Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Brazil’s Viagem e Turismo Magazine Toured The Riviera Nayarit

  • This important Brazilian publication with a run of over 120 thousand issues specializes in luxury destinations and has a target market of individuals with high net worth.

Success is obtained through perseverance, vision and passion—three qualities that the Public Relations Department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) takes very much into account when organizing press trips. This is why that office chose Brazil’s Viagem e Turismo magazine to visit the destination.

Viagem e Turismo is a magazine specializing in luxury tourism destinations, with a readership that is 2/3 women and 1/3 men, all within the AB socioeconomic group, that is, men and women with a high net worth who enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Will See A 98% Occupancy Rate During Holy Week

  • San Blas will be at capacity on April 3-4, while Banderas Bay will be at 97% and Rincón de Guayabitos at 99%; between Holy Week and Easter the overall occupancy rate of the destination as a whole will range from 86% to 98%.

Holy Week and Easter vacation are fast approaching and the forecast on the occupancy rate for the Riviera Nayarit during those high season days is at 98% on the weekend corresponding to Holy Week.

With information gleaned from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Survey it’s possible to predict during this period that San Blas will be at 100% capacity, Rincón de Guayabitos will be at 99% and Banderas Bay will reach 97% capacity.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Makes A Big Impression At The 2015 Tianguis Turístico

  • The destination’s hotels and the Riviera Nayarit CVB set up 240 business meetings, reiterating their support and interest in the country’s most important tourism trade show, where TripAdvisor took the opportunity to award Nuevo Vallarta with the 2015 Travelers’ Choice “Best Beach” recognition.

The 2015 Tianguis Turístico in Acapulco took place from March 23-25 with the participation of more than 35 countries; the Riviera Nayarit was present during the trade show, making a big impression on attendees thanks to its recent tourism recovery.

During this, the most important tourism tradeshow in Mexico, the destination reaffirmed beyond a doubt its commitment with the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) and the Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR).

Governor Roberto Sandoval and Tourism Secretary Catalina Ruiz headed the Nayarit Committee. Nayarit’s four tourism brands were promoted during the event: Riviera Nayarit, Colonia Nayarit, Lagunas Encantadas and Sierra del Nayar.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Open Invitation To The Riviera Nayarit’s Electric Beach Festival

  • This 10-hour-a-day electronic music fest held April 3-4 at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta’s Sunset Garden in Nuevo Vallarta is free for guests with tickets; guest DJs include international stars Sandra Collins and Broz Rodríguez.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is extending an invitation to the first Electric Beach Festival to be held on Easter weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Sunset Garden in Nuevo Vallarta, sponsored by the Government of Nayarit, Dos Equis Mexico and the Vango Club in collaboration with Music 2U and Spothaus.

Starting at 10 a.m. on April 3rd and 4th the DJs will rule the airwaves for 10 straight hours of uninterrupted music. Entrance is free for a limited number of ticketholders. 

International DJs Sandra Collins and Broz Rodríguez will set the bar for quality control, followed by other big name players from the domestic arena. The party will include plenty of activities to keep the crowd occupied.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

San Pancho Attracts World-Renowned Artists

  • These include Canadian Gilles St-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil and creator of the Circo de los Niños (Children’s Circus); U.S. jazzman, Jeff Oster, who has played at the San Pancho Music Festival; and British painter, Daniel Stone, who has exhibited at Bodega 3.

San Pancho is known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit thanks to the concentration of artistic and educational activities in this village.

The creation of civil associations that operate the old warehouses marked the start of what has basically turned this community into a magnet for a broad range of important artists.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RIVIERA NAYARIT’S TOURISM IS GOING “ARRIBA ARRIBA"




RIVIERA NAYARIT’S TOURISM IS GOING “ARRIBA ARRIBA"
The destination reports a significant increase in visitors and tourism revenue for 2014


Riviera Nayarit, Mexico (March 25, 2015) – The Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau reports across-the-board tourism increases in 2014 with visitors drawn to the destination’s beautiful beaches, vibrant culinary scene, luxury resorts and exciting outdoor adventure. The destination welcomed a total of 2,420,221 visitors and experienced a 17 percent increase in air arrivals overall to the region through the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR); a 4.4 percentage point upswing in hotel occupancy, to 70.1 percent; and an eight percent uptick in tourism revenues, to $1.8 billion.

