Monday, October 22, 2018

It’s almost Farmer’s Market season in the Riviera Nayarit!

  • Shopping at the traditional markets is a one-of-a-kind experience in the destination’s coastal towns; they open from November through April.

The 2018-2019 Farmer’s Market season is almost here! Most markets open the first week of November, right in the middle of fall season and right on time to welcome the wave of winter tourists, or snowbirds, who flock here from the United States and Canada.

The markets are locally known as “tianguis” and they set up all along the coastal villages from Nuevo Vallarta to Chacala. Both locals and visitors have the chance to browse a wonderful variety of organic fruits and vegetables from family orchards, organic coffee, and homemade food and handicrafts, not to mention an opportunity to meet with local artists and artisans as well. Some markets even have live music and cooking demos.

Below is a list of the Riviera Nayarit markets we recommend:

Friday, October 19, 2018

Riviera Nayarit at IMEX America 2018

  • Top exhibitors promoted their destinations, products, and services in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 16-18 at the largest fair on the continent dedicated to the MICE industry.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) had a very distinguished showing at the IMEX America 2018, the largest fair on the continent dedicated to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) segment, which took place October 16-18, 2018, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The latest world trends in the segment were discussed during the course of the event, although the previous day (Monday, October 15) they held the traditional Smart Monday, an entire day of free education and networking.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Deepak Chopra presents “The future of wellness” at the Vidanta Wellness Retreat

  • Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is launching a promotion so that locals can participate in a weekend filled with harmony and wellness with the pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.

Are we in the midst of an important paradigm shift in science? How does our understanding of consciousness enhance our capacity for total well-being (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial, and ecological)?

These and other questions together with practical ways of experimenting with enhanced awareness, transformation, and healing are all part of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s keynote speech, “The future of well-being,” which he’ll present on Saturday, November 3rd at 4 p.m. during the Vidanta Wellness Retreat, hosted for the first time in the Riviera Nayarit.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


  • Playing golf in spectacular surroundings is a true pleasure. Here, emerald green courses, palm trees, lakes, and estuaries shimmer side-by-side the endless ocean.

Over the past few years, the Riviera Nayarit has become one of the best golf destinations in Mexico, increasing its fame among players by offering the best courses and the most celebrated tournaments.
This is golfing at its highest level, not only because of the impeccable courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jim Lipe, Robert Von Hagge & Baril and Percy Clifford, but also thanks to the magnificent mountain landscapes, the tropical jungle, and the beach, delighting golfers from around the world.

The Riviera Nayarit shines during an intense promotional tour through France, Belgium, and Holland

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Mexico booth at the IFTM Top Resa fair in Paris with special guest
Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, Ambassador to Mexico in France. 

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur participated in the Paris IFTM Top Resa, one of Europe’s most important tourism fairs. The teams offered training seminars for wholesale agents from Ghent and Utrecht.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta went on an intense promotional tour through Paris, France; Ghent, Belgium; and Utrecht, Holland from September 24th through October 4th, offering dynamic, updated information about the region to travel agents and wholesalers that sell the region.

Along with participating in the IFTM Top Resa—one of the most important tourism fairs in Europe—representatives from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) offered training seminars to wholesale agents in the cities of Ghent and Utrecht; the team had the support of the office of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit was present at the TMTC Summit, reinforcing its marketing in international markets

  • This year there were over 1,000 participants, among them over 600 travel agents who were exposed to the region’s tourism offer.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) participated jointly in the annual The Mark Travel Corporation Summit (TMTC). The event took place September 26-29 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, where the US-based company hosted its top business partners and travel agents.

This year there were over 1,000 participants, among them 100 exhibitors, plus over 600 travel agents who received the latest information from wholesaler Mark Travel Corporation. The agents also had a chance to meet with providers and tourism destinations via tradeshows and social events. The schedule was full and there was much networking.

Feel Alive During Mexico’s Day of the Dead

A Mexican tradition celebrated in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is right around the corner. But death is not something to be feared on this holiday. In Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two vibrant destinations on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, it’s the time of year that feels most alive.

Day of the Dead 2018

Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important traditions because of the mystical rituals that surround it. Roots of the celebration can be traced well over 3,000 years ago in pre-Hispanic cultures such as Aztecs and the Mayans. UNESCO has since declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In modern times, the 2-day celebration runs from 1– 2 November, encompassing All Saints’ Day (1 Nov) and All Souls’ Day (2 Nov). The popular belief is that those who have left us return from beyond the grave. Back on Earth, they are reunited with their families who pay respects by offering food, drink, treats and gifts.

Living alongside death means that Mexicans have learned to accept it in their lives. But this is also a time for tourists to see what Mexican heritage all about.

