Monday, May 23, 2016

3rd Riviera Nayarit MTB Race

  • 400 participants are preparing for an intense, one-of-a-kind biking competition Mexico that combines beach tracks and mountain trails.

The third Riviera Nayarit Mountain Bike Race is ready to start at 3 p.m. next Saturday, May 29, 2016 in Litibú-Higuera Blanca. It’s also the 5th year for the Lijacim A.C.

“There’s no other competition in this country that serves up a combination of beach and mountain,” said Belín Villasante, part of the organizing committee. “We already have registrations confirmed from Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and other states from central and western Mexico.”

Riviera Nayarit Hosts CXVI Jornada Nacional del Notariado Mexicano

  • Nuevo Vallarta will host this national event with over 500 notaries from every state in the country expected to attend.

On the morning of Friday, May 20, 2016, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, Governor of the State of Nayarit, inaugurated the CXVI Jornada Nacional del Notariado Mexicano at the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.

“The ability to host hundreds of notaries—nearly a thousand if we count their families—is quite a coup for Nayarit,” said Sandoval. “Welcome to the land of Amado Nervo, where we like to be the architects of our own destiny. We thank you for choosing Nayarit and the Riviera Nayarit as a meeting place where you can bring certainty, tranquility and peace to the Mexican people.”

Among the distinguished guest speakers was Héctor Galeano Inclán, President of the National College of Notaries of Mexico (CNNM by its acronym in Spanish), and Jorge Careaga Pérez, President of the Nayarit Association of Notaries.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nuevo Vallarta Is The First Clean Tourism Destination In Mexico

  • This environmental quality certification was obtained thanks to FIBBA’s compliance in the fields of Integrated Water Management, Integrated Waste Management, Urban Infrastructure and Natural Resources.

Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT by its acronym in Spanish), presented Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, Governor of Nayarit, a certification naming Nuevo Vallarta a “Clean Tourism Destination,” making it the first in Mexico to receive this environmental recognition.

Nuevo Vallarta is operated by the Banderas Bay Trust (FIBBA, by its acronym in Spanish) and it was there the formal act took place along with the unveiling of the plaque on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

“I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Trust and, of course, to don Carlos (Rosales) for his leadership, as well as the State Government and the municipality of Banderas Bay for having gone above and beyond the requirements of the law,” declared Pacchiano Alamán.

“Today Nayarit has stood tall and demonstrated that, as a tourism destination, our interest is to always encourage development without forgetting about the environment,” said Roberto Sandoval as he recognized the work of the FIBBA staff and the authorities of the three levels of government.

Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit’s LGBT Tourism


Ranking as one of the Top 10 LGBT Honeymoon Destinations in the world, Mexico’s Pacific Coast, encompassing the magnificent regions of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, offers many vacation options for the LGBT community.

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta has an iconic reputation as an extremely welcoming LGBT-friendly destination. The town has an authentic Spanish atmosphere, and there are many gay hotels in the area.  All accommodation options offer a great value for money, which is always a bonus when planning a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
It is worth mentioning that Vallarta Pride Festival, which attracts more than 15,000 people annually and now in its fourth year, is celebrated for 12 days in May. Meanwhile, the fourth LGBT Business Expo was co-hosted by Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit at the Casa Magna Marriott Resort in June 2014.

Riviera Nayarit
Located just ten minutes north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s newest beach destination, presenting a fresh and refined view on Mexico.
The area begins at Nuevo Vallarta and continues north with 192 miles of stunning, pristine beaches against a dramatic background of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

