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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

  Nayarit Travel

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.

Mexico’s Pacific States have some of the best beach towns in Mexico, including the bohemian surf towns of Sayulita, Chacala, and San Pancho (San Francisco), Bucerias, a town popular with expats.

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.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to Oaxaca, Mexico travel.

• Ep. 34 | Planning your first Mexico solo trip


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.

Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.

🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.


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.

🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Mexico packing guide — so you know what to pack for Mexico City, and what NOT to take to Mexico.

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.

Though you are crossing from Jalisco state to Nayarit state, Puerto Vallarta, located in Jalisco, is less than an hour from the Nayarit border.

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 MexicoYES, 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.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.


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.


List of useful spanish words and phrases

Nayarit & Pacific Mexico Blogs

Mexico Hidden Gems: The 10 You Need to Know About

Mexico hidden gems and off the beaten path travel destinations on your radar? You’re in the right place — because the 10 best are all here.

20 AMAZING Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta + Travel Guide

Discover the 20 BEST things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! From adventurous things to do, to the best tacos — this is the list you need.

Mexico Solo Travel: 20 SAFE Destinations for Female Travelers

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

30 Best Mexican Beach Towns You Need to Visit Right Now

Looking for the best Mexican beach towns? You’re in the right place because the Top 30 beach towns in Mexico are right for you to discover!

25 Unique Places to Visit in Mexico You Have to See to Believe

Looking for unique places to visit in Mexico? You’re in the right place because the Top 25 places are here — pinned to a Mexico Map for you!

Mexico Travel Podcast

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