Riviera Nayarit: Mexico's Newest Zona Rosa
By Bryan van Gorder
Surfer in Sayulita
Most gay travelers are well aware of Mexico?s most lively hotspot, Puerto Vallarta. But if you are looking for a getaway that actually gets you away (albeit not too far) from the flash and hustle of trendy bars and nightclubs, then Riviera Nayarit is for you. Puerto Vallarta?s refined cousin to the north -- composed of the Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita, Sayulita, and San Blas areas -- offers tourists a great mix of breathtaking beaches, outdoor adventure and romantic settings.
And like its Caribbean coast cousin, the Mayan Riviera, resorts here are actively seeking the pink and fine-tuning amenities and experiences for the gay market.
"Riviera Nayarit is a destination that welcomes everyone," noted Richard Zarkin, public relations manager for Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, who is also gay. "We share Banderas Bay and the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport with Puerto Vallarta, so you have the proximity of Mexico?s top gay destination, but we also offer an entire coast lined with luxury hotels, pristine nature and rich, friendly Mexican culture.