The Insider Guide to the state of Nayarit

By Trisha Velarmino | Last updated on May 30, 2022

Historically, the state of Nayarit is famous for the production of tobacco in Mexico. This product has been the most significant contributor to the economy of the state and the country. Most major tobacco companies are based in the capital, Tepic but there are many tobacco farms within the state. Tourism has been increasing very quickly because of the fame of Sayulita, the quirky pueblo magico an hour away from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The beaches of Riviera Nayarit are the best in the country which makes many tourists come here instead of Quintana Roo. In comparison to the south, the best thing about visiting Nayarit is that it has both beaches and mountains (for adventurers).

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ Fun fact: One of the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellowโ€™s last poems was dedicated to San Blas, Nayarit which links the present and the past.

๐Ÿ’ก Nayarit Mexico quick facts

๐Ÿ™๏ธ Capital: Tepic
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ Population: 1.2 million (2020 Census)
๐Ÿงญ Size: 10,417 square miles
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Year established: 1917

๐Ÿ“ Major cities by population: Tepic (336,043) Santiago Ixcuintla (84,314) Valle de Banderas (83,739) Compostela (62,925) San Blas (37,478)

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Nayarit Mexico FAQ

The state of Nayarit is famous for popular tourist destinations like Sayulita, Nuevo Vallarta, and San Pancho. Puerto Vallarta is on the border of the Jalisco and Nayarit states so people who visit Puerto Vallarta also get the chance to see some tourist destinations in Nayarit like Sayulita and San Pancho. Both small towns are an hour away from Puerto Vallarta.

Nayarit has 4 pueblos magicos namely Sayulita, Compostela, Jala and Mexcaltitan. The most visited pueblo magico in Nayarit is Sayulita.

Nayarit was declared a state in 1917. The name Nayarit comes from the 16th-century governor Cora who resisted the Spanish occupation. Spain was not able to penetrate Nayarit Mexico until the early 17th century. The state of Nayarit was once part of the state of Jalisco.