Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Riviera Nayarit Promotes Sports Tourism

  • The destination is seeking to raise awareness in tourists regarding its sports-themed activities and events via a press trip comprised of several national journalists as well as one from Brazil.

The Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently organized a mixed national/international press trip seeking to promote Sports Tourism.

“When we put together our press trips we usually try to coincide them with events in the destination,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “We also take them to different villages where they can enjoy the attractions of our micro-destinations.”

Monday, March 27, 2017

7th Riviera Nayarit Open Water “Nado Seguro” 5-3K Tournament

  • 700 participants from different areas of the country and beyond are expected to participate; they will be divided among 19 categories that span swimmers from 7 to over 70 years of age, plus a special category for the disabled and professionals.

On April 1, 2017, the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle will welcome the 7th Riviera Nayarti “Nado Seguro” 5-3K tournament.

This year’s event is celebrating its inclusion in the Global Swim Series, which will surely result in new growth for the tournament, as this particular organization boasts a global competition network in 26 countries with more than 38 thousand affiliated swimmers holding 80 competitions throughout the year.

During the press conference, event organizer Belín Villasante commented on this achievement, stating it was thanks mainly to the international positioning of the Riviera Nayarit, but also to the great connectivity and infrastructure, the increase in participants and other distinctions that make this one of the country’s most important competitions.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Riviera Nayarit Wins Two 2016 HSMAI Adrian Awards

  • This makes a total of eight awards garnered by the destination over the past five years from this prestigious 60-year-old firm: two gold, three silver and three bronze.

The first day of spring marked HSMAI’s (Hospitality, Sales & Marketing Association International) annual gala dinner, held in conjunction with Diamond Partner Accor Hotels, where they announced the winners of the 2016 HSMAI Adrian Awards. During the event, the Riviera Nayarit took home another two bronze plaques to add to its collection.

“These awards were definitely a gala occasion, as they’re considered the most important of their kind in the public relations, marketing and advertising industries,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “There’s no other tourism destination in Mexico with the amount of recognition the Riviera Nayarit has received on behalf of the HSMAI.”

Top 10 Surfing Beaches In The Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit has waves breaking all year round for every level of surfer, from those who are standing on a board for the very first time to those who defy Mother Nature’s extremes. Below please find the Destination’s Top 10 surfing beaches as chosen by the surfers themselves.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

“Run On Wings” 5K Fun Run

  • Participants can walk, run or ride their bikes; there will also be a fair complete with carnival games and raffles; the money raised will go to the Punta de Mita Sports Community Center.

The Punta de Mita Foundation is extending an open invitation for the general public to attend the “Run on Wings” 5K that will take place next Sunday, March 26, 2017, around 7 a.m. on the road from Higuera Blanca (Litibú) to Punta de Mita. This is a fun run for families and friends to enjoy time together.

The event has the full support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as that of local hotels and companies that are volunteering their help with the objective of continuing to promote sports and community development.

Expedia And TripAdvisor Showcase Nuevo Vallarta

  • Expedia chose Nuevo Vallarta as One of the Most Amazing Destinations in the World; meanwhile, its beaches are on the list of the 10 Most Popular Beaches in Mexico on TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice.

The Riviera Nayarit—more specifically, Nuevo Vallarta—is giving the tourism world even more to talk about now that two of the most important companies in the industry have placed the micro destination squarely on its popularity lists.

Nuevo Vallarta, known as the Riviera Nayarit’s Mainstream, has spearheaded the promotion of the Destination and is home to over half the hotel rooms available in the region, boasting a series of first class environmental and luxury recognitions.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

VII APEN All Star Mexico National Championship 2017

  • This weekend attendees will enjoy 40 group and 45 individual presentations by the 550 cheerleaders from eight states from around the country.

The VII edition of the APEN All Star Mexico National Championship titled “The Best Experience” will be held from March 24-26, 2017 in Nuevo Vallarta, organized by the Nayarit State Cheerleading Association (APEN, by its acronym in Spanish) with the full support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The competition is endorsed by the prestigious international Varsity firm; the two winning teams will have the opportunity to participate in the National Cheerleading Organization’s National Championship held by the Mexican Federation of Trainers and Cheerleaders, the top competition of its kind in the country.

