Monday, May 2, 2016

TripAdvisor Recognizes Greenleaders™ Hotels In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Eight of the Destination’s hotels have obtained this important international recognition for their good environmental and ecological practices.

TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders™ program has recognized several hotels this year that have proven their commitment to the environment through their strict eco-friendly policies. The list includes eight properties in the Riviera Nayarit.

“We’re looking for several ways to become a more green destination by participating in several programs,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The fact that hotels are pushing towards this objective with good eco practices is a big help and increases the international positioning of the Destination as an environmentally friendly place.”

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit Received Ample Recognition During The Tianguis Turístico

  • TripAdvisor named Nuevo Vallarta was named third “Best Beach Destination” in Mexico; Classic Vacations recognized the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta were recognized as the best partners of the year; and Marival Residences received an award on behalf of Price Travel.

The Riviera Nayarit received ample recognition for its beaches, its hotels and its excellent promotional efforts from several industry businesses during the 2016 Tourism Tianguis held in Expo Guadalajara.

“The Tianguis Turístico is a recognized international forum and it will always be important to stand out during these events. To be receiving awards during this showcase helps create an even bigger buzz around all the good things we have to offer,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

During the event, Omar Camarena, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Nayarit, and Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB, received an award from TripAdvisor naming the beach at Nuevo Vallarta as the third “Best Beach Destination” in Mexico.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Costa Canuva Project Announced For The Riviera Nayarit

  • The master-planned project will be located in Compostela and will have five hotels—including a luxury Fairmont property—as well as over 2,500 residential units, a beach club and a PGA category golf course designed by Lorena Ochoa and Greg Norman.

In a press conference held during the 41st Tianguis Turístico event in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, the Governor of the State of Nayarit, and Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, together announced the new Costa Canuva project, the newest tourism complex to be built in the Riviera Nayarit.

“What was once Costa Capomo is now Costa Canuva—and the project is on,” assured the Governor in reference to the master-planned community of Costa Canuva, located in the municipality of Compostela. With an estimated investment of MEX$36 billion by Portuguese company Mota-Engil, the project will generate six thousand direct jobs and another 18 thousand indirect jobs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Round The World Sailing Trip Back To Port In La Cruz De Huanacaxtle

  • After preparing for a year at the Marina Riviera Nayarit, Alejandro Basail and his family left on a round the world voyage that lasted 11 months and 16 days.

A round the world trip is dreamed by many but achieved by only a few, but it became a reality for ex pilot Alejandro Basail and his family, who finally returned to their home port of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on April 23, 2016 after an adventure-filled time on the water.

His daughter Alfa, son-in-law Nicolás and grandkids Rio and Zen were his crew on this historic voyage that took an entire year to prepare in the Marina Riviera Nayarit, which they chose as home base to prepare their vessel and learn to sail in order before embarking on their trip on May 6, 2014.

“I saw a picture in a magazine article about someone who had sailed around the world and I said to myself, I want to do that!” said Alejandro Basail. “I did some research and I realized I needed a crew, so I talked to these crazy people who jumped on board without hesitation and we made it happen. This couldn’t have been possible without them, they’re the ones who took me around the world.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

  • Over 220 people embarked on a cleanup along the perimeter of Banderas Bay and several other locations in the Riviera Nayarit including Punta de Mita, Sayulita, the Islas Marietas and La Peñita de Jaltemba, among others.

In order to commemorate Earth Day—celebrated this year on Friday, April 22nd—the Central Pacific and Western regional arm of the National Commission on Protected Areas (Conanp by its acronym in Spanish) called for a massive cleanup, which took place on Saturday, April 23rd in the Riviera Nayarit.

“Our Environmental Programs desk has been working hand-in-hand with the Conanp and other authorities from the three levels of government, civil associations, hotels and the business sector on this massive cleanup and other endeavors in order to get things done,” declared Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Monday, April 25, 2016

2nd Annual Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament

  • Last year the tournament welcomed 600 children; this year, the Destination expects at least 800 kids ready to enjoy this friendly tournament held at the Marina Riviera Nayarit. The Las Islitas beach in San Blas will host the 2nd Annual Children’s Surf Fishing Tournament.

The Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to welcome the 2nd Annual Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament on Saturday April, 2016, with the full support of the Banderas Bay Fishing Club.

