Thursday, February 23, 2017

Riviera Nayarit To Host The 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference

  • After competing with the United States and Russia, the representatives of the states belonging to World Sailing chose Mexico’s Pacific Treasure as the best option to host the event.

The Riviera Nayarit continues to attract world-class events to the Destination thanks to its international positioning, its service infrastructure and natural bounty. Now, as the state of Nayarit celebrates its hundredth anniversary and the Riviera Nayarit marks its first 10 years, its most recent achievement has been to win the privilege of hosting the 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference to take place next November 4-8 at the Paradise Village hotel in Nuevo Vallarta.

This accomplishment was realized thanks to the efforts of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC), as well as work done by the Mexico Tourism Board and the Nayarit Secretariat of Tourism.

“Every year we’ve hosted itinerant events as well as our own anchor events that also have an international reach,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “Our commitment to continue seeking events of this magnitude is still strong, especially now the Riviera Nayarit is known practically around the world.”

XXV Banderas Bay International Regatta

  • Over 25 boats and more than 200 participants from Mexico, the United States and Canada will be competing for the trophy in this friendly competition, considered to be the coolest in the world.

The XXV Banderas Bay International Regatta is just around the corner, taking place from February 28 to March 4, 2017. It is hosted and organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.

As happens every year, this traditional regatta will include participants from Mexico, the United States and Canada, most of which have their boats in the marinas at Nuevo Vallarta, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Puerto Vallarta.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1st Open Water Tournaments In Matanchén Bay

  • There are 15 categories for swimmers ranging from 10 to over 60 years of age with distances of 1km, 3km and 6km.

The 1st edition of the Matanchén Bay Open Water Tournament is ready to take off next Saturday February 25th at the historic port of San Blas. This new event joins the many options already offered by the Riviera Nayarit.

Gital is disseminating the invitation with the full support of the Nayarit Secretary of Tourism, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Office and certified by the Nayarit Swimmers Association. The Restaurant Mat Bay (previously Etcétera), located at km 3.5 on the San Blas-Tepic highway is hosting the race at the enormous Matanchén Bay.

17th San Pancho Music Festival

  • Every year over 25 groups and 100 regional, national and international musicians treat thousands of concertgoers to their music for free at the Plaza del Sol, playing a wide variety of genres, rhythms and traditions.

Everything’s ready for another year of fun at the 17th San Pancho Music Festival, which will take place on Friday, February 26, 2017, at the Plaza del Sol in San Francisco, the Riviera Nayarit’s Cultural Capital.

The three days of the festival all begin at 5 p.m. and end around midnight. The music will be played on two stages for continuity, while the concertgoers can enjoy food and drink from restaurant booths set up in the area.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Intensive And Varied PR Actions Help Position The Riviera Nayarit

  • It was promoted as a luxury destination for the US LGBTTI market; the Festival Sayulita generated over 19 million 400 thousand impressions; and the INE received support for the taping of its electoral commercials.

The Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has kicked off the first two months of 2017 with intensive and diverse actions with the media on a national and international level.

There were a total of three press trips: the first one was to show off the destination’s luxury offerings to Edge Media Network from the United States; the second accompanied five national media representatives to cover the Festitval Sayulita; and the third was an activity where they taped commercials in the Riviera Nayarit as part of the INETour 2017.

Mexico Takes Home The V International CANAMEX Flamingos Riviera Nayarit Cup 2017

  • This victory is the second championship won by Mexico versus three by the maple leaf team in the history of the competition, while the United States will have to wait one more year to try for its first win.

The Mexico team took home the V International CANAMEX Flamingos Riviera Nayarit Cup for 2017. The Mexicans played an inspired game on Saturday, February 18, 2017, when they not only won the A Go-Go game but also hit the Best Score.

At the end of the day they only had a six-point lead over Canada, though it was enough to give them their second championship win versus three by the maple leaf team. Meanwhile, the United States will have to wait for one more year before it can try for its first win. There were 36 players per nationality, for a total of 108 participants.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Top 10 For Romance In The Riviera Nayarit

This past Valentine’s Day has left the Riviera Nayarit in a haze of love, thanks to all the couples who walked along the beach hand in hand, camped under the stars, enjoyed an adventure tour together or simply gazed at one of our unforgettable sunsets. There’s no getting around the fact, though, that love has plenty of legends here in the Riviera Nayarit, like the sad story of the Loca at the San Blas pier… Read on for a list of the Top Ten Romantic Things To Do in the Riviera Nayarit for ideas on how to create your own love story! 

Sports Events Dominate The Riviera Nayarit In March

March 2017 is fast approaching and the Groups and Events desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is already rounding up details on the various events set to take place this third month of the year. Here’s a quick look at each one:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

4th Taste of Lo de Marcos 2017

  • Attendees will enjoy the best of the town’s gastronomy as well as help fund resources for Amigos de Lo de Marcos and the local Citizens’ Action Committee to help promote culture.

