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Rincón de Guayabitos
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.
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).
The population of Rincón de Guayabitos is 1,979 permanent residents*.
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 (read more about Getting Around Town). 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.
Our interactive Map of Rincón de Guayabitos includes hotels, rental homes, restaurants, businesses, public facilities, beaches and attractions.
Most people come to Rincón de Guayabitos via Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara. For detailed directions on how to get here by air or by land, read Getting Here: Directions and Transportation to Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala. This section includes detailed directions from Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR), plus a complete list of airlines, taxis, car rentals and bus lines that serve our area.
If you are driving, you may also want to read our Travel Tips Guide to Jaltemba Bay, which includes: what to do before you go, what to bring, what to wear, required entry and exit documents, custom regulations, medical and travel insurance, bringing a vehicle into Mexico and auto insurance.
Weather & Rainfall
Rincón de Guayabitos enjoys over 320 days of sunshine per year, with temperatures averaging 28°C (82°F). To view up-to-the-minute temperature, humidity, heat index, wind speed, rainfall and monthly averages, visit the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Station.
Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala are on Mountain Time. Keep in mind that the towns just south of us (Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita, Bucerias, and Puerto Vallarta) are on Central Time. (Note: As of April 2010, the time zone changed and no longer occurs at the state line. See our Pactific Coast Map for the exact location.)
Where to Stay
No matter whether you’re looking for an upscale resort, all-inclusive hotel, beachfront rental home, quaint Bed & Breakfast or RV park for your rig – there’s something for everyone and every budget. To view the accommodation options in Rincón de Guayabitos, click the "Where to Stay" tab above or view our Hotel & Vacation Rental Directory.
What to Do
There is so much to do while vacationing in Rincón de Guayabitos... fishing, kayaking, golfing, tennis, yoga, horseback riding, whale and bird watching, tequila tours, shopping trips, a jungle boat ride or even a relaxing massage by the beach. And for the adventurous, several local tour companies offer swimming with dolphins, surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, off-road jeep safaris, and even an exciting zipline tour. You can learn more about tours and activities, exploring the neighboring towns and beaches, shopping and sports and fitness by clicking these links... and don't miss our Top 10 Things To Do.
During the winter months, the Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Monday from 8am-1pm in the plaza in Guayabitos. For those who really like to shop – and even for those who don’t – the Tianguis is a must. You'll find local artists displaying handmade accessories, silver jewelry, pottery and the famous Huichol Indian art. While this market is slightly smaller than the Thursday Tianguis in La Peñita, the atmosphere is lively, the location is perfectly shaded by the large trees throughout the plaza, and you will find just about anything you are looking for... and you can stroll to the beach afterward for a bite to eat and an ice-cold beer (or two) at one of the many great restaurants nearby.
Where to Eat
Mexican food is so much more than nachos and burritos. You will find fresh homemade salsas and guacamole, tortilla soup, fish and shrimp tacos, jumbo garlic shrimp, spicy chiles rellenos, coconut shrimp with mango salsa and sizzling fajitas served in lava bowls just to name a few. The food is always fresh and made to order – which may mean you have to wait a few extra minutes to get your meal – and the fact that you can dine on the beach and run your toes through the sand while eating, somehow makes it even better. And of course, who can resist a grande margarita (or two). Click here to view our complete Restaurant Directory.
To view a complete list of holidays, festivals, cultural events, fundraising events, music, classes and activities for Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala, view our Community Event Calendar.
If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to ask questions, provide answers and share information on Jaltemba Bay Folk, our community forum.
*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.