Vallarta – Nayarit Gastronomy & Restaurant Guides

Riviera Nayarit has frequent summer rains which result in fertile land, which
produces a wide variety of tropical fruits. Coconut, banana, tamarind and petacon mango trees are found everywhere, and their fruits are eaten in cocktails, natural juices and sweets. The shores of this paradise, washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, are home to a large marine wealth. Here, fishermen fish daily for dogfish, sea bass, snapper, marlin, shrimp and oysters, among other marine animals. If you want to learn about the taste of the bottom of the sea, go to a palapa or restaurant whose specialty is seafood. You will find them everywhere!

Grilled fish is the most traditional dish in the Nayarit Riviera, and its origin comes from Mexcaltitan Island. This Nahuatl delicacy is preferably prepared with snapper fish since it contains little fat, which keeps the meat from becoming dry when exposed to heat. The fish is smoked with mangrove wood over a bed of palm sticks, and it is marinated with a lemon, soy and chili sauce. It is served in big plates adorned with onion, tomato and cucumber slices, and with freshly made tortillas, tostadas and special sauce. Other gastronomical specialties enrich the great gastronomical options found at the Nayarit Riviera, such as fish rinds, shrimp tamales, grilled pork, marlin  tacos and chalupas!

The leading restaurateurs of Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit host a ten-day culinary extravaganza in the middle of November every year called the International Gourmet Festival. Award-winning chefs from around the world join forces with local gastronomic gurus to demonstrate and create gourmet masterpieces. Gala dinners, cooking schools, wine and tequila tastings are all part of the
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Punta Mita Restaurants
Sayulita Restaurants
Puerto Vallarta Restaurants