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National Park of Islands Marietas

Sayulita

The Playa del Amor (The beach of love) or Playa Escondida (The hidden beach) is worldwide known thanks to a photograph: a beach trapped inside a cave with a collapsed roof. That scenario is 100% Nayarita and is located in the Parque Nacional Islas Marietas (National Park of Islands Marietas), a small archipelago that is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve, located a few kilometers offshore Sayulita.

The boat trip to the archipelago is an experience, since during the route you could spot dolphins, humpback whales (in migration season), giant manta rays and killer whales. When the boat arrives you can see that the archipelago is formed by two main islands: Isla Larga and La Ronda.

However, tourists always go to Playa del Amor, whose access is by swimming through a volcanic rock tunnel. The beach is small and visitors are allowed to stay there for 30 minutes, in groups not bigger than 15 people.

In addition to this beach, we also recommend visiting La Nopalera, surrounded by a rocky wall and cactuses. This place can only be visited when the tide is not too strong. Around this area, you can see boats, small caves and even a sea siphon that expels water spectacularly as if it were a geyser.

Recommendations for going to Islas Marietas: the easiest way to get there is by renting a boat ride from Sayulita or Punta Mita—proximity makes trips cheaper. Make sure the company you hire is regulated by the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (National Commission of Protected Areas), as they have established schedules and days to go to the archipelago. By the way, this site is close on Monday and Tuesday.

The Playa del Amor (The beach of love) or Playa Escondida (The hidden beach) is worldwide known thanks to a photograph: a beach trapped inside a cave with a collapsed roof. That scenario is 100% Nayarita and is located in the Parque Nacional Islas Marietas (National Park of Islands Marietas), a small archipelago that is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve, located a few kilometers offshore Sayulita.

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The boat trip to the archipelago is an experience, since during the route you could spot dolphins, humpback whales (in migration season), giant manta rays and killer whales. When the boat arrives you can see that the archipelago is formed by two main islands: Isla Larga and La Ronda.

However, tourists always go to Playa del Amor, whose access is by swimming through a volcanic rock tunnel. The beach is small and visitors are allowed to stay there for 30 minutes, in groups not bigger than 15 people.

In addition to this beach, we also recommend visiting La Nopalera, surrounded by a rocky wall and cactuses. This place can only be visited when the tide is not too strong. Around this area, you can see boats, small caves and even a sea siphon that expels water spectacularly as if it were a geyser.

Recommendations for going to Islas Marietas: the easiest way to get there is by renting a boat ride from Sayulita or Punta Mita—proximity makes trips cheaper. Make sure the company you hire is regulated by the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (National Commission of Protected Areas), as they have established schedules and days to go to the archipelago. By the way, this site is close on Monday and Tuesday.

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