The Port of San Blas, a beautiful haven of nature with beaches and picturesque sunsets, is nowadays one of the main cities in the Mexican state of Nayarit. In total, its long and productive history spans almost five centuries, during which time San Blas has witnessed battles of conquest, interracial mixing and, during Colonial Spanish times, it was an important seaport for receiving incoming goods from the Orient. Over the years this beautiful city has become a cradle for the arts, and a place full of culture.
That's how San Blas became such a strategic point for the Spanish Empire. It was a very important gateway for all the treasures that Spanish galleons were bringing from the distant eastern lands, valuable merchandise that soon would be a part of Spain's immense riches. The legacy of that age still lives on in San Blas and commercial shipping in the area is still an important economic activity for the city.
In the surrounding areas of San Blas, it's possible to enjoy exciting boat trips through the dense mangroves of the immense La Tovara National Park. This splendid natural paradise, where salty seawater mixes with the fresh water of the springs, is home to colonies of birds, mammals and reptiles, making it a wonderful place to visit for people who love nature or have a keen interest in observing wildlife.
For a long time, the long beaches bathed by the splendid waters of the Pacific Ocean, the incredible tropical backdrops and thrilling sunsets, as well as the hospitality of the inhabitants of San Blas, have been the main attractions of this beautiful port city, in the Riviera Nayarit. The impressive Bay of Matanchen is a must for people who love virgin beaches and for those who enjoy relaxing under the sun's warm rays. Incredible views can be seen from the large beaches at Los Cocos and El Borrego, as well as at Las Islitas (Little Islands), a wonderful spot that gets it name from the peculiar islets that dot the coastline, as if they were small Gardens of Eden floating next to the ocean shore.If you are looking for agastronomic adventure, then this hospitable port city, in the Riviera Nayarit, has an incredible range of options available. Shrimps, prepared in all manner of tantalizing ways, are the main ingredient, although there are many other enticing dishes using freshly caught fish and seafood. The most popular include ceviche (a lime marinated appetizer), cocktails, and spicy dishes that are a delight for the senses and will definitely satisfy even the most demanding palate.
For all of the above, you should definitely consider a trip to this city of virgin beaches, estuaries and areas of incredible natural beauty. You'll get to see the most beautiful sunsets, explore the remnants of a fascinating culture, and learn about the rich history that can be found throughout San Blas. It really is a great choice of destination for those who want to have a vacation that combines both recreational and cultural experiences, and what makes it even more special is the traditional warmth of the people from Nayarit.
San Blas: Historic Gem of the Riviera Nayarit
- Fernando García Castro