Essentials of Our Destination: Adventure to the Marietas Islands
In terms of pristine natural beauty and scenic ocean views, few areas in the world are richer than the Marietas Islands, an archipelago made up of two islands, two islets and several sandy, rocky shallows that virtually form the entrance to Banderas Bay.
Designated a national park in 2005, these natural wonders are located just two and a half miles off the coast of Punta de Mita and host a diversity of indigenous wildlife species, as well as some of the most impressive landscapes in all of Mexico, including the impressive Playa del Amor, or Playa Escondida, an extraordinary oasis of white sand and crystal clear water located inside an artificial crater.
Other beaches found on these islands are Los Escalones de Piedra and Pavonas, but La Nopalera stands out, with its crystalline waters allowing you to observe a wonderful underwater landscape while snorkeling or on a kayak or paddle board.
More attractions found in this impressive protected natural area are El Arco de Piedra, Cueva del Muerto and La Bufadora, a group of rocks where the waves transform into a spectacular explosion of spray and mist.
The best way to enjoy this Riviera Nayarit wonderful sanctuary is through an authorized service provider.