Friday, November 16, 2018

It’s Black Friday in the Riviera Nayarit!

  • Find and book the best accommodations with discounts up to 55 percent and interest-free payments!

This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for! It’s Black Friday—known in Mexico as El Buen Fin (The Good Weekend)—and it’s taking place this year from November 16-19. In other words: it’s the best time for a quick escape to the Riviera Nayarit for a fantastic price!

This special Black Friday initiative is being promoted by different brands and companies throughout Mexico to boost business via offers and discounts during the entire weekend. And like Black Friday in the United States, the Buen Fin lasts for four days.

Dive Direct into Riviera Nayarit!

Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, spans over 200 miles of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Home to some of Mexico’s most famous beaches, these are thriving regions with no shortage of fun water activities for all to take part in. See the top water sports you won’t want to miss in the Riviera Nayarit!

Diving: Diving in the Riviera Nayarit is one of the top attractions for travelers looking for more than fun in the sun during their vacations. If anyone has ever dreamed of diving with whales, dolphins, or turtles, this is your chance!

The floor of our more than 300 km (186 mi) of coastline stretching from Nuevo Vallarta to Playa Novilleros is rich for adventurous divers who can easily peer through their visors at everything from schools of colorful fish, giant turtles, mantas, rays, and other marine species thanks to the crystalline quality of the water.

Surfing: Surfing lessons around the region are readily available at very reasonable prices for beginners, making this a great family treat.

Riviera Nayarit’s Punta de Mita, Sayulita and San Blas are year-round top spots for beginners to pro surfers, seeing visitors from all over the globe come to enjoy the destination’s quality break points and reef breaks. Lunazul in Sayulita is a must-try for quality lessons and the chance to enjoy top waves in the most beautiful hippie town. Chacala in Riviera Nayarit, where beaches are hidden and adored by locals, is also a hot spot for surfers.

Sailing: Banderas Bay is also a premier sailing destination, and like so many of the other activities you can do here, there are excursions suitable for all skill levels. Unparalleled coastline, warm waters and friendly winds provide the perfect setting for your sailing getaway.

Vallarta Adventures offers both private and group sailing charters on fishing boats, sailboats and catamarans for a number of memorable excursions. While away the evening on a sunset cruise, take in the night breeze and incredible surroundings of the destination, with cocktail to hand.

Snorkelling: Another great way to discover these warm Pacific waters is to take a snorkel trip. Join a group of experienced snorkellers on a boat trip and explore this land of tropical eco-systems, stopping at secluded spots and coves along the way.

Off Riviera Nayarit’s coast, the Marietas Islands are a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site offering many opportunities for exploration and adventure. It’s here you’ll find the ‘Hidden Beach’ – a secluded paradise of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, reached only by swimming or kayaking.

Kitesurfing: It’s not easy, because it’s considered an extreme sport. However, if you’re a beginner and you want to check out kitesurfing, then Bucerías is the perfect place for you to start. It has the best breezes in the Pacific to practice this discipline, as well as top-level instructors.

Riviera Nayarit Takes Top Honors at the World Golf Awards 2018

  • The Jack Nicklaus Signature Bahía Course was chosen as “Mexico’s Best Golf Course 2018;” known as the “Oscars of Golf,” these awards identify and reward excellence.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, located in the Riviera Nayarit, was named Mexico’s Best Golf Resort. Its Jack Nicklaus Bahía Course—shared with the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita—was chosen as Mexico’s Best Golf Course during the 2018 World Golf Awards.

Known as the “Oscars of Golf,” these awards identify and reward excellence with regards to the facilities and services of different courses, resorts, and golf destinations from around the world with the goal of improving client experience and stimulating domestic and international markets. The votes were cast by professionals who work in the golf travel and golfing industries: senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents, and media professionals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The California Road Show Reached Over 130 Travel Agents

En San José, California, la Riviera Nayarit brindó capacitación a 50 agentes de viajes.

The joint Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit road show visited Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and San José; 21 regional hotels also participated.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur), held the California Road Show in the northern part of the state during the first week of November, reaching over 130 travel agents. The goal is to attract more and better tourism to the region.

The tour is part of the Promotional Plan that Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is carrying out with its sister destination, Puerto Vallarta, with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Successful 3rd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has become one of the most important golfing destinations in Mexico.

The Riviera Nayarit, one of Mexico’s top golf destinations, had a chance to display its extraordinary golf infrastructure during the 3rd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention 2018 (MGTC) that took place in the region from October 28-31. The event was presented together with Puerto Vallarta, the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), and International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

There were 28 tour operators from countries around the world attending this very important conference, among them the United States, Canada, England, Norway, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Colombia, and Thailand. Suppliers from the area and other regions in Mexico were there as well, along with representatives from golf courses, hoteliers, DMCs, and the tourism promotion offices for Quintana Roo, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Yucatan, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, and, of course, the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Solidifies its Positioning in the European Market

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur were present at the 39th edition of the World Travel Mart (WTM), held every year in London.