“We’re very thankful for the support we’ve received from the Riviera Nayarit CVB,” said Armando Cárdenas, President of APEN. “The idea is to continue our joint collaboration to promote this discipline and continue hosting it in this destination for many years to come. The participants are very happy to compete in this paradise.”

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Joint Promotional Campaign Tours The Midwest

  • Once the seminars were done, over 180 travel agents from St. Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago had been updated on all the news from the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

The Midwestern states welcomed the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit Joint Promotional Campaign from March 13-15, 2017. The Promotions and Sales departments of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust were in charge of the activities.

“We want to increase the number of tourists from the Midwest, especially from Missouri and Wisconsin so they’ll be on par with those from Chicago, which is in third place among the states that send the most visitors to the Riviera Nayarit,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Friday, March 17, 2017



Follow #RivieraNayarit10 for latest on milestone year for every kind of travel personality
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – Do you need a reason to visit Riviera Nayarit this year? Here are 10! Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017 and we’ve rounded up the 10 most exciting events happening this year along its nearly 200-mile coastline. Whether you start off the year at the San Pancho Children’s Circus in March or visit in December to experience the 12th Festival Sinergiarte, there are plenty of events for everyone to enjoy.

Please see below for details about the top 10 events taking place in Riviera Nayarit in 2017:


Date: TBD October

In 2016 this culinary festival united 6 Michelin Stars, including Mexican Chef Roberto Ruiz! With high expectations for 2017, the activities already lined up include workshops, pairings, tastings, dinners and special events for the most demanding culinary professionals and foodies.

Date: November 10 – 19

Experience firsthand, the culinary creativity of some of the most highly qualified chefs in Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta and Tepic. What began as an idea to promote and enhance the culinary standards of the destinations, has turned into a magnificent cultural exchange of world-class cuisine featuring chefs from across the globe.

VII Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf
Date: November 30 – December 3

Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, is synonymous with luxury. Enjoy this signature event and its incomparable mix of gastronomy and golf in this favorite celebrity haunt—something undoubtedly hard to find anywhere else in Mexico. The event takes place at the two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in Punta Mita: The Pacifico Course at the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort and The Bahia Course at the St. Regis Resort. The Pacifico is rated as the #1 course in all of Latin America, whose optional “Tail of the Whale” par-three 19th hole is the only natural island green in the world. The newer Bahia Course features six stunning ocean holes.


12th Festival Sinergiarte, San Pancho
Date: TBD December

For all things culture and art in Riviera Nayarit, this festival in San Pancho – the Culture Capital or Riviera Nayarit – is a must. Last year’s festival kicked-off with a parade followed by 3 days of local food, performances, workshops, sports tournaments and exhibits highlighting all the town has to offer. International and Mexican artists participate and some even donate their art. This celebration usually takes place at the end of every year and is open to all.


Date: March 22 – 25

In 2011, Cirque du Soleil’s co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix and his wife Monique Voyer created a children's show at the Entre Amigos Educational Center in San Francisco. Their first show was so very well received, they started an arts school called "Circus of the Children of San Pancho." Since then, the children have been able to put on breathtaking annual performances in a town that continues to be culturally inspired and takes pride in investing in the arts of the community – and this year is expected to be no different.


9th Half Marathon and 10K, Nuevo Vallarta
Date: November 25

Presented by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS), the Half Marathon and 10K will take runners under the palm trees in balmy weather, with a cooling sea breeze and breathtaking views of the destination. There will be live entertainment along the Half Marathon course and an exciting finish line with music, food and more!


7th Open Water Swim Tournament, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Date: April 1

The Open Water Swim Tournament taking place in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle was recently admitted into the Global Swim Series, which connects swimmers from around the globe by creating a competitive and fun environment – exposing the destination to people from many countries around the world. Swimmers of all abilities and ages are encouraged to participate in this event with friends and family. The race consists of a single 1.25k loop and 3 or 4 loops for the longer distances. Afterwards spectators can head over to the Eva Mandarina Beach Club to enjoy a cold margarita.

