12 days in Nayarit Itinerary

12 days in Nayarit Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, Drive to San Blas
San Blas
— 3 nights
La Penita de Jaltemba
— 1 night
Nuevo Vallarta
— 6 nights
Drive to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Ontario


San Blas

— 3 nights
San Blas is both a municipality and municipal seat located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit.CitySan Blas is a port and a popular tourist destination, located about 160km north of Puerto Vallarta, and 64km west of the state capital Tepic. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Our Lady of the Rosary (Nuestra Senora del Rosario) and Altavista Petroglyph Complex. Relax by the water at Playa Chacala and Platanitos Playa Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Islitas, contemplate the waterfront views at San Blas River, and steep yourself in history at Contaduria.

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Ontario, USA to San Blas is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ontario to San Blas is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Blas when traveling from Ontario in May, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to La Penita de Jaltemba.

Things to do in San Blas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Penita de Jaltemba

— 1 night
La Peñita de Jaltemba, commonly called La Peñita', is a small beach town in Nayarit, Mexico, with a population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), then kick back and relax at Playa La Penita, then hunt for treasures at La Penita Tiangui, and finally stop by Hamaca Maya.

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Traveling by car from San Blas to La Penita de Jaltemba takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in La Penita de Jaltemba are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in La Penita de Jaltemba

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Nuevo Vallarta

— 6 nights
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Majahuitas Beach and Estudio-Cafe. Head to Mega Comercial Mexicana and Galeria Coppeliafor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuevo Vallarta: Cabo Corrientes (Playa Quimixto & Playa Las Animas), Boca de Tomatlan Beach (in Boca de Tomatlan) and Destiladeras Beach (in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the exciting artwork at Antonio Collantes Gallery, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Tequilera, and hunt for treasures at La Cruz Market.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuevo Vallarta trip planning app.

Getting from La Penita de Jaltemba to Nuevo Vallarta by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nuevo Vallarta can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nayarit travel guide

Beaches · Swim with Dolphins · Islands
Growingly popular with international tourists, Nayarit includes a long strip of the Pacific coast and encompasses several picturesque islands. For most visitors, a holiday in Nayarit conjures up images of an exotic getaway where white-sand beaches stretch for nearly 320 km (200 mi). Upscale resorts and a slew of laidback little towns complete the picture here, attracting artists, backpackers, surfers, families with kids, Mexican celebrities, and foreign travelers with deep pockets. Despite the popularity of Nayarit vacations, it's easy to get away from everyone here, as the area boasts countless palm-fringed coves offering seclusion and privacy.