Riviera Nayarit also saw a 15 percent increase in international travellers in 2014. This included 532,448 U.S. visitors, 11.5 percent more than in 2013; the U.S. market represented 22 percent of the total 2.4 million visitors to Riviera Nayarit in 2014. Canada is the second largest market, representing 19 percent of the total visitors to the destination.

“All of us in the tourism industry in Riviera Nayarit are very excited about the upswing in tourism results in 2014, strong bookings in the first two quarters of 2015 and expansion of our luxury facilities in the years ahead,” said Marc Murphy, Executive Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.  “We are also very happy with the recent recognition of almost 60 AAA three to five Diamond awards for our superb hotels and restaurants, and confirmation that One & Only Hotels planning to open a new resort in Riviera Nayarit. These successes confirm that Riviera Nayarit is recognized as one of the finest destinations in Mexico and the world.”

As a response to the growing demand of travel to Riviera Nayarit and the rapidly expanding capacity of the destination, airlines are adding new routes into Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Southwest Airlines has received approval for flights from Houston to PVR, opening a convenient new way for visitors to enjoy Riviera Nayarit. It is expected that these routes will begin in October 2015. This new route will closely follow the additional new Southwest Airlines route from Santa Ana, California to PVR which will begin on June 7, 2015. In addition, Alaska Airlines has placed an application requesting approval for flights on a new route between Santa Ana, California to PVR which will take flight three times per week. California continues to be a strong market for visitors traveling to Riviera Nayarit.

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

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About Riviera Nayarit
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport.  The destination extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. The destination attracts and satisfies 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 2015, Riviera Nayarit was recognised by Travel Weekly as “Mexico's new holiday destination on the Pacific coast,” by Yahoo! Travel as “Mexico's New Playground” and on Conde Nast Traveller UK 2015 Hot Destinations List. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit's Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @rivieranayarit.  

CONTACT:
M. SILVER – A Division of Finn Partners
Tel:  (212) 715-1600
Delfina Güemes, ext. 6316
Phillip Novoa, ext. 6330

#RivieraNayaritExtremo Hit The List Of Trending Topics

  • The Twitter Party ended on a high note garnering over 10 million impressions in 118 cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia thanks to the hard work put in by the Riviera Nayarit Social Media Club and the community following the destination.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) latest Twitter Party achieved its objective when it positioned the hashtag #RivieraNayaritExtremo in third place among trending Twitter topics in Mexico.

The goal was hit a mere 45 minutes into the party, which took place March 20th. A total of 10,259,317 impressions were obtained via 2,160 tweets by 229 users tuned in from 118 cities in the Americas and Europe, as well as a smattering from Asia.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN RIVIERA NAYARIT HEIGHTEN THE DESTINATION’S BRIGHT FUTURE



New Developments in Riviera Nayarit
Heighten The Destination’s BRIGHT FUTURE

One & Only resort, Cirque de Soleil Entertainment Park, new airline routes
 and an infrastructure boost highlight the new developments

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – Riviera Nayarit is adding impressive hotel brands, stunning renovations, new airline routes and unprecedented entertainment and attractions, as it continues to grow into one of the world’s premier travel destinations. Travel and entertainment brands from around the globe are confident that Riviera Nayarit’s desirable 200 miles of Pacific coast and superb facilities make an ideal destination to collaborate and capitalize on the fame garnered from discerning travelers.

The popularity of the destination has led to the following exciting new developments to the region’s tourism infrastructure:

New Hotel Openings & Renovations:

One&Only Mandarina          
One&Only will make its debut in Riviera Nayarit with the One&Only Mandarina. The property will offer 145 luxurious villas as well as separate private residential estates. The beautiful beachfront resort will embrace the surrounding forest, with villas individually and sparsely placed to encapsulate the marriage of sky, sea and lush flora and fauna.

A beach club and chic pool will feature private cabanas and a poolside café and lounge. A nearby family pool will offer the perfect setting for guests of all ages. Those wishing to experience the best views in Riviera Nayarit will be able to enjoy the spacious bluffside cabanas, which vary in elevation. The resort will also have an indulgent One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre. The resort’s Conference Center will provide the perfect destination for corporate meetings and retreats.

