AYes. Located in beautiful Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is only a 25-minute drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta and El Malecón, where you'll find lively markets, restaurants, bars, shopping, and the city's natural and cultural landmarks. The resort offers VIP shuttle service for an additional fee and the concierge can arrange a taxi, private van, or rental car so it's easy to explore.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is located in Nuevo Vallarta, only 25 minutes from Downtown Puerto Vallarta. A resort community on Mexico's Pacific coast, Nuevo Vallarta is just north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay. Nuevo Vallarta is a breathtaking destination loved for championship golf courses, 3,000 slip marina, and 5 miles of white sandy beach.
Just off the coast, the Marieta Islands is a biodiverse sanctuary for dolphins, turtles and humpback whales, and an amazing place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Northwest is the village of Sayulita, known for its surfing culture. Allow our resort concierge to arrange for a taxi ride to Puerto Vallarta, or rent a car and spend the day exploring this beautiful coastline.
In general, there are two main seasons in Riviera Nayarit. The rainy season runs from May through mid-October. The dry season runs from mid-October through April. During the rainy season, guests can expect frequent heavy rain showers on most days, with showers typically in the late afternoon and lasting only a few hours. If you are visiting during the summer, afternoon showers cool down this 200-mile Pacific coastline, giving travelers a break from average temperatures in the 90's.
The best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit is between April and June when the weather is pleasant. During these months, the rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists and crowds. If you're interested in whale watching trips, the best time to see these amazing creatures is from January to March.
AGrand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers a diversity of activities at the resort and a concierge to help you book Puerto Vallarta tours and adventures. You can book local excursions through our Activities Desk, including scuba diving and snorkeling tours, whale watching adventures, golf outings, bay cruises, boat trips to remote beaches and coves, and sightseeing tours to mountain villages.We also offer complimentary kayak, snorkel and boogie board rentals so you can explore the beautiful bay right from our beach.
ABeing a hotel and commercial community, you can find several shopping centers in Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta, such as Paradise Village (5 min), Plaza Marina (15 min), Galerías Vallarta (20 min), Plaza La Isla (25 min), Plaza Peninsula (25 min) and Plaza Caracol (25 min).
ASome of the favorite places among visitors and locals are: El Andariego, Café de olla, Las Adelitas, El Arrayán and Tacos Pepes. Local specialties as well as dishes from different regions of Mexico can be found in theses restaurants.
ABirth season takes often place between August and December and different turtle camps offer the opportunity to be spectators of their liberation. Bahía del Sol beach, at just 3 minutes walk from the resort, organizes this activity at 18:00 hrs. Average cost $35 pesos per person. Please be sure to confirm schedules and availability with your Concierge.
AThe "Magical Town" San Sebastian is a great local attraction. What used to be a mining town, today is a very important cultural and historical treasure. Talpa de Allende, -a Magical Town as well- is a must-see when visiting the surroundings. Parishes, temples and chapels are an architectural reference of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
AJalisco and Nayarit are dotted with beaches everywhere. The most charming and close to the resort are:
Sayulita, this picturesque village by the sea has been included in the Magic Towns list and it is located 45 minutes from the resort. The relaxed style and sidewalk cafes combine with the artistic display of galleries and graffiti. Sayulita is known among surfers for the challenging waves found in this spot.
Bucerías is located 18 minutes away from the resort. This coastal town offers water sports such as sailing, jet ski or kayak, as well as local cuisine restaurants and art corners.
To discover the natural beauty of this privileged destination, the most recommended beaches are Punta de Mita and Punta Negra (40 min), Mismaloya (1 hr) as well as Las Ánimas and Quimixto (1 hr 15 min).
APuerto Vallarta's center has a nice number of arts and crafts in display; art objects, galleries and jewelries can be found almost in every corner. The island at Cuale River and the Flea Market are other great places to find authentic silver.
AThe shortest route is taking Tepic-Puerto Vallarta highway. Urban buses make stop just in front of the resort; taxis are also available upon request as well as private taxis. Or you can request an Uber or rent a car at the car rental desk located in the lobby.
ATransportation within Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit area is very safe. A Bellboy can call a public taxi upon request, or private transportation service can be arranged by your Concierge, at a cost of $ 45 per hour.
APuerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit is a golf destination par excellence. Best courses are at a short distance from the resort:
El Tigre (8 min), Flamingos (13 min), Marina Vallarta (20 min) and Vista Vallarta (28 min).