Stunning Riviera Nayarit is turning 10 years old!

Mexico’s youngest destination is turning 10 and it’s celebrating the occasion with a very unique event: the Riviera Nayarit 10th Polo Cup, to be played at the La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club in San Pancho, Nayarit, from December 16-17. Destino Vacation Rentals is a proud sponsor, let’s check it out! Continue reading

5 Reasons to visit Pto. Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit in September!

September is by far the most Mexican month in the whole year, so if you are a big fan of the joyful, colorful and tasteful culture that characterizes our southern neighbor, you definitely need to book a flight to the gorgeous Banderas Bay next month. Let’s find out some of the highlights! Continue reading

Top 5 Boat rides around Banderas Bay

One of the largest and most beautiful bays around the world, is definitely the Banderas Bay, a very remarkable geographic feature on the Mexican Pacific which hides terrific beaches most likely reachable by boat, let’s check them out!

  1. Colomitos Beach

Photo via Pete & Alicia on Flickr.

Tiny and jewel-like, this pristine beach is pure pleasure to float around in. The sand beach is surrounded by cliffs, so it’s quiet and private. Just five minutes by “panga” from Boca de Tomatlan, the beach is right beside one of the best restaurants in the area, the Ocean Grill. You have to book in advance to dine here but the food is excellent and the ocean views are magical. If you’d rather get some exercise, you can take a 40-minute and fairly aggressive hike to this cove.

  1. Yelapa Beach

Photo via scampdesign on Flickr.

About a 30-minute boat ride from Boca de Tomatlan is this isolated fishing village with a superb beach. You can hike into the mountains to a waterfall or go horseback riding, as well as enjoy the usual water sports. But the real attraction is the pie ladies, who sell fresh and delicious pies by the slice to hungry beachgoers.

  1. Pizota Beach

Photo via sjb on Flickr.

Pizota is a small, quaint beach that you can only access by boat, if you book the “Sea Safari” tour by Vallarta Adventures, you’ll end up snorkeling here, as well as, eating a great meal and relaxing for a bit. The snorkeling here is great, you’ll see various types of fish, manta rays & dolphins. There are crabs jumping from rock to rock, which is pretty entertaining. Overall it’s a picturesque beach, great for romantic photos and to just think about life outside your usual 9 to 5 and the daily grind of life.

  1. Careyeros Beach

Photo via daniel marin on Flickr.

Located on the northern-most point of the bay, in the Riviera Nayarit part, with soft white and golden sand, incredible views, tranquil setting and above all, privacy. You can launch a boat here easily. Go boating, fishing and skiing, tie it up in front of the house. When finished, you have plenty of room to park the boat & trailer.Perfect for family vacations and getaways, very private and quiet, but still close enough to know your neighbors.

  1. Majahuitas Beach

Photo via Jennifer George on Flickr.

Majahuitas beach is next to the Tuito jungle, between the town of Quimixto and the fishing village of Yelapa, so you will not only find fish of all colors, but also a large number of birds that fly over the site constantly. It is also rich in palm trees and all kinds of wildlife. Majahuitas Beach is the place par excellence if you desire to just turn off your cell phone, forget about the clock and completely disconnect from it all – except nature and relaxation, of course.

 

Five Romantic Activities for couples in Riviera Nayarit & Puerto Vallarta

Every time you come down to the Riviera Nayarit, do you feel a romantic atmosphere in the air and don’t know why? Check out these and many other activities that have consolidated Banderas Bay as one of the best destinations to enjoy accompanied by the love of your life. Continue reading

Tips for your road trips by Destino Rentals

If you decide to experience the lovely region of Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit at your ease, renting a car is definitely a must. Having the freedom of a rental car is a wonderful way to explore this area, but there are some very important things that you should be aware of:

 

1) Mexican Liability Insurance

 

This is mandatory and you better make sure you get it, otherwise, in case of an accident your dream vacation may turn into a tropical nightmare. If you rent through Destino Rentals just ask about our options.

 

2) Driver’s License

 

It may sound obvious but so many people just forget to bring their driver’s license, just make sure it’s valid and you’ll be ready to hit the Mexican road.

 

3) No expectations

 

As a North American driver, you’re accustomed to roads packed with signs, strict right-of-way laws, and traffic signals. But traffic regulations aren’t always enforced in Mexico, which leads some drivers to ignore them altogether. Don’t take another driver’s behavior for granted, make sure you’re clear before driving through an intersection.

 

Be aware of different road elements, road conditions in Mexico can be jarring for first-time drivers. Here are some things to look out for:

 

Topes: These Mexican speed bumps can sneak up on you. They’re not always marked with yellow paint and there may not be warning signs, which can make them nearly invisible to the untrained tourist’s eye.

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Photo via lindseyw on Flickr.

 

Potholes: Many Mexican roads aren’t government-regulated, and abnormally large potholes have been an issue for years. Some are big enough to fit half a car or trap a small bus.

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Photo via Asociación de Vecinos de Aluche on Flickr.

Left-hand highway exits: Instead of using exit ramps and overpasses to get to the opposite side of the freeway, Mexico often uses the “Retorno” system. These are “pause” areas in which you can safely make your U-turn just past your intended exit.

Vista Plaza Galerías
Photo via Mediakit.

Apart from these Mexican singularities, always keep in mind regular recommendations such as: Avoid drinking and driving, stick to speed limits and stay alert to thieves.

 

In Destino Vacation Rentals, we have the best and safest options so you can live up the magic of Mexican roads.