Friday, December 2, 2016

Brazilian Influencers Inspire A Fitness Journey To Discover The Riviera Nayarit

  • The articles by the six Brazilian influencers who visited the Destination reached over 1.2 million people interested in Sports Tourism.

The organizers of the 8th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon and 10K invited an important group of Brazilian influencers to participate in and post about the competition. They also requested the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau take them on a tour of the Destination with a focus on fitness, which they did.

The six influencers are not only in incredible shape but they also follow a lifestyle closely linked to health, exercise and eating well. Among the activities they participated in were surfing classes and a zip line tour in Sayulita, snorkeling and SUP at the Islas Marietas, plus golf lessons in Punta Mita. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Recommendations On Caring For Sea Turtles In The Riviera Nayarit

Watching a sea turtle lay its eggs or liberating its hatchlings are unforgettable experiences for all who have done it firsthand. It’s one of the most popular activities especially for families with kids in the Riviera Nayarit, which is considered a sea turtle sanctuary.

The destination has over 10 turtle camps along its five coastal municipalities from Bahía de Banderas to Tecuala, where they liberate over one million baby turtles during nesting season (June to February).

Below please find a list of points to follow in accordance with the Official Mexican Regulation NOM-162-SEMARNAT-2012, which protects the endangered sea turtle:

Three Of Nayarit’s Restaurants Listed Among The Top 120 In Mexico

  • The chosen restaurants include El Delfín in the Garza Canela Hotel in San Blas, Carolina in The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Bahía de Banderas and Emiliano Cocina y Vino in Tepic.

The list of “120 Best Restaurants in Mexico” was recently published in the 2017 La Guía México Gastronómico and three of Nayarit’s restaurants were on it for the second year in a row; the list is considered by experts as the most complete of its kind in the country.

“As a tourism destination that uses gastronomy as one of the foundations for our promotions it’s very important for us to have our restaurants recognized for their quality,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want to congratulate our culinary ambassador, Chef Betty Vázquez, and Chefs José Meza and Marco Valdivia, two young talents who are making their mark.”

Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones Bring Their Celebrity Status To The Riviera Nayarit

  • They enjoyed a few days in Sayulita and Punta de Mita to celebrate Thanksgiving and their 16th wedding anniversary.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau Celebrity Watch detected the presence of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Destination during the last days of November 2016.

The actor posted “We had a fabulous Thanksgiving family holiday in stunning Sayulita” on his Facebook account on November 28, 2016, just a few days after Thanksgiving. Catherine posted a picture of herself in a bikini on November 23rd taken in a spot we now know was somewhere in the Riviera Nayarit.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

16° Chili Cook-Off & 4° Taste Of Nuevo Vallarta

  • There are over 20 restaurants and individual groups already confirmed and the event is expected to surpass last year’s 29 participants. The objective is to donate 100% of the proceeds to the IFC Cleft Palate Program and the Navy League Toys for Tots charities.

The 16th Chili Cook-Off & 4th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta is set to take place next Saturday, December 3, 2016. This is a charitable culinary event organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) and its group of volunteers, along with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the important donations in kind from all of the participating restaurants.

The stands will be at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta boardwalk from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dynamic is quite simple: attendees buy tickets for $30 Mexican pesos each, which they can then exchange for tastings or beverages. Chili is the main dish, but the restaurants will also offer their own specialties. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Marvel’s Powerful Luke Cage Vacationed In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit was the chosen getaway for Mike Colter, the lead in the original Netflix series based on the Marvel Comics storyline.

US actor Mike Randal Colter, the lead in the Netflix original series Marvel’s Luke Cage, vacationed in the Riviera Nayarit last week. The South Carolina native spent a few relaxing and romantic days there with his wife, Iva Colter.

The Luke Cage series already has more than half a million followers on its Facebook page, while Netflix has over 28 million followers on that same platform, numbers that will no doubt benefit the exposure for the Riviera Nayarit within its natural markets.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Top 5 Things to do in “MEX’s” Pacific Coast

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions along Mexico’s pristine coastline, both offer an array of endless activities and attractions for visitors. But, how do you jam –pack it all into a week/two week break? What are the real highlights to be found here? We’ve compiled the ultimate “Must-do’s” below which will ensure you fulfil that once-in-a-lifetime experience, with ease.  

