Outdoor sporting activities an ideal ways of letting off steam when on vacation. Just a few miles down the coastline from the US border is Riviera Nayarit, a vacationer’s paradise with a sweeping swath of gorgeous coastline. If you enjoy outdoor activities, here are seven outdoor activities you can check out while you visit:

Whale Watching

Guests can take whale-watching tours on Banderas Bay to witness the migration of whales from Alaska as they make their way to Hawaii. This migration takes place between November and April each year which makes it a popular time to visit Riviera Nayarit. Guests can also book kayaking and snorkeling tours in large or small groups depending on your preference.


As you make your way from Puerto Vallarta airport, you will notice many vehicles strapped with surfboards as visitors head out to surf country. If you are new to this sport, you can sign up for surfing lessons on the Riviera and within no time, you will be surfing like a pro. If you are vacationing with your family, the younger ones can also get lessons at Sayulita, San Blas, or Chacala. Instructors offer lessons on paddle surfing, longboard surfing, big wave body surfing, etc., and what’s more, they charge reasonable rates.

Diving Lessons

Diving is yet another big draw for people vacationing here. Millions of visitors from around the world come here to dive with the dolphins, whales, and other marine creatures. This coastline is dotted with various establishments that are suitable for qualified and novice divers alike such as El Moro, Los Anegados, Islas Marietas.

Ziplining and Canopy Tours

Aside from the enchanting beaches and exotic marine life, Riviera Nayarit is also famous for its beautiful mountains and rainforest. Guests can go atop the rainforests and do a bit of ziplining and admire the landscape. These canopy tours are a great chance to learn about the ecosystem and what makes this area special.

Outdoor Massages

All that activity might make you sore, so how about a deep tissue massage ? Most vacation rentals have spa and massage services available and you can request to have one right on the beach.

Hidden Beach

This beach fondly known as Playa del Amor is located on the Marietas Islands. This oasis has clear water and white sandy beaches for guests to sunbath on. However, Playa del Amor or Playa Escondida is a protected place and therefore guests need special permission to visit this little gem. Most vacation rentals have concierges who can help you get the necessary permission ahead of visiting Hidden Beach.


If you fancy venturing into exotic environments and watching wildlife, this is your ideal vacation spot. Isla Isabel National Park is endowed with sharks, exotic fish species, mantas, and beautiful corals which makes it ideal for eco-tours. In addition, it offers scenic views of the Pacific Ocean if you just want to take in the scenery from terra firma.

The beautiful coastline coupled with a range of outdoor sporting activities make for a superb vacation from the rat race of the city. There are plenty of vacation rentals to choose from depending on your budget and the kind of activities you want to do.