Friday, February 12, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta Train Mexico City Agents

  • Mexico City is the third city of origin in volume of national tourists to the Riviera Nayarit: 11.5% of the visitors to the Destination in 2015 were from the nation’s capital.

From February 8-12, 2016, Mexico City was the site of different promotional activities in order to update the city’s travel agents with the latest info to enable them to better promote the destinations.

The promotion and sales departments of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) have trained 370 travel agents with the objective of strengthening sales in this region for the upcoming vacation season in Mexico.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Romantic Getaway In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB, Fiancee Bodas magazine and Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit are giving away a 2-night/3-day trip for two during the Month of Love and Friendship; this contest is valid only in Mexico.

The Riviera Nayarit always keeps its visitors in mind and this February is no exception. And to prove it, the Marketing Department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is launching its “Riviera Nayarit Romantic Getaway” contest on February 15, 2016.

The objective is to promote the Riviera Nayarit as a destination for Weddings and Romance. The contest will be held jointly with specialty magazine Fiancee Bodas, whose readers form part of the destination’s natural market.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

March Equals High-Octane Fun In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There’s the XXIV International Banderas Bay Regatta, the 3rd Puerto de Chacala Music Festival, the Children’s Circus, the Riviera Nayarit Hot Air Balloon Fair, the “Titans of the Pacific” Martial Arts Open, the #RoxyFitness Riviera Nayarit and, on top of it all, it’s Easter Week!

March is going to be a month of high-octane fun in the Riviera Nayarit as it play host to all kinds of artistic and sporting events, including martial arts, sailing, Stand Up Paddle, races, yoga, the circus arts, music, hot air balloon flights and, as if that weren’t enough, it’s time once again for the traditional Easter Week vacation.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Punta Mita: Luxury Leader In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The standout was the inclusion of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita among the “Top Ten Best Hotels in Mexico in 2016” by the Huffington Post.

Punta Mita is among the microdestinations in the Riviera Nayarit that most stands out on the international stage as the leader in the positioning of the Destination in the luxury market. The following is a compilation of publications that have featured the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula.

“Punta Mita is famous for being home to the most exclusive development in Mexico and its reputation keeps growing, thanks to the fact that it’s become the favorite hangout on the Mexican Pacific for celebrities, among other things,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Entre Amigos Celebrates San Pancho’s Community Festival

  • San Pancho will celebrate with a colorful family-friendly fiesta filled with art, education, ecology, love and fun, proving once again why it’s the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

On February 13th the Entre Amigos Community Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the “San Pancho’s Community Festival.” San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit will be filled with art, family-friendly fun, love and happiness.

“What’s interesting about San Pancho is there are a lot of organizations that are turning 10 at the same time,” said Nicole Swedlow, Creator and Director of Entre Amigos. “Around that time, ten years ago, we were all a bit younger and we were all thinking about what kind of a future we wanted for San Pancho, what kind of a world we wanted to live in and how we were going to do it. And with our youth, with our ideas and the thought that, yes, it’s possible, we did it. And we’re still doing it!”

“The community already feels the investment of energy and love that Entre Amigos and many other organizations have put in,” added Swedlow with a smile. “Now we can celebrate this path we’re making towards a better future together with the entire community and our own kids.”

Saturday, February 6, 2016

PMGG Is The Top Event Of Its Kind In Mexico

  • Mexico was more present than ever at the VI edition of this event, where 40% of the attendees were Nationals.

Attendees of the VI edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic (PMGG) called it the best golf, wine and culinary event in Mexico, defining it as an event that showcases the best of Mexico: its cuisine and its chefs, the country’s top representatives.

“Punta Mita—the most exclusive development in Mexico and the best address in the Riviera Nayarit—takes center stage once again with the VI edition of the PMGG,” stated Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With events such as this the Glamour Peninsula of the Riviera Nayarit continues to lead the way for the positioning of the luxury segment, as was validated by our recent Golden Travvy 2016 Award for Best Luxury Destination in Mexico.”

Friday, February 5, 2016

AHMBB Board of Directors Reelected By Unanimous Vote

  • The continuity of the AHMBB Board of Directors and the support of the three levels of government have been key to the fact the Riviera Nayarit has become one of Mexico’s most important tourism destinations on an international scale.

The Yearly Assembly of the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB, by its acronym in Spanish) took place on February 3, 2016, in Nuevo Vallarta, where the Board of Directors was reelected by a unanimous vote.

The AHMBB Board of Directors is as follows: Fernando González Ortega, President; Jesús Carmona, Vice President; Heriberto Pineda, Treasurer; and spokespersons Ignacio Mendoza and James Hughes.
Omar Camarena, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Nayarit, was present at the meeting, who has been in constant communication with the AHMBB and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) since his recent nomination. Juanita Duarte, Subsecretary of State for Nayarit, was also present.