The 4th Taste of Lo de Marcos will take place next Sunday, February 19, 2017. This is considered the top social and culinary event of the season in this quiet village known as the Riviera Nayarit’s Peaceful Retreat.

This Mexican-style kermes will take place in the Los Delfines event hall (Luis Echeverría #9) and will run from 3 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m.

Local restaurants will host the tastings and offer delicious treats ranging from the simplest of foods to the most gourmet bites. There will also be a variety of artisans on hand presenting their handmade creations.

Joint Promotional Campaign Visits Mexico City

  • The tour included presentations for travel agents, airlines, wholesalers and consortiums, reaching over 500 sales and account executives, directors and managers in the capital city.

The Promotions desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) are conducting a very successful Joint Promotional Campaign tour through Mexico City from February 13-16, 2017.

“Mexico City is a vital natural market for our destinations,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “In fact, it’s always vying for second and third place with Guanajuato as far as the number of tourists is concerned, with Jalisco having held steady in first place for a long time.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017



From an unknown stretch of beach to a paradise of luxury and nature

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – February 14, 2017 - Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary, growing from 5 miles of resort expansion north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport to 192 miles of spectacular beaches with world class luxury resorts that attract visitors and celebrities from all over the globe.  Visitors can still find miles of deserted beaches with only a few palapas where fresh huachinango zarandeado (whole grilled fish) and cold coconut juice can be savored in peace.  Come celebrate Riviera Nayarit’s 10th anniversary and share your experiences using #RivieraNayarit10 on your favorite social platforms.

How has Riviera Nayarit changed over the last 10 years?

  • ·      In the beginning, it was seen as a suburb of Puerto Vallarta, just a few miles over the border between Jalisco and Nayarit. Today, it is a very popular destination with its own name, attractions and personality.
  • ·      Expanded from 100 miles of white sand beaches to 192 miles, adding the longest black sand beach in Central and South America. 
  • ·      Grew from 10,000 hotel rooms to 15,485.
  • ·      Only the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita received a AAA Five Diamond rating before 2007, but now the destination has four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant and six AAA Four Diamond restaurants. In 2017, Azur Bistro de Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta was newly labeled as a AAA Four Diamond restaurant.
  • ·      A few celebrities got away from the world in Punta Mita, but over the past ten years Riviera Nayarit has become a celebrity beacon attracting everyone from Christina Aguilera and Joe Jonas to Alessandra Ambrosio and Selena Gomez.
  • ·      Riviera Nayarit had beautiful but uncertified beaches and now has 12 Certified Clean Beaches, which is more than any other region in Mexico.
  • ·      The state of Nayarit Displays Three Blue Flags distinctions,  Two in Riviera Nayarit : Playa Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and one enchanted lagoon Laguna Santa María del Oro
  • ·      An EarthCheck certification has been awarded to Nuevo Vallarta
  •      The destination has received high praise over the years: Riviera Nayarit was cited as a top destination in 2009 by, Hideaways Magazine and In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, while Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year. 
  • ·       San Blas is now a destination visited by hundreds of people each year who come for the incredible birdwatching and colonial landmarks.

Why should you visit Riviera Nayarit now and in the coming years?
  • Islas Marietas, offering its matchless Hidden Beach, recently underwent an expert restoration so curious travelers can return to this one-of-a-kind natural wonder.
  • Riviera Nayarit is home to Mexico Master Chef Judge Betty Vazquez.
  • 80% of North American migratory birds visit the destination each year.
  • More than 500 humpback whales migrate to Riviera Nayarit to mate and raise their babies in Banderas Bay.
  • Cirque du Soleil will open in 2019 at the Vidanta Hotels & Resorts in Nuevo Vallarta, that will include a thematic park and three hotels.
  • New luxury hotels are opening in Riviera Nayarit:
o   One&Only Mandarina will make its debut with 145 luxurious villas and private residential estates nestled in a dramatic cliffside, rain forest location.
o   Fairmont Costa Canuva, slated to open in 2018, will be the focus of a new beachfront village offering five hotels, 2,500 private residences and a golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa.
o   Rosewood Mandarina, which will draw inspiration from the local, pre-historic Huichol and Cora cultures, will open in 2019 with 130 guestrooms, suites and villas.             

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are interested in additional information or high-res images of Riviera Nayarit.


About Riviera Nayarit          
In 2017, Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier destination of Mexico. Renowned for its matchless luxury and protected natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates 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 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, while Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination is home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants.

For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit. Check out #RivieraNayarit10 throughout the year for special anniversary deals and information.   
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V International CANAMEX Flamingos Riviera Nayarit Cup 2017

  • The tournament between Mexico, the United States and Canada to see who takes home the gold has become a classic fight for supremacy in North America; to date, Canada holds the lead.

