Friday, December 7, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Focuses on Travelers in the Northeast of the United States

  • Representatives from the Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur visited Portland and Seattle to train over 100 travel agents and sales consultants.

The Riviera Nayarit reinforced its promotional efforts in the Northeastern region of the United States with two training events held in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. This area is one of the natural markets for the destination thanks to its connectivity. The team also visited the Costco Travel call center in the nearby city of Issaquah, Washington.

The events formed part of the Joint Promotional Campaign spearheaded by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta since 2013 with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup at La Patrona Polo Club in San Pancho

  • Top polo players from Mexico, Portugal, the United States, and Argentina are participating in the event; for the first time the event will have a guest country: Canada.

The 7th edition of the Riviera Nayarit Polo Club is set to take place from December 6th through the 9th in San Pancho, Nayarit. La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club will host the Cup for the second time, blending polo, art, gastronomy, mixology, fashion, and music in a single event.

The tournament will include four handicap goals with players from Mexico, Portugal, the United States, Argentina, and Canada; the latter is the guest country. 

The Best New Year’s Eve Events are on at the Riviera Nayarit

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Associations (AHMBB) support sports competitions, conventions, and cultural activities as part of their promotional efforts.

The year is almost over and the activity In the Riviera Nayarit hasn’t slowed down: December is just as intense as the previous months! There are six important events, among them the VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup and the 13th Sinergiarte Festival.

The intense promotional work carried out by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) has been key for the realization of the destination’s events, generating visitors and high visibility thanks to all the media coverage.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Carries Out Successful Media Tour in Three Canadian Cities

Richard Zarkin, Public Relations Manager for the Riviera Nayarit CVB with Diane Bolt, Editorial Director for WestJet Magazine and Sara Samson, Senior Editor. 

  • Twenty-one journalists from top media in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver got a closer look at Mexico’s Pacific Treasure thanks to the Riviera Nayarit CVB’s Public Relations office.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau carried out a Media Tour in Canada’s most important cities to continue strengthening ties with media from the top countries of origin for tourists to the region.

The tour took place from November 19th to the 23rd and was led by Richard Zarkin, Public Relations Manager for the CVB, as a continuation of the promotional work he began last August when he interviewed with 31 journalists in the United States.

Sunday, December 2, 2018


  • Luxury hotels, golf courses, marinas, beautiful beaches, and high-end restaurants… Everything you need is in the Náutico Turístico development!

Even after 30-plus years since it was created the Fraccionamiento Turístico Náutico Residencial in Nuevo Vallarta continues to be one of the most innovative developments in the area thanks to its concept and design. Along with the neighboring Condominio Maestro Los Flamingos, it has all the characteristics and advantages of a leading tourist micro-destination.

The development was designed to offer tourists and residents a welcoming and luxurious experience. Currently over half the accommodations in the Riviera Nayarit are located here and its hotels and resorts are among the most luxurious, not to mention it boasts two of the most prestigious 18-hole golf courses.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Intense Promotion for the Riviera Nayarit in Argentina Ahead of the South American Summer

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Puerto Vallarta Fidetur Joint Tour visited the cities of Mendoza, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario.

The Riviera Nayarit’s promotional actions successfully continue in South America. The caravan visited the cities of Mendoza, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario to offer presentations on the destination as summer has nearly arrived in the region, and that’s the time of year when Argentine’s travel the most.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) held workshops and trade shows in the aforementioned cities, where they registered 200 travel agent attendees (50 per event), as well as top wholesalers from this South American country, hotel representatives from both destinations, and Montserrat Santelles, representative for the MTB in Argentina.
Catch TUI’s newest direct flight to Mexico’s Pacific Coast

TUI announces new weekly flights from Manchester to the Banderas Bay region

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday operator, has announced plans for a new long-haul flight programme from Manchester Airport to Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Due to high demand, the extra flights to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport in the state of Jalisco, and also connecting the Riviera Nayarit in the state of Nayarit, will start in winter 2019. The programme includes more options for ten and eleven-night holidays. 

