Monday, October 12, 2015

Arrival Of New Alaska Airlines Flight From Orange County

  • Leaders from the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta welcomed the inaugural flight from Santa Ana, California, as well as Alaska Airlines’ top executives.

Alaska Airlines’ new flight from Orange County’s John Wayne International Airport was received with the traditional pomp and circumstance on Friday, October 9, at the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, the gateway to the Riviera Nayarit.

“First of all, our thanks to Alaska Airlines for having been one of the few companies that maintained uninterrupted service during the economic crisis in 2008. We value their faith in and commitment to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta—they didn’t abandon us then and now that the recovery is here they’re still opening new flights,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Grand Palladium Joins The BCN

  • The Instituto Mexicano de Normalización y Certificación A.C. (IMNC) recently ratified the Clean Beaches Surveillance Recertifications that were pending revision in the Riviera Nayarit, meaning the Destination now has 10 beaches with current certifications.

The 17th edition of the Beach Cleanup Network (BCN) organized by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau will now include the presence of Punta de Mita’s Hotel Grand Palladium, whose personnel will be operating on La Manzanilla beach in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

“The BCN performs its labor of love without much fanfare and truly helps the microdestinations on many levels, so we really need to point out how valuable its work is,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “Sayulita being named a Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town), Nuevo Vallarta coming through as a Destino Limpio México (Mexico Clean Destination) and our Certified Clean Beaches are all examples that have directly or indirectly benefited from this activity.”

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit: Inspiration For A Wedding Dress

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts joined forces with Marchesa to present a collection of wedding gowns inspired by four destinations where the hotel chain has properties—the Riviera Nayarit was one of those chose, specifically, Punta Mita, Mexico’s most exclusive development.

British fashion designers Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig were the creators behind the Marchesa Bridal Capsule Collection, which presents an appreciation for world cultures through their use of jewelry, embroidery and cuts, taking into account the spirit and essence of each destination.

Brides interested in acquiring one of these works of art can do so at prices of anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 USD; they will also be attended personally by designers Chapman and Craig, who will welcome them to Manhattan in order to personalize their gown.

The design created for the St. Regis Punta displays the best of the Riviera Nayarit’s bountiful nature. Elegant, delicate and lighthearted, it’s ideal for a wedding on the beaches of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. Elements alluding to the “wild waters, the exuberant tropical flowers and fantastic animals” of the region have been incorporated into the gown.

The other three destinations included in the presentation last September were the St. Regis resorts in New York, Dubai and Mumbai.


Destination Weddings In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There are over 40 hotels in the different towns that make up the Riviera Nayarit, including Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita and Sayulita, among others, all of which are offering their services to celebrate this special occasion with prices starting at $810 USD.

Many couples dream of getting married on the beach, and the Riviera Nayarit tops the list of places to make that dream come true. With its natural bounty and excellent infrastructure, it’s luxury at its best.

In the Riviera Nayarit you’ll find everything you need to say that momentous “I, do,” from professional wedding coordinators to take care of every detail to the Judge or the Minister for your Spiritual or Civil Ceremony, as well as accommodations, transportation, banquets, design and decoration, legal proceedings, makeup, dresses, flowers, cakes and much more.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2nd 2015 5-10K Guayabitos Race

  • The call is open to athletes, clubs, leagues, public and private associations, schools and the general public both domestic and foreign to participate in a sporting event at one of the Riviera Nayarit’s most charming Picturesque Villages.

Rincón de Guayabitos is set to celebrate the 2nd 2015 5-10K Guayabitos Race on October 11, 2015, organized by the Hotel Association of the Municipality of Compostela and the Rincón de Guayabitos Convention and Visitors Bureau with the backing of the Nayarit State Athletic Association and the support of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

The competition will include five categories, among them youths, masters and open, divided into men’s and women’s divisions. It will take place under the current regulations established by the Mexican Federation of Athletic Associations (FMAA). The starting and finish lines will be at the Hotel Decameron Los Cocos.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

1st Annual Lo de Marcos Sea Turtle Festival

  • Come join the fun and enjoy conferences on sea turtles and the environment, plus activities including Paddle Boarding, yoga and volleyball; sculpture, drawing and handicraft contests; and more!

The 1st Lo de Marcos Sea Turtle Festival will be held next Saturday, October 10, 2015, to help promote the protection of this vital endangered species, as well as create an engaging experience filled with art, sports and culture in this microdestination, one of the Pueblos Pintorescos (Picturesque Towns) of the Riviera Nayarit.

The event is the result of an initiative by the Lo de Marcos Turtle Camp and the invitation is open to the entire family. Doors open from 10 a.m. onwards at the Palapa in Villas de Tlaquepaque.