LGBT Friendly Hotel Accommodation
…in Puerto Vallarta
There is a wide variety of LGBT-friendly accommodation options, ranging from resorts, hotel, lodges, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses.  Here are the most popular options:
Casa Cupula Gay Hotel Boutique Guesthouse (Southside/Amapas) – this is a luxury boutique hotel in a picturesque location, which combines the fine décor of a boutique hotel, the intimate atmosphere of a guesthouse and the unique service of a B & B.  Here you can enjoy gourmet food, cocktails, two pools, a gym and in-room massages.
Villa Mercedes
This is a uniquely beautiful boutique type hotel steps away from Los Muertos Beach. Villa Mercedes successfully mixes authentic historic hacienda–style charm with modern day amenities and a unique aesthetic décor. Master suites include private terraces and roof decks with ocean and city views.
Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa
This luxurious beachfront resort on Los Muertos Beach includes a Master and Prime Suite with a private terrace that has an amazing ocean view—the perfect place for a romantic dinner. The Jacuzzi Suite is 516 sq. ft., and its private terrace has a jacuzzi so you can relax and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Both suites have iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi and 40” flat screen smart TVs.
Enjoy the beach on luxurious beach chairs at the Mantamar Beach Club and Grill.

…in Riviera Nayarit
There are a number of LGBT friendly resorts in this luxurious and beautiful area that enjoys values of inclusion. They all offer honeymoon packages for same-sex couples and perform wedding ceremonies in a pre-Columbian ritual in which couples are “united spiritually through the four elements”.
Four Seasons Punta Mita
This is a top-end resort situated in the luxurious gated community of Punta Mita, which is an oasis of turquoise waters and white-sand beaches that offer the best fishing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and golf in the world.  Choose one of the beautifully decorated Casita Rooms or Suites at this luxurious resort.
Hard Rock Hotel
This is an opulent all-inclusive resort that combines everything you would need for a dream holiday in an ultra modern and spacious environment. Sun, sea, sand, spa, gourmet dining and a fabulous circular pool are all a short step away.
Olivia and R Family Vacations are organising the first ever LGBT Family & Friends Event, from 9 – 16 July at the hotel.
Hotel Cielo Roio
Enjoy authentic Mexican charm in this beachside hotel in San Pancho, also known as San Francisco. The interiors are truly unique and creative and Cielo Roio is a great place for rest and relaxation. Enjoy its Bistro Organico, which offers healthy and delicious food that pays tribute to the area's abundance of fresh seafood and indigenous produce. The town is surrounded by a jungle, which is home of a variety of birds, iguanas and even jaguars among other fauna species.

LGBT Nightlife

…in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta’s gay nightlife scene enjoys a vibrant and wide selection of nightclubs, bars, discos, cantina, lounges, antros and gay party venues.  These are mostly situated in the Zona Romantica, also called Viejo Vallarta or old town, and include Vallarta Cora, Azul Agave Sky Bar, the rooftop of the Blue Chairs Hotel, Paco’s Ranch or CC Slaughter’s Nightclub.  More casual nightspots include Anonimo, Apaches, Sama, Frida, La Noche, Los Amigos or Reinas.
Check and for all the latest listings of events and nightlife.

…in Riviera Nayarit
Choose between Billy Bob’s Bar in the historic port of San Blas, and Xaltemba Restaurant Gallery in the town of La Penita.

LGBT Friendly Beaches

…in Puerto Vallarta
Playa Los Muertos
Popularly known as the Blue Chairs area, Los Muertos features a famous beachfront bar, restaurant and resort on the southern end.  Relax under the shade of the round thatched ‘palapas’, or soak up the Mexican sun on this beautiful beach.
This gay friendly beach, popular for over 20 years, stretches down to the livelier Green Chairs area for evening DJ tunes, allowing partying from sunset to sunrise.
Mantamar Beach
Dine in style at the Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill, situated on this beautiful stretch of Los Muertos Beach just by the Almar Resort, which offers comfortable surroundings, fabulous cocktails and great food created by Chef Thierry Blouet with the fresh regional products available from the Banderas Bay region.  This is a state of the art day beach club with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi.

