Rediscover Mexico: Inside Our Riviera Nayarit Adventure

White sand, blue waters -- what more could you want?
White sand, blue waters -- what more could you want?

We just got back from Riviera Nayarit in western Mexico, known for its 190 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, wonderful resorts, and world-class golf. We went all over -- from the hopping south to the remote northern areas -- and fell in love with the dozens of small, charming towns that dot the coast, the region's friendly locals, the awesome surfing spots, and the laid-back vibe.

We investigated some of Riviera Nayarit's top hotels and snapped almost 12,000 photos. And you definitely won't want to miss our prestigious awards lists and editor's expert recommendations -- including kid-friendly, value, and luxury hotels -- based on our recent inspections. Check out more awesome pics after the jump.

Surfers flock to the beach in Sayulita.
Surfers flock to the beach in Sayulita.
Riviera Nayarit is home to some great golf courses, including the Las Huertas Golf Club in San Pancho.
Riviera Nayarit is home to some great golf courses, including the Las Huertas Golf Club in San Pancho.
Playa Escondida is a romantic retreat in the jungle.
Playa Escondida is a romantic retreat in the jungle.
A paddle boarder admires a yacht off of the Marieta Islands.
A paddle boarder admires a yacht off of the Marieta Islands.
The St. Regis Punta Mita is one of the most luxe resorts in the area.
The St. Regis Punta Mita is one of the most luxe resorts in the area.
The Bel Air Collection Resort and Spa is a family-friendly option, with a kids' club and daily activities.
The Bel Air Collection Resort and Spa is a family-friendly option, with a kids' club and daily activities.
Vallarta Adventures attracts many tourists with its dolphin activities.
Vallarta Adventures attracts many tourists with its dolphin activities.
Villa Bella is a charming little B&B boasting extraordinary views of both Banderas Bay and Sierra Madre mountains.
Villa Bella is a charming little B&B boasting extraordinary views of both Banderas Bay and Sierra Madre mountains.
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