If you’re looking for some amazing shots of the sunrise or sunset with just a touch of adrenaline, this list of Top 10 Most Incredible Views has what you’re looking for. We have to confess, though, that it was hard to pick just 10, because when it comes to spectacular views, the Riviera Nayarit has the market cornered!
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
- Over 300 cars and 100 motorcycles will participate in this exhibition in pro of Manos Azules por Nayarit, a group that helps children with autism, and Manitas de Amor por Bahía, which assists children in need by giving them food and education.
The first Nuevo Vallarta Car Show is all set to go from Saturday January 14th to Sunday January 15th of this New Year. The parking lot at the Centro Empresarial Nuevo Vallarta will host this new car and bike exhibit, which is the first multi-brand event of its kind in the region.
During a recent press conference organizers Carlos Rodríguez and Jorge Medina shared details on the event, which starts on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a parade from the Centro Empresarial to the La Pizzantería de Mezcales Bar, where the welcome party will be held.
The motorized vehicles will begin arriving Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to secure their parking; the evaluation will begin at 11 a.m. and the awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., ending around 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
- There are quite a few festivals coming your way, celebrating everything from culture, the environment, gastronomy, cinema, music, the arts, community development and sports to just plain being alive.
The Riviera Nayarit has been working with different groups to organize some magnificent events for February. There are a total of ten if you include the San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival, which starts in January but continues through February 5th. Along the same lines, the International Bahía de Banderas Regatta starts on the last day in February and continues until March 4th: http://www.banderasbayregatta.com/.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
- This race is totally focused on fun and family and is being run to help with the reforestation of public spaces and beach cleanups in Bahía de Banderas.
Everything is ready to go for the very first 3K and 4K Riviera Nayarit Green Race, which will take place next Sunday, January 15, 2016. The starting line is at the Hotel Samba Vallarta and the race will wind through the Condominio Maestro Flamingos area, mainly down the Paseo de los Cocoteros Avenue.
“There will be an open category for men and another for women,” commented Santiago Orozco, president of the Riviera Nayarit Lion’s Club and the event organizer. “We want to make this a recreational race, in fact, we’ve already confirmed we have several entire families racing together.”
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, each offer an alternative and must-visit escape for 2017. Hippies, surfers and lovers of the “laid back” life are sure to fall in love with the beachside resorts.
Now more accessible than ever with direct flights from London, the regions are within reach and offer much to be explored. For those yoga fanatics, wellness lovers, surfers and general lovers of culture and charm, Sayulita in Riviera Nayarit is definitely a first stop.
Less than an hours drive from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, this winning find lies in the region of Riviera Nayarit, which is also home to the lavish Punta Mita pad. Sayulita offers some of the best surf on the coast, along with paddle and body boarding, too. Surfer dudes and happy hippies blanket the bay waiting for the crystal waves to hit breaking point. Shy to the surf? Enjoy a lesson at http://www.lunazulsurfing.com/ , where the pros can get you perfect in no time.
The cobbled streets are filled with beautiful bunting, vibrant colours and bustling street-food; there is nothing like tucking into a cup of ceviche or a guacamole exploding taco washed down with a cool corona whilst you’re exploring the town. Or, if you’re looking to chill out and watch the ocean waves, head down to Don Pedros for lunch and enjoy some Mexican classics such as Beer Battered Shrimp, Taquitos de Pollo and shots of mezcal.
One of Sayulita’s fortes has to be its impressive collection of boutiques and market stalls. Potter around the intertwining streets and be sure to give into temptation. Pretty kaftans, nautical jewellery, hand crafted fabrics and home interiors are apparent everywhere. The seaside haven not only appeals to the laidback surfer type but also to designers, interior lovers and hoteliers who visit the town in search of unique décor and additions to their collections.
Where to stay? Stay at the Haramara Retreat (http://haramararetreat.com) described as the place “where Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest” and one of the best resorts in town! Prices start from 177 GBP per person and flights run directly with Thomson airways from London Gatwick and Manchester airports, http://www.thomson.co.uk/.
For those looking to embrace the ocean breeze and fully escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, head down the coast and visit Casitas Maraika located in Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta. http://www.casitasmaraika.com/
Often referred to as “ a little slice of paradise” and quite rightly so, Casitas Maraika offers pure white sands, crystal blue waters, bowing palm trees, delicious cocktails and endless sunshine. The enchanting retreat is nestled in the Sierra Madre Occidental where marine life coexists with that of the rainforest.
Privacy is key here as the bay is only accessible by boat, which is why perhaps it retains its peaceful vibe. Everything here is eco-friendly, from the washbasins made of shells to the showers made of trees, as respecting Mother Nature is a must at Casitas Maraika.