The Flamingos Golf Club, the first in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, is ready to host the V International CANAMEX Flamingos Riviera Nayarit Cup 2017 next Saturday, February 18.

Teams from Mexico, the United States and Canada are looking to take the North America crown in this Riviera Nayarit golf Classic. The current champion in Canada, which has won three out of the four tournaments so far, with Mexico winning the remaining one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Southwest Airlines Flight Arrives From Oakland

  • This is the 5th new direct flight for the airline to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region in the past two years, an enormous contribution towards the recovery of international airline seats.

The new daily direct Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland, California, arrived on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. to the “Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, which also serves the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust organized a warm welcome for the flight that included refreshing drinks, souvenirs and music by the children’s mariachi band.

“We are very grateful to Southwest Airlines for their contribution in the recovery of airline seats,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “The best part is they have every intention of adding even more new flights from different cities in the United States. We hope they are able to and we’ll be here ready to lend our support when they do.”

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Community Center In Punta de Mita

  • This new space in the Riviera Nayarit was opened to encourage community development through art, culture and education.

The first phase of the Soriana del Mar Community Center in the Nuevo Corral del Risco in Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit, was inaugurated on Friday, February 10, 2017. Lisa Schalla and Greg Stanton, executive director and president of the Punta de Mita Foundation (FPM) Council, respectively, presided over the ceremony.

Also present were José Gómez, the mayor of Bahía de Banderas; Lourdes Ibarra Chiquete, head of Culture, Sports and Education; plus a number of representatives of the Soriana and Comunalia Foundation (Alliance of Community Foundations of Mexico).

Local parents, children and teens, were present to witness the ceremony, as they will be the main beneficiaries of finished project.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Event ¡Conoce Tu Bahía! Seeks To Raise Environmental Awareness

  • Access is free for the general public; businesses and groups will be addressing the positive environmental practices they have in place in their facilities.

The National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP, by its acronym in Spanish) is inviting everyone to its event, ¡Conoce tu Bahía! (Get To Know Your Bay!), set to take place next Saturday February 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Plaza at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, with the purpose of raising environmental awareness.

The event is open to the general public and its objective is to introduce the species that live in Banderas Bay and recognize those businesses that have supported the environment through their green practices.

Celebrate Love In The Riviera Nayarit

This month is officially dedicated to love, and the Riviera Nayarit hotels are ready to welcome everyone looking to enjoy a unique moment with that special someone. Here are a few of the activities created to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day.

US News Recognizes The Quality Of The Riviera Nayarit’s Hotels

  • There are a total of 14 of the Destination’s hotels in eight of the categories appearing in the Best Rankings 2017 for hotels in Mexico and the Pacific Coast.
The US News website portal has published its traditional Best Rankings 2017 in its travel section, ranking the best of the tourism industry and the Riviera Nayarit hotels were recognized for their high quality in Mexico and the Pacific Coast.

US News grades the best hotels based on the opinions of recognized experts in the tourism industry, guest opinions and the quality parameters of the hotel in question.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Unveils Contest For Lovers

  • Register for free and you can win a four-day/three-night, all-inclusive stay for two at the Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort and Spa in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day this coming February 14th and its Marketing Department has launched the contest titled “Riviera Nayarit, the perfect place to enjoy as a couple” on February 8, 2017.

“We’ve created the contest thinking about pampering our followers while promoting the Riviera Nayarit as a destination for romance and weddings,” explained Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gala Vallarta-Nayarit: Another Success In 2017

  • This Mini Tianguis Turístico in Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit took place with over 90% of the region’s hotels and over 70 wholesalers from Mexico, the US, Canada and Spain registered for their business appointments.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 marked the start of another successful Gala Vallarta-Nayarit, an event with over 20 years of history under its belt that was created to offer hotels, tour operators, airlines and wholesalers the opportunity to establish parameters for the following year’s negotiations.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the Sheraton Buganvilias Hotel, and was led by Norma Fernández, Secretary of Tourism for the state of Nayarit, and Ludwig Estrada, representing Sectur Jalisco in Puerto Vallarta, along with representatives from the local authorities, the local convention and visitors bureaus as well as the hotel and motel associations from both destinations.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hotel W Punta de Mita Nominated As “Best New Hotel Opening In 2016”

The recently inaugurated Hotel W Punta de Mita in the Rivera Nayarit has been nominated among the three hotels that are up for the title of best new hotel opening in 2016 for Mexico, Central and South America. The nomination is on behalf of the 2016 “Awards of Excellence” by Luxury Travel Advisor.  

Luxury Travel Advisor is a tourism industry website that specializes in providing information for luxury tourism professionals from around the world since 1930. They offer details on destinations, hotels, cruises, services, businesses, airlines and much more.

The Hotel W Punta de Mita is competing against the Four Seasons Hotel Bogota and the Nekupe from Nicaragua for the title of best hotel opening in 2016 in the regions shared by these countries.