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Rincón de Guayabitos is a small and colorful resort and fishing village nestled between the rugged Sierra Madre Occidental mountains and the gentle Bay of Jaltemba. It is widely known as a safe, friendly, and family-oriented beach town, as well as a vacation spot for budget-conscious travelers. Over the past 5-10 years, Guayabitos has gained popularity as a vacation and second home destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans. The name Rincón de Guayabitos means "corner of little guava trees" in reference to the guava orchards that used to be planted throughout the bay area.
Avenida del Sol Nuevo (main street) stretches the entire length of Guayabitos. At the main entrance, the town is divided into two areas: if you turn left (south) you will head past the plaza and church, and into the Hotel and Commercial Zone; if you turn right (north) you'll drive past the tourist office and police station, and into the Residential Zone.
The Zona Hotelera (Hotel and Commercial Zone) is jam-packed with hotels, bungalows, condos and trailer parks that draw Americans and Canadians during the winter months and Mexicans in the summer, Christmas and Easter holiday. There are also several mercados (grocery stores), pharmacies, gift shops offering Mexican handicrafts, jewelry and clothing stores, discos, and restaurants and stands featuring Mexican and American cuisine. The atmosphere here is casual, relaxed and beachy.
In contrast, the Zona Residencial (Residential Zone) is comprised of vacation homes large and small with beautifully maintained pools and gardens, and winding cobblestone streets lined with manicured trees and shrubs. There are several Bed & Breakfasts and rentals homes, a few hotels and bungalows, as well as tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts.
One of the main attractions is the Tianguis in Guayabitos. This open-air market is held every Monday in the plaza. While this market is slightly smaller than the Tianguis in La Peñita, you will still find a variety of custom-designed silver jewelry, pottery, linens, Talavera plates and sinks, glassware, Huichol Indian artwork, Oaxacan rugs and just about anything else you might be looking for.
Playa Rincón de Guayabitos is lined with palapa-covered restaurants and bustling with beach vendors in colorful canopied carts selling everything from coconut drinks and coconut macaroons, to grilled fish and shrimp on a stick. The ocean water is typically warm and calm making it safe for swimming, boogie boarding and kayaking. The wide beach stretches a little more than 1½ miles and is the perfect place to walk, or simply sit and run your toes through the sand and watch the waves come in.
There are two small islands off the coast which undeniably provide an anchor for the entire bay. The name of the larger island is either Isla La Peña or Isla Coral (Rock or Coral Island), depending on who you ask. The smaller island is called Isla Cangrejo (Crab Island). Learn more about day trips to the Islands of Jaltemba Bay.
The population of Rincón de Guayabitos is 1,979 permanent residents*.
It is worth noting that when you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you will be on Central Time. Once you head north, you will leave the state of Jalisco and enter the state of Nayarit. The time zone no longer changes at the state lines as it once did. The new time zone includes the towns of Mezcales, Bucerias, Sayulita, San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. So, once you pass Lo de Marcos (and head towards Los Ayala, Guayabitos and La Peñita), be sure to turn your watches back one hour as you will now be on Mountain Time.
Upon your return to the airport in Puerto Vallarta, remember that you will loose an hour as the time zone changes back to Central Time. Be sure to set your watches accordingly so you don't miss your flight.
Location & Map
Rincón de Guayabitos is situated in the Bay of Jaltemba in the state of Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Guayabitos is a 15-20 minute walk from La Peñita and a 5-minute drive from Los Ayala. The nearest major cities are Puerto Vallarta (40 miles/72 km or 1.5 hours south) and Guadalajara (185 miles/299 km or 4.5 hours east), both of which are located in the state of Jalisco.
Click on our full-size interactive Map of Rincón de Guayabitos to view hotels, hotels, vacation rentals,
restaurants, businesses, public facilities, beaches and attractions.
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*Note: The population numbers listed are from a May 31, 2010 census. At that time, there were 13,860 full-time residents in the Jaltemba Bay area. These numbers do not reflect the influx of part-time residents or visitors to the area during the winter months.
Thanks to Pam Melander (Spicer, Minnesota) for allowing us to use the shrimp boat photo taken from Vista Guayabitos Restaurant.