Matlali Hotel (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle)      
Matlali, recently opened in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, is just a short 35 minute drive from the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Nestled in its own nature preserve overlooking Banderas Bay, this boutique hotel was designed by famed beach resort architect Jaime Barba and features 40 villa-style accommodations, each with fully-equipped kitchens, spectacular ocean and mountain views, and separate living and dining areas. This property features a contemporary beach design with embraces playful colors and geometrically designed furnishings. Other facilities include Matawe Spa, infinity pools and a popular nightclub.

Eva Mandarina Beach Club, a local hotspot, is associated with the property. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of Mexican delicacies from seafood ceviches and shrimp aguachile to traditional tacos with the local fresh catch of the day. Intriguing design elements such as yellow rubber ducks, vivid white bicycles adorning the walls and the club’s signature VW Beetle with neon graffiti attract snap-happy visitors. At night, Eva Mandarina becomes a social hub.

Grand Palladium Vallarta (Punta de Mita)  
The Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa in Northern Banderas Bay has completed four years of renovations, bringing the property to the Grand Palladium’s Five-Star standard. Revamped guest rooms and lobby areas, expanded family amenities and new restaurants, as well as new wedding locations and travel club facilities highlight the biggest transformation undertaken at the property. Children will love the new kids’ pool replete with water slides and fountains. Afterwards the whole family can enjoy a show with the colorful cast of Play at Palladium with Raggs, the colorful singing dog that rocks out with his friends in a band.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (Nuevo Vallarta)       
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a proud recipient of the AAA Five Diamonds award, recently commenced a gradual $20 million renovation investment that will be completed by 2016. The renovations will include improvements to their oceanfront Azul restaurant as well as the modernization of amenities, furniture and décor of their 131 Master, Parlor and Governor Suites in addition to two suites which accommodate guests with disabilities.

The properties’ world-class spa, selected as one of the Leading Spas of the World, will see new improvements and additions to their hydrothermal circuit, chromotherapy offerings, a bi-thermal and energetic shower as well as an ice fountain with peppermint to balance the health impacts of the sauna. The spa will also welcome a new organic design element, focusing on wood, bamboo and glass fixtures crafted by Mexican artisans.

Marival Resort & Suites (Nuevo Vallarta)  
The Marival Resort & Suites are now offering restyled Mediterranean-inspired rooms.  Perfectly complimenting the lush surroundings of Riviera Nayarit, the warm colors and new furnishings will make every stay inviting and vibrant. Large glass balcony doors perfectly frame views of the Bay of Banderas where guests can see Humpback Whales seasonally and gorgeous sunsets daily. New oversized showers and remodeled bathrooms provide a luxurious way to start any day in this Mexican beachfront paradise.

AAA Five Diamonds Awards:
The Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta is the newest and fourth hotel property in Riviera Nayarit to be recognized with an AAA Five Diamond award. Grand Luxxe now joins the destination’s three other properties at the highest level of the AAA Diamond Ratings System for restaurants and lodgings: The Four Season Punta Mita, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and the St. Regis Punta Mita

Grand Luxxe offers guests access to exclusive private beaches and pool areas, a Nicklaus-designed golf course with a Greg Norman championship course under construction, the luxury Spatium & Brio Fitness Centers, nighttime entertainment at the Santuario, an array of fine-dining or casual restaurant options and a boutique shopping experience at the newly opened La Plaza dining and shopping center.

New Attractions:

Cirque de Soleil (Nuevo Vallarta)   
Cirque du Soleil, the globally acclaimed entertainment company, and Grupo Vidanta, a leading developer of world-class resorts and tourism infrastructure in Mexico, will partner to construct and operate a 300 acre, first-of-its-kind immersive theme park experience in Nuevo Vallarta. Built to inspire dreams and fantasy, the experience will include a water park, nature park and an outdoor evening show for as many as 3,000 to 5,000 spectators. Each experience within the entertainment park will be designed and performed by Cirque du Soleil artists. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.

Artificial Reefs and New Boardwalks (Bucerías)
An inner harbor project in the beach town of Bucerías will complement the new marina with a boardwalk lined with new stores, restaurants and bars as well as an additional boardwalk constructed for coastal fishing.  Construction on these boardwalks will begin at the end of 2015.