The flights will operate on a 787 Dreamliner aircraft and are available to book now. Travellers can also book their summer 2020 holidays well in advance.

Touch down in Banderas Bay!

After 11 hours in the air, you’ll touch down in the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, ready to experience the beauty of Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, is well known for its golden sandy beaches, lively nightlife and thriving cultural heritage. 

The destination spans in Banderas Bay from Marina Vallarta, the Hotel Zone, downtown (El Centro) and the South Shore, with each region boasting a distinctive charm.

You can spend your days shopping at the city centre or strolling along the Malecon, a mile-long boardwalk winding along the coast. You might even catch a glimpse of humpback whales breaching the water’s surface in Banderas Bay.  

Outside of the city, you can adventure in the dense Sierra Madre jungle or zip line through the trees at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

Stay north in the Riviera Nayarit

As an extra incentive, Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, is right next door. 

This high-spirited region stretches across the resort town Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village San Blas, celebrity hideout Punta Mita, surfing haven Sayulita, miles of serene beaches that start in the spectacular Banderas Bay. 

There are 200 miles of Pacific coastline to discover, dotted with dozens of luxurious resorts, seaside towns and nature sanctuaries. 

Don’t miss a trip to Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and the Hidden Beach of the Marietas Islands, which make for great days out swimming in the sea. 

Book your TUI flight to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit here.

For more information on both destinations, visit the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit websites.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

3rd Commercial and Cultural Wixárika People Expo in San Pancho

  • The Riviera Nayarit’s Capital of Culture is hosting the event from November 29th through December 2nd with the participation of 35 wixaritaris artisan groups, traditional medicine men, gastronomy, and music.

Nayarit’s artisans are getting ready to present the extraordinary riches of their unique culture during the 3rd Commercial and Cultural Wixárika Huichol People Nayarit 2018, to take place from November 29th through December 2nd in San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit.

The 2018 edition will be the first to take place in this coastal village, known as the Riviera Nayarit’s Capital of Culture. The previous years’ events were held in Sayulita to great success.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Riviera Nayarit now has 75 newly-certified security officers and supervisors

  • Staff from 12 of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) members hotels received Certificates of Occupational Competence for the On-Site Surveillance of Goods and People.

A total of 75 supervisors and security officers received certificates from the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Competency Standards (CONOCER) for the EC0060 On-Site Surveillance of Goods and People standard. The certification process is part of the commitment the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) has with its member properties.

The handing out of certificates to those charged with security in the Riviera Nayarit’s hotels took place last Friday, November 23rd, at the Riu Palace Pacífico hotel. The ceremony was headed by Carlos Irecta, president of the Bahía de Banderas Safety Committee, and Esteban Orosco, vice president and coordinator for the committee.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

When in Riviera Nayarit: 5 Things Experienced Only at the Destination

When in Riviera Nayarit: 5 Things Experienced Only at the Destination

Famed for its Pacific coastline, natural beauty, restaurants and abundant activities for the whole family, Riviera Nayarit offers singular experiences for a one-of-a-kind vacation

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO (November 26, 2018) – As the new year approaches, Riviera Nayarit is inviting those adventurous travelers who prefer to make travel trends than to follow them, to plan a trip to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure in 2019. Aside from 192 miles of pristine coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains and endless protected natural marvels, the destination boats a variety of experiences that can only be had in Riviera Nayarit.

For example:

1. Play Hole 3B - “Tail of The Whale” - The World’s Only Green on a Natural Island
Luxurious and exclusive Punta Mita, is a haven for golfers with two Jack-Nicklaus designed courses: Pacifico and Bahia. Spread over 200 acres, Pacifico takes full advantage of its location on the exclusive peninsula, offering views of the Pacific Ocean and Banderas Bay. Its most famous hole is 3B, which Nicklaus himself called the best hole he ever designed. It’s about 194 yards from the shore on a natural island green, a challenge to drive a ball to. At low tide, a whale shaped sandbar pathway leads to the island, giving it the nickname “Tail of the Whale.” Otherwise it can be reached via unique amphibious golf carts. Travelers might even see real Humpback whales swimming offshore during their annual Pacific migration.

