The Riviera Nayarit has the perfect sea conditions and climate for fishing, as well as an abundant biodiversity of species which live in its deep waters. This zone is not considered one of the preferred sites for recreation fishing in Mexico for nothing.

All year round there are species such as seabream, roosterfish, sea bass, gilt head bream, swordfish and tuna. Among other prized species are the sailfish, giant bluefin tuna and the muskellunge, as well as the black or blue marlin, highly valued by experienced fishermen.

The Riviera Nayarit has been the theater for the International Marlin and Tuna Fishing Tournament for three consecutive years; this competition has made the Riviera Nayarit and Bahía de Banderas a famous location worldwide for recreational fishing. In fact, the Riviera holds the fishing world record with the catching of a swordfish which weighed 322.2 kilograms, the dream of any fan of big-game fishing!

If you are interested in this sport and you find yourself in the region, all you need to do is hire any of the barges designed for fishing on the beaches, or if you prefer getting into the water yourself, and a greater level of comfort, you can hire large boats for half a day or full days; they are available in many areas, such as Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerías, La Cruz, Punta Mita, Sayulita, San Francisco and Lo de Marcos.

If you go for a spot of fishing on your visit to the Riviera Nayarit, send us a photograph with your prize catch!


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