Mexican coastal destination has checks in place for UK travellers
by Steve Hartridge
Riviera Nayarit, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, is encouraging UK visitors by putting the word out that facilities are in place for a PCR (Covid) test prior to their return to the UK.
“We want to reassure consumers and the travel industry in the UK that if they book a trip to Riviera Nayarit at any time throughout 2021 they will have no challenges accessing a PCR test before they return home," said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"We are committed to enabling accessible, safe and reliable testing options for UK citizens in the region," he added.
Three hospitals are already offering tests for visitors to a destination that, along with Mexico in general, remains open to British visitors.
Although current FCO advice warns against travel to Mexico, there are no travel restrictions for inbound travel to Riviera Nayarit and tourists are not required to provide a COVID-19 test result when visiting Mexico.
The Riviera Nayarit region, which begins about 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta and stretches along 120 miles of Mexico's Pacific coast, has some of Mexico's most coveted beach destinations.
Highlights include the resort town, Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mite, boho-chic surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages.
It is building a reputation for its exclusive accommodation - options range from luxury branded resorts to all-inclusives to smaller boutique properties - world-class surfing and championship golf courses. There are also a number of attractive smaller town squares in each of the coastal towns that make up Riviera Nayarit.
Other activities on offer include kayaking and paddle-boarding (without the crashing waves), zip-lining, diving, surfing, bird watching, whale watching and a turtle release programme.
The State of Nayarit remains one of Mexico's regions least impacted by COVID-19, said Murphy, and has been welcoming international tourists since last June when hotels, restaurants and beaches reopened with limited capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.
Currently, the region’s tourism industry is operating at around 50% capacity, he said.