Approximately 800 kids will be welcomed from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m.—a big jump from the 600 welcomed last year—to take advantage of this free friendly competition, which encourages sport fishing and environmental awareness in a family atmosphere.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach) Temporarily Off Limits

  • On Thursday, April 21, the Governor of Nayarit and the Conanp officially announced the Islas Marietas are not closed; only Playa Escondida will be off limits.  

Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, Governor of the State of Nayarit, ordered only Playa Escondida to be temporarily off-limits for restoration and maintenance for about two months in order to regulate and improve the conditions of the Islas Marietas, an icon of the Rivera Nayarit.

The National Commission of Protected National Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) officially endorsed a release issued on April 21st, stating the agreement was reached after a meeting of the head of state with Alejandro del Mazo Maza, Director of Conanp.

“The Islas Marietas are not closed and certainly are not for sale,” assured Roberto Sandoval. “The islands are national heritage sites and part of the internationally renowned natural landscapes that can be found in our destination. They are still a tourism icon of the Riviera Nayarit and will remain so forever.”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Full Schedule Ahead For The Riviera Nayarit At The Tianguis Turístico 2016

  • There are 20 meetings set up with business partners as well as round tables with international buyers, pre- and post-event FAM tours, activities during the event and much more.

The 40th edition of Mexico’s Tianguis Turístico will be celebrated this year from April 25-28 in Guadalajara and the Riviera Nayarit will be front and center with a full schedule of activities.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) team includes members from the Groups, Public Relations, Promotions and Advertising departments. Also present at the Riviera Nayarit’s booth: Chef Betty Vázquez, Culinary Ambassador for the Destination; Israel Díaz, Mixology Ambassador; and Rogelio Benítez, famed Huichol artisan.

The region will also be hosting the Ballet Mexcaltitlán on the 27th and 28th, and the renowned Nayarit coffee will be on tap throughout the event.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, The Nautical Capital

  • The Marina Riviera Nayarit is the most modern marina with most capacity for cargo in the Mexican Pacific; its facilities include a shipyard with the largest crane in the region.

This is a traditional fishing village. If you’re into boats at all, the Marina Riviera Nayarit is the place to be: you can get there on your jet ski, your sailboat, yacht or even your mini-cruise ship up to 400 feet in length. It’s also environmentally friendly and is the first marina in Mexico to win the coveted Blue Flag certificate. 

Interested in trying your hand at sailing? Visit the International Sailing Academy in La Cruz and learn from the best. The Yacht Club also offers a Sailing School for kids, teens and adults—and it’s always open!

If you arrive by land or by air, the best option for accommodations is a luxury villa by the beach or in the mountains. 

Hungry? Stop by La Peska for a crispy fried whole fish, head to Frascati for a wood-fired oven pizza or try Columba’s for a surprising dish of green ceviche and fish meatballs. You’ll also love Eva Mandarina, a family-oriented and very colorful beach club.

The Mercado del Mar

There’s always fresh fish and seafood here! Buy tuna, mahi-mahi or sailfish to make your favorite dishes. And on Sundays don’t miss the Tianguis Artesanal (Arts & Crafts Market) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Marina.

The Sporting Life In The Riviera Nayarit (Part 1)


The Riviera Nayarit is a destination that has it all—and where sports are concerned, its beautiful landscapes and infrastructure offer an ample variety of activities for any caliber of athlete.

In this series, we will to take you on a sports-oriented tour of the ocean, the beaches and the mountains. In this first part we’ll take a closer look at the wonderful world of watersports.

The waves are the first thing to catch the eye as you approach the water. Synonymous with surfing and SUP, you’ll find Sayulita is the top draw along the extensive coastline, though by no means the only one, as there are plenty of waves to be found in Nayarit.

In our waters you can practice open water swimming or kayaking, which is in effect highly recommended in Banderas Bay because of the strong currents.

As you head out to sea you’ll find the playground for top sport fishing tournaments thanks to the fabulous variety of fish, especially around San Blas and La Cruz, where you can snag everything from snappers to sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, tuna and marlin. 

Take advantage of the different islands, the cliffs and the mountainsides that tumble into the sea to free dive or scuba or even skim the surface with a snorkel—this is a must for any visitor.

And when you factor in the wind it opens up a whole other world. All sailing categories are king here, including J24, Laser, 420, Optimist and more, best undertaken across from Nuevo Vallarta.

The wind also powers kitesurfers, a sport that can’t be done just anywhere. In the Riviera Nayarit we’re one of the best spots in all of Mexico for this practice in the area between La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerías. There are even a handful of adrenaline-junkies who have climbed the mountain in Lo de Marcos and launched on a paragliding adventure. 