Additionally, an artificial reef project, inspired by similar undertakings on the Pacific Coast of Asia, would be nearly 100 feet in length. It will be designed to attract more fish and amplify Bucerías’ coastal fishing reputation. These reefs would also be excellent for diving, as Riviera Nayarit has a robust and diverse fish population.

New Highway Infrastructure Development (Jala / Compostela):
The nearly 34 miles of new highway between Jala and Compostela will be ready for full use by summer 2015. Estimated to serve nearly 10,000 vehicles per week during peak transit periods, the highway will reduce travel time by 50 percent upon completion. This highway will eventually bring Riviera Nayarit’s beaches more access to cities such as Guadalajara and Tepic. 

In a unique integration, the highway project takes into consideration endemic wildlife and is designed to provide safe crossings during their migration in order to reduce the highway’s impact on the jaguar population in the region. Migration routes have been mapped by GPS collars placed on the jaguars in order to develop highway crossings at the most appropriate locations. Developments like these help to preserve the natural beauty and native wildlife that have put Riviera Nayarit on the global tourism map. Visitors to Riviera Nayarit will also be able to enjoy rest stops that overlook these paths and natural beauty as well.

New Airline Routes:
Southwest Airlines has received approval for flights from Houston to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), opening a convenient new way for visitors to enjoy Riviera Nayarit. It is expected that these routes will begin in October 2015. This new route will closely follow the additional new Southwest Airlines route from Santa Ana, California to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) which will begin on June 7, 2015. These routes are a response to the growing demand of travel to Riviera Nayarit and the rapidly expanding capacity of the destination.

In addition, Alaska Airlines has placed an application requesting approval for flights on a new route between Santa Ana, California to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) which will take flight three times per week. California continues to be a strong market for visitors traveling to Riviera Nayarit.

For more information on Riviera Nayarit, visit www.rivieranayarit.com.
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About Riviera Nayarit
          
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport.  The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satisfies 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 2015, Riviera Nayarit was recognised by Travel Weekly as “Mexico's new holiday destination on the Pacific coast,” by Yahoo! Travel as “Mexico's New Playground” and on Conde Nast Traveller UK 2015 Hot Destinations List. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit's Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @rivieranayarit.  

CONTACT:
M. SILVER – A Division of Finn Partners
Tel:  (212) 715-1600
Delfina Güemes, ext. 6316
Delfina.Guemes@finnpartners.com
Phillip Novoa, ext. 6330
Phillip.Novoa@finnpartners.com


Aeropostale Photo Shoot In Sayulita

  • The Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital served as the backdrop for the latest fashions from this trendy clothing brand, which starred popular vlogger Bethany Mota.

The positioning of the Riviera Nayarit on a global scale continues. This time, trendy clothing brand Aeropostale chose Sayulita as the location for a photo shoot featuring its latest fashions.

The initiative of taping in the Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital came from Aeropostale, which reached out and received all the administrative and logistical support it needed directly from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Public Relations Department.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Stars Continue To Shine In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Hollywood star Katherine Heigl, ex-basketball player and current LA Lakers coach, Byron Scott, and Mexican model/hostess Vanessa Arias all enjoyed a stay in the destination.

The Riviera Nayarit continues to position itself as a luxury destination and a favorite haunt of movie, television, music and sports industries celebrities. The first few months of the current year were no exception.

Hollywood actress Katherine Heigl, Byron Scott, technical director for the LA Lakers, and Mexican model Vanessa Arias all spent a few unforgettable days during their recent visits to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The United Kingdom’s Love Affair With The Riviera Nayarit Continues

  • The destination has been infiltrating the romance segment in Europe thanks to publications in the 15-strong magazine conglomerate specializing in weddings and honeymoons belonging to the County Wedding Magazines.

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination with plenty of picture-perfect settings for weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations. This synergy between its luxury offerings and its natural beauty was put on display throughout the United Kingdom via County Wedding Magazines, giving the destination an ample reach throughout this niche market.

Danielle Wilkins, editor of County Wedding Magazines, decided to visit Mexico’s Pacific Treasure during the last trimester of 2014, and it was then the Public Relations Department for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau lent their support during her adventure throughout Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

County Wedding Magazines is a conglomerate of 15 publications directed specifically to an upscale audience, and has positioned itself as the premier point of reference when planning these important life events.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Present At Martial Arts Events

  • The Riviera Nayarit welcomes hundreds of practitioners of several martial arts disciplines from March 27-29 during the 4th Capoeira Art Festival in San Pancho and the 2015 “Titanes del Pacífico” martial arts encounter in Nuevo Vallarta on March 28th.

