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Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Why Go Now: This 112-mile coastline isn’t just about Sayulita anymore. From San Blas to Punta Mita, new hotels and restaurants have begun to pop up.

The Details: At the 12-suite Hotel des Artistes del Mar (doubles from $190, including breakfast), in Punta Mita, it’s all about the food. Chef-owner Thierry Blouet prepares creative dishes such as crab enchiladas with smoked tomato. Just north is the bohemian enclave of San Pancho, where international and local artists flock each year to December’s Festival de Arte (December 28–30).

T+L Tip: A motorboat ride with Tour of the Jungle ($37 per boat) is the best way to explore the mangrove swamps of northern San Blas.

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