Nayarit Facts

Nayarit Facts
Located on the central Pacific coast, Nayarit is one of Mexico's thirty-one states. Nayarit is relatively small in size and population compared to Mexico's other states: it ranks twenty-third in physical size at 10,756 square miles and twenty-ninth in population at nearly 1,200,000. Due to its combination of nice beaches and Aztec ruins, Nayarit is known as a top tourist destination in Mexico, attracting surfers, sun worshippers, and those interested in history. Tepic is the capital and largest city of Nayarit with nearly 500,000 people.
Interesting Nayarit Facts:
The indigenous people of Nayarit are distantly related to the Aztecs. The region of Nayarit was influenced by the Toltec people (AD 900-1200) and the Aztecs (1427-1519), although was never controlled by either.
Nayarit was the twenty-eighth state admitted to the United Mexican States on January 26, 1917. It was admitted much later due to its smaller size and the fact that it was often the center of lawless rebellions against the central government.
Every Mexican state is subdivided into municipalities, of which Nayarit has twenty.
The Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains run through part of Nayarit.
Although it is small in relative land area, Nayarit has hundreds of miles of rainforests that serves as habitat for a diverse range of animals, including: pumas, jaguarundis, deer, and jaguars.
Nayarit is in the Mountain Standard time zone.
Nayarit is a warm and wet state. May is the warmest month of the year, with an average high of 88°F and a low of 60°F. January is the coolest month with an average high of 77°F and a low of 52°F. June through October are the rainiest months of the year, which is when Nayarit gets the vast majority of its annual average of 159 inches of rain.
Sun worshippers and surfers from around the world flock to the Riviera Nayarit, or Nayarit Riviera, every year to enjoy its beautiful beaches.
The popular resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco is near the Nayarit-Jalisco state line. Because Puerto Vallarta is so close to Nayarit and because the city's infrastructure is well-developed due to the tourism industry, many people traveling to Nayarit use the Licenciado Gustavo Diaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta.
The small town of Aticama, Nayarit has become a tourist draw in recent years due to its pristine beaches and its excellent fishing.
The town of Sayulita, Nayarit, which is located about twenty-five miles north of Puerto Vallarta, is known for its great surfing beaches.
Although its resort and archeological tourist industry has boomed in recent years, Nayarit's economy has been historically based on the agricultural sector. The main cash crops include coffee, sugar, corn, tobacco, and tomatoes, which is augmented by livestock and commercial fishing.
Altavista is a beach town that is known not only for its great beaches, but also for the fifty-six petroglyphs that remain enigmatic in meaning and origin.
Besides the nice beaches and archaeological sites, Nayarit's lower than the Mexican average crime rate is also a draw for tourists and retirees.

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