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination with an ample variety of services that make it possible to host a variety of events. This is includes martial arts competitions, and the last weekend of March is set to receive two top-notch events.

To wit: the 2015 “Titanes del Pacífico” Martial Arts competition and the 4th Capoeira Art Festival, experiences brought to the destination by their organizers in collaboration with the department of Groups and Events from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Bureau.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Events In The Riviera Nayarit


This spring there’s plenty to see and do in the Riviera Nayarit, one of the destinations with the most events held practically year round with something for everyone. Keep an eye on our calendar for new events, but in the meantime, here’s a list of what’s up for April.

The Electric Beach Party will be held on April 3-4 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta. This event will have plenty of good beats, sun, sand, fun, guys and gals ready to enjoy themselves to the fullest from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wanna join? Follow us on Facebook—we have tickets available, but only for 18 and older.

The Salsa and Mambo Festival is from April 23-26. What started out as the best salsa festival in Mexico has now become a superb tradition on an international level where musicians from around the world come to delight visitors with their talent. Get ready to enjoy a BootCamp, Dance Competitions (Salsa, Bachata and Freestyle) as well as several Workshops—it's a “fabulicious” event you won’t want to miss! Come meet us at the Hotel Marival Resorts & Suites and Marival Residences.

The Open Water Tournament will take place on April 25th. This event is open to all participants and will depart from the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. There will be 3- and 4-kilometer swims in the following categories: Child, Youth, Master, Special Needs and Professional. It’s definitely an event for the entire family to enjoy.

The Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit is slated for April 26th and it’s the first of its kind to be held in the Riviera Nayarit. Bikers will ride over 150 km for the Gran Fondo and 75 km for the Medio Fondo. The route will begin in Nuevo Vallarta and continue through Sayulita, Punta de Mita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, the beautiful scenery of the Fortuna de Vallejo and end in Bucerías. If you’d like to participate, please register at bicibucerias.com.

The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic will be held April 30 – May 3. You’ll want to be present for this extraordinary event for an exceptional mix of Golf, Gastronomy and Wine to be shared in exceptional company, including celebrities such as Lorena Ochoa, Fernando Trocca, Antonio de Livier, Abraham Salum, Monse Estruch and Thierry Blouet. Lorena Ochoa will also be holding Golf Clinics plus guests will be able to vie for The Punta Mita Cup, enjoy cooking classes hosted by the guest chefs, tastings, brunches, The Punta Mita Grand Tasting and the Catch of the Day, which consists of a fishing trip followed by the catch cooked by one of the guest chefs. It’s an event no self-respecting gourmand will want to miss.

 For a complete calendar please visit: http://www.rivieranayarit.com/calendar_events
For promos and special packages click: http://www.rivieranayarit.com/special_deals

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The Legacy of the Huichol Culture




Mexico is rich with indigenous cultures—over 60, in fact. Among them are the Huichol, which live in our state of Nayarit as well as Jalisco, Zacatecas and Durango, the latter two with minority populations.

The Huichol are also known as the Wixaritari and they live in the Nayar and Yesca regions of our State. They are characterized by their colorful and beautifully designed costumes, all of which have a religious significance. The beaded collars on the women’s clothing are remarkable, while the men sport palm-frond hats adorned with beads or carry yarn bags—their number and color are a symbol of the socioeconomic status of their owner.

It’s Time For The 4th Riviera Nayarit Twitter Party!

  • Visit www.twitter.com/RivieraNayarit and join us for this fun Twitter party using the hashtag #RivieraNayaritExtremo; you can also enter the contest for a two-person trip with extreme adventure included: click here to register! http://goo.gl/IOsOOB

The 4th #RivieraNayarit Twitter party will take to the air on Friday, March 20th, this time bringing participants together with the hashtag #RiveraNayaritExtremo in an effort to generate more traffic for the current contest underway for lovers of adventure, extreme sports and Mother Nature.

