Saturday, November 18, 2017

#FGI23 Ends With The Traditional Polo Brunch In The Riviera Nayarit

  • San Pancho’s La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club extends an invitation to enjoy a gourmet experience surrounded by lush greenery, live music and equestrian glamour.

The RivieraNayarit is home to a spectacular place that has been quietly positioning itself as one of the favorite spots for visitors to the region: La Patrona Polo &Equestrian Club, located in the charming town of San Pancho.

Located within the complex, the Tierra Tropical Culinary and Cultural Center is hosting the 23rd International Gourmet Festival, during which the long-awaited Gourmet Polo Brunch will be held next Sunday, November 19, featuring the culinary creations of Chef Gerardo Vazquez Lugo.

This renowned Mexican chef is passionate about artisanal Mexican cooking and will present a unique contemporary proposal—aromatic, flavorful and colorful—that will complement an exceptional Sunday full of Mexican culinary arts and traditions.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Enjoy A Great Weekend In The Riviera Nayarit!

  • The hotel chains in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure are launching promotions including monthly payments with no interest and discounts of up to 60% for this initiative.

For this Buen Fin, or Great Weekend, promotion associated hotels in the Riviera Nayarit are pulling out all the stops and are launching specials with a November 17-20 booking window including monthly payments with no interest and discounts that range from 14% to 60%.

There are 15 participating hotels—most of them located in Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos, with the rest in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita and Bucerias. This promo takes place every year by initiative of the private sector and the Federal Government with the intent of reactivating the economy.

The promotional campaign will be handled by the Marketing desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) together with the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and is supported by the Nayarit State Government through the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur), so tourists and locals can enjoy quality services at truly incredible prices.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Punta Mita Opens Its Doors For the 2017 Charity Golf Classic

  • Players from the entire region are invited to participate in this golf tournament with a cause that will take place on November 18, 2017; there will be incredible gifts, including a helicopter ride.

The Punta de Mita Foundation is pleased to extend invitations to its community fund-raising events, among them the Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic, set to take place next November 18 at the Punta Mita Bahia golf course. This is the first time the tournament is open to all players regardless of their membership status.

The game format is Foursome A GoGo. There will be incredible prizes, including a helicopter ride to the airport or its equivalent in time (11 minutes for up to six people for whoever makes a hole-in-one (valued at $2,749 USD) sponsored by Interavia Group. Raffles will also part of the fun, including two nights in a Four Seasons Casita, a marine safari, flotation therapy at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, and many other surprises.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Trains 400 Travel Agents At The 2017 TMTC Summit

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure had an outstanding participation in the annual event of US wholesaler Mark Travel Corporation.

The Riviera Nayarit had a very busy week of promotions at the annual Mark Travel Corporation Summit (TMTC) that took place from October 25-29 in Cancun, where the US wholesaler gathered its “500 Club” of travel agents for training, company updates and an opportunity to meet with providers and tourism destinations during the tradeshow portion.

The Mark Travel Corporation (TMTC) is one of the top wholesalers in the United States; it has proudly serviced millions of satisfied tourists since 1974 and manages a number of vacation brands including Funjet Vacations, Blue Sky Tours, My Destination Wellness, Showtime Tours and Southwest Vacations, not to mention it’s also an important revenue source for the destination.

Before the start of the event, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) offered workshops for the call center personnel at the most important online travel agencies in the country.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The AHMBB Finalizes Safety Supervisor Course

  • There were 31 supervisors from 14 Riviera Nayarit hotels who participated from September 27 through November 8, 2017.

A safety course was held from September 27 through November 8, 2017 with the participation of 31 supervisors from 14 hotels in the destination in order to strengthen and raise the quality of service and tourism culture in the Riviera Nayarit.

The course was part of the professionalization efforts undertaken by the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit through the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

During the brief closing ceremony that took place last Wednesday at the Marival Resort hotel, the instructor awarded certificates to those in charge of the security at area hotels, recognizing their enthusiasm and dedication.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Open Invitation To The 11th Punta Raza Surf Fishing Tournament

  • The Riviera Nayarit is a privileged location for sport fishing and events like this are proof positive; the tournament seeks to boost eco-conscious surf fishing.

Followers of sport fishing have a date to keep on November 25-26 to participate in the 11th Shore Fishing Tournament held at Playa Punta Raza in the Riviera Nayarit, which welcomes professionals and amateurs not only from the region, but also from Mexico and Costa Rica.

The tournament looks to boost shore fishing with an eco-conscience, which is why the competition is being held with a “catch and release” proposition for the smaller marine species in order to help with their conservation.