…in Riviera Nayarit
Sayulita Beach
The main beach near this unique secluded village is rarely crowded outside the Christmas and Easter periods. Enjoy personal beachside service from restaurants that provide beach chairs and umbrellas.
Lo de Marcos
The beaches here have beautiful golden sand and the azure waters are extremely calm’—situated by a sleepy fishing village, which encapsulates the authentic essence of Mexican village life.
San Pancho
San Pancho lies about 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, between the Sierra Madre Mountains, a lush jungle and the Pacific Ocean.  This is a low-key quaint area with an authentic Mexican feel and known for its artistic community. There are a few restaurants and bars right on the beach.

LGBT Friendly Activities

…in Puerto Vallarta
Choose from many incredible and unique experiences:
Boano Thermal Springs with its open bar and BBQ dinner; Boano Gay Cruise offers both day and night time private charters; the Puerto Vallarta Sunset Party Cruise includes a snorkelling adventure, an open bar, snack and lunch, dance music and go-go guys.
Gay ATV Tours offer tailor made tours to remote villages or the PV botanical gardens; The Go Gay Jungle Adventure is a daylong adventure cruise, which includes zip lining, local Mexican food, tequila tasting and a hike to a beautiful waterfall.
For a detailed list of LGBT friendly daily events, visit:

…in Riviera Nayarit
Visit the historic port of San Blas where you can experience the prime bird watching spot. Here you can catch a glimpse of many exotic birds, including Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, White-Collared Seedeaters, Streak-Backed Orioles, Mexican Wood Nymphs and the Great Kiskadee.
Experience the ‘hippy chic’ vibes of Sayulita village with it’s surf and yoga culture.
Marietas Islands National Park
Explore the pristine natural beauty of this lush green environment, home to various species of birds including the blue-footed boobies. Several tour operators can arrange tailor-made tours around the Islands, which are one of the most bio-diverse sanctuaries in Mexico, made famous by Jacques Cousteau.
There are plenty of other activities available, including scuba diving or encountering whales, sea lions and dolphins in the Pacific Ocean’s warm crystal blue waters.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7th Annual Wind Festival In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Some 230 competitors from Mexico, the Americas and Europe are expected at this, one of the top five competitions of its kind in the world thanks to the excellent natural conditions of the bay area and the infrastructure of the Riviera Nayarit.

The 7th Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival will take place on May 20-22 in Bucerías. The tournament is part of the Mexican Kiteboarding Association series and is the only one worth two points, making it the most important in the country.

“I'm very proud of the fact that we’re hosting events like this one—we’ve been with this competition since its very beginnings,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These events aren’t possible without the support of many different organizations, the three levels of government and the staff at the CVB who work tirelessly to help us host great events year round.”

One&Only Mandarina Cornerstone Is Laid

  • This ultra luxury hotel is projected to open at the end of 2018, represents an investment of US$110 million and has 125 rooms that will exceed the highest international standards. 

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, governor of the State of Nayarit, placed the cornerstone that launched the start of the construction phase of the One&Only Mandarina located in the town of El Monteón, Compostela, in the Riviera Nayarit.

“This is the best hotel of the highest quality in the world; and even though there seem to be comparatively few rooms each one is equivalent to 200 in any other hotel as far as quality and value,” stated Sandoval. “It will definitely attract a very different type of development.”

Punta de Mita, The Glamour Peninsula

In order to begin this adventure properly we must point out that Punta de Mita is the Mexican coastal village while Punta Mita is the luxury development. This juxtaposition offers the very best mix of tradition and exclusivity. 

Punta de Mita
This microdestination is the closest point on land to the Islas Marietas—as soon as you arrive, book a tour, dive into the water with your snorkeling gear and venture out to explore this National Park. The busiest beach for tourists is El Anclote, where you’ll find shops, art galleries and a line-up of beachside restaurants and bars. This also is where you’ll want to take a SUP or surfing class. As you drive around take in the different small luxury hotels; that same road will take you to virgin beaches with great surf breaks at Destiladeras, Burros, La Lancha and Veneros. Mornings can be spent at the White Tuna Beach Club. To enjoy a taste of Mexico, head to Tino’s and Rosa Mexicano.

