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.