Ultimate Rincon de Guayabitos Bucket List: 14 Must-Do Activities
Rincon de Guayabitos, simply known as Guayabitos, is a charming town in Nayarit with one of the best beaches in the Mexican Pacific.
It is a gift of nature with spectacular sandy beaches, ecological activities, and fantastic walks.
Guayabitos Beach awaits you with its soft white sand, gentle waves, and the best seafood in the area.
For these and other reasons, this beach is a regular destination for families from Guadalajara, Tepic, and other nearby towns.
Whale watching, turtle release, and sports competitions are also activities that attract tourists.
Where is Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit?
Again, Rincon de Guayabitos is a small town located in Nayarit, Mexico, on the Pacific coast, and it is about 110 miles (180 km) north of Puerto Vallarta.
If you plan on visiting nearby areas, of which there are many, I recommend renting a car. As this will allow you to move around and explore at your own pace.
14 best things to do in Guayabitos
1. Pick a nice place to stay
There are some good lodging options here located in front of Guayabitos beach.
The great thing about most of them is that you have direct access to the beach.
Furthermore, they are conveniently located near bars, restaurants, stores, or points of interest in town.
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Most hotels have ocean-view suites, double rooms, or bungalows with swimming pools.
From Guayabitos beach, you can go by boat to Coral Island and the beaches of Jaltemba Bay.
Arrange a tour to Las Marietas, Puerto Vallarta, Altavista Petroglyphs, Colonial Nayarit, La Tovora and San Blas. You can also go on fishing and marine species-watching trips.
2. Guayabitos Nightlife: Quiet but fun
In Guayabitos, you can have a drink before going to bed or enjoy a lovely evening with your partner in the many bars and restaurants.
Let’s get to know the most popular ones:
- Bar Palapa of the Hotel Estancia San Carlos: One minute from the beach. Its bar serves delicious cocktails and other drinks
- Hotel Estancia San Carlos Restaurant: Serves Mexican and international cuisine, accompanied by your favorite drink, in a comfortable atmosphere
- Nivel Zero Bar: A trendy bar known for its variety of drinks and modernist decoration. It is located at 44 Sol Nuevo Avenue in the Hotel Zone
- La Bubis: Bar on Sol Nuevo Avenue is praised for its hospitality and magnificent musical atmosphere. They also have a good tequila & mezcal selection
From Guayabitos, you can reach other nearby Riviera Nayarit locations within minutes, offering more intense nightlife.
3. Tours and excursions in Guayabitos
One of the most popular excursions in this area is taking a tour to the Marietas Islands, a national park off the coast of Nayarit formed by two uninhabited islands, Isla Larga and Isla Redonda.
Get Your Guide offers several tours to see whales up close, dive and snorkel.
It is also a bird refuge that stands out for the beautiful blue-footed booby. Las Marietas is also a place of the incredible biodiversity of fish and dolphins.
4. Coral Island is not to be missed
From Rincón de Guayabitos, some of the local water taxis take you to Coral, a fantastic island of clear, warm, and calm waters, for 200 or 300 pesos (about 15 USD).
You can arrange the boat service directly from Guayabitos beach.
Swimming in the clear waters of Coral Island while watching the colorful little fish is a pleasure.
Wear swimming shoes because the bottom of the beaches may have some sharp rocks.
5. Best places to shop
The commercial area is on Sol Nuevo Avenue, two blocks from the ocean.
You will find jewelry shops and stores selling light clothing, swimsuits, hats, towels, beach items, and handicrafts with conch shells.
Arnie’s Silver Shop is one of the local stores specializing in silver jewelry. It is located at Sol Nuevo 250.
Hamaca Maya is a hammock and handicrafts store at Emiliano Zapata 48. Armando’s Joyería & Relojería is another jewelry store, but this one is at Emiliano Zapata 21.
6. Relax in Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs
Not far from Guayabitos, in Alta Vista, are the Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs, with 30 natural pools of clean, warm, and soothing waters, under the shade of the trees.
It is a well-preserved place on the way to San Juan de Abajo.
There are pools of different shapes, sizes, and temperatures, all built with natural materials to integrate the environment better.
You can go in your vehicle or pay for a tour with one of the operators in Rincón de Guayabitos, with which you will get to know other thermal springs in the area.