The Riviera Nayarit Will Host Mexico’s First #Roxyfitness

  • This innovative sporting event is not a competition—it’s all for the fun of gathering 1,000 women who want to enjoy Run+SUP+Yoga in Mexico’s top luxury destination.

The Riviera Nayarit will be the first destination in Mexico to host the #Roxyfitness Run+SUP+Yoga on March 26, 2016, an exclusive event for women who like the sporting life.

Organized by Roxy and sponsored by Liverpool and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the support of the Nayarit State Government and the Banderas Bay City Council, the #Roxyfitness event will take place on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Riviera Nayarit, the Mexico's Hottest Destination

  •  The synergy between the ocean and the mountains creates a very inviting climate, the extraordinary biodiversity of its flora and fauna inspire its idyllic scenery, its people are renowned for their hospitality and nature is its finest luxury: this is the Riviera Nayarit.

In the western reaches of Mexico there are 66 miles of Pacific coast that run along the state of Nayarit leading up to the elevations of the Western Sierra Madres… This is the home of the Riviera Nayarit, a beach destination where luxury and nature come together to create a paradise that’s ready to welcome guests any time of the year.

The Riviera Nayarit is made up of 23 microdestinations and much, much more. This is a collection of coastal villages that offer everything you might desire: culture, cuisine, traditions, adventure, nature and history.

From the beginning it has attracted investment from top hotel chains, achieving the recognition of tourism specialists from around the world. Its service infrastructure is of the highest quality.

In a little more than a decade, the Riviera Nayarit has hosted key events on an international level. Perhaps, on your next visit, you might have the chance to be here on vacation during one of them for your enjoyment.

Here, Mother Nature has placed herself well within reach. That means encounters with marine turtles, humpback whales, whale sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, birds and an endless number of other species, as the Riviera Nayarit is home to many that are endemic and others that migrate to its shores. And in the Sierra del Vallejo, the jaguar is king.

If sports are what you’re looking for, the Riviera Nayarit offers everything that’s powered by the wind and the waves, as well as others a bit more sedate, like golfing or fishing. Need adrenaline? You’ll be happy to know there’s plenty of mountain and road biking, triathlons, races, swimming, scuba diving, paddling… In fact, there’s something for everyone. You can even take to the stratosphere and skydive or float over the landscape in a hot-air balloon.

With an average yearly temperature of 77˚F (25˚C), our winters are quite comfortable. And if you love the summer weather, then the Riviera Nayarit has just what you’re looking for with beaches galore to help cool you off. Consider this your invitation: it’s time to experience the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure!


All Eyes Are On The Riviera Nayarit

  • Internet sites in Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, Norway and even China are writing about Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit is on a roll as it continues to position itself on an international level, with interest from the international media on the increase. Keep reading for look at the latest news from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

“Consistency and perseverance are the key to success,” commented Marc Murphy, the Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Some people may not know the destination, some may know part of it, but it’s always important to continue to show what we have to offer, which is quite a bit.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mexico tourism industry not impacted by the Zika Virus

The Mexico Tourism Board reported that the Zika virus infection is a new and emerging disease in the country with only a minimal number of cases identified. Epidemiologic studies have found that the virus is under control in the country. With very few cases identified and containment efforts in place the tourism industry in Mexico has not been affected and is not at risk.

The Ministry of Health of Mexico launched a variety of measures to maintain epidemiological control of the virus and limit its potential to spread. As the Zika virus infection is similar to that of dengue and chikungunya, prevention programs, health communication activities, and epidemiology screenings implemented since 2014, have helped to minimize the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the country.

Measures to prevent and control the virus will remain in place to inhibit an outbreak.  Additionally, stronger clinical services and operations, epidemiology screenings, health communication programs and vector control efforts have been deployed. 

The Mexico Tourism Board urges visitors to follow the guidelines presented by the Ministry of Health of Mexico to reduce the chance of mosquito bites. 

Recommendations for the public and pregnant women:
  •         Wear long sleeves, pants, and bug repellant
  •         Wash and cover the containers and dishes that hold water
  •          Keep doors and windows closed and use screens  
  •          Follow prenatal care guidelines 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The 2016 Gala Vallarta-Nayarit Consolidates Promotional Alliances

  • Over 900 business appointments took place over the two workdays with the participation of over 600 tourism professionals from among 65 wholesalers, 83 hotels and the tourism offices from the destinations. Seventy percent of the wholesalers were domestic, the rest were foreign.

The 23rd Gala Vallarta-Nayarit has served to strengthen the promotional alliances between wholesalers and the national and international airlines with the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta’s hoteliers.