Visitors can enjoy a day at Maraika by soaking up the rays and sipping cocktails made from exotic fruits (organically grown within the property of course) however, to take in the whole experience, an overnight stay is highly recommended.
For honeymooners and couples Casitas, Spanish for “The little houses” allow for complete privacy, a cool breeze, inspirational décor and the chance to be totally at one with nature. Accommodation categories include “Little Firefly” “Humming Bird Casita” and “Dragonfly Casita”, each offering different set-ups, yet just as charming.
Guests can wake up in the morning and enjoy a yoga or meditation class below the mountainside (a backdrop which can't be compared) or for those after a little more adventure boat rides, kayaking, fishing and horseback riding can be enjoyed.
Where to stay? Stay at http://www.casitasmaraika.com/ for approximately 100 GBP per night, based on two people sharing. Family accommodation is also available. Flights run directly with Thomson airways from London Gatwick and Manchester airports, http://www.thomson.co.uk/.
In short, 2017 is a new year and a time for new experiences. The beauty, serenity and enjoyment offered from these costal gems go beyond expectation. Treat yourself this year, hippie or not, and enjoy some of natures best.
Monday, January 9, 2017
- There were also quite a few other celebrities spotted in the area, including models, actors, TV hosts, bloggers, YouTubers, influencers and more.
The Riviera Nayarit waved goodbye to 2016 with the presence of Eva Longoria and welcomed 2017 with a visit from Kylie Jenner and her boyfriend, Tyga. Punta Mita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsual, has become the favorite rendezvous of celebrities who visit the destination.
Eva Longoria made her second visit of the year to the destination during the last week of December—she had already visited Mexico’s Pacific Treasure in the month of July, staying on both occasions at the Four Reasons Resort Punta Mita. She posted beach pics on her Instagram account, including one with the Islas Marietas in the background.
Kylie Jenner is another repeat celebrity visitor, as are the other Kardashian sisters. They always stay with businessman and producer Joe Francis, a friend of the family. The young model showed off her spectacular figure during her stay the first few days of the year, which she enjoyed with her boyfriend Tyga and a group of friends. They also headed out on a zip-line adventure at Rancho Mi Chaparrita.
Friday, January 6, 2017
- The occupancy rate in 2015 closed at 76.43% while the average from January through November 2016 indicates a rate of 77.27%; in 2015 there were 2,576,048 visitors, while the first 11 months of 2016 registered 2,623,701 tourists.
Excellent results keep popping up in the Riviera Nayarit as confirmed by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) Barometer—some of the numbers obtained from January through November 2016 exceed those of the entire year of 2015.
“We’re just about to close out the stats for 2016, a year where we definitely overcame our challenges as evidenced by the numbers that have come in for the month of November,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “They are very encouraging considering we still haven’t closed out the numbers for December.”
Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Riviera Nayarit is and always will be a destination offering a great variety of cultural, sports and artistic events. This year the destination celebrates its 10th anniversary and in order to kick off the party we’d like to share with you a chronological list of the Top 10 Events of 2017.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
- The last week of the year reached occupancy rates of over 90%, with December 31st bringing in the highest number at 95.04%.
The Research Department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has compiled the occupancy data from nearly all of the members of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Associations, concluding the preliminary numbers show the occupancy during the winter holiday vacation season reached 87.04%.
“It’s been a formidable end to the year,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “We not only saw what was registered as far as occupancy but we were also able to see that all of the Riviera Nayarit’s microdestinations were bustling. We’ll soon be able to publish all of the end-of-year statistics for 2016, which was undoubtedly a banner year for the destination.”
The 87.04% average occupancy only includes Bahía de Banderas and was measured during the two weeks from Saturday, December 17, 2016 to January 1, 2017.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
- January’s Saturdays—the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th—are dedicated to the friendly competitions among the expected 25 participating boats.
Nuevo Vallarta’s Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) is testing out the 2017 winds in Banderas Bay during its Vallarta Cup Race, the first great event of the year in the Riviera Nayarit.
“Most of the participants are foreigners who live in the region seasonally,” said the VYC’s General Manager Rodolfo Trejo. “Some of them are preparing for a trip around the Pacific and this is their opportunity to test their sailboats and get them on point.” He added there were several Mexican competitors as well.
About 25 boats are expected to participate, with lengths ranging from 25 to 50 feet. The types of registered craft dictate the participating categories.
Monday, January 2, 2017
- Thanks to this achievement the event will enjoy more promotion and more competitors, as it will now reach over 38,000 swimmers in 26 countries around the world.
