Nayarit, Mexico Travel
🗣 Mexico Language
Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places
💰 Mexico Currency
Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD
📍 Top Things to Do in Nayarit
Sayulita, Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta, Tepic
📍 Sayulita Off the Beaten Path
San Pancho, Bucerias, Islas Marietas, Compostela, Chacala, Jala
sNayarit state is located in western-central Mexico, one of the Pacific States on the Pacific Ocean. Aside from its popular beach destinations, Nayarit remains mostly off the beaten path to many Mexico travelers.
Inland, there’s the pueblos magicos (magic towns) of Compostela and Jala, and the colonial city of Tepic.
Nayarit travel FAQ
Is Nayarit safe for travel?
According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown of Nayarit safety.
Nayarit has both safe and unsafe parts, like most places on Earth. One of the Pacific States, the beautiful and surfer-friendly beaches of Riviera Nayarit — Sayulita, Chacala, San Pancho and Bucerias — are safe and very popular for visitors.
Further inland, the pueblos magicos (magic towns) Compostela and Jala, and the colonial city of Tepic, are also considered safe for travel.
If you’re planning to venture off the beaten path from any of the places listed, exercise caution or go with a group tour.
Though many destinations are known to be safe, there is no place on Earth where safety is guaranteed. As with traveling anywhere, also follow these General Travel Safety Tips and pack these safety items for additional peace of mind.
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Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?
As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.
Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.
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What's the best time to visit Nayarit?
As with much of the country, and nearly all beaches in Mexico, November to April is the time to visit. During these months, the beaches of Riviera Nayarit — Sayulita, Chacala, San Pancho and Bucerias — have mild temperatures, low humidity and the mosquitoes are at bay.
This is also during the annual whale migration, which takes place from December-March. During these months, pacific gray, humpback and blue whales swim along the coast of Nayarit en route to their breeding grounds.
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How do I travel to Nayarit?
On the beaches, you’ll want to fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport (code: PVR), and then drive a rental car to Nayarit.
The drive from Jalisco to Nayarit is considered safe (when done during the day), and will take about 1-2 hours, depending where you’re headed in Nayarit.
Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?
As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.
To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in Mexico — YES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.
Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.
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Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.
When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.
Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.
In short: Don’t lose your FMM!
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?
As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.
If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!
If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.
🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.
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