Parades in Puerto Vallarta, located in the state of Jalisco

In Puerto Vallarta, Day of the Dead kicks off with a colourful parade from the cemetery to the Malecón, a mile-long boardwalk dotted ­­by art sculptures. The parade heads towards the Cuale River market, passing red-roofed buildings and cobbled streets as well as different parks and churches. Ballet dancers perform for cheering crowds along the way. Mariachis serenade the dead and alive alike with lively music.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see people dressed in dapper skeleton costumes and skull make-up known as the Catrina. Large altars built around the city hall from across the Malecón guide the spirits home. Many businesses also put up beautiful altars for public display. If you walk through the neighbourhoods, you can even see small altars on the sidewalks in front of houses.

Live performances and art exhibitions pop up throughout the event. A folk festival, catrina contest and fireworks cap off the night with a bang. Of course, many other attractions in the area will tempt you too.

Rhythms of the Night – SAVIA by Vallarta Adventures is the #1 dinner show in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a great option during Day of the Dead because they have altars, catrinas and more to match the entertainment. See an explosion of acrobatic skill, pulse-pounding rhythms, vibrant dance, spectacular costumes and an interpretation of the Aztec creation story, where the spirit world once again comes alive!

Revelry in Riviera Nayarit, located in the state of Nayarit

Nearby, Riviera Nayarit comes to life with festivals to remember and revere the dead. Families gather at gravesides to celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones. Carpets of marigold line hundreds of altars in tribute to those who are no longer with us.

As the festivities reach full swing, mariachi bands, sombreros and skeletons flood the streets. Some well-known local artists, from the Huichol to the hipsters of Revolucion del Sueño, create elaborate yet traditional altars adorned in festive crafts and crepe paper.

Meanwhile, seaside towns such as Sayulita reveal a world decorated in calacas. These iconic symbols are depicted as joyous rather than mournful. They are commonly seen as carved skull masks worn by revellers, figures made of wood or clay, or as candies eaten by relatives and friends.

Another unique Day of the Dead dish is pan de muerto, a sweet egg-based bread baked in simple round shapes, often engraved with a skull and crossbones. Spirits are believed to absorb its essence after their long journey back to Earth.

Besides all the fun, you can’t beat the weather this time of year. There’s hardly any rain, low humidity and everything blooms along the coast. As the celebration hits its stride, the fragrance of flowers, candles and incense fills the autumn air. Walking from the central plaza to the cemetery is especially magical on a warm evening.

In Loving Memory

This year, Sayulita will redecorate its streets in honour of fishermen and surfers dead at sea. The festival begins on 31 October and ends on the night of 2 November.

On 1 November, there will be a religious celebration followed by a procession from the church to the pantheon, accompanied by mariachis. It all forms a holiday that everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Hotels are 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners

  • The Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, as well as the Four-Star Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, were part of the exclusive resort selection on their list.

The prestigious 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Announced its Star Award Winners, where they recognize the most luxurious hotels and spas in the world; the winners list included four hotels from the Riviera Nayarit, located in Punta Mita and Nuevo Vallarta.

The winners included Five-Star, Four-Star, and Recommended hotels that deliver superior service and facilities.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fam Fest Latam 2018 at Hard Rock Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit

  • The fifth edition of this Fam Trip included over 250 travel agents from Mexico and Central and South America; this year’s slogan is “The 10 Most Latin Years.”

The fifth edition of the Fam Fest Latam 2018 was as spectacular, warm, fun, and successful as expected, with the presence of over 250 travel agents from different countries—mostly Mexico, South and Central America—as well as special guests from Europe and Asia.

Fam Fest Latam is a fam trip for travel agents, meeting planners, and wedding planners from the Latin American market sponsored every year by RCD Hotels.

Friday, October 5, 2018

World Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated in Bahía de Banderas

  • The activities in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta will be free and open to the general public, and will include birdwatching treks, a drawing contest for children, games, and art workshops.

“World Migratory Bird Day” will be celebrated for the first time next October 13th with the slogan “Uniting our voices for bird conservation. The celebrations will be hosted in all three of Bahía de Banderas’ municipalities: the Higuera Blanca public plaza in the Riviera Nayarit, the El Salado Estuary, and the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

The activities are free and open to the public and will include treks for birdwatching and environmental interpretation, a drawing contest for children, plus educational talks about the importance of the birds to the ecosystems and our own health, among many other surprises.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

“Low season” in the Riviera Nayarit is an opportunity for renewal

  • The decrease in the number of tourists during the months of September and October cues the hotels to remodel their properties with an eye on the upcoming winter season.

Over the past 11 years the Riviera Nayarit has registered a constant increase in hotel occupancy and influx of tourists during the months of September and October—typically considered the “low season” in the tourism industry.

This increase has been possible in large part thanks to the promotional work done by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and its business partners. According to Marc Murphy, managing director of this office and director of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), this work is maximized through the close collaboration the entity maintains with its hotel partners.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: San Pancho, tradition and a robust community spirit

  • This model town in the Riviera Nayarit offers visitors a riot of images; an ancient fishermen’s village, it boasts a strong community spirit and has managed to evolve without losing its essence.

