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Riviera Nayarit’s Famed Marietas Islands are Now Closer than Ever

Riviera Nayarit’s Famed Marietas Islands are Now Closer than Ever

Mexico’s Pacific treasure excites wanderlust with new virtual tour of one of its most important attraction in Banderas Bay and Mexico


RIVIERA NAYARIT, NAYARIT, MÉXICO (March 22, 2021) – For those grounded travelers seeking ways to satisfy their wanderlust, Riviera Nayarit introduces a new interactive tour of its popular Marietas Islands featuring more than 30 images and 360 degrees of views of this alluring attraction. The virtual reality experience was a collaboration between the Riviera Nayarit CVB, the Bahia de Banderas government, Jebus Media, and Mictlán Surf School. In addition to virtually visiting the Hidden Beach and observing the native flora and fauna of the islands, viewers can also explore La Nopalera beach, el Puente de Piedra (the stone bridge), El León, Los Morros, and the Mictlán cave, to mention a few.


“We are so proud and excited to bring our natural beauties to the world, inviting everyone to immerse in our spectacular scenery just waiting to be discovered,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “We understand that during these times, not everyone is ready to travel yet, which is why we felt the need to continue bringing our destination to the masses to showcase what is waiting for them when the time is right.”


Islas Marietas National Park is an archipelago located on the north coast of Banderas Bay, 8 km from Punta de Mita. It is composed of two islands, 900 meters from each other, which date back some 60,000 years and resulted from volcanic activity. Isla Redonda (where Playa del Amor is located) is about 1,000 meters long and 500 meters at its widest point. Isla Larga is about 900 meters long and 400 meters wide. There are also two islets and other minor mounds.


The area was named Islas Marietas National Park in April 2005 and three years later, was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It has also been internationally recognized as a Ramsar Site, which makes it a privileged place to visit and a place that must be respected.


Among the wildlife that can be seen in the area include giant manta rays, thornback rays, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, silky sharks, and bull sharks around the islands. It is also an important site for the reproduction of the humpback whale and other species of cetaceans, as well as a dozen species of marine birds.


The interactive Isla Marietas tour can be found at, here or to explore tours in the destination, check out Vallarta Adventures.


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About Riviera Nayarit

Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities abound from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving, and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-Inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. Testament to the destination’s safety and sanitation standards, Riviera Nayarit received the Safe Travel Stamp developed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for adhering to all hygiene protocols in establishments to protect the health of visitors. A further testament to the destination’s hospitality offerings, Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 12 AAA Four Diamond hotels and 10 AAA Three Diamond hotels. Rounding out the destination’s allure, superior quality international gastronomy awaits including a AAA Five Diamond restaurant, seven AAA Four Diamond restaurants and 21 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit is conveniently 10 minutes north of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). To discover the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @RivieraNayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.