7. Take cooking classes
Guayabitos offers cooking classes at Casa Cooking Classes, a popular culinary school in town where you will learn how to prepare delicious Mexican food.
Casa Cooking Classes will welcome you to their headquarters with a Margarita cocktail at Pelicanos 5.
8. Street market in La Peñita de Jaltemba
La Peñita de Jaltemba, known only as La Peñita, is a Nayarit coastal town a little more than 2 km northeast of Rincón de Guayabitos, two towns separated by a small river.
A “tianguis” (a type of street market) is set up in the community on Thursdays to sell fresh mangos, pineapples, bananas, vegetables, greens, and other vegetables, harvested by local farmers.
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This market of several blocks around the central plaza also sells fish, seafood, handmade desserts, clothing, handicrafts, and household items.
9. Go to a movie cinema
At the Guayabitos movie theater (with air-conditioned rooms) at 320 Sol Nuevo Avenue, you can watch new movies accompanied by popcorn, soft drinks, ice cream, and nachos.
Nothing like an old-school movie-watching experience.
Make your seat reservation at no additional cost. On “Tuesdays in English” they show movies in English.
10. Explore the beaches near Rincon de Guayabitos
3 km from Guayabitos, at the southern end of Jaltemba Bay, is Los Ayala, a community with a quiet beach of more than 1 km with crystal clear waters ideal for swimming.
You can eat Mexican and seafood dishes in its palapa restaurants and cold drinks.
From the southwest end of the beach, a path leads up a steep hill, then down to a small inlet where Freideras Beach is located, a protected sandy area that can only be reached by boat or foot.
You can go through the coastal rocks to Freideritas Beach at low tide, a small uninhabited sandy area accessible from the far end.
11. Animal rescue: Meet the Equine Education Project
The Equine Education Project is dedicated to rescuing abandoned animals and caring for them in a shelter on a hilltop near La Peñita de Jaltemba.
Horses, dogs, and cats are desexed, fed, and cared for by the promoters and volunteers who take them for walks, repair fences, clean the kennels and carry out any other activity for their benefit.
The Equine Education Project is a conservationist and humanitarian initiative that accepts donations.
12. All-terrain vehicles in Guayabitos: rent one at Fun In The Sun
At the all-terrain vehicle rental company, Fun In The Sun, you can rent a side-by-side or a scooter to ride around town.
It is located in the Galería de Artistas Arte Dikur, one block from La Peñita de Jaltemba’s plaza towards the Malecon.
Fun In The Sun’s rental vehicles are pretty new, and they deliver them anywhere in Jaltemba Bay with quick and easy rental procedures.
13. Horseback riding in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit
Lo de Marcos Horse Tours organizes horseback rides along the Nayarit coast’s beaches, hills, and jungle landscapes.
It is an ecological and educational experience, especially for children.
Lo de Marcos is a typical Mexican coastal town with quiet streets and houses with brightly colored facades.
The hilltops have spectacular ocean views and the surrounding area, especially during sunsets.
You can stay in a villa, a bungalow, or a hotel room to enjoy the clear waters of the beach and other charms of this Nayarit refuge.
14. Fun at the Fiesta Guayabitos Boat
The Guayabitos Fiesta Boat will take you to 10 of the best beaches on the Nayarit coast, with a program that includes music, comedy shows, contests, and other fun activities.
You will see the whales that make their annual migration escaping from the freezing waters of the north between late fall and early spring.
Barco Fiesta Guayabitos has 2 daily departures. One at 11:30 am and the other at 5:30 pm.
Invite your partner, your family, or friends to an upcoming trip to Rincon de Guayabitos. Enjoy this beautiful Mexican natural gift.
Don’t forget to comment and share your experiences with us! Also, please share with your friends on social media so they can enjoy this beautiful place. Vamonos!
We’re staying in Guayabitos mid April and are interested in Coral Island. You wrote:
‘some boats take you to Coral, a fantastic island of clear, warm, and calm waters, for 200 or 300 pesos’.
Do you have any names you could recommend? I’ve been searching online but not finding them.
Hey Joe, thanks for reaching out!
Boat tours in Guayabitos pretty much operate at a local level. Meaning they have no websites or proper contact info.
You will find them (or they will find you) once you get there.
Always try to negotiote the lowest price. But for the most part, they are nice and provide good service.
I hope you enjoy your trip to Guayabitos. Let me know if you have more questions.