2. Camp for a Day or Overnight at Isla Isabel – Home to several species of birds
Some of the world’s most unique species inhabit Isla Isabel, a volcanic island nature sanctuary located in Santiago Ixcuintla, about 40 miles off the coast of San Blas. Although it was recently declared a protected natural area by the Mexican federal government, its origins date back about 3,000 years. It is now a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve and national park with mountains and cliffs that offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most coveted activities during winter is swimming with whale sharks off the main coast on the way to Isla Isabel. These gentle giants, considered the largest fish on the planet, swim against the currents that dive from the estuaries in to the ocean with a lot of food source. At nearly 50 feet in length and up to 13 tons in weight, these gentle giants are huge but harmless, and typically seen from November through March. The island is also home to bird species normally associated with the Galapagos Islands, including the fascinating Blue-Footed Booby, the Yellow-Footed Brown Booby and the Red-Footed Booby. Very few permits are authorized for visiting, and overnighters should come prepared with sleeping tents. 

3. Celebrate Cacao at Mexicolate –Only in San Pancho and Sayulita in Riviera Nayarit
The magic bean known as chocolate has been a specialty of Mexico since the ancient Aztecs and Mayans ruled this region. In Riviera Nayarit, Mexicolate makes of dreamy blends of chocolate and other locally grown ingredients, from chili pepper blends to vanilla, cinnamon and other spices. The authentic process uses sun dried beans, with blends free of sugar and milk, recreating as closely as possible the way chocolate was enjoyed in pre-Columbian times. They are located exclusively in Riviera Nayarit, with an outlet in San Pancho and another in Sayulita.

4. Try the World’s Largest Corncobs
As it is with chocolate, corn is native to the Americas, but the state of Nayarit in particular is home to the largest corn cobs in the world, an achievement recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. The main event celebrating corn here is The Sweet Corn Fair in Jala and Xalisco region, held in mid-August around the time of the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. However, travelers can expect to indulge on delicious corn all through the harvest season. The region is a driving distance from the Riviera Nayarit, about one hour from San Blas and three hours from Nuevo Vallarta. The largest corncob ever grown in the region was 20 inches long, but most average at least a foot, with annual winners usually in the 14 to 16-inch range.

Experience Riviera Nayarit’s Native Local Culture with Huichol and Temazcal Rituals

Riviera Nayarit allows you to connect with native Mexican culture in many ways. Among the most intriguing are the Huichol ceremony available at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Temazcal rituals at Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita. Both properties include these experiences in packages that make them easily accessible. The beachside Huichol wedding ceremony is a part of the unique culture of this tribe, that still lives nearby in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The bride wears traditional Huichol white-attire adorned with flowers or deer embroidery, while the groom dons a palm hat adorned with tree seeds or feathers. The Temazcal ritual at Imanta is a form of hothouse experience, a spiritual cleaning conducted inside of a volcanic rock dome structure, connecting its practitioners to ancient rituals performed over the centuries throughout Mesoamerica. 

Riviera Nayarit is the ideal destination for a one-of-a-kind trip that connects travelers to the native Mexican culture through experiences solely found in the region. Moreover, it is easily accessible, as it offers connections to most major U.S. and Canadian cities through Puerto Vallarta´s International Airport, which is serviced by 250 international and national flights per week.


About Riviera Nayarit
Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities abound from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. A further testament to the destination’s hospitality offerings, Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels and 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels. Rounding out the destination’s allure, superior quality international gastronomy awaits including a AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit is conveniently 10 minutes north of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

To discover the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Running in Paradise: 10th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon and 10K

  • The prettiest route in Mexico, certified by AIMS, will be followed by more than 800 runners on Saturday, November 24th; there will be road closures in Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos.

