Monday, November 12, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Solidifies its Positioning in the European Market


  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur were present at the 39th edition of the World Travel Mart (WTM), held every year in London.


The Riviera Nayarit solidified its positioning in the European market after its participation in the 39th edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), celebrated every year in London. This event is one of the most important tourism industry fairs in the world.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) participated in this important fair together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust. The event took place from November 5th through 7th.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The AHMBB Supports Professionalization of Hotel Staff


  • Twenty-three staff members from 9 of the destination’s hotels received a Leadership Skills Development graduate certificate from the Vortice Leadership Academy. 


After five intensive months of work, the Leadership Skills Development graduate certificate program offered by the Vortice Leadership Academy came to a close for 23 staff members from nine of the destination’s hotels. The training was held as part of the professionalization efforts sponsored by the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).

The course lasted for 120 hours under the guidance of the Vortice Leadership Academy, which designed a special program to address strategic sectors of the industry—in this instance, safety—while developing security staff members’ talent and potential.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

1st Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival Presents Karen Souza in Concert


  • The Argentine singer will be in the Riviera Nayarit for the first time with her hit record, Velvet Vault, which includes her own work and hits that have placed her front and center in the music industry.


Karen Souza, one of the lead singers in the world of contemporary jazz, is headlining the 1st Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival 2018 on November 16th with her Velvet Vault Tour, offering top hits from her musical repertoire.

The event will take place at the Jardín Palmeiras in Nuevo Vallarta, the ideal place for an intimate musical evening, sensual and classy, much like the concerts offered by the singer herself.

Monday, November 5, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN NAYARIT: 10 Spectacular Beaches


The Riviera Nayarit is a sun, sand, and beach destination: the perfect combination of ingredients for an ideal vacation. Visitors to the area will find plenty of places to enjoy the waves and indulge in watersports all along its 308 km (191 mi) of coastline that meanders along the municipalities of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago, and Tecuala.

The stellar position this destination has on the tourism stage is due in large part to the symbiosis between its natural landscapes, picturesque villages, and well-planned infrastructure of modern resort areas. Each of these elements is a potential attraction, although its beaches are definitely the real stars.
Below please find a list of 10 of these beaches, each one with its own distinguishing charm:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Long live the dead! Sayulita’s magical festival


  • The Day of the Dead is one of the most traditional festivities in Mexico and it’s even more special in Sayulita.


The Magical Town of Sayulita hosts its ¡Vivan los Muertos! (Long live the dead!) festival from October 31st through November 2nd with a varied program that includes an altar exhibit, pilgrimages, a nighttime procession to the cemetery, and the presentation of Nayarit’s international Ballet de Mexcaltitán.

According to organizers the event has been taking place for the past 7 years with the goal of preserving Mexican tradition. The Day of the Dead was recognized in 2008 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and is probably one of the best-known celebrations within the country and around the world.

This event and the cultural and artistic nighttime walk from the main plaza to the cemetery is very much enjoyed by the locals though it has also become a big attraction for foreign visitors.

6th International La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Sport Fishing Tournament


  • The tournament takes place from October 31 to November 4, 2018; this year the competition has a prize pool of more than 2 million pesos.  


The Tepic Sport Fishing Club recently announced the 6th International La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Sport Fishing Tournament with categories for Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, and Tuna, to be held from October 31 to November 4, 2018, in the Marina Riviera Nayarit.

Thanks to the relevance this event has for the region in both the sports and tourism segments, the tournament has the full support of the Government of the state of Nayarit via the Ministry of Tourism, as well as that of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

12 Can’t-Miss Events in the Riviera Nayarit for November


  • The eleventh month welcomes a number of culinary, cultural, sports, and recreational activities.


November is one of the busiest months of the year with a calendar filled with cultural, culinary, and sports activities, plus social activities and dash of Mexican tradition. It’s the start of the best season to be in the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit and event organizers are announcing 12 events this month that will not only attract thousands of visitors but will also generate an important revenue for the area.

Keep reading for a taste of what Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has to offer visitors, residents, and locals:

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Promotion of Riviera Nayart extends throughout South America


  • The team visited Brazil’s main cities—Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Bello Horizonte—as part of the targeted actions to boost the new Copa Airlines flight.


The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) continue their promotions throughout South America to boost the new Copa Airlines flight to the region.

The team from Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit’s tourist promotion offices visited Brazil’s main cities—Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Bello Horizonte—, eventually reaching more than 250 travel agents.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yuridia brings her “2018 Desert Tour” to the Riviera Nayarit


  • Yuridia Flores—currently considered Mexico’s top ballad singer—has announced her upcoming concert on November 10th at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta.




Yuridia Flores, one of Latin America’s top artists, will be in the #RivieraNayarit on November 10th as part of her “Desert Tour.”

The singer is catalogued as one of the top 10 best Mexican artists on the world stage. Her unequaled singing voice moves her public and touches the very sensibilities of those who hear her. Among her kudos are one Diamond Record, 10 Platinum Records, and 5 Gold Records, not to mention a special recognition for having sold over two million records, making the singer Mexico’s most successful singer in the past ten years.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Feel Alive During Mexico’s Day of the Dead


  • A Mexican tradition celebrated in 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 Riviera Nayarit 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.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Riviera Nayarit opens collection centers for victims of hurricane Willa


  • Supplies are being collected at FIBBA in Nuevo Vallarta to be sent to the northern part of the state.


The Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have joined the collection efforts of the Nayarit State Government to help families in need after the heavy storms caused by hurricane Willa.

A collection center opened in Nuevo Vallarta on Wednesday to collect basic supplies to be sent to victims of the hurricane. The center is housed in FIBBA, located on Paseo de los Cocoteros s/n.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Riviera Nayarit works in tandem in Ecuador to incentivize the Copa Airlines flight


  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur promoted the destination in Ecuador’s Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil to boost the new direct flight to the region from Panama. 


The Riviera Nayarit continues to reinforce its promotion in the South American countries that will become the main destinations of origin for the new Copa Airlines direct flight from Panama, which will begin operations to the region on December 16th.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) paid a work visit to Ecuador as part of their efforts to boost sales of this flight to South America. The team participated in training seminars and tradeshows held by wholesaler MásTravel.
Juan Carlos González, tourist promotion attaché to the Mexican Embassy in Ecuador and back up for the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), was present at the events.

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

LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN RIVIERA NAYARIT: 8 World-Class Golf Courses


  • 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.