The Twitter party will start at 11 a.m. and last until 1:30 p.m. on the Spanish language account (@RivieraNayarit). It’s also a great excuse to share your experiences about the destination and learn more about what it has to offer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Punta Sayulita SUP Classic

  • This international tournament will welcome 50 competitors including at least 10 professionals; among them, participants from Mexico’s SUP Team, who will use the Mexico SUP Tour circuit to measure their readiness for the upcoming SUP World Tour later this summer.

The second stop for the 2015 Mexico SUP TOUR was announced during a recent press conference; the event will take place from March 20-22 during the Punta Sayulita SUP Classic, now in its 6th consecutive year on the beaches of Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital.

This is the first year that cash prizes are on the table for the winners of the Pro categories, with a purse of US$10,000 to be divided among the top three winners in each category. The over 50 participants will compete in the following categories: SUP Surf Pro and Amateur; 10K Distance Race; 4K Technical Race; Amateur; Fun Race; Kids and Relays.

Top things to do in Mexico’s Pacific Coast this Spring


As the cold days show no sign of fading away, many of us Brits are looking for a sunshine filled getaway this spring. Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two stunning regions in Mexico offer abundant options for the alternative traveller. Take a look at our round up of the best things to do there this season…

Puerto Vallarta

Stay at a one-of-a-kind Ecolodge hotel

The first of its kind in Puerto Vallarta, Nemi Eco Villa in Amapas is made from sustainable materials including recycled shipping containers and offers a unique twist on traditional accommodation. Lounge in your own individual bedroom pod and swim in the chemical-free 40 foot swimming pool, for an ecologically responsible experience that doesn’t sacrifice on luxury.

Get back to nature at the Botanical Gardens

Although the seasons differ from the UK in Mexico, this time of year is still perfect to visit Puerto Vallarta’s ‘Jardin Botanico’. Home to a diverse range of rare plants the blossoms here are a marvel to behold. Entry costs around just £3 and a complimentary tour of the Garden is offered daily, or for a more in-depth exploration visitors can pay extra for the mesmerizing ‘Enchanted Falls Tour’.

Take a snorkel tour in paradise

Truly the experience of a lifetime, visitors to sundrenched hideaway Las Caletas are in for a treat. Branded ‘Mexico's Garden of Eden’ the unspoilt area is only accessible by sea with tours running through Vallarta Adventures. Home to many stunning coves brimming with marine life, take a guided snorkel tour and get a glimpse of the wonders below the surface.

Visit Cuale River Island

Located in the middle of the city, between downtown PV and the Romantic Zone you'll find Isla Rio Cuale, an island poised between two arms of the river. An extraordinary place made up of cobbled passages and dense trees with iguanas hidden among the branches, the island is the perfect stop for a light shopping trip, or bite to eat at a quaint cafe, such as Le Bistro Jazz Café.

Riviera Nayarit

Soak up the sun on Nuevo Vallarta Beach

With miles of pristine beach on offer take a stroll along the sand and be sure to stay till dusk to admire the beautiful sunset. The water is also a perfect temperature for swimming, or if you’re feeling adventurous there are banana-boat rides, Jet Skis and parasailing on offer. The beach also recently received certification by the Mexican government as a ‘Clean Beach’, among other accolades.

Stroll through Sayulita Farmer’s Market

Mercado del Pueblo is Riviera Nayarit’s original and most well-loved Farmer's Market. Attracting both locals and tourists alike, the colourful array of market stalls stock a wide array of sustainable food products from cheese to
coffees and pestos. Located in the heart of downtown Sayulita, the market is open every Friday from 10am-2pm, until the end of April and is a perfect place to eat, listen to live music and soak up the atmosphere.
http://www.mercadodelpueblo.org            

Dance like no one’s watching at the Salsa & Mambo Fest

The 3rd annual Salsa & Mambo Fest hits Marival Resort & Suites in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit from April 23rd - 26th. Dance, music and fun make up this energetic festival, which promotes the country’s Latin culture and involves all those who share a love for dance in activities all day and night.

Create your own masterpiece at Splash of Glass

If in the vicinity of the beautiful town of Bucerias it is definitely worth paying a visit to unique store ‘Splash of Glass’. Offering classes in stained glass, fused glass, suncatchers, glass jewellery and glass mosaics, you can make your own creation to take home. If you would rather purchase something readymade then the store also stocks many wonderful handmade items.