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Visiting Nayarit, Mexico Travel Destination via JetBlue- July 2023

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The direct flight on Jet blue from LAX to Puerta Vallarta was super convenient and only about 2.5 hrs total. Our trip had some delays and rain the first day but overall Nayarit was a very cool region to visit in Mexico. I hadn’t heard much about it, but it is in the top five destinations places for tourists in Mexico. Our host, Christian drove us to Saululita, which is a popular beach in Surf town. We had lunch at Don Pedro‘s and enjoyed a variety of Mexican dishes. I had a tasty shrimp entree with a side of black beans. Their house favorite was the carne Asada.


Unfortunately, it started to rain so we could not walk around the town (however we did get to visit on our way back the from Composte when it was not raining).

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We drove back to our hotel the enormous Grand Velas Riviera in Nayarit.  I’ve never seen a Hotel this big with the amount of land, beach and property.  The room was immaculate with a view of the beach and ocean with a great bathtub & comfortable bed.


The service is a little slow for how nice the hotel was but I made the best of it and went for a fantastic workout in the biggest gym I’ve ever seen in any hotel.

They have many restaurants onsite.  We all ate at La Catina the last evening and it was a gourmet Mexican feast.  In the morning I woke up and went straight to the beach to jump in the ocean. It was the warmest water temperature I’ve ever felt a proximately 82-84°, but I only suggest going in if you are a strong swimmer as we there are some medium waves to get by but well worth it if so. Before we headed out, it was time to enjoy their huge buffet brunch.  They had every dish you can think of including breakfast & lunch dishes including sushi but I stuck to the regular omelet station with bacon, side of fruit, & a bagel with lox and cream cheese.

It was time to check out and we drove to Compostela, a small town about 2+ hrs away.

We first visited the owners of Café Molote where they have their plants to make coffee before heading to eat lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant.

The group shared quest fundido with homemade tortillas and I enjoyed some tasty fish with rice & refried beans (pictured above)


Before heading off, the group stopped at a dessert place that was famous for Respaldo (pictured above), the Mexican shaved ice dessert with fresh fruit and specialty toppings of your choice.

It is time to head to our next destination Jala where we checked in at the Nukari Boutique Hotel and took a little walk around this cute town with cobblestone roads. We visited their museum as they are famous for all types of corn.

We stayed at the hotel and enjoyed a delicious dinner on the rooftop with a surprise appearance by Miss Mexico stopping by for a short photo shoot. The staff brought out an array of dishes for us to share including another great entree of their fresh fish, a side of the famous corn and a couple octopus tacos.