“Now that we’re talking about the tourism recovery it’s important to mention how essential the trust of our wholesaler and airline partners has been. They were steadfast in their support during our darkest hours, strengthening our alliances and making them long-lasting,” said Fernando González Ortega, President of the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association.

González Ortega also extended his gratitude to Governor Roberto Sandoval for the safe environment achieved in Nayarit.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Check Out The Longest Golf Cart Bridge In The World

The Riviera Nayarit boasts the longest hanging bridge for golf carts in the world, a recent build that aids the flow of players between the two Vidanta golf courses in Nuevo Vallarta.

The bridge is a quarter of a mile long and connects the Greg Norman course with the Jack Nicklaus course via the Ameca River.

Tom Stickney, Director of the Vidanta Golf Academy and head of Vidanta Golf Sales and Marketing, pointed out that iconic elements such as this bridge between the two courses will become a worldwide draw for players.

“We have excellent golf courses in the region, but this is the kind of thing that makes a difference,” commented Stickney, who invited all golf players to come check out the new golf course and the bridge, which is definitely out of the ordinary.

There are other iconic elements on the Riviera Nayarit’s golf courses. For example, the famous Hole 3B in the Punta Mita Pacífico Course, also called the “Tail of the Whale”, is known around the world as the only green located on it’s own natural island. 

Sayulita Takes The Internet By Storm

  • The Surf Capital of the Riviera Nayarit and one of Mexico’s newest Magical Villages is causing a stir in America, Europe and Asia.

One of the Riviera Nayarit microdestinations is causing a stir throughout the continent and beyond the borders of the Americas: we’re talking about Sayulita Pueblo Mágico, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital.

Whether it came about via the efforts of the Public Relations office of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) or by interest of the media themselves, the news on the web is nonstop.

“There are several factors that have increased interest in Sayulita, such as when we brought the Stand Up Paddle Championship here last year,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Social Organizations Convene For Grants In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Fundación Punta de Mita A.C. is searching for community projects that fall under the umbrella of education, health, environment and community development to lend them economic support.

The Fundación Punta de Mita A.C. has launched the 2016 Fortalecimiento a las Organizaciones de Base (FOROB) open call in Banderas Bay. Sustainable grassroots projects that benefit the community and submit a proposal may receive a matching grant of up to $100 thousand pesos.

FOROB represents a collaboration of national and international associations with the Fundación Punta de Mita as their liaison in the region. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau supports works that promote collective community efforts.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Hotels On TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice List

  • TripAdvisor has over 340 million unique monthly visitors and over 200 million reviews in 45 countries; they contemplated some five million establishments, among them, four hotels from the Riviera Nayarit.

TripAdvisor published their 2016 Travellers’ Choice, a list of the best hotels in Mexico and the world according to their readers—and the Riviera Nayarit’s hotels stood out for their popularity, luxury and excellent service.

The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Marival Residences Luxury Resort were chosen to receive the top honors bestowed by TripAdvisor, who took into consideration millions of comments from their readers.

“It’s not unusual for the Riviera Nayarit hotels to be among the best—their quality is a given,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, who congratulated the winners. “We’re very pleased because it keeps us top of mind in the tourism industry.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit Took Center Stage At Fitur 2016

  • The upward tendency of the Riviera Nayarit’s positioning on an international level was in evidence during the 36th edition of Fitur, and consumers and businesses were quick to take notice.

The Promotions department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau was present at the 2016 International Tourism Fair (Fitur, by its acronym in Spanish) as part of the Nayarit state committee headed by Governor Roberto Sandoval Castañeda.

“We’re here to support our hoteliers so they can continue to generate employment, spur development and boost the consumption of agricultural products in Nayarit,” declared Roberto Sandoval, who was accompanied by Oscar Camarena, the new Secretary of Tourism.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Try Your Hand At Archery In The Riviera Nayarit!

  • This new attraction can be enjoyed two ways: Archery Tag®, in the purest “gotcha” style or Traditional, meaning it can be just for fun or as preparation for serious training. 

There’s a new attraction for locals and visitors in Higuera Blanca, Riviera Nayarit: it’s a new archery range called Archery Experience Mexico. 

The open-air range is located on a mountaintop and is ideal for those who have already practiced archery or are looking to try something new. This sport is a new addition to the wide range of options already available in the Riviera Nayarit and can be practiced solo, with family, a partner or with friends. 

Archery requires no previous knowledge of the sport. The Archery Experience Mexico offers two ways to enjoy it: Archery Tag®, “gotcha” style, or Traditional Style, meaning it can be just for fun or as preparation for serious training. 

