Get out and explore the neighboring towns and cities in Riviera Nayarit. Head north or south and check out these boutique hotels in Riviera Nayarit that all stole my heart! From Puerto Vallarta to Punta de Mita to San Pancho to Punta Monterey! Here’s my list of favorite boutique hotels in Riviera Nayarit that will make you rethink your return flight home!
Casa De Mita in Punta De Mita
This quieter, exclusive beach town is about a 25-minute drive south from Sayulita. I stayed at Casa De Mita, an all-inclusive luxury boutique hotel on the oceanfront. To say it was spectacular doesn’t do it justice. One of the best hotel stays I’ve ever had! No way a list of boutique hotels in Riviera Nayarit could go without including Casa De Mita! [Read about Casa De Mita in Punta Mita here!]
Maraica by Casa Maria in San Pancho (San Francisco)
A 20-minute drive north from Sayulita, San Pancho is much smaller than Sayulita, with one main street stretching east to west, ending at the beach. Give it a few years and San Pancho will probably feel similar to Sayulita, energy wise. I stayed at the Maraica by Casa Maria, a 10-minute walk from town, down a dirt road, just before you reach many of the large, gated homes that expats and city-dwellers own. Maraica is an eco-friendly hotel, only a year old, with beautifully designed rooms. Highly recommend. In my opinion, it’s better to visit San Pancho if you’re traveling with another. Alone, it can feel a bit…lonely. But it is gorgeous and relaxing! [Read about this eco-friendly hotel in San Pancho here!]
San Tropico Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Obviously, Puerto Vallarta is the main hub of this area. You fly in and out. This is where all the major stores are, such as Costco and Sam’s Club. However, I didn’t particularly enjoy my time in Puerto Vallarta–the city felt depressing, gloomy, low-energy. What I did enjoy was staying at San Tropico Hotel in the Marina. The place was super clean, fresh, and relaxing. I recommend spending one night in PV, maybe before flying out of the airport the next day. [Read about staying at San Tropico and their family business here!]
Punta Monterey Resort in Punta Monterey
About 15 miles north of Sayulita you’ll find a practically deserted beach resort called Punta Monterey. The exclusive hotel is eco-friendly and home to many yoga retreats and special events, like weddings. The loft-style bungalows are air-conditioned and outfitted in rustic yet modern decor. You’ll have views of the pristine Pacific Ocean surrounded by thick jungle all around. Drive 2.5 km down a bumpy dirt road to find this getaway. Come ready to disconnect because there is no cell service and meager wifi connection. VERY dog friendly!