Monday, October 5, 2015

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

  • The Guía México Gastronómico picked El Delfín at the Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas, Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Emiliano Cocina y Vino at Tepic among the top eateries in the country.

The Guía México Gastronómico recently announced their top 120 Restaurants for 2016, a selection which, according to the magazine, is owed to the “parallels that exist among the 120 million inhabitants of Mexico,” an analogy that refers to the tradition, continuity, quality and love of service and creativity within Mexico. Nayarit’s gastronomy was part of this august list with two restaurants in the Riviera Nayarit and one in its capital, Tepic.

Fifty members of the Academia Nacional de Votantes (National Academy of Voters) made up of personalities from the culinary industry of Mexico came together to choose the best of the best, taking into consideration: the quality of their service, the quality of their presentation, the continuity of their culinary project, their culinary proposal and that the establishment serve to incentivize a collaboration with other gastronomic sectors.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Travel Agents In Ecuador And Peru Get Their Turn

  • Nineteen agents from both South American nations came to visit the region on two separate FAM trips in order to receive the most relevant updates and details to enhance the sales of both destinations.

September came to a close with activities planned by the Promotion and Sales Departments of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust in the shape of two FAM trips for travel agents from Ecuador and Peru.

Both groups came to the destinations via private initiatives, and the promotions departments lent their support with activities scheduled to allow them to fully appreciate the attractions of this region.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Interinstitutional Workshop Held To Support Sustainability Of The Islas Marietas

  • Several proposals for the management of tourism activities in terms of the functional zoning were presented, as well as analyses of desired visitation scenarios, carrying capacities and acceptable change limits, management strategies, training and interinstitutional coordination.

Nuevo Vallarta hosted the first ever Informational Workshop To Agree On Management Measures For The Public Use Of The Islas Marietas National Park (PNIM) from September 23-25, 2015; the event seeks to improve the sustainability of this icon of the Riviera Nayarit.

The workshop was organized by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT by its acronym in Spanish) and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa by its acronym in Spanish), with the support of GFA-Biomar.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sayulita: A “Must” In The Riviera Nayarit

Sayulita has been at the top of the list of “musts” in the Riviera Nayarit for the past decade or so—at the very least. It stands out for its vibrant lifestyle and hippie chic vibe, which makes it irresistible for the laid-back and chill visitor.

Surf and SUP at the Ola del Sol

Jon Kabat-Zinn famously quipped: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Every year, thousands of people stand on their very first surfboard or paddleboard on the renowned Ola del Sol, located seaside just beyond the town plaza. This wave is easy enough for beginners, but if you walk just a few meters to the north, you’ll find more complicated waves for those who followed master Kabat-Zinn’s teachings. If you don’t know how to surf, don’t worry: there are plenty of surf schools to get you going.

Electrocumbia at El Camarón

Every Friday night El Camarón lights up with the feverish beat called Electrocumbia, a mix of different styles of that hot Latin rhythm, from the cumbia villera of Argentina to the cumbia norteña from Monterrey—and everything in between. It’s quite the party!

The nightlife in Sayulita is one of the most active in the Riviera Nayarit: salsa, cumbia, reggae, electronic beats, rock and more are turned on after nightfall to keep you busy till the wee hours.

Camping and Villas

If you’re up for some adventure you can camp out under the stars with the siren song of the waves as your lullaby. There are even private areas where you can actually rent a spot on the sand to camp on. However, if your idea of camping involves amenities, there are a plethora of furnished villas with pools to cater to your luxury needs. 

Los Muertos: Certified Clean Beach

Playa Los Muertos is a strip of white sand beach no more than 200 meters long, with crystal-clear water and gentle waves perfect for swimming. These and other features have made it one of the 10 Certified Clean Beaches in the Riviera Nayarit.

Marlin, Shrimp and Fish Tacos

One of the “musts” on the to-do list in Sayulita is to savor a dish of fish, shrimp and marlin tacos. But that’s not all: Sayulita’s gastronomy has something for every taste and desire.

Fresh Fruit For Dessert

The sweet freshness of the fruit in Nayarit coupled with the creativity of its people make dessert time in Sayulita very special indeed. The frozen fruit pops made with strawberries, bananas, kiwi, guava and others are undeniably delicious—it’s like an explosion of flavor on your palate! The juices are incredible: we recommend mint or pineapple with basil. Another “must” on the list of desserts is the famous Chocobanana: a frozen banana dipped in chocolate, then topped with shredded coconut or ground nuts, among other delights.