The 2018 Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon and 10K celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, November 24th, with the participation of more than 800 athletes that will run one of the prettiest routes in Mexico, located within the Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood.

Both the Half Marathon and the 10K Athletic Race will be run along the development’s main avenues, including the Condominio Maestro Flamingos and the El Tigre Golf Course from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Nuevo Vallarta Obtains Silver EarthCheck Certificate for Third Consecutive Year

  • The Fraccionamiento Turístico Náutico area, the gateway to the Riviera Nayarit, has kept its environmental management and improvement programs current to obtain this international certification once again.

The Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico area in Nuevo Vallarta recently received the Silver EarthCheck certification for the third year in a row, demonstrating the commitment of the Riviera Nayarit, Bahía de Banderas, and the State Government to preserving its cultural heritage and environment.

With this EarthCheck certification, Nuevo Vallarta maintains the leadership it first obtained in 2016 within a select group of sustainable tourist destinations that have been certified by this international standard.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Art, Gastronomy, Fashion, and Music at the VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup

  • San Pancho’s La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club to host the top equestrian event in the region from December 6-9, 2018.

All the passion of the “Sport of Kings” will be on display at the VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup, celebrated from December 6-9, 2018, at La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club. The club is considered one of the best designed clubs in the country and lies tucked away in the tropical jungles of San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit.

Although it’s the cup’s seventh year, this is only the second event hosted at the inimitable La Patrona, which continues to boost this equestrian activity as one of the destination’s luxury options.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Month of Colour and Christmas Spirit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

A Month of Colour and Christmas Spirit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Why you don’t want to miss Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit this December

Despite its tropical setting, Mexico’s Pacific Coast radiates traditional Christmas character. Throughout December, you’ll find brightly decorated streets, festive scenes and restaurants serving up the finest seasonal cuisine. Add Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, with its pristine beaches, crystal waters and cheerful events, and you get two unmissable Christmas destinations.

A Colourful Christmas Month

In Puerto Vallarta, the run-up to Christmas starts 1 December with the Guadalupe processions. Bearing the name of Puerto Vallarta and Mexico’s patron saint, this 12-day series of parades is a sight to behold. Expect floats, folk dancers, great music and fireworks to kick off the month with a bang.

12 December marks the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe, an important religious and social holiday. Hundreds of people gather in Puerto Vallarta’s central plaza to enjoy the region’s specialties along with a fireworks display. You can also head to Quimixto, a small south shore community, where a “flotilla” of decorative fishing boats illuminates the coast.
During Christmas Week, 16–24 December, everyone celebrates with gatherings called posadas, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Then, on Christmas Day, there’s a big party full of festive dishes, piñatas and Mexican Christmas traditions.

Sun, Sand and Sea Adventures

On top of the celebrations, beach bums will be glad to hear that Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have 250 miles of coastline, as well as an average water temperature of 23°C in December.

December is also one of the best times for whale watching as migrating humpback whales flock to Banderas Bay to give birth. Eco-tours provide the chance to learn about these incredible creatures and see them up close.

If you like to hit the waves, drop by Sayulita in the Riviera Nayarit, a tranquil fishing village that draws surfers from all corners of the world. The Surf Classic is an annual surf event in December that is popular with both locals and international surfers. Bucerías is another great option to catch a wave and wind for those Kitesurfing adrenaline lovers.

Not forgetting Christmas gifts! The stalls in Riviera Nayarit are full of the native Huichol’s colourful crafts. These beautiful souvenirs make for unusual presents for your loved ones, bringing a touch of Mexico at Christmas time.

New Year’s Eve

In Mexico, the end of the year is celebrated with fiestas in clubs, hotels and restaurants. Live music rings out through the night and parties last well into the morning.

So, if you want a break from the dark and cold in the UK but still want all the festive spirit and colourful traditions, Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the place to go. And if you can’t make it this time, there’s always next year.

Fly Direct

Celebrating the season? Book a direct TUI flight to Puerto Vallarta International Airport from London Gatwick and Manchester, or via AeroMexico to Mexico City from London Heathrow.