Tourism promoters have dubbed the southern Pacific coastline of this state, the Riviera Nayarit. This region is located just north of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco state. Nice resorts, restaurants, and other touristy amenities can found here.

Adventurers can also find fair size ocean waves for surfing in places like Sayulita and for reptile aficionados, there is a crocodile refuge further up the coast in San Blas.

In the capital city of Tepic, something of interest to see is the Cross of Zacate (La cruz de Zacate). Way back in 1621, someone found a thick patch of taller grass which was different from the other surrounding grass. To add to the mystery, this patch of grass is shaped like a cross. And even though the other grass gets dry and dull in the colder months, this patch never dries out and always remains green. Over the centuries, many have claimed that when adding cuttings of this grass to other herbs, it supposedly healed their ailments.

Believing it to be a sign from God, the Franciscans built a convent next to this grass cross back in 1784.

Map / Quick Facts

Location: Western Region

Capital City: Tepic

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Distances from Tepic to
Compostela - 24 mi / 38 km
Jala - 45 mi / 72 km
Nuevo Vallarta - 97 mi / 155 km
San Blas - 34 mi / 54 km
Sayulita - 79 mi / 126 km

Puerto Vallarta, JAL- 102 mi / 164 km
San Sebastian del Oeste, JAL - 103 mi / 166 km

Distances from Nuevo Vallarta
Compostela - 73 mi / 117 km
Jala - 120 mi / 192 km
San Blas - 91 mi / 146 km
Sayulita - 20 mi / 31 km

Puerto Vallarta, JAL- 10 mi / 16 km
San Sebastian del Oeste, JAL - 44 mi / 71 km

Nearest Airports from Tepic
Tepic International Airport TPQ
7 mi / 12 km

Puerto Vallarta International Airport PVR
62 mi / 100 km

Weather in Tepic
Jan-May High 80s / Low 50s
Jun-Sep High 80s / Low 70s
Oct High 80s / Low 60s
Nov-Dec High 80s / Low 50s

Weather in Nuevo Vallarta
Jan-Apr High 80s / Low 60s
May-Oct High 80s / Low 70s
Nov-Dec High 80s / Low 60s



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