1.     Adventures & Wildlife  Take a ride on the wild side

Both regions offer an abundance of outdoorsy adventures, both on land and at sea and an unparalleled diversity of unique wildlife.

Start off by exploring the spectrum of marine life in Banderas Bay, along the coast of Puerto Vallarta and southern Riviera Nayarit; where along with diving, water-skiing, canoeing, sailing and surfing this is a fisherman’s paradise offering some of the best sea sport fishing around.

It is not however just fish that live in these warm waters; they are joined by gentle giants including whales and dolphins who dance around the Pacific along with sweet sea turtles and even a crocodile reserve, in San Blas. Embark on an evening tour to the sea turtle nursery camps, enjoy an educational programme on the conservation and witness these stunning creatures in reality.

If, swimming with wild dolphins is on your bucket list, it can be found and enjoyed here. Vallarta’s professional biologists are on hand to provide an educational tour before introducing you to these wonderful creatures in their natural, safe habitat- no cages or man-made enclosures here!

For those looking for an adrenaline fuelled force, mountain biking, jeep safaris, horseback riding and even bungee jumping over the picture-perfect slopes of the Sierra Mountains, is on offer. Take a peak at:

If you’re a surfer dude, Riviera Nayarit is the place to be. Head north to the “coolest” town of Sayulita, this colourful haven is bursting with hippy vibes and sandy toes along with the best surf around. Paddle-boarding and Surfing lessons can be found at:
This authentic slice of paradise is also carpeted with art galleries, quaint cafes and restaurants, including Don Pedros overlooking the sandy shoreline.

The state of Nayarit is also home to over 500 species of bird and has its own bird watching reserve. This Eco region has the highest concentration of migratory birds within its habitat and is home to many wonderful kinds including the Blue Footed Booby Bird. If you are “snap-happy” and enjoy getting those binoculars out, this really is the perfect place to engage with the rich wildlife in the regions. 

2.     Coastline – Beach Bums

Sometimes relaxation really is best, especially when jaw-dropping beaches are involved. Along with the beauty, which can be found in Banderas Bay, the regions are home to some of the best beaches in the world. Head down to Puerto Vallarta’s Los Camarones named “Shrimp Beach” (after the abundance of crustaceans), to lap up endless stretches of powdery white sands and crystal waters. Potter around the shores where craft pop-up stores decorate the promenade and restaurants beckon for you to dine on Mexican grub.

In Riviera Nayarit, water-sport fanatics will enjoy in the coastal gem of Bucerías and its breath-taking bay. Kayaking, jet skiing and Kite-surfing are among some of the activities you can do here, before settling down under a palmed lounger and swigging back an ice-cold corona. For a more laid-back experience, embark on a trip to Chacala’s beach and indulge in a spot of bird watching in a setting of complete tranquillity.

One of the hot spots and most spectacular beaches of the regions is the hidden beach, often named “Playa Del Amor” which only re-opened this summer from an extensive restoration programme and can only be accessed swimming through a volcanic rock arch during low tide.  

3.     Delectable Gastronomy – Let’s talk Tacos & Tequila

The real Mexican cuisine is one of a kind and one to fall in love with. There is of course, tacos and tequila in endless supply but also other delicious delicacies including yellow fin tuna and “Pescado Sarandeado” originating on the island of Mexcaltitan, in Riviera Nayarit, and best served with Red Snapper, handmade tortillas on palm leaves and fresh spices.

Embark on Vallarta’s Mex-ology tour for a whirlwind of culinary adventure. Think tequila, cocktails, tacos, beer and an endless supply of fun whilst you roam around and experience the true art and sounds of the Mexican streets. 

Love a bit of luxury and fine dining? Riviera Nayarit’s Punta Mita is sure to impress. Enjoy an evening of melting sunsets and fine food at the established Four Seasons Resort. Here, Mexican flavours are infused with sophistication and matched with top-tier wines – compliments go to the award-winning chefs’ and their passion for perfection.

4.     Celebrity Spotting – Live like an A-lister

It’s no surprise that the rich and famous flock to the regions of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, seeking a quiet break away from the limelight. Many can be seen dotted around the areas of not only lavish Punta Mita, but also around the hidden costal towns and beaches. Famous faces include the Kardashian clan who are repeating visitors, Hilary Duff, Eva Longoria, Bella Thorne and Selena Gomez (to name a few).

