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San Blas, Nayarit

Come and visit San Blas

One of the newly appointed Magical Towns in Nayarit, it is a fishing municipality filled with beautiful landscapes and Instagrammable spots.

It was founded by the conqueror Nuño de Guzmán, and the old port saw the departure of Fray Junipero Serra towards the foundation of the Californias.

It is the birthplace of characters like ‘La Loca de San Blas’ and witness to a glorious past when the port was an important access point for goods to the country.

From the historical emblem of the majestic Contaduría to the innovative port facility inspired by ancient ships from the viceregal era, every place in San Blas tells a story.

Points of Interest

Distance from Tepic
69 km (43 miles)
10 mts. sobre nivel del mar
Ideal if you enjoy
Beach, Gastronomy

Main Attractions

San Blas boasts an impressive natural wealth in its mangroves, rivers, streams, and beaches. It is also a temporary home to over 300 species of migratory birds.

Don’t miss the La Tovara National Park, a natural wonder where you can explore mangroves on an exciting boat tour, admiring birds, turtles, crocodiles, and exotic wildlife from the area. The transition from fresh to saltwater adds a unique touch to this experience.

Similarly, its tourist offer is growing, with ramadas, bars, beach clubs, and a relaxed atmosphere for those who enjoy Mexican towns. You can relax, for example, on the extensive beach of Matanchen, a true paradise.

In conclusion, every corner of San Blas is a delight for the senses, offering an unforgettable experience thanks to its perfect combination of history, nature, and pleasure.

Must-see Places

  • El Borrego Beach
  • Matanchen Bay
  • New San Blas Pier
  • Virgin beaches: Santa Cruz, Miramar, Los Cocos, Aticama, Matanchen, and Las Islitas.
  • San Basilio Hill
  • Contaduría Fort
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary “La Marinera”
  • Church of the Virgin of Fatima
  • Old Maritime Customs Building
  • Wixárika culture ceremonial center located 400 meters from the pier
  • La Garita
  • Old San Blas Pier

How to Get There

Located 25 minutes from the capital of Nayarit, San Blas is the closest set of beaches. You could spend the day by the sea and return to stay in Tepic. You can get there via the Tepic – San Blas highway or by the free road, which passes through Jalcocotán.

San Blas can also be reached from Puerto Vallarta via the coastal highway, with a journey of approximately 3 hours.

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What to Eat

The seafood is the main attraction of San Blas. You can enjoy zarandeado fish, octopus, and shrimp prepared to your liking, among other dishes. Additionally, the famous oyster and shrimp sopes are prepared in the eateries in the town center.

Explore the typical local cuisine of Aticama through the picturesque ‘Aticama walk’ and its palapas overlooking the sea. There you can taste the famous oyster and shrimp balazos.

And for dessert, the traditional banana bread.

How's the weather?

Generally, San Blas has a humid, hot climate almost every month of the year. It’s also important to note that the area is home to the ‘Jején,’ an endemic mosquito. So before you venture out, make sure to prepare with sunscreen and insect repellent to fully enjoy your time.


There’s a wide variety of lodging options offered in San Blas, including cozy boutique hotels as well as comfortable resorts and hostels for the more adventurous.

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Whale Watching, Isla Isabel Tour, Sport Fishing –

Tiscareño Tours – +52 323 123 7983
Pipilas Tours – +52 323 117 9763

Bird Watching – +52 323 232 4943
La Tovara Tour – +52 323 130 5960