The Riviera Nayarit is one of the few places where Archery Tag® is practiced. This is done with sponge-tipped arrows so there’s no pain and no bruising—just plain fun!

They will be offering a Summer Camp for children ages 8-14 during the month of July, running from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday through Friday. 

The Archery Range is also available for events such as birthday parties as a fun alternative space. 

Sea Turtles and Whales bring a Mexican Wave of excitement for nature enthusiasts on the Pacific Coast

Sea Turtles and Whales bring a Mexican Wave of excitement for nature enthusiasts on the Pacific Coast


Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two regions located on Banderas Bay in the Mexican Pacific, are unique eco-tourist destinations, chosen by nature’s most majestic giants to breed, nest and rear their offspring in the safest environment.

Naturally, the end of the year marks an exciting change in the air, wherever we are in the world. We begin thinking about fresh starts and new beginnings but here in Mexico, every year, a special change takes place as one of nature’s breath-taking performances comes to a close, and another begins.

New Beginnings: Tourists witness the first steps made by baby Sea Turtles and impressive Humpback Whales

Since July, many endangered species of sea turtle have been returning to the pristine, protected beaches of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, their chosen nesting grounds and the place of their own birth, to lay their precious eggs. Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are continuously working hard to protect these new-borns during the start of the hatchlings’ journey from nest to sea, which is the most dangerous leg of all as they risk being eaten by predatory birds, iguanas and racoons.
In recent years, daily sea turtle release ceremonies in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have become a major tourist attraction, a fascinating eco-adventure that offers tourists an educational and emotional experience. One can enjoy this unmatched experience at participating hotels of the community-wide preservation program, which not only aim to ensure the survival of as many new-born sea turtles as possible, but, supports local efforts to change the way we view nature as a whole.
In December, tourists and locals alike assist the last of the baby turtles in leaving our shores and embarking on the next leg of their life-long adventure. The protected coast of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta is not only one of the most important breeding grounds in the world for sea turtles, but it attracts many other species of marine life, who travel from far and wide to enjoy its unique characteristics. As the Pacific destinations wave goodbye to sea turtles (who will faithfully return next spring), they warmly welcome the whales, who arrive in time for the New Year!
From November - April, Banderas Bay hosts many different species of whales, including the endearing humpback whales, known by locals as the friendlies because of their very sociable personalities. Every year, their visit is highly anticipated by hundreds of tourists who come to meet nature’s “celebrities”.

After traveling thousands of miles from the icy, treacherous waters of the north of the continent, the whales choose the calm, shallow, safe and warm waters of Banderas Bay to give birth, feed and strengthen their young, before they make the long journey back to the harsh, bitter conditions of the north.

Banderas Bay is a safe Haven for Marine Life
In the first months of the year, the waters of Banderas Bay come alive with happy activity, as sea turtles, whales, dolphins (and last year, the impressive Guadalupe fur seals) celebrate a new lease of life in idyllic, harmonious conditions. Its geographic location and oceanographic conditions make it one of the most ideal breeding grounds in the world.
One of the most popular things to do when vacationing in Mexico’s Pacific Coast is to take a guided boat tour to discover the majestuosity of these gentle giants and marvel at their graceful performances, as parents and calves alike propel themselves into acrobatic leaps, twists and jumps, resembling a marine ballet. Whale-watching tours leave daily from many coastal locations across Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit and last for around 4 hours, offering nature enthusiasts an unmissable opportunity to have an unforgettable experience!
With so many rare and beautiful species of animal to protect, all of Rivera Nayarit’s and Puerto Vallarta’s boat tours, licensed by the National Environmental Agency, are guided by expert staff, who are well-studied in Marine Biology and fully understanding of the importance to protect the environment and nature.
These grounds are crucial to the survival of these great, endangered species, so it is imperative that the eco-tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit continue with their dedicated efforts to ensure that Banderas Bay remains as safe and balanced as any sea life centre in the manmade world!

VI American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic

  • The Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula is showcasing top culinary creations in Mexico’s must exclusive development; Mexico’s trendiest destination will welcome over 30 personalities from the culinary, golf and tourism worlds.

Punta Mita Resorts, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) invite one and all to the VI American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, which runs from January 28 – 31, 2016.

“The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf is a perfect example of what we want the Riviera Nayarit to present to the world: delicious gastronomy, impeccable golf courses, luxury surrounded by gorgeous natural surroundings and quality service for visitors, guests and friends who know how to appreciate these many pleasures,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

“Every one of the Riviera Nayarit’s microdestinations has one or two signature anchor events. There’s no doubt this one is tops in Punta Mita, and I would venture to say that it’s the best in its class in Mexico. It’s a calling card for the Riviera Nayarit that separates us from other destinations,” added Murphy.