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Settled in the 1930s, the sleepy fishing town of Real del Mar sits quietly on a stretch of the Bahía de Banderas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, surrounded by the golden sand beaches of Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Careyeros and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Located on one of the largest bays in the world, Real del Mar enjoys warm weather year-round. A recently renovated marina allows worldly traffic. This paradise of sun, sand and sea offers a plethora of quaint, artsy shops and galleries, activities for the whole family and diverse dining options that range from refined international establishments to the most authentic, dressed-down tacos you'll ever taste.
For a unique souvenir to take home with you, peruse the local boutiques and art galleries. You'll find handmade clothing, fine linens, Mexican crafts, artisan jewelry and paintings of local scenery.
Stock up on fresh fish, baked goods, local produce and salsas at the Sunday farmer's market at the marina. If you come with an appetite, treat yourself to a plate of hot paella or cone of homemade ice cream.
A feast of fresh shrimp, fish, mussels, octopus and lobster is on offer at Restaurant La Glorieta de Enrique. This open-air café serves a mean margarita and specializes in freshly caught seafood.
Repeat visitors to Real del Mar describe Tacos on the Street as a must-stop for a memorable dinner or a late night snack. Authentic tacos, tostadas and quesadillas are served up on homemade tortillas. Order yours "con todos."
Annual releases of sea turtles and their offspring draw visitors to the Riviera Nayarit area, including Punta de Mita. Sea turtle releases occur from July to December every year on beaches throughout the region and can be seen on your own or with a guide.
Known as a laid-back surf town, Sayulita also has great shopping, with galleries and boutiques full of beachwear, glassware, pottery, clay works, jewelry and designer clothing. Don't miss the market in the town center on Sunday.
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The Observatorio bar at Imanta Resort captures the absolute best view of the setting sun. Bar none! Referred to as the most romantic bar in the world, Observatorio offers daybeds, tapas and specialty drinks. Reservations required. Ask your Destination Concierge for directions.
The breaks on the beaches of Real del Mar are rough at best. If you're interested in surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, we recommend a trip to one of the beaches along Riviera Nayarit, where the waves are approachable year-round.
If you find yourself behind the wheel in Mexico, note the correct way to make a left hand turn. You will pull over to the right hand lane and stop. Cars will pass you on the inside lane. When that traffic is clear, you can turn left.
Tucked into Banderas Bay, your residence is equidistant from Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita. You'll have double the options for boating, dining, shopping and sightseeing in two of Mexico's greatest vacation destinations.
Never accept the first price offered when you're buying goods at a street market. Local merchants expect to barter. Be calm and patient as you offer a realistic price. If you refuse to go above a certain price, some traders will refuse to bargain with you.
Real del Mar bathes visitors in warmth and sunshine year round, with frequent showers from June through October. Enjoy moderate temperatures that rarely drop below 60 degrees or rise above 85 degrees.