VI International Beach Polo Cup, San Pancho
Date: TBD May

Combining the sport of kings with the beach has been a highly successful formula for the international positioning of the International Beach Polo Cup. This is the only polo competition that takes place so close to the water, as the players compete just a few yards from the waves in Flamingos. Participants include the best polo players in the country, as well as a handful of foreign competitors.

Wind Festival, Bucerias
Date: May 19 – 21

Bucerías, the Wind Surfing Capital of Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating its top sports competition during the Wind Festival, which is considered one of the top five most important of its kind in the world. Watching over 200 competitors riding the wind from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to Bucerías on the DownWind race is an amazing sight, as are the Freestyle and Slalom races.

The 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference, Nuevo Vallarta
Date: November 4-8

Riviera Nayarit won the bid against the United States and Russia to host the 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference, making this the destination’s most recent achievement as it begins its 10th Anniversary celebrations. This annual conference is held at a central meeting point to review, discuss and celebrate the strategy of sailing. Taking place at the Paradise Village hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, the event will host four hundred committee members and 700 attendees, as well as a variety of social and international events throughout the destination.

For more information on Riviera Nayarit, please visit www.rivieranayarit.com.


About Riviera Nayarit          
In 2017, Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier destination of Mexico. Renowned for its matchless luxury and protected natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.       

Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, while Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination is home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants.

For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit. Check out #RivieraNayarit10 throughout the year for special anniversary deals and information.  

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Top 10 Recognitions For The Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit has obtained international recognitions on many levels. We’d like to share a list of awards received during this ongoing celebration of the Destination’s first decade, with more still pending on the topics of Luxury and Nature, which are just part of what makes Mexico’s Pacific Treasure so special.

10 – The Top 120 Restaurants in Mexico 
The Guía México Gastronómico for 2016 and 2017 chose three restaurants from Nayarit to be among the top 120 in Mexico: El Delfín in the Garza Canela hotel in San Blas, headed by Chef Betty Vázquez; Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Punta Mita, headed by José Meza; and Emiliano Comida y Vino in Tepic, with Marco Valdivia as the lead.

The San Pancho Children’s Circus Presents “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  • This year’s concept was inspired by William Shakespeare’s comedy; tickets for the general public are priced at $450 pesos.

Every year the San Pancho Children’s Circus puts on a fabulous presentation at the Bodega Circo to show off their hard work and progress, while raising money to fund this dream come true that takes place in the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil, is the founder and creative director of the San Pancho Children’s Circus. Together with his team he has prepared a brand new show that will take the stage March 22-25, 2017, with one presentation per night starting at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Matt Damon And Other Celebrities In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Besides de American actor other famous faces such as Alejandro Fernández, Yuri and a slew of models, musicians and actors have been sighted.

Celebrities continue visiting the Riviera Nayarit—every day there are more famous faces showing up to enjoy Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, with Matt Damon being the latest big star to vacation in the Destination, specifically in Sayulita.

Last week the US star dined at a restaurant in Sayulita, where practically the entire staff asked him for a picture, to which he graciously agreed. His long career spans over 30 films, with him as leading man in several of them.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

III Riviera Nayarit Guayabitos Bike Fest

  • This festival includes route rides, mountain biking, urban riding and BMX along different circuits extending from Tepic to Rincón de Guayabitos, including the Cerro de la Cruz and the Sierra de Vallejo.

The third edition of the Riviera Nayarit Guayabitos Bike Fest is preparing to head out from March 17-19, 2017. This event offers not only rides but also plenty of competition for those who like to put their mettle to the test.

“The idea behind the festival is to bring together the top disciplines in bike riding in one place: route, mountain, urban and BMX,” said event organizer Alejandro Haro. “What we’d like to see happen is for bike riders to shed their labels and come together to form a single cycling culture and community.”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

RCI Acknowledges The Riviera Nayarit’s Hotels

  • 11 of the destination’s hotels received the 2017 Gold Crown Resort; the company also presented four 2017 Excellence in Service awards and four 2017 Premier Plus awards, among others.

The company with the largest timeshare network in the world, RCI (Resort Condominiums International), has been and will be presenting awards over the course of the next few days to the Riviera Nayarit hotels that are affiliated with this group.