If, like these stars you love a little pampering then treat yourself to a stay in Riviera Nayarit’s Punta Mita zone decorated with 5* luxury resorts including the newly opened W Punta De Mita or, enjoy a paralleled yet more “boutiquey” experience at Vallarta’s Casa Velas resort. We’re talking at-your-beck-and-call service including personalised hand stitched pillowcases on departure!

5.     Nightlife – Singing and Sombreros

The regions come alive at night, yes there are the sleepy costal towns where a little relaxation is preferred but there are many incredible locations where the Mexican spirit oozes at night. Head to Downtown Vallarta’s Romantic Zone to experience an array of vibrant bars and clubs including many LGBT friendly choices that can be found on the South Side. For a more chilled-out approach, head down to Riviera Nayarit’s La Cruz de Huanacastle fishing village and enjoy pretty restaurants, delicious cuisine and live music, finished with a shot of tequila.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

3rd Bahía Cup Comes To The Riviera Nayarit

  • This year’s event is projected to surpass the 30 teams that participated last year and reach 50 by the time the tournament is celebrated March 2-5, 2017.

The press conference announced the third edition of the Bahía Cup competition with the slogan “Because Soccer Is Everything.” The president of the event, José Angel Aguiar, shared the event details accompanied by local authorities and official sponsors, including the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

To date there are 15 teams confirmed from different states including Nayarit, Jalisco, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Baja California and Durango. There are 10 categories for teams ranging from four years of age to a free category for players over 17, including female, male and mixed categories. A new category is the penalty tournament for dads.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ahoy Humpback Whales!

  • Between 500 and 600 humpback whales will swim in the waters just across from the coastal villages of the Riviera Nayarit on their way to Banderas Bay.

November is coming to a close and the first humpback whale sightings of the season in the Riviera Nayarit are already pouring in. These gigantic cetaceans have begun to arrive at Mexico’s Pacific Treasure after their long migration from the freezing waters of the North Pole and will spend the winter playing in Nayarit’s subtropical waves.

The following four months will be filled with one of nature’s most astounding displays, which will be best appreciated mainly in the area of Banderas Bay where these majestic mammals come home to year after year for their mating and calving season. 

Vidanta Announces Grand Opening of New Norman Signature Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta

Vidanta Golf, subsidiary of vacation destination brand Vidanta, along with KemperSports, the leading golf management company in North America, celebrated the grand opening of the Norman Signature Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit on November 14, 2016.

Mexico’s leading developer and course operator, Vidanta Golf partnered with internationally-recognized golf legend and course designer Greg Norman to build the championship course.  It joins the renowned Nicklaus Design Golf Course as the expansive destination’s second golf venue, allowing guests the unique opportunity to play courses in both Nayarit and Jalisco while at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.

Open for preview play this summer, the official grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, clinic and question and answer session with Greg Norman for guests at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.  

Top International Publications Showcase The Riviera Nayarit

  • USA Today, Travel Weekly, BBC World, Robb Report, Forbes, Fodor’s, New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler and TravelPulse, among others, dedicated space to promote the best of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

In 2016 the Riviera Nayarit was showcased in different national and international media considered to be among the best in the world. Some of the articles could be tied back directly the efforts of the Public Relations office of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and others came about organically via the editors themselves.

II Gran Fondo In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The 15.2k Time Trial is new for this year’s competition with 100 cyclists riding; there are an expected 200 participants for the 160K Gran Fondo and the 80K Medio Fondo.

The II Gran Fondo in the Riviera Nayarit will take place December 3-4, 2016 will follow a route that will cross through the towns of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Higuera Blanca and Sayulita, offering cyclists amazing landscapes and secure roadways.

During the November 23rd press conference Event Director Belín Villasante offered details on the event accompanied by sponsors and local authorities. She stated there is an estimated 30% increase in participants versus the first event.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

VI Motomanía San Blas In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Over 2,000 motorcycles will gather in San Blas, the first and only Biker Port in Mexico, where riders and attendees will enjoy contests, live music, exhibits and the chance to win two new motorcycles.

Everything’s ready for the VI Motomanía San Blas to blast off November 24-27, 2016, when motorcycles from 15 states around the country will gather in this Historic Port.

The esplanade of the San Blas dock will host most of the activities including contests, live music and exhibits. The welcome event will take place on Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Billy Bo Karaoke Bar.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Joint Promotional Campaign Visits Washington And Oregon

  • One hundred travel agents and 30 travel executives from Costco Travel participated in the training sessions held in Seattle and Portland.

The Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit Joint Promotional Campaign is still hard at work in both destinations’ primary markets. This time around the team visited the states of Washington and Oregon, where they brought with them the latest tourism updates from this area of the Pacific.

The Promotions desks of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) led the event, accompanied by 12 hotels from both destinations, six wholesale tour operators and representatives from Alaska Airlines.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

TripAdvisor Spotlights The Riviera Nayarit’s All-Inclusive Hotels

  • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit takes spot no. 5 in the world rankings and is in 2nd place in Mexico, while the Marival Residences Luxury Resort is at no. 18 and the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is at no. 24 in the national listings.

TripAdvisor, considered the largest travel website in the world, posts its classic Top 25 in different categories to spotlight the best in tourism; this time around they focused on all-inclusive properties, where the Riviera Nayarit Hotels took center stage.

The 2016 Travelers’ Choice lists are the result of the reviews and comments of millions of TripAdvisor users, which are updated throughout the year with different nominees. Here are the latest:

Hilary Duff Heads The List Of Celebrities That Vacationed In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Hilary Duff and Lizzie Rosvek were there for Rebecca Marshall’s wedding at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, while Mexican celebrities Camila Sodi, Dominika Paleta and José María Torre hung out at the W Punta de Mita.

Last weekend was an A-list few days for the Riviera Nayarit. Hilary Duff topped the list, visiting Mexico’s Pacific Treasure with her boyfriend Jason Walsh.

Hilary’s traveled to attend the wedding of her friend, Canadian model and actress Rebecca Marshall, who tied the knot at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. The wedding was also attended by American actress Lizzie Rosvek, one of the participants on the series The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Punta Mita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, proved once again that its luxury and charms are a huge attraction for celebrities on an international level.

It’s Time For The Buen Fin Promos In The Riviera Nayarit!

  • Buen Fin literally means “great weekend” and Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has sweetened the pot with the lowest prices of the year: think discounts of up to 60% and a slew of hotels in Bahía de Banderas and Compostela to choose from.

The Buen Fin, the Great Weekend, is headed to the Riviera Nayarit from November 18-21, 2016 and over 30 hotel members of the Bahía de Banderas and Compostela hotel and motel associations are ready to offer visitors a slew of great promotions.

This is the eighth special promo campaign this year launched by the associate hotels in collaboration with the Marketing desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau just for the fun of pampering both guests and locals so they can come enjoy their top-notch services at the very best prices.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

1st Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Village Nayarit Expo

  • There will be 48 groups of artisans from Nayarit for a total of 180 persons, mainly Huicholes and Coras, but also some Mexicaneros.

The Magical Town of Sayulita’s main plaza will be the site of the 1st Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Village Nayarit Expo from November 24-27, 2016, an event organized by the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous People (CDI by its acronym in Spanish).

“I’m very happy, grateful and motivated by how the doors have been opened for us to present the culture and the handicrafts of our indigenous villages,” said Sergio González García, delegate for the CDI in Nayarit. “We’re showcasing a lot of our culture with the artisans through productive projects such as this that help supplement their family income.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UK Flights Reconfirmed During WTM 2016

  • This year’s main objective at the event was to consolidate the existing London and Manchester flights as well as seek other alternatives from regions such as Holland and Finland.

The 37th World Travel Mart (WTM) in London was the perfect backdrop for the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta to reconfirm the continuity of the successful London and Manchester flights to the region with the full support of the Mexico Tourism Board and the Secretary of Tourism.

“The main objective was to show TUI-Thompson how important the UK flights are for our destinations and our federal authorities, as well as to highlight the success they have had from the very start,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Hotels Step Up Their Environmental Commitment

  • Personnel from the Grupo Vidanta hotels, the Grand Occidental, Royal Decameron and Iberostar Playa Mita completed Coefficient Project workshops.

As part of the Community Leadership Program (PLAC by its acronym in Spanish) established by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) the Monterrey Tech Institute offered a Coefficient Project workshop to hotels and businesses in Nayarit to help them identify environmental efficiency opportunities that result in energy and monetary savings.

The training ended with a closing ceremony on Friday, November 4th, during which the Riviera Nayarit hotel personnel who had completed the course presented the environmental projects they were proposing to their respective businesses. Statistics indicate that 70% of these proposals are accepted.