This is a family event organized by the Tepic Surf Fishing Club, which during this 11th event has chosen the beautiful beach at Punta Raza at El Monteón in the municipality of Compostela so the participants—especially those visiting from other states—can experience the natural and tourism attractions of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

HÔTEL AMERICANO GUEST CHEF SERIES TO FEATURE RIVIERA NAYARIT MASTERCHEF, BETTY VAZQUEZ, & RENOWNED MIXOLOGIST, ISRAEL DIAZ, ON NOVEMBER 16




NEW YORK – November 7, 2017 – On November 16, La Piscine, Hôtel Americano’s popular rooftop coastal Mexican restaurant, will host the next installment of its ongoing Guest Chef Series. New Yorkers and hotel guests will have the opportunity to experience a special menu curated by Betty Vazquez, Riviera Nayarit’s culinary ambassador and one of the main judges on Mexico’s MasterChef TV program, in partnership with Hôtel Americano’s Executive Chef, Bryan Noury. Tickets are priced at $55 per person, and includes passed small plates, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

In addition, Israel Diaz, one of Mexico’s top mixologist and ambassador for Riviera Nayarit, will create a cocktail menu to pair with this special menu.  Chef Vazquez’s dishes and Diaz’s cocktail creations will live-on as part of a limited-time only menu at La Piscine from November 17 – December 3. The full menu will be announced at a later date.

Friday, November 10, 2017

10 Villas For Family Getaways In The Riviera Nayarit


Don’t have a plan for this weekend yet? The Riviera Nayarit offers the perfect combination of services and accommodation plus the ideal ambiance for a family getaway.

Although it’s a destination with a luxury aspect that attracts celebrities, it’s also great for families, whether they choose a beachfront all-inclusive complex, a luxurious suite in a famous international branded resort or a cabin in the mountains, far from the crowds.

Below please find 10 excellent options for travelers who are looking for a relaxing vacation close to nature accompanied by their closest loved ones.

1st Show Jumping Competition At La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club

  • This will be a very fun weekend—Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12—held in an unforgettable location and in the company of faithful friends: horses. Entry is free.

La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club will host the 1st Show Jumping Competition from November 11-12 at the club facilities located in San Francisco (San Pancho) in the Riviera Nayarit.

Details and the program for the equestrian competition were shared during the press conference that took place at the La Patrona Tierra Tropical culinary and cultural center, led by Director Ruben Carrillo and Business Manager Rafael Sprowls Blumenkron.

Tomas Elliot, polo player and horse trainer, is charged with the logistics of the event and shared that it will include the participation of four regional clubs: Bucerías Equestrian, Sayulita’s Vista Paraíso Equestrian Club, Puerto Vallarta’s Hípico del Mar and the La Patrona Equestrian Club.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Riviera Nayarit Strengthen Their Presence In The European Market

  • The 38th edition of London’s WTM included the participation of the top leaders, businessmen and investors in the global tourism market; there’s interest on behalf of Rainbow to restart the charter flight to the destination.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association actively participated in London’s 38th World Travel Market (WTM), which took place November 6-8, 2017.

This was a very important event for the region as it strengthens the presence of the destination in the European market; the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust was also on board, both attending with the full support of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) and Nayarit Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

Over three days both destinations showcased their updates and tourism attractions, and made contact with potential partners and industry professionals.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Finland’s First Flight Arrives In The Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit

  • Finnair and wholesaler Aurinkomatkat, were present; the airline is bringing Jalisco and Nayarit closer to the global market to and from Europe and Asia via Helsinki.

The first direct commercial flight from Finnair arrived on Sunday, November 5th, straight from Helsinki, Finland, with a total of 297 passengers on board and the intent of transporting over four thousand more to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region over the course of the next 20 weeks.

The next-generation eco-intelligent Airbus A350 XWB is one of the most modern airplanes in the world and the “pearl” of the Finnair fleet, which touched down for the first time ever on Mexican territory. It will carry not only Finnish tourists, but also travelers from other regions of Northern Europe including all the way from St. Petersburg Russia.

Finnair’s flight to the region was announced in January of this year after a long negotiation between the airline’s executives, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board, with the purpose of increasing connectivity with the country and expanding into new markets.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rock Star Chefs Shine At The 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronomica

  • With this spectacular ending the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronomica reasserted its relevancy, and both the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta reaffirmed their positioning as culinary destinations bar none.
The magic of Michelin-starred chefs plus the top iconic Mexican chefs paired with Premium brands—driven by unique style of the Riviera Nayarit’s Hard Rock Hotel—all came together for one unforgettable night on October 31, 2017 during the 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronomica.

The “Rock Star Chefs” dinner was every bit as spectacular as expected—and more—with the participation of eight chefs and two sommeliers that showed off their culinary talent and shared flavors from around the world.

About 100 people had the opportunity to share a spectacular dinner specially prepared by the top proponents in the global culinary arena. Eight exquisite courses were served in a gorgeous vintage black and white setting that was tailor-made for the occasion, featuring sequined tablecloths, candleholder centerpieces with feather accents and elegant black orchids.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nuevo Vallarta Receives Silver Earth Check Certification

  • The Fraccionamiento Turistico Nautico continues to maintain the highest sustainability standards.

For the second consecutive year Nuevo Vallarta has received the Silver Level EarthCheck Certification that consolidates Bahia de Banderas’ Riviera Nayarit as a sustainable tourism destination.

Earthcheck is a valuable management and reporting tool that serves to improve both environmental and business performance, as well as offering aid with energy conservation, water management, reduced gas emissions, efficient use of natural resources and waste reduction.