Its full name is San Francisco, but everyone lovingly calls it "San Pancho:” an ancient fishermen's village that stands out as much for its natural beauty as for its artistic offer, so much so that it's known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

San Pancho is a magnet for tourists as well as domestic and international artists who, in many cases, have gone on to become residents of or frequent visitors to this quiet town with its cosmopolitan, artistic, and multicultural ambiance. There's no doubt this is the dream destination of many when they think of retiring to a peaceful place surrounded by natural beauty. San Pancho also boasts a strong community spirit, and it has learned to evolve without losing its essence.

This welcoming town quickly entices the visitor to walk down the cobblestone streets that cross the main avenue named Tercer Mundo, or Third World. The whirlwind of images begins the moment travelers cross the bridge just past Federal Highway 200. The church across from the plaza, for example, has a rustic architecture and white walls, and was dedicated to Saint Francis (San Francisco.) San Pancho celebrates patron saint feasts in his honor from September 26th through October 4th.  

There’s another small plaza at the end of Tercer Mundo Avenue with a sculpture of the Patron Saint, providing a quiet retreat of ancient trees, palms, and gardens. The beach is just a few streets away: it's a wide, clean beach frequented by bathers looking to chill out with a view of the water and other, more adventurous visitors who prefer to ride the Pacific waves on their surfboards.  
The new mural in the main plaza. 

Art and gastronomy

Visitors to San Pancho will find everything from cultural centers, galleries, arts and crafts stands, hostels, bakeries, cafés, and small restaurants to soccer, golf, and polo fields, and luxurious beach residences. 
Cielo Rojo Hotel Boutique

The rustic restaurants serving authentic cuisine from the coast of Nayarit stand right at the end of Tercer Mundo Avenue: ceviche, aguachile (raw shrimp marinated in lime juice), fish cooked over coal fires, and many other tasty plates. The Cielo Rojo restaurant and its Bistro restaurant are also in town, appealing to different palates: it's an organic establishment, meaning 80% of its products are from local farms, guaranteeing a quality product free of pesticides. The restaurant also promotes buying local, which generates added revenue for the local community.

San Pancho beach. 

The Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit
The first thing to catch the traveler’s eye is a rustic group of buildings lined up along the left side of Tercer Mundo Avenue. Known as Las Bodegas de San Pancho (San Pancho Warehouses), they are home to four cultural and ecological groups: Colectivo San Pancho in the Bodega 3; the Entre Amig@s educational Community Center; Alianza Jaguar; and the Bodega Circo (Circus Warehouse). 

These warehouses were built during the presidency of Luis Echeverría Álvarez. They stood unused for 20 years, but since 2006 they have served as a retreat for a group of young domestic and foreign artists who develop cultural products and projects. 

The warehouses have set the stage for the Sinergiarte Festival for the past 13 years. this cultural event came into being when the town’s artists joined together to share their work and promote art, culture, and traditions among the inhabitants of the community and their visitors. 

The organizers say the results have been very gratifying: Sinergiarte has become one of the most important cultural festivals in the region, consolidating this town as the “Cultural Capital of the State of Nayarit.”


The Children’s Circus
San Pancho has a lot to be proud of: it’s also home to the Children’s Circus, the only one of its kind in Mexico. The circus opens its doors yearly for a fundraising event: Every season, the Bodega Circo is transformed into an elaborate, fantastical stage to showcase the talent of local children and teens.

The school was created in 2011 by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil, and designed by Monique Voyer. What began as an introduction to the circus arts has become over the years something very precious for this town. The school has a professional team of instructors and a growing number of students looking to experience circus magic and other stage arts.

For more information visit:

The Children’s Circus

EntreAmigos Community Center
No write up of San Pancho would be complete without mentioning EntreAmigos, “a non-profit community center that works to forge ties between cultures and communities through the creation of educational programs for children and their families.”

EntreAmigos has also been recognized by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) as an Environmental and Educational Center (CECA) thanks to its commitment to raising awareness on environmental topics through culture and the arts. 

This community vision has been a critical factor in protecting San Pancho from the encroaching menace from real estate companies and the massive arrival of tourists during high season.

EntreAmigos Community Center

La Patrona Polo Club
La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, one of San Pancho's icons, has a top-notch, cutting-edge polo infrastructure—everything needed to be a part of the international circuit. The action centers around establishing new generations of new polo players, as well as supporting female polo. The ambiance is one of training and competition; the club is affiliated with and endorsed by the Mexican Polo Federation.

For more information:

La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club.

San Pancho is in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas tucked between the coastal villages of Sayulita and Lo de Marcos, and is part of the Riviera Nayarit tourism corridor. It’s about 45 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta, an hour and a half from the city of Tepic, and just three and a half hours from Guadalajara. 


La Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de Riviera Nayarit (OVC) y la Asociación de Hoteles y Moteles de Bahía de Banderas (AHMBB) trabajan intensamente en la promoción del destino, con el respaldo del Gobierno del Estado de Nayarit a través del Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística (Fiprotur). La oferta de productos turísticos relacionados con la cultura es un invaluable activo para estas acciones de promoción.