The Sporting Life In The Riviera Nayarit (Part 2)


As promised, here’s the second installment of what to do in the Riviera Nayarit for sports lovers, with a focus on the beaches and mountains of this gorgeous destination. 

Let’s start with the beaches, where there are plenty of group sports to practice, whether you’re looking for friendly competition or a more professional challenge.

One of the most popular games in Mexico is a pick-up round of soccer, and thanks to the Riviera Nayarit’s expansive beaches you’ll find them going on most commonly in Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerías and Destiladeras. Beach volleyball is another favorite and there are even professional-level tournaments going on in Rincón de Guayabitos. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Second Four-Month Period In 2016 Brings Conventions To The Riviera Nayarit

  • Eight separate medical, academic, tech, sports and cultural meetings and conventions will be taking place in the Destination’s hotels between May and August, generating approximately 8,500 attendees.

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination with the service infrastructure needed to host top events as well as meetings and conventions, which will go into full swing starting this month through the end of September.

“The meetings and conventions will serve to bolster the slow tourism vacation season in the Destination, which is why our Groups and Events desk is focusing on attracting a variety of these events and encourage them to visit during this period of time, thus benefitting both the organizers as well the hotels,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta Tour Goes To Canada

  • Presentations are ongoing in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario, reaching over 3,500 travel agents. 

The promotions departments of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) are currently touring Canada conducting workshops in six of this northern country’s provinces.

“We’re on tour with WestJet and Sunwing, two of the top airlines in the area that have over 50 flights a year during the winter and summer seasons to the region,” stated Marc Murphy, the Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “We continue to consolidate ourselves within the Canadian market and want maintain their preference for our destination.”

Saturday, May 14, 2016

24th Beach Cleanup Network Event In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Persistence and perseverance continue to pay off with this truly huge event thanks to the groups involved in the cleanups.

Just one month shy of the two-year mark, the Riviera Nayarit’s Beach Cleanup Network (BCN) will celebrate its 24th event on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in over 15 villages along the coast of Nayarit, from Nuevo Vallarta all the way to the Isla de Mexcaltitán. Over 500 people will come together in coordination with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to clean up the beaches and beyond.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

  • There are 115 representatives from 42 countries, including 12 Mexican competitors and 10 of the top athletes in this discipline.

The third stage of the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship began on May 11th and will continue through May 18, 2016. The opening ceremony took place in the Paradise Village amphitheater in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.

Once this competition is, the Laser Masters World Championship will begin on May 21st extending through the 28th, also in the Riviera Nayarit.

The Beautiful People Vacation In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Krysten Ritter, Angelique Cabral, Montserrat Oliver, Yaya Kosikova and Fernanda Familiar took some time off in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Celebrity Watch has detected the presence of several beauties from Mexico and the United States enjoying themselves in the Destination.

“We love seeing celebrities on the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit because they post photos and comments about the Destination on social media, plus the entertainment media post their own stories—it’s all free and positive publicity that’s great for us,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nayarit Swept The SUP National Team Competition

  • The surfers and paddlers either from Riviera Nayarit’s microdestinations or living there took nearly all the spots on the national team and will be present at the next world championships to be held in Fiji in 2016.

The members of the Nayarit State Surfing Association (ASENAY, by its acronym in Spanish) won all of the heats in the 2016 Stand Up Paddle (SUP) & Paddleboard National Team Competition that took place in Sayulita, the Surfing Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

During the tournament several well-known names who had participated in previous world cups upheld their status, including Fernando Stalla, who pioneered this sport in Mexico; Javier “Bicho” Jiménez, a silver medal winner in last year’s world cup; Felipe “Bodoque” Hernández, 2015 bronze medalist; and Felipe “Pipe” Rodríguez, national SUP surfing champion. Erika Benítez, Martha Díaz and Alejandra Brito were the standouts in the women’s league.

