas 1953, on the south side of town, this complete beach restaurant and bar is uniquely located in an RV park. Their international menu spans from mouth-watering pizzas to burgers, salads, and fish tacos. They offer seating inside the restaurant, on tables on the sand, or under your beach umbrella. The beach here is one of the calmest and most family-friendly places to swim. That is one of the best swimmable beaches in Puerto Vallarta.  It is protected by the bay so it leads to year-round fun. This is a guaranteed fun afternoon of eating, drinking, and swimming. Check out our Lo De Marcos real estate and all the homes this cute town has to offer.

Buying Your Dream Home on the Riviera Nayarit is Easy with MexHomeDestiladeras Beach

Above all, highlighting only three of the many gems that we have to offer on the Riviera Nayarit is not easy because there are many favorites and they are among the best beaches in Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. With endless beaches that accommodate surfers to swimmers, there is something for everyone.

The best beaches in Puerto Vallarta are off the beaten path. We have the most enjoyable and swimmable beaches in Puerto Vallarta. Owning property as a foreigner is easy. It is a seamless and secure process. Above all, we are here to help you and are excited to share our knowledge. This is the first step in a new and exciting lifestyle. Last but not least, deciding is the hard part, we are here to answer questions and help you build your dreams. Our agents are excited to assist you with anything necessary to help make this process as smooth as possible.

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