As a publisher of a bridal magazine focusing on destination weddings I am always eager to visit new locations. Already travelling from Tlaquepaque to Isla de Mujeres I was excited about this part of Mexico that I knew little about. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains lies Riviera Nayarit. Boasting a coastline that stretches for almost 200 miles. It is easily accessible from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and just west of the Tepic International Airport. Lush flora and beautiful weather, meshed with authentic Mexican culture makes it claim to be a destination that is easy to love.
I meet Richard my host and after 10 minutes driving from the airport we are already in Riviera Nayarit. We spend another 40 minutes witnessing the scenic mountains and glimpses of the ocean until we pull up to a large gate signaling we have arrived at my first destination, Imanta Resort. With each winding turn my suspense builds until we hit a second gate and the drive continues through beautiful tall trees. When we come to a stop I am greeted by Chris at a large pavilion on a hill giving a teasing vista of the ocean below. While indulging in my welcome cocktail of hibiscus juice we are informed that our bags will be taken to the villa but we should head straight to the beach as they are about to release a batch of baby turtles into the ocean. I have seen it before and it is a magical sight and I along with a friendly couple on their honeymoon bombard the giddy hatchlings on their march to the water like paparazzi witnessing the arrival of a star on the red carpet. While following one into the surf I turn and get my first look at Imanta. It fits perfectly on the hill as if it was molded there through time and nature to be a part of its surroundings.