“It was a pleasure to welcome competitors from far away places such as Quintana Roo and Sinaloa, among others,” said José Luis Caselin, a member of the SUP & Paddleboard Committee for the Mexican Surfing Federation. “We’re very grateful to those who spread the word that the Nayarit continues to be the SUP Mecca.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit’s Hotels Featured In The 2016 Wedding Awards

  • The Destination’s winners in the Ballroom category were the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Rancho Banderas All Suites Resort, Iberostar Playa Mita and Hotel Villa Varadero

The third edition of the Wedding Awards recently announced this year’s best providers in the weddings segment, among them several of the Riviera Nayarit’s hotels, thanks to their top-notch service.

These awards recognize the top five percent of the most recommended and most valued businesses in, per the bridal couple. Over 30,000 couples participated, basing their picks on the quality, pricing, responsiveness, professionalism and flexibility.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

5th Jarretaderas Fishing Tournament

  • There are over 8 thousand pesos in prizes in kind for the first three places in the tournament’s Freestyle Category; there will also be gifts and plenty of fun for the kids.

Sunday May 15, 2016, marks the start of the 5th Jarretaderas Fishing Tournament held at the mouth of the Ameca River, from the area known as “El Tunel” (The Tunnel) to the beach across from the Isla de los Pájaros.

The Children’s Category is free in this shore fishing with bait tournament; it includes kids from five through 11 years of age and the only prerequisite is an adult accompanies them. The Freestyle Category begins at 12 years of age with a registration cost of MX$80 for presale tickets and MX$100 on the day of the event.

“We’re very grateful for our sponsors—and this year we have more of them—and especially for the Riviera Nayarit CVB, which for the second year is backing us, as well as the Banderas Bay city council for all the facilities. We want to promote and emphasize the fact that this area is also great for sporting, tourism and family events,” said José Roberto Quezada, one of the organizers.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta Diversify Their Market In Colombia

  • The team reached a total of 54 agencies between the regions of Boyacá and Eje Cafetero, training 215 travel agents outside of the Colombian capital; there has been an increase in the average expenditure, number and length of stay of Colombians to the region.

Rafael Moreno, a destination manager for Colombia who represents the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust, helped organize visits to travel agencies in this South American country during April of this year.

“Colombia continues to increase the number of tourists it sends to the region, which is why we didn’t focus just on the capital but expanded into the regions that have excellent purchasing power together with Aeroméxico so we would have adequate air connectivity to the destinations,” explained Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Friday, May 6, 2016

  • Over 20 joint business meetings were held with Tour Operators; there will be an estimated 15% increase in the production of room-nights in 2016; the Destination’s hotels took part in approximately 330 appointments.

Important progress was made for the Joint Campaign with Puerto Vallarta during participation of the Riviera Nayarit in the 2016 Tianguis Turístico; they also announced increases in airlift and the positive results of strategies that were already implemented.

“The Tianguis Turístico was very productive for both destinations,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our business partners are betting heavily on our region and we are doing our utmost to meet the challenge.”

Thursday, May 5, 2016

12th Restaurant Week In The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta

  • Forty-one restaurants will offer special menus with prix-fixe three-course meals for either MX$249 or MX$399; the participating restaurants will be promoted all year long; the official website for the event was launched this year at

The twelfth edition of Restaurant Week, a culinary event that will take place in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta on May 15-31, 2016, was announced during a recent press conference.

The event is presented by Vallarta Lifestyles and is sponsored by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust and Bay Vallarta magazine.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Events Galore In June In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There is something for everyone this month in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, including Navy Day, the 56th San Blas Fishing Tournament, the Guayabitos Motofiesta, the Riviera Fest VW in La Cruz, the celebration of the Batalla de Santos (Battle of the Saints) in Mexcaltitán and the Texas Music Festival in Nuevo Vallarta.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Groups and Events Department recently announced the list of events on the Destination’s calendar for June, which will take place in different locations from Nuevo Vallarta all the way to the Isla de Mexcaltitán.