As we close Part One of this exciting series, we invite you to join us again next week for a look at sports on the beach and in the mountains.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Sensational Dallas Cheerleaders Land In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Fashion Show, the photo shoots and the videos taken at the microdestinations were a complete success and they even had time to enjoy some of the Destination’s social activities.

The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders’ sixth visit to the Riviera Nayarit has been a complete success, and their participation in the Fashion Show, which took place for the third time at the Marival Residences, was the crowning moment of their stay in the Destination.

“The most important aspect of their stay is everything they do while they’re here, including taking pictures at the hotels and on the beaches in the Riviera,” said Alfonso Rizzuto, President of the Marival Group. “This year they also visited a local children’s home and stayed for a few hours. This is a very important community aspect that shows the Cowboys are here for more than just the publicity.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6th Riviera Nayarit Open Water “Nado Seguro” 3-5K Tournament

  • Registration has reached its 700-athlete limit with participants streaming in from the central and western portions of the country; this year, however, other regions are also being represented, proof of the event’s growth and expansion.

The Riviera Nayarit Swimming Association and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau extend an open invitation to the 6th Riviera Nayarit Open Water “Nado Seguro” 3-5K, set to take place on the beach at the Marina in La Crux de Huanacaxtle on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Competition within the 18 categories begins at 7:30 a.m. These include Children, Youth, Master, Special Needs and Professional for both men and women.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Hosts IV Salsa Mambo Fest

  • 45 international professional dancers will hold 60 workshops, there will be two live concerts, and 12 DJs will spin in events where 1,200 participants will enjoy one of the three top salsa festivals in all of Mexico. 

The Riviera Nayarit is ready to party from April 21-24, 2016, during the IV Salsa Mambo Fest to be hosted at the Marival Resorts & Suites in Nuevo Vallarta.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Groups and Events department as well as the state authorities have lent their support during the entirety of this festival as they do every year. This festival is among the top 25 in the world as well as the top three in all of Mexico—it’s also the only one of its kind in Latin America to operate under the all-inclusive format.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Danna Paola And Other Celebrities Visit The Riviera Nayarit

  • Actress and hostess Mariana Torres, sports commentator André Marín and fashion blogger Monik Herher also enjoyed a stay in the Riviera Nayarit in recent days.

The popular Mexican singer and actress Danna Paola took full advantage of her visit to the region and didn’t waste a minute before visiting Sayulita, one of the Riviera Nayarit’s most popular microdestinations.

She posted several photos on Instagram of her fun time enjoying the Magic Town of Sayulita together with some of her actor friends.

Friday, April 15, 2016

  • The team took part in the Women’s Expo Houston and its 10 thousand female participants; they trained 60 travel agents in Houston, 80 in Dallas and visited 60 agencies in the region to leave promotional material.

The promotions departments of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust went on Tour through Houston and Dallas from April 9-14, 2016.

“The airlift to the region has increased as a direct result of this Joint Promotional Campaign,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “In this case, we were looking to promote the direct flights that are still in place over the summer. We haven’t really felt a big drop in occupancy over the past two years when the season changed and we owe it to the Road Shows. We want them to continue and we’ll do our part to ensure they do.”

Texas is the third place of origin among the states that send tourists to the Riviera Nayarit, with 7.9% of the total. As far as cities, Houston stands in seventh and Dallas in ninth overall.

The Women’s Expo Houston took place on the 9th and 10th of April, an event directed at women and their interests including beauty, fashion and travel. Around 10 thousand women attended the event and the destinations took advantage of the showcase along with four regional hotels.

On April 11th, a group of 15 hotels from both destinations visited travel agencies in the Houston suburbs; they were divided into five groups that together were able to see over 30 agencies. This was repeated in Dallas on April 14th.

On April 12th the team and 18 of the region’s hotels gave a presentation for 60 travel agents and four of the top wholesalers in the Houston area. They then made their way to Dallas for a second presentation on April 13th before 80 travel agents and six of the most representative wholesalers in the area. Representatives from Aeroméxico and the directors of the Texas office of the Mexico Tourism Bureau were present at both events. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Marietas Islands Enjoyed A Security Detail During The Holidays

  • Two park rangers, two volunteers, four Marines, two paramedics and one support staff were present in Playa Escondida to help keep order during high season.