The are 11 hotels that have now received the 2017 Gold Crown Resort award: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Marival Residences Luxury Resort, Marival Resort & Suites, Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta, Mayan Sea Garden Nuevo Vallarta, The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, Iberostar Playa Mita and Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

120 New People Sign Up For The Isla De Mexcaltitán BCN

  • The Isla de Mexcaltitán and Boca de Camichín, in Santiago Ixcuintla, are the two groups with the largest number of participants, each one with approximately 180 volunteer workers.

The 34th edition of the Riviera Nayarit’s Beach Cleanup Network (BCN) took place the same week the destination’s first place position in the number of Certified Clean Beaches was cemented with 12. On this occasion, the news was the addition of 120 new volunteers to the cleanup crew on the Isla de Mexcaltitán. 

This cleanup is done in anticipation of the Holy Week and Easter vacation season, during which thousands of visitors are expected in all of the Riviera Nayarit’s micro-destinations.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Top Ten Infrastructure Projects In The Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination that’s constantly evolving: in 2016 alone it welcomed the grand opening of the Hotel W Punta de Mita, a Greg Norman-designed Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, the La Cruz-Punta de Mita highway, and the renovation of San Pancho’s La Patrono Polo and Equestrian Club.

There are also several other projects on the table, some will be ready this year and others have been recently announced, but it’s a fact they’ll all bring in more development, which is why they’re being included in the Top Ten Infrastructure Projects in the Riviera Nayarit.

Riviera Nayarit Leads The Way In Clean Beaches

  • There are now 12 beaches that comply with Regulation NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006: two have new certificates, five were confirmed and another five are still current for another year.

As he awarded the certificates during the laying of the cornerstone for the Costa Canuva project, Roberto Sandoval, Governor of Nayarit, noted the Riviera Nayarit continues to be the national leader in Certified Clean Beaches under regulation NMX120-SCFI-2006, set out by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat by its acronym in Spanish).

The Destination grew from having 10 certified clean beaches to boasting 12 with the addition of Guayabitos and the Isla del Coral, which received their certificates for the first time.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Costa Canuva Lays Cornerstone In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The total cost of the project is 1.8 billion dollars; the Mota-Engil capital investment represents 36 billion pesos; the first of five luxury hotels will be opened by Fairmont; it will be home to the first golf course co-designed by Lorena Ochoa and Greg Norman; Cristian Ronaldo will own a home within the development.

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the cornerstone of the Costa Canuva project was laid; this is the newest Integrally Planned Resorts (CIP by its acronym in Spanish) in the Riviera Nayarit, which spurred the urbanization of this development located in Compostela that will be administered by the Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (Fonatur), Mexico’s national trust for tourism promotion.  

Roberto Sandoval, Governor of the state of Nayarit, led the event, along with Rafael Lang, Managing Director of Mota-Engil Turismo; Miguel Reyes, Managing Director of Fonatur; and Alicia Monroy, Mayor of Compostela. Also present, representatives of the three levels of government and several tourism industry special guests.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spanish Writers Enjoyed A Winter Press Trip To The Riviera Nayarit

  • This press trip will generate over 700 thousand media impressions within Spain and its surroundings; the focus was on lifestyle, gastronomy, nature and travel.

The Public Relations desks of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust organized a press trip for four Spanish journalists to close out the winter season. The trip lasted from February 27 to March 5, 2017.

Once their visit in Puerto Vallarta came to a close, the guests visited the Riviera Nayarit region, including Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, Bucerías, the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtlee, San Pancho, Punta de Mita, Higuera Blanca and Sayulita, all part of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Anato 2017 Means Positive Progress For The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta

  • Standouts include meetings headed by the MTB with Avianca and Copa Airlines with both destinations present in order to drive new direct flights from South America, with possibilities of being firmed up by 2018.

The 2017 XXXVI Anato Tourism Showcase took place from March 1-3 in Bogota, Colombia, serving up some very positive progress for the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit Joint Promotional Campaign. Lourdes Behro, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board, spearheaded the participation of Mexico in what is considered the most important tourism fair in Latin America.

The Promotions areas of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust carried out a full schedule between meetings and interviews with wholesalers, airlines and the local media.