Thanks to its distribution, its organization, the security both in and out of the water, the infrastructure, the natural conditions and the rapid positioning of the race with more than 650 swimmers in only 6 short years, the Riviera Nayarit Open Water Swim Tournament is now an official part of the Global Swim Series (GSS).
“We’re very excited for the world-wide promotion of both the event and the destination,” said Marc Murphy, General Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want to extend our congratulations to the organizers for a job well done.”
“The Riviera Nayarit CVB has always been our main sponsor and has helped me approach the authorities to lend more weight to the event, as well as with the promotion of the event and so much more. Without them this goal would’ve been much more difficult to achieve,” said Event Director Belín Villasante.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
- Among the novel attractions is the nocturnal tour, “Night of Legends,” held the last Saturday of every month, which is a spectacular ceremony that includes a fire show, music and dinner.
The El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary, nestled between the El Quelele, La Cortada and La Vejiga lagoons to one side of the Flamingos Golf Club, is a natural area that has been upgraded with new experiences and services for locals and visitors to the Riviera Nayarit alike.
The sanctuary is an Environmental Management Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat by its acronym in Spanish), which is in charge of the protection, conservation, environmental education and ecotourism.
“One of the objectives is to change the perspective people have about the crocodiles,” explained biologist Rubén Saavedra, who is in charge of the tours. “People say the animals are aggressive and tend to attack, but here we teach them to understand they are merely defending themselves. What makes a crocodile dangerous is evolution, which has allowed it to make itself nearly invisible allowing it to accumulate its energy and use the surprise factor.”
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
- Multimedia magazine EstiloDF visited Mexico’s Pacific Treasure and showcased the Destination on its different platforms throughout the country’s capital.
The Hotel W Punta de Mita invited EstiloDF magazine for a visit with support from the Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, resulting in a stylish promotion of both the resort and the Destination within Mexico City.
The main objective was to showcase the charms of the Riviera Nayarit’s latest resort in Punta de Mita. Besides highlighting the Hotel W’s design, fashion and excellent service, the publication also presented the attractions of the microdestinations flanking the property.
EstiloDF is a multiplatform magazine issued weekly with a 120-point distribution in the corporate and residential ABC+ zones within Mexico City. This free publication focuses on soft news with a modern presentation.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
- The festival’s artistic and cultural offerings have increased year after year, as has attendance. Two thousand visitors enjoyed its first year; now in its eleventh year, they are expecting around ten thousand.
The 11th Festival Sinergiarte is here to certify San Pancho as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit. There’s no doubt a true cultural and artistic phenomenon has taken place in this town thanks to the activities of the San Pancho Collective and the other associations that are reinventing the community.
“We want everyone to join us in enjoying and celebrating life this coming 28th, 29th and 30th of December,” said Erik Saracho, director of this year’s festival and the Alianza Jaguar. “This year we have top-notch circus, tumbling and theater acts, and it’s all free for the entire family.” It’s important to note the festival leadership rotates every year.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
- Brazil is the fourth country of origin for tourists to the Riviera Nayarit under the heading “Other Nationalities,” in other words, countries that are outside of North America and the United Kingdom.
The last press trip of 2016 to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure came directly Brazil. This group of journalists and influencers were focused on the luxury segment, which is why the Public Relations desks of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) gave them a tour of the top luxury offerings in the destinations.
“We want to diversify our markets,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “It’s possible to go beyond North America and we’ve seen it with the United Kingdom. However, there are certain countries that little by little are reacting more to the stimulus of the Joint Promotion, among them Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Spain.”
Monday, December 19, 2016
Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner, which is why the Riviera Nayarit hotels are offering dinners, dances and special events. Details below:
- Five reporters from the Daily Express, I Newspaper, OK! Magazine, Gay Star News and Family Traveller, as well as two people from the United Kingdom’s public relation’s agency, enjoyed a visit to the region.
The UK Winter Group Press Trip took place in the Riviera Nayarit from November 30 to December 4, 2016 then continued on in Puerto Vallarta, where it ended on December 7th.
The Public Relations officer of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) received the group of journalists from the United Kingdom as soon as they arrived at the Destination.
“Today we can confirm the United Kingdom has strengthened its positioning as the fourth strongest market behind the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “It’s been this way since the Manchester and London direct flights began and that’s why we will continue our promotional efforts in that area of Europe.”
