Nestled in between the mountainous rainforests of Sierra Madre Occidental and the sandy shores facing the Pacific Ocean, Riviera Nayarit is blessed with fertile land, clear seas and a good climate all year round. With such privilege, Riviera Nayarit produces a wide range of fruits, vegetables as well as seafood.
Stretching over 186 miles along the coast, Riviera Nayarit is surrounded by different sources of food. As the presence of thick vegetation suggests, the fertile soil in the mountainous jungle produces a wide variety of fruits such as coconuts, bananas, tamarinds and mangoes. On the other side, the shores serve as the home of a diverse set of marine life forms. These include snapper fish, sea bass, dogfish, shrimp, oyster and marlin. Because of such diverse marine life, the cuisine in the area is filled with delicious seafood.
A Wide Variety of Dishes
Many of the specialties in Riviera Nayarit feature a variety of seafood. Some of these are grilled gray mullet or snapper fish, enchiladas, oyster sopes, shrimp tamales, Tlaxtihuilli, fish rinds, and aguachile. Oyster sopes features fried gorditas served with different toppings. Tlaxtihuilli is soup made with shrimp. Aguachile is the term used for seafood served with a spicy lemon sauce.
Because of this presence of abundant resources, Riviera Nayarit is able to offer many recipes. The most traditional of these is grilled fish. Snapper fish, which contains little fat, is typically used for this dish. This is called pescado zarandeado by the locals. Over a bed of mangrove woods and palm sticks, the snapper fish is smoked and marinated with a mix of soy sauce, lemon and chili sauce. Once grilled, the fish is served along with many slices of onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as fresh tortillas, tostadas and another special kind of sauce.
There also is a similar dish to pescado zarandeado, which is pescado tatemado. This is made with liza instead of snapper fish.
Other Dishes without Seafood
Aside from the dishes boasting of fresh fish, shrimp and oysters, there are also other specialties without seafood. Such delicacies include grilled pork, chicharron de pescado, chalupas, tamales de camarón and marlin tacos.
There are also affordable dishes called puerco echado and tostadas de chanfaina as well as the dessert called cocadas. Other sweets include gorditas made with corn and pan de San Blas.
Experience Good Food in a Secluded Beachfront with us at Tortugas Villas
If you think that you are in need of a vacation in an area with lots of good food, then Riviera Nayarit may just be right for you. This vast Mexican region boasts of stunning sceneries and exciting attractions as well as a variety of dishes that anyone may want to experience.
If you want to know more about Riviera Nayarit and its cuisine, then please feel free to get in touch with us at Tortugas Villas. We will be happy to discuss with you how you can make the most out of you stay at Riviera Nayarit.