San Blas Riviera Nayarit is a magical port full of history and natural riches. Its attractions await you to offer you wonderful adventures in its estuaries, mangroves and national parks. Its beaches, typical gastronomy, ecological diversity and its colonial legacy make it a unique port in the Mexican Pacific.
Welcome to the historic port of San Blas
The origins of the port of San Blas are an evocation of greatness covered by multiple events. Here are traces of the passage of man of an antiquity of 5,000 years. Matanchén Bay is named after Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán in 1532.
On February 22, 1768, as King of Spain Carlos III, the port of San Blas was established, which was not conceived as a walled town since it is defended by two natural forts, in addition to having the marshes as a natural wall and barrier. mountainous Sierra Madre Occidental that runs parallel to the coast and limited communication with the interior, so the sea became the route of exchange between nearby and distant coastal settlements.
At the time of the Spanish viceroyalty, San Blas was the most important port in the Pacific, a platform for marine expansion of the Spanish crown, for scientific trips and exploration, the gateway to the east from where the Philippine ships arrived, viceregal shipyard and naval communication and commercial with the northwestern regions of Mexico and North America.
From the Port of San Blas, the Jesuit and Franciscan missions in Alta California are promoted. On March 12, 1768 the twelve Franciscan missionaries embark who will take charge of the northern missions whose group manager was the now Saint Fray Junípero Serra.
The colossal and glorious feat of Fray Junípero Serra named "The Man of Destiny", who participated with actions full of humility and spiritual sacrifice to evangelization and installation of 16 missions and presidios in California USA, for which the Congress of that state, being its governor and later president of the United States Ronald Regan, it decreed San Blas in 1968, "Port of Life of California".
San Blas was the most important military naval base in the Pacific Ocean from 1768 to 1821
During the War of Independence the people of San Blas witnessed the heroic act of the Insurgent José María Mercado, priest of Ahualulco, Jalisco, stationed in San Blas, who took the fort and made the Creole population surrender, supporting with arsenal and cannons the Hidalgo heals for the beginning of National Independence, dying in the fort of San Blas.
Once independence was completed, the Port of San Blas was enabled as off-road traffic.
During the republican government in 1825, the Active Battalion of Guarda-Costa de San Blas was founded. On September 13, 1847, this heroic San Blas Battalion was fighting in the defense of the Chapultepec Castle for the defense of Mexico during the invasion of the United States. By presidential decree the official flag of the Castillo de Chapultepec is that of the Heroic San Blas Battalion.
Several were the causes of the decline of the Port of San Blas:
In 1796 the shipyard was canceled by order of the King of Spain by virtue of his transfer to Cavite, today Luzon, Philippines; the reduction by the Spanish of conquered territories, as well as the independence of the territories themselves, terminate the expeditions. In 1873, given the port's ineffectiveness, its low profitability and due to political situations, the Port of San Blas was closed by the Presidential decree of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada.
The four indigenous ethnic groups of Nayarit are the Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros for whom San Blas is a sacred place due to the presence of the White Stone, goddess of the sea "Haramara" and because this coastal enclave was already in mythological memory as an origin of the indigenous peoples of America.
With an adventurous spirit and great creativity, the Huicholes (Wixáricas or children of the sun) are the most representative ethnic group and have best preserved their traditions. They have lived for more than 2000 years in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, they are distinguished by their richly embroidered clothing, both men and women are adorned with bracelets, rings and necklaces made of beadwork and have a deep sense of identity, so throughout their lives they acquire the moral commitment to visit its five sacred places, one of they the “Tatei-Haramara”, the white stone in San Blas.
An adventure that does not end!
Visiting San Blas is disconnecting from the hustle, stress, traffic and routine of the city. On the contrary, it is to fill yourself with energy and get closer to nature.
San Blas is a friendly and welcoming port, with a natural, historical and cultural wealth that puts the name of Mexico on high. It is ideal for traveling as a couple, family or with friends, as there is always an activity for everyone. From relaxing somewhere on the 40km stretch of unspoilt, gently sloping beaches, between mouths of estuaries, streams and mountains that spill into the sea, you will find the Puerto de San Blas, a typical fishing village rooted in the charm of simplicity, friendly and hospitable people.
Being located in the heart of the wetlands, it stands out for being one of the most important destinations in the western hemisphere for the observation of native and migratory birds, with more than 500 different species, many of them endemic. In addition, you can carry out activities ranging from sports such as surfing, fishing, hiking or cycling, to recreational, ecotourism or cultural activities such as visiting La Tovara.
In our little town there are hidden beautiful historical corners such as the Culture House, the Municipal Palace, the old and the new Parish of San Blas or the Municipal Market. The fortress of the accountancy and the ruins of the temple of the virgin of Rosario, are other important historical points of this fantastic Nayarita destination.
On its coast and mountains there are surprising changes in climates, with a contrasting geography of bays, points, cliffs, estuaries up to 20 km inland between jungles and jungles, songs of birds and flowers, where small towns producing delicious fruits appear tropical like mango, avocado, banana and coffee that are combined with seafood and make San Blas one of the regions of the state of Nayarit and Mexico with excellent cuisine.
When you visit San Blas, we recommend you try the region's delicacies, such as the famous banana bread, oyster sopes, zarandeado fish, shrimp empanadas, or the classic small market. In addition to savoring the delicacies of Chef Betty Vazquez in her restaurant El Delfín, inside the Garza Canela hotel.
To stay, the options are diverse and fit any budget, always offering you that friendly and cheerful service that distinguishes the inhabitants of San Blas.
The visit to the "Isla Isabel" National Park, the observation of the humpback whale, swimming with the whale shark, surfing in one of the longest waves in the world, sport fishing for sail, marlin and dorado, the adventure between estuaries and mangroves of the walk to La Tovara and Cocodrilario Kiekari, the blessing of the waters in front of "the goddess of the sea" of the Huichol Tatei Aramara with their faces of Christ, exploring this "port of life of California" and its ancient history, discover the mythical Mexcaltitán "cradle of mexicanidad", rejoice with the locals in their festivals and traditions, listen to the birds singing, enjoy their family beaches and their gastronomy to "suck their fingers", the liberation of turtles in the Aayetsie Wakie turtle field of Borrego beach, are just some of the many life experiences you will find in San Blas.