Ones to Watch: Riviera Nayarit and Huatulco

Posted August 6, 2009 by Nicki Krawczyk

Huatulco Tired of the same old grind in Cancun? Been there, done that in Cabo? Are the regular hot spots leaving you colder than a freshly-blended strawberry daiquiri? Well, great news, Mexico-lovers mdash; the new places-to-be have been announced.

Riviera Nayarit, already stirring up comments like, “Oh, you haven’t heard of it? We just went mdash; it’s faaaaabulous among those in-the-know, is along the coast, north of Puerto Vallarta. Really, it strikes me as astounding that there’s a square foot of coastline that hasn’t been developed but apparently it’s true. Well, kind of true; Riviera Nayarit is in the process of being studded with glossy luxury resorts as we speak. And, considering it’s not yet as well known as other Mexico destinations, you’ve still got a nice chance of finding a deal.

Many of those in-the-know haven’t yet heard of our next up-and-comer (loving hyphens today): Huatulco. Technically named Bahias de Huatulco meaning “bays of Huatulco” because, you know, it’s got bays, Huatulco is located on the Pacific Coast in Oaxaca. Or, if Mexico were a stiletto shoe, Huatulco would be at the ball of the foot. Got a thing for pristine beaches and jungle adventure? Check. Got a yen for deluxe resorts while you’re at it? Done and done. If you’re looking to get in before the tourist crunch (not to mention the construction vehicle surge), now’s the time — plans are circulating for Huatulco to undergo major development in the next 3 years.

Trickier than booking a room, however, is getting to these pieces of paradise. Neither is particularly close to an airport, though rumors abound that there may be an airport brewing in Riviera Nayarit. Remember, though, that if you’re a big fan of fewer tourists, the lack of easy access is part of what’s keeping these destinations relatively modest in size and traveler population. Once these two get their transportation and resort development fully underway, they’re going to be big…and you can say you heard it here first. ;)


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