Uruguay And Argentina Welcomed The Joint Promotional Campaign

  • The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta trained 30 reservations agents in the RCI call center in Uruguay and participated in the FIT América Latina in Argentina, where they assisted over 10 thousand travel agents and end consumers.

The Joint Promotional Campaign activities currently being executed abroad by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta made their way to Uruguay and Argentina as September reached its end.

“The trip to Uruguay was very beneficial, as RCI is among the world leaders in vacation exchanges and we have several hotels that manage time shares. Argentina was doubly beneficial for both destinations, because we participated in a fair attended by tourism from around the world in search of business,” explained Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Office.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Promos In The Riviera Nayarit

  • 18 of the destination’s hotels have launched fantastic offers including up to a 58% discount on accommodations; 2-for-1 and even free kids stays; up to $2,500 USD in resort credits; free golf and amenities; up to 25% discount on SPA and much more.

These Fall Promotions are the new Seasonal Offers arranged by the Marketing department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) together with the Hotel and Motel Association of Banderas Bay.

These new promotions, created to pamper both national and international travelers who prefer Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, will run from September 28th though October 31st, 2015.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sayulita Named Pueblo Mágico; Tourism Potential Increases

  • Beyond any international promotion the Riviera Nayarit’s Capital of Surf and most “Hippie Chic” town will continue to receive, this injection of capital will help improve its service infrastructure while maintaining its unique essence.

The announcement came this past September 25, 2015, in Puebla during the 2nd Ferial Nacional Pueblos Mágicos, setting the stage for the tourism potential of this town to take off.

The designation of Pueblo Mágico, awarded by Enrique de la Madrid, head of the Mexico Tourism Board and received by the head of Nayarit Tourism, Catalina Ruiz, will set off a five-year project for the government and the citizens to work on in order for Sayulita to receive its official certification. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Capitalized On The 2015 MLT University Showcase

  • The Joint Promotional Campaign held six seminars for 150 travel agents during the event, which also included the traditional Trade Show that took place at the end of each day.

The Minneapolis Convention Center hosted the annual MLT University this year from September 25-27, which consisted of presentations, seminars and trade shows for the travel industry professionals and students.

Tour operator MLT Vacations, considered one of the United States’ leaders in the tourism industry, hosted this grand convention, which has a 20+-year history. The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta have been regular participants in this encounter for the past several years.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit’s Gastronomy Delighted Attendees Of Vancouver’s MexicoFest

  • 178 tourism industry professionals representing travel agencies, tour operators, industry media, airlines and management came together to enjoy Chef Betty Vázquez’s distinctive “ocean flavor.”
The annual MexicoFest “Experience Mexico in Vancouver” organized by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) in Vancouver and celebrated this year at the beginning of September was graced by the Riviera Nayarit’s distinctive Gastronomy, much to the delight of the attendees.

The MTB invited four of Mexico’s tourism destinations, among them, the Riviera Nayarit. The Public Relations department of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) arranged for the participation of our Culinary Ambassador, Chef Betty Vázquez.

“It’s a big responsibility for us to be invited by the MTB to these international events organized by the Federal Government, which is why we asked Betty Vázquez to do us the honor of participating,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “According to what we heard from the attendees themselves, they were delighted!”

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nuevo Vallarta, The Riviera Nayarit’s Mainstream (Part 2)

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our series on the wonderful microdestination comprised of Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos, considered The Mainstream of the Riviera Nayarit because—among other things—over 60% of the area’s hotels are located here. 

AAA 4- and 5-Diamonds 

Nine of the Destination’s 14 hotels that boast either a 4- or a 5-Diamond AAA rating are located in Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos, which speaks volumes about the luxury offered by this microdestination. 

Only the Grand Luxxe and the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit have 5 Diamonds, but the 4-Diamond list is long: Dreams Villamagna, Hard Rock Hotel, Marival Residences, RIU Palace Pacífico, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan and Villa La Estancia. 

It's a similar scenario where restaurants are concerned, as four of the six that have AAA Diamond ratings are in this area: Epazote at the Grand Luxxe, Frida, Lucca and Piaf in the Grand Velas—all with 4-Diamond ratings. 


Nuevo Vallarta offers options both for families as well as for the most demanding of foodies. This area has a cosmopolitan charm when it comes to its Gastronomy, much like the Destination in general. This is a place where one can enjoy a relaxed midday meal of fresh-caught seafood from the coast of Nayarit at El Marlin de Tepic or La Laguna Tino’s, then savor a formal Italian dinner at La Dolce Vita or Portobello. 

The offerings of the many restaurants run the gamut, and include steak, wings, sushi, salads and much more. Hotels also have incredible specialty restaurants open to the public, such as Nicksan, a fusion restaurant with a Mexican and Japanese menu. 