The benefits are also undeniable for travelers who are aware and ever more conscious about the environment.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Top Ten November Events In The Riviera Nayarit


Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is an inspiration, which is reflected in the many events that take place throughout the year in this tourism destination. November may be a month where we celebrate death, but it’s more alive than ever with this intense calendar of things to do.

There are plenty of events to choose from: traditional, cultural, culinary, sports oriented… and they all signal the start of an excellent Winter Season for the entire region.

Below please find a list of the Top Ten November Events in the Riviera Nayarit that not only attract thousands of visitors, but also leave behind an important revenue stream for the micro-destinations where they take place.

Riviera Nayarit On Colombia’s Travesías Television Show

  • The attractions of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure will be on display on Colombia’s network TV in one of the markets with the biggest potential for the region.

The Riviera Nayarit was the stage once again for the taping of a television show. This time around it was for the production of the Travesías program, which airs on Colombia’s Caracol network. They will be putting together a special that will be shown in this South American country.

From October 12-15 the Travesías crew visited some of the most iconic spots in the state of Nayarit, among them the Magical Town of Jala; Santa María del Oro and its legendary lagoon, with a stay at the Santa María resort; the municipal capital of Compostela; the Magical Town of Sayulita; Bucerías; and San Francisco, locally known as San Pancho.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) facilitated everything for the network representatives to do their job so they could have a better grasp on what the destination has to offer to its visitors.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Virtuoso Travel Agents In Chicago Tour The Riviera Nayarit

  • The MTB offices in Chicago and wholesaler Classic Vacations invited the agents, who specialize in luxury travel.

Travel agents belonging to the Virtuoso international network in the United States toured the Riviera Nayarit from October 18-20 so they could experience firsthand the luxury and natural attractions of this multi destination and make the right suggestions for their clients for the perfect vacation.

The FAM trip was organized with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board office in Chicago and the regional manager for wholesaler Classic Vacations, together with the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“These FAM trips to the Riviera Nayarit keep its present front and center in the US market while also generating increased interest via the travel agents,” commented Marc Murphy, director of the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It also positions the destination as offering unique experiences for the luxury segment.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

From The Roots To The Stars: 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017

The opening ceremony took place at the host hotel, with directors, municipal and state authorities, and chefs.

  • The evolutionary and formative character of the event was highlighted; it’s considered among the Top Ten on the world culinary scene.

The ninth edition of the 2017 Nayarit Gastronómica kicked off with the participation of the top exponents of international gastronomy and a call to learn from the best chefs and sommeliers while disseminating the local gastronomy throughout Mexico and the world.

The 2017 VNG brings together for the first time 13 chefs with Michelin stars and 21 Soles Repsol, along with sommeliers, mixologists, panelists and panelists in a grand event that joins gastronomy and tourism with the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta as the stage, both destinations that have deep-rooted culinary traditions.

The opening ceremony took place at the host hotel, the Sheraton Buganvilias, with directors, municipal and state authorities, chefs and hundreds of culinary students and professionals in attendance.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Welcomes VNG 2017 Chefs

The chefs who will be participating in the VNG 2017 received their chef jackets during the welcoming ceremony.

The Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Nayarit State Government welcomed the chefs who will be participating in the 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017 with a splendid cocktail on Sunday, October 29 at San Pancho’s La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club.

During the event top polo players from the region put on an exhibition game, for which chef Betty Vazquez, Culinary Ambassador for the Riviera Nayarit, was invited to throw out the first ball.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta At The International Tourism And Travel Show In Montreal

Opening of the International Tourism and Travel Show in Montreal, Canada.

  • Canada welcomed the Joint Promotional Tour from October 17-22, which will undoubtedly spur the arrival of more Canadians to the region next winter.

The promotions and sales offices of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) prominently participated in the 29th International Tourism and Travel Show held in Montreal, Canada, from October 20-22.

Considered the most important tourism event of its kind in this North American country, the SITV (by its acronym in French) brings together every year over 100 exhibitors from several countries, as well as the top wholesale travel agencies in Canada, journalists and a large number of consumers.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta were part of the Mexico pavilion, where they offered visitors information on their ample variety of tourism, culinary and cultural attractions. Tickets to the event were purchased by 34,200 attendees, which is why it is considered one of the most successful events in recent years. This will undoubtedly have an impact on the arrival of more Canadian tourists to the region for the next Winter Season.

Friday, October 27, 2017

10 Stories, Myths And Legends About The Riviera Nayarit


The Riviera Nayarit and its traditional villages have been the stage for important events in Mexico’s history. This, alongside with its exuberant topography, has contributed to numerous stories—both real and imagined.

Apart from historical facts based on old documents, there are myths and legends that convey events from a magical point of view, far removed from the coldness of scientific fact.
And so, with the Day of the Dead fast approaching, we’ve decided to put together a list of ten of these Stories, Myths and Legends that have been repeated from generation to generation and still today form part of the cultural legacy of the people of Nayarit.

On your next trip to the Riviera Nayarit you’ll get to know some of the towns mentioned below and not only experience firsthand their natural attractions, but also learn all about their culture and traditions.