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The 9 Magical Towns of Nayarit (Most Within 3 Hours from Puerto Vallarta)

By  Jorge Chávez
Jun. 26, 2024
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Nayarit, a state rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, is home to nine magical towns, each with its own unique charm. Most of these destinations are less than three hours by car from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, making them perfect getaways for those looking to discover hidden gems and have unforgettable experiences.

Compostela

Compostela (2 hours)

With its charming colonial atmosphere, Compostela is one of the oldest settlements in the region, founded in 1530 as “Villa del Espíritu de la Nueva Galicia.” Strolling through its cobblestone streets is like traveling back in time, enjoying the historical architecture that defines its character.

Jala

Jala (2.5 hours)

As the first Magical Town of Nayarit, Jala captivates with the beauty of its historical buildings and picturesque houses. Surrounded by towering hills and cliffs, the landscape transforms into a green paradise during the rainy season. Famous for its basilica and delicious artisan bread, Jala is a place where traditions remain alive, offering an authentic experience to all its visitors.

Sayulita

Sayulita (45 min)

This surfer’s paradise is famous for its vibrant, relaxed, and carefree atmosphere. The colorful streets and ideal surfing beaches make Sayulita a perfect destination for those looking to combine relaxation and adventure. Here, the beaches intertwine with lush jungle and a vibrant artistic and cultural scene.

San Blas

San Blas (3 hours)

Recently named a Magical Town, San Blas is a charming fishing town with beautiful landscapes and Instagram-worthy sites. Its historic port and beaches make it a destination where natural beauty and cultural richness combine to offer a unique and enriching experience.

Ahuacatlán

Ahuacatlán (2 hours)

Ahuacatlán is a historical settlement with architecture that reflects its rich cultural heritage. With green areas perfect for adventure tourism and relaxation in nature, from the majestic Temple of San Francisco de Asís to the idyllic spots of Las Tinajas, this town is a beautiful secret waiting to be discovered.

Amatlán de Cañas

Amatlán de Cañas (3 hours)

This beautiful corner bordering the state of Jalisco is famous for its architecture, temples, alleys, and wonderful waterfalls, rivers, and hot springs. The main attraction is El Manto, a natural spa surrounded by stone walls and lush nature, ideal for those looking to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Isla de Mexcaltitán

Isla de Mexcaltitán (4.5 hours)

This small island is a treasure of canals and legends. Considered the place of origin of the Legend of Aztlán, visitors can enjoy boat rides, explore the traditional architecture, and savor the local cuisine. Mexcaltitán is a place where history and culture meet in every corner.

Ixtlán del Río

Ixtlán del Río (2.5 hours)

Surrounded by the impressive Sierras de San Pedro and Pajaritos, Ixtlán del Río offers incredible panoramic views and a rich archaeological history. Near Los Toriles, which houses one of the few circular temples of the Mesoamerican culture, this town is a fascinating destination for history and archaeology enthusiasts.

Puerto Balleto

Puerto Balleto (7 hours)

On the largest island of the Islas Marías, Puerto Balleto has transitioned from being part of a Mexican prison to a tourist destination dedicated to environmental preservation. As part of a Biosphere Reserve, it offers a great diversity of flora and fauna, becoming a perfect refuge for nature lovers.

Jorge Chávez
Chief Editor

A fan of docuseries and a food lover who is always in search of coexisting with Mother Nature.

  jclovetronic
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