Discovering Marietas Islands in Mexico
Nowadays there are only a few areas that are protected by environmental authorities for the conservation of species and their habitat. Fortunately, more and more of these sites are being added to the list. Mexico is rich in natural beauty and, precisely, Marietas Islands is one of its protected sites.
The Marietas include a group of islands located in the Pacific Ocean only a few miles away from the coast of Nayarit. Until recently, they were an attraction for travelers who loved adventure thanks to the diverse ecotouristic activities that could be practiced there. Still, the negative impact these visits caused in the coral reef populations forced the National Commission on Natural Protected Areas to announce that Marietas Islands will be closed to the public with the purpose of helping the ecosystem recover.
DINKtravelers invites you to read about this small paradise that lies between Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta, two touristic destinations located in the Mexican Pacific that you’ll love to visit. This time, our journey is through words and our invitation is to raise awareness about always practicing sustainable tourism.
Hidden Beach in Marieta Islands
Hidden Beach, the famous beach that’s nestled inside an open cave, is like an oasis in the dark, a type of paradise of sand and sea that’s illuminated by the light that penetrates from the opening on the cave’s roof that collapsed a long time ago creating a spectacular landscape. It’s visible from above, but it remains imperceptible on sea level because it’s only through a tunnel that you can find it.
As a whole, Marietas Islands are composed by two islands and two islets that are home to numerous species like blue footed boobies, pelicans and seagulls. Their surroundings house coral reefs and crystal clear sublime waters that are visited by humpback whales and dolphins. Each of these beautiful beings represents a perfect picture of Mexican fauna, so protecting their habitat is not optional but our responsibility.