How to Spend 1 Day in Nayarit
It’s tough to tackle the west-coast state of Nayarit in just one day. However, if you stick to the compact Bahía de Banderas region, you can dine in Sayulita, get cultural in Bucerías, and snorkel at Islas Marietas in just 24 hours. Here’s how.
Morning: Explore on Two (or Four) Wheels
If you’re looking for a taste of traditional Mexican culture, spend the morning on a carriage ride through the town of Higuera Blanca. Or, satisfy an appetite for adventure on an ATV excursion through secluded jungles and beaches that are inaccessible by traditional tour vehicle. Alternatively, you can opt for a bike-and-food tour; tastings of Mexican snacks and that all-important first coffee of the day are typically included.
Afternoon: Get Adventurous
This afternoon, make the most of your proximity to the coast on a boat tour. Take a whale-spotting excursion from Sayulita beach—some of which include insight from a biologist guide—or make your way to the Marieta Islands for some birdwatching and snorkeling. Alternatively, learn about indigenous cultures and crafts during a tour of Bucerías; take a hike to Lo de Marcos or the Cerro del Mono; or get your adrenaline pumping on a zipline with an ocean view.
Night: Snap Some Memorable Photos
After a hectic day, take it easy during a beachside photography session in Sayulita or San Pancho. Or, if you’d rather try your hand behind the camera instead, opt for a sunset photography workshop and take home skills as well as memories.
Afterward, stop at a Sayulita or San Pancho restaurants for a seafood dinner and drinks—pescado zarandeado (grilled fish) is a regional specialty, whileraicilla is a must-try floral agave spirit.