Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is an approximately 200-mile stretch of Pacific Coastline. This colorful tourist destination is becoming more popular as Mexico pours funds into its improvement and development. With its gorgeous beaches, fascinating sites, and lovely vacation rentals, this location is a must-see on your travel list.

From colorful festivals to water sports competitions, here are 7 terrific Riviera Nayarit events each to help you plan your next visit.

San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival (January)

Year after year, thousands of migratory birds are attracted to the Riviera Nayarit, and people come from all over the world to observe the more than 500 species that make this region their home. There are conferences, exhibits, cultural programs and tours that will allow you to observe the beauty of these birds in nature. An event for the whole family, the festival includes children’s activities as well.

Guayabitos Art Festival (February)

In February, every Saturday night in Guayabitos is a celebration, featuring dancing, music and circus entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The festival begins at 8:00 pm weekly and the best part? Admission is free.

Banderas Bay Regatta (March)

March is the perfect month for sailing in the Riviera Nayarit region and the lovely weather provides the ideal backdrop for the Banderas Bay Regatta. The annual event draws participants from all over to compete in three days of racing and four nights of live music and celebration. Stay for the whole festival by lodging at one of the region’s beautiful vacation rentals.

Oyster Festival (April)

Banderas Bay is the setting for the annual Oyster Festival.

This festival is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy some fresh oysters and many other sea delicacies. The annual event is arranged by the divers themselves and is free of charge, although, tips are most welcome. It features lively regional music, a beauty pageant, a boat parade and more and takes place right on the beach.

Wind Festival (May)

Every May, participants from all over the world gather for the annual Wind Festival the hone and show off their kiteboarding skills. The event seeks to raise awareness of the sport, give kiteboarders an opportunity to improve and to encourage visitors to consider the Riviera de Nayarit as a fantastic water sports destination. Held in Nuevo Vallarta, the unique event offers competitors prizes in a wide variety of categories.

Annual San Blas International Sports Fishing Tournament (June)

Sport fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the annual San Blas International Sports Fishing Tournament held in hospitable and friendly San Blas. The competition is one of the most popular Riviera Nayarit events featuring a million dollars in prizes. Cars, dinners, and sport-fishing equipment are all up for grabs and winners have the chance to compete in a number of different categories.

Sea Turtle Festival (July)

This yearly festival is a beloved event that includes many activities all related to the protection and conservation of the sea turtle. The Community of Platanitos hosts the festival, and it is a favorite with locals, tourists, and especially children. Featured activities include contests and sports and educational workshops designed to teach people about the sea turtle and the natural environment in which it resides.