Blue Flag and Certified Clean Beaches 

Nuevo Vallarta Norte is one of the few beaches that fly the internationally certified Blue Flag. The beaches at Nuevo Vallarta Sur, Norte I and Norte II have been accredited as Certified Clean Beaches by Regulation NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006, a guarantee of wellbeing for your family. 

The quality of these beaches allows thousands of sea turtles to use them to lay their eggs every year, which the Nuevo Vallarta Turtle Camp cares for until they hatch and the baby turtles are released. An estimated half a million sea turtles are released on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta every nesting season, which extends from June through February, approximately.

Gourmet gastronomy on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Celebrating 21 years of gastronomic evolution, the Festival Gourmet International is set to return to the pristine shores of Puerto Vallarta,  Riviera Nayarit and Tepic, delighting taste buds from 16th - 22nd November 2015.

Arguably the most important culinary destinations in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have quickly positioned themselves at the pinnacle of international cuisine. During the distinctive gourmet festival visitors will have the opportunity to encounter some of the world’s most elite chefs, in an unparalleled setting, characterised by its natural beauty and striking landscapes.

Every night in mid-November, twenty-two diverse restaurants and partner hotels from across the regions will play host to master chefs from all over the world, charming visitors with surprising creations and delicacies. Restaurants taking part include the iconic Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, Coco Tropical in Puerto Vallarta, Carolina at St Regis. Punta Mita Resort, Piaf Restaurant in 5* Grand Velas Hotel, Riviera Nayarit and Emiliano Cocina y Vino, located in Nayarit’s capital Tepic. 

A wide range of events are scheduled during this annual festival, encouraging visitors to not only taste the delicious food, but also immerse themselves in the Mexican way of cooking. Proceedings kick off on Monday 16th November with an interactive cooking demonstration at trendy eatery La Leche, followed by a progressive Avant-Garde Dinner. On Sunday 22nd the festival is set to end on a high with the Fiesta del Mar and Theme Night at Sapphire Ocean Club, dubbed ‘Delights on the Ocean’.  

As well as these notable occasions, a one-of-a-kind foodie experience can also be had through the variety of other workshops, wine/tequila tastings, themed nights and exclusive talks with culinary professionals on offer. Whether you have a gourmet degustation menu, dine ‘à la carte’, or get stuck in preparing dishes in the kitchen, a highly stimulating time with an exceptional ambiance is guaranteed. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fashion Show In Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

  • Alejandro Carlín, recognized fashion designer, presented his exclusive 2016 Cruise Collection in the most fashionable destination in Mexico: the Riviera Nayarit.

The fashionably exclusive 2016 Cruise Collection created by designer Alejandro Carlín was presented on September 22, 2015, at the luxurious Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

Marc Murphy, Director General of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, was present at the event and assured those present the Destination will continue to be an inspiration.

“It’s an honor for the Riviera Nayarit to be a part of initiatives like these, which are very much in line with what we strive to communicate,” said Murphy. “The Riviera Nayarit is considered a fashionable lifestyle destination thanks to its unique natural environment and its luxurious hotels, resorts and restaurants.”

Chef Betty Vázquez Promotes The Cuisine Of The Riviera Nayarit

  • This week, the “Yo Soy Mexicano” (“I Am Mexican”) social media accounts belonging to the Presidency of the Republic’s joint project with the citizens of Mexico will be managed by Chef Betty Vázquez; in a private cooking class for the participants of Master Chef México, Betty continued to uphold the cuisine of San Blas and the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit’s Gastronomy is already one of the Destination’s premier tourist attractions, but when Chef Betty Vázquez, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, goes on stage, she promotes it like no other.

“I’m so grateful for where I live, and through dreaming and working I have achieved my goals. It’s time we dreamed together and take on even bigger challenges,” wrote Betty Vázquez on social media. As always, her excellent disposition goes hand in hand with the promotion of San Blas, the Riviera Nayarit and Mexico.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

1st 2015 Guayabitos Extreme Triathlon

  • The invitation to this grand sporting event in the Riviera Nayarit goes out to competitors ages 10 through 50+ for six Categories with both Men’s and Women’s divisions.

The 1st ever 2015 Guayabitos Extreme Triathlon is set to take off on September 26-27 in Rincón de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit. This event is organized by the Compostela Municipal Association of Hotels and Motels and the Guayabitos Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is endorsed by the Nayarit Triathlon Association with the support of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

The invitation is open for all triathletes, clubs, leagues, public and private associations, schools and the general public both domestic and national. The competition field includes the beach at Rincón de Guayabitos, the streets and the environs of Los Ayalas and La Peñita de Jaltemba.