Meagan Drillinger
Meagan Drillinger

Nayarit is making moves to welcome travelers in 2021. In addition to a long list of resources for safe and responsible vacations, the destination is welcoming new hotels and increased airline connectivity.

With more than 200 miles of coastline, Magical Towns, experiences set in the open spaces of nature, and high-end resort accommodations with private villa offerings, this may be the perfect year to discover Riviera Nayarit.

Hotel openings

Riviera Nayarit closed out 2020 with several new openings, from the 324-suite Conrad Punta de Mita (the first Conrad resort in Mexico) to the 104-villa One&Only Mandarina, which opened Nov. 1.

In November 2021, the destination is expected to open a new Auberge Resorts Collection property: the 59-suite Susurros del Corazon. The 415-room Dreams Punta de Mita Resort & Spa and the 200-room Secrets Punta de Mita Resort & Spa are anticipated for the second quarter of the year, as well.

The first all-inclusive Delta by Marriott resort will arrive in 2021, which will take over and reflag the Grand Matlali Hills Resort & Spa, located south of Punta de Mita in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Flight connections

Access to Riviera Nayarit is via the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Airport in Puerto Vallarta. American Airlines has launched a route from Charlotte to Puerto Vallarta and added an additional route from Los Angeles as well as daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix.

Extended stays

Several of the resorts and hotels in Nayarit have offered the option for guests to book extended stays, which has become popular during the pandemic as many travelers want to limit the amount of time in transit.

The Four Seasons Punta Mita offers guests the opportunity to check in at one of the property's private residences, complete with airport transportation and a grocery credit for stays of seven nights or more.

Other resorts with extended-stay villa options include Imanta, One&Only Mandarina and Mar al Cielo.

For families whose children need to continue their remote schooling, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Conrad Punta de Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit all offer extended stay programs and home-schooling classes.

Testing sites

When it is time to return home, Riviera Nayarit is teaming up with local hospitals, labs and hotels to offer travelers assistance in obtaining the necessary Covid-19 testing. Thirty-six hotels in the destination have implemented testing protocols. The following hotels offer testing on site:

The Playa Hotel Imanta in Punta de Mita in Nayarit. Imanta Resorts are among those offering Covid testing on site.
The Playa Hotel Imanta in Punta de Mita in Nayarit. Imanta Resorts are among those offering Covid testing on site.

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta; Occidental Nuevo Vallarta; Hard Rock Vallarta; Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit; Marival Group; Dreams Villamagna (for more than 10 people); Riu Hotels; Krystal Grand; Villagroup Hotels; Royal Decameron Complex; Cactus Inn; Grand Matlali Hills; Grand Palladium Vallarta; W Punta de Mita; Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita; St. Regis Punta Mita Resort; Palmasola; Meson de Mita; Iberostar Playa Mita; Conrad Punta de Mita; Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita; Xiobella; Playa Escondida; Hotelito Los Suenos; and Maraica San Pancho.

Some hotels include testing for their guests, while others offer tests at a discounted rate. There are also several hotels and resorts that do not offer testing on site but will help to arrange guest visits to participating hospitals and clinics.

For hotels that do not offer testing on site or for travelers who would prefer to visit a hospital or lab, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau offers testing at Hospital Joya, Hospital CMQ and Hospital Punta Mita. Three clinics are also available for testing, including Laboratorio Genomiclab, Servicios Mdicos de la Bahia and Travel Medical Assistance.

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