Guide to magical towns (Part I)
Immerse Yourself in the Magic of Nayarit’s Magical Towns
If you’re looking for a magical destination in Mexico that combines culture, history, and traditions, Nayarit is the perfect place for you. Here, we’ll take you on an exciting journey through the magical towns of Nayarit, where you’ll discover deep-rooted traditions and a unique atmosphere that will captivate you.
This time, we’ll talk about the first four Magical Towns we had in Nayarit, and in the next post, we’ll delve into the recently added ones, so get ready to explore and immerse yourself in the magic of this beautiful state.
Our first destination is Sayulita, a picturesque town with a vibrant surf scene and a bohemian atmosphere that will instantly seduce you. Enjoy its golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, ideal for surfing or simply relaxing under the sun.
Explore its cobbled streets, filled with craft shops, restaurants serving delicious local cuisine, and a lively nightlife. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to take a trip to the Marietas Islands, a natural paradise with hidden beaches and incredible marine life diversity.
Our next destination is Compostela, a historical gem in Nayarit. This magical town will transport you back in time with its cobblestone streets, colonial squares, and historic buildings.
Explore the majestic Cathedral of Santiago Apóstol, one of Compostela’s architectural treasures, and visit the Museum of Archaeology and History to immerse yourself in the rich history of the region. Also, don’t forget to try the delicious local cuisine, with cream gorditas, corn cookies, and El Manantial shaved ice being must-try treats if you come to this magical town.
Our final destination is Jala, a charming and tradition-filled magical town. Here, you’ll find an impressive baroque church dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, considered one of the most beautiful in Mexico.
Enjoy its main square, surrounded by colorful houses and gardens. If you visit in August, don’t miss the Corn Fair, where you can taste corn in all its delicious forms and maybe even witness a new Guinness World Record with the largest ear of corn in the world.
In the heart of the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla lies a hidden gem: Mexcaltitlán, a small island with a fascinating history and unique beauty. Known as the “Mexican Venice,” Mexcaltitlán is a destination you can’t miss during your trip to Nayarit. It’s known for its rich history, as it’s believed to be the birthplace of the ancient Aztec empire and is considered the place of origin of Mexican civilization.
One of the best ways to explore Mexcaltitlán is by taking a panga (boat) ride. As you glide on the water, admire the mangroves and observe the wildlife that inhabits this unique ecosystem.
It’s an experience that will connect you with nature and allow you to appreciate the beauty of Mexcaltitlán from a different perspective.