If you’re lucky enough to spend a winter or spring holiday in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring destinations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, then you’re in for a real treat. Of course, warm tropical weather, breathtaking beaches, gorgeous views, rich Mexican culture and a wealth of activities are a given any time of year. From November to April, however, you won’t want to miss out on the region’s Tianguis, or seasonal farmers’ markets, which offer a variety of organic and artisanal goods sold straight from local producers to consumers. Take your pick from from fresh fruits and vegetables, home-cooked foods, handicrafts, clothes, jewellery and much more! Here are just a few of the farmers’ markets popping up in the area this season:
From 7th November to 30th April, the “producer only” Old Town Farmers’ Market, known locally as Tianguis Cultural, remains one of the most compelling attractions in Puerto Vallarta. It’s open every Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lázaro Cárdenas, Emiliano Zapata, where it spans more than an entire city block.
Here, visitors will find an array of locally grown, farm fresh products, artisan foods, organic coffee, fresh cut flowers, handmade arts and crafts, clothes and souvenirs, as well as community education, family activities and live music. The best part is that all products are produced and sold only by vendors living within 50 kilometres of Puerto Vallarta, so you can be sure to appreciate a genuine Mexican experience while supporting the local economy.
Meanwhile, the Art & Market Marina Vallarta takes place every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Customers will find art, artisan jewellery, organic products, homemade bread and clothes among many other things while enjoying the relaxed and friendly ambiance characteristic of Puerto Vallarta. With delicious gastronomy, live music, amazing art, beautiful scenery and exquisite sunset views to top everything off, a visit to the Art & Market Marina Vallarta is truly an exciting experience for all the senses.
In Riviera Nayarit, there’s literally a farmers’ market for every day of the week.
For those who like to kick things off on a good foot, you can’t go wrong with the Mercado del Mar, held every Sunday in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle from morning until well into the afternoon. Walk, eat and shop amongst some 200 vendors while listening to live music and savouring the stunning views of Marina Riviera Nayarit.
On Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the farmers’ market at Rincón de Guayabitos Square is a must visit as the streets fill up with vendors from all over Banderas Bay and beyond. Similarly, Monday afternoons and evenings in Bucerías are best spent with a leisure stroll along the Art Walk Plaza, where you’ll discover a variety of artwork, collectables and gifts created by the talented artists of Riviera Nayarit and abroad.
Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Nuevo Vallarta’s Centro Empresarial, the Riviera Nayarit Farmers’ Market sets up shop to offer genuine goods and merchandise to locals and tourists alike. On Wednesdays, the Bucerías Forever Spring Market on Lázaro Cárdenas Street awaits visitors from 9 a.m. to 1.pm., and on Thursdays, La Peñita de Jaltemba opens its La Peñita Market for all to enjoy.
On Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mercado del Pueblo on Revolución Street in Sayulita is open for business with the best in organic and natural products. Or, if you prefer to splurge on Saturdays, the Tianguis Lo De Marcos will be in full swing from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As the third certified organic market in Riviera Nayarit, it’s sure to be bursting at the seams with artisan food vendors, homemade regional products, themed decorations and seasonal charm—providing not only a unique shopping experience but the chance to get to know the town of Lo De Marcos and all that it has to offer. There really is no better way to cap off the week!
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Federal Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid Cordero presented the Viajemos Todos por México (Let’s All Travel In Mexico) and Mejora Tu Hotel (Improve Your Hotel) social tourism programs in the Riviera Nayarit.
During the event held at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Jorge Gómez, Secretary of the Government of Nayarit (representing Governor Roberto Sandoval); Omar Camarena, Secretary of State; and José Gómez, Mayor of Bahía de Banderas were present to welcome Mexico’s top tourism official and his associates.
Important representatives from the hotel, academic and business sectors also attended the press conference.
Enrique de la Madrid stated the Viajemos Todos por México program was a successful endeavor by the Federal Government. “This is more than a government program, this is a movement,” he declared. “We’d like to insist on the importance of businesses to play their part and that we look at it as an opportunity to create great packages for Mexicans, especially during the low season.”
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
- In Chapter 1 of the Riviera Nayarit’s Viajes con Sabor will air on Monday, December 19, 2016, with Chapter 2 airing on Monday, December 26, 2016 on Canal Cocina and El Gourmet.
The Iberian Peninsula will be privy to the new culinary specials focusing on the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta via the Viajes con Sabor programs from Spain’s El Gourmet and Canal Cocina.
Hostess Alejandra Magaña will showcase the best of both destinations’ gastronomy, cocktails and culture. The network described Mexico’s Pacific Treasure as: “The Riviera Nayarit is a fantastic tourism enclave, with gorgeous beaches, natural landscapes and archaeological zones.”
Chapter 1 on the Riviera Nayarit will debut on Monday, December 19, 2016, while Chapter 2 will air on Monday, December 26, 2016.