The orderliness visitors enjoyed during Holy Week and Easter in the Islas Marietas was kept thanks to the coordination between the private sector and the local authorities. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) worked together to set this special surveillance campaign in motion.

The Environmental Programs office of the Riviera Nayarit CVB presented tourism service providers with a campaign titled “Se Buscan Héroes” (Looking For Heroes), obtaining cash donations for more than MEX$92,000, as well as donations in kind for a total of approximately MEX$60,000, a budget that will be administered by Pronatura Noroeste and will help to support conservation efforts in the area, as well as pay for signage and collateral material for distribution.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Celebrity Chefs Predict The Success Of Cuisine of the Sun

  • Chef Betty Vázquez, the Culinary Ambassador of the Riviera Nayarit, is participating in this food and wine festival to represent the flavors of Nayarit and México.

During a press conference held last April 11, 2016 in Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, the Celebrity Chefs who will be participating in the Cuisine of the Sun culinary festival predicted the success of said event, one that is set to become a yearly classic.

The Chefs were completely ready and very pleased to be positioning this new event in the Riviera Nayarit, confirming its debut edition will be quite spectacular thanks to the excellent service offered by Villa La Estancia and the many natural attractions of the Destination.

“We’re very proud to have them all here with us, we’re going to learn so much and have a wonderful time with all our guests,” commented Olivier Coupat, General Manager of Villa La Estancia. “This is the first festival and I’m sure that once it’s done we will be receiving reservations for next year because it’s going to become a yearly happening.”

Saturday, April 9, 2016

San Blas Joins the Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network

  • Moving forward nearly 30 students from the High School #12 of the UAN, San Blas campus, will join the Peace Corps and the Conanp to clean up Playa El Borrego.

The 23rd edition of the Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network is taking place on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The good news is that San Blas is now a part of this eco-social movement.

“We’re a month away from the two-year anniversary of the start of these cleanups and we’ve been very pleasantly surprised with the response of the communities that have participated,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “San Blas is one of the most representative microdestinations and its participation is very important.”

Friday, April 8, 2016

2016 Laser World Championship In The Riviera Nayarit

  • This is the largest and most important competition of the 2016 Vallarta-Nayarit FMV CUP: it will include 700 participants and 250 judges and is expected to generate more than 24 thousand room-nights, an excess of MX$120 million in revenue and well over 60 million media impressions.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Laser World Championship is set to take place for the second place in Mexican waters, hosted this year by the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.

“Every year we seek to attract itinerant international events to supplement our own anchors here in the region, such as the SUP World Championship we hosted last year or the Mexico Cup Regatta the previous year,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This year we have the privilege of hosting the 2016 Laser World Championship and we’re certain it will be a great success.”

The Mexican Sailing Federation announced there will be 700 competitors from around the world attending the event, as well as 250 judges; the region will receive approximately 1,650 visitors per day; there will be 24,750 room-nights generated by the event as well as an expected revenue of MX$120,450,000.

The world championship is divided into four stages: the Laser Radial Women’s World Championship will occur from April 12-20, with the Laser Masters World Championship – Radial taking place from the 22nd to the 30th. The Laser Standard Men’s World Championship runs from May 10-18 and the Laser Masters World Championship – Standard will close out the event from May 20-28.

This competition is the most important event in the Vallarta-Nayarit FMV CUP 2016: besides winning the title of best in the world, the participants are also looking to win tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games that will be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“The Vallarta Yacht Club has a privileged location on the bay, not to mention an excellent international reputation thanks to the many events it has hosted,” added Murphy. “To this we can add the excellent infrastructure offered by Nuevo Vallarta and the meteoric rise of the Destination, all of which makes the Riviera Nayarit an excellent base of operations for an event of this nature.”

The competition will be widely covered by both domestic and international media via the sports industry media that’s expected to attend, which will generate over 60 million media impressions.

The Riviera Nayarit CVB will participate as a sponsor for the different social events including the inauguration and closing ceremonies, among others.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s Going To Be A Busy May In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the final heats of the Laser World Championships, the Restaurant Week, the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival and the Riviera Nayarit Mountain Bike are all on the calendar for May.

May in the Riviera Nayarit means plenty to do for visitors and locals alike. Sailing competitions and kitesurf take over the waves and bikes thread their way through the mountain trails, while back in town there are plenty of cultural and religious festivities plus a culinary festival for our restaurant owners. And, as always, the Riviera Nayarit Groups and Events department has been working hand in hand with the organizers to ensure the success of all the events.