The Riviera Nayarit solidified its positioning in the European market after its participation in the 39th edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), celebrated every year in London. This event is one of the most important tourism industry fairs in the world.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) participated in this important fair together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust. The event took place from November 5th through 7th.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The AHMBB Supports Professionalization of Hotel Staff

  • Twenty-three staff members from 9 of the destination’s hotels received a Leadership Skills Development graduate certificate from the Vortice Leadership Academy. 

After five intensive months of work, the Leadership Skills Development graduate certificate program offered by the Vortice Leadership Academy came to a close for 23 staff members from nine of the destination’s hotels. The training was held as part of the professionalization efforts sponsored by the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).

The course lasted for 120 hours under the guidance of the Vortice Leadership Academy, which designed a special program to address strategic sectors of the industry—in this instance, safety—while developing security staff members’ talent and potential.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

1st Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival Presents Karen Souza in Concert

  • The Argentine singer will be in the Riviera Nayarit for the first time with her hit record, Velvet Vault, which includes her own work and hits that have placed her front and center in the music industry.

Karen Souza, one of the lead singers in the world of contemporary jazz, is headlining the 1st Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival 2018 on November 16th with her Velvet Vault Tour, offering top hits from her musical repertoire.

The event will take place at the Jardín Palmeiras in Nuevo Vallarta, the ideal place for an intimate musical evening, sensual and classy, much like the concerts offered by the singer herself.

Monday, November 5, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN NAYARIT: 10 Spectacular Beaches

The Riviera Nayarit is a sun, sand, and beach destination: the perfect combination of ingredients for an ideal vacation. Visitors to the area will find plenty of places to enjoy the waves and indulge in watersports all along its 308 km (191 mi) of coastline that meanders along the municipalities of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago, and Tecuala.

The stellar position this destination has on the tourism stage is due in large part to the symbiosis between its natural landscapes, picturesque villages, and well-planned infrastructure of modern resort areas. Each of these elements is a potential attraction, although its beaches are definitely the real stars.
Below please find a list of 10 of these beaches, each one with its own distinguishing charm:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Long live the dead! Sayulita’s magical festival

  • The Day of the Dead is one of the most traditional festivities in Mexico and it’s even more special in Sayulita.

The Magical Town of Sayulita hosts its ¡Vivan los Muertos! (Long live the dead!) festival from October 31st through November 2nd with a varied program that includes an altar exhibit, pilgrimages, a nighttime procession to the cemetery, and the presentation of Nayarit’s international Ballet de Mexcaltitán.

According to organizers the event has been taking place for the past 7 years with the goal of preserving Mexican tradition. The Day of the Dead was recognized in 2008 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and is probably one of the best-known celebrations within the country and around the world.

This event and the cultural and artistic nighttime walk from the main plaza to the cemetery is very much enjoyed by the locals though it has also become a big attraction for foreign visitors.

6th International La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Sport Fishing Tournament

  • The tournament takes place from October 31 to November 4, 2018; this year the competition has a prize pool of more than 2 million pesos.  

The Tepic Sport Fishing Club recently announced the 6th International La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Sport Fishing Tournament with categories for Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, and Tuna, to be held from October 31 to November 4, 2018, in the Marina Riviera Nayarit.

Thanks to the relevance this event has for the region in both the sports and tourism segments, the tournament has the full support of the Government of the state of Nayarit via the Ministry of Tourism, as well as that of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

12 Can’t-Miss Events in the Riviera Nayarit for November

  • The eleventh month welcomes a number of culinary, cultural, sports, and recreational activities.

November is one of the busiest months of the year with a calendar filled with cultural, culinary, and sports activities, plus social activities and dash of Mexican tradition. It’s the start of the best season to be in the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit and event organizers are announcing 12 events this month that will not only attract thousands of visitors but will also generate an important revenue for the area.

Keep reading for a taste of what Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has to offer visitors, residents, and locals:

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Promotion of Riviera Nayart extends throughout South America

  • The team visited Brazil’s main cities—Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Bello Horizonte—as part of the targeted actions to boost the new Copa Airlines flight.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) continue their promotions throughout South America to boost the new Copa Airlines flight to the region.

The team from Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit’s tourist promotion offices visited Brazil’s main cities—Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Bello Horizonte—, eventually reaching more than 250 travel agents.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yuridia brings her “2018 Desert Tour” to the Riviera Nayarit

  • Yuridia Flores—currently considered Mexico’s top ballad singer—has announced her upcoming concert on November 10th at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta.

Yuridia Flores, one of Latin America’s top artists, will be in the #RivieraNayarit on November 10th as part of her “Desert Tour.”

The singer is catalogued as one of the top 10 best Mexican artists on the world stage. Her unequaled singing voice moves her public and touches the very sensibilities of those who hear her. Among her kudos are one Diamond Record, 10 Platinum Records, and 5 Gold Records, not to mention a special recognition for having sold over two million records, making the singer Mexico’s most successful singer in the past ten years.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Feel Alive During Mexico’s Day of the Dead

  • A Mexican tradition celebrated in Riviera Nayarit

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is right around the corner. But death is not something to be feared on this holiday. In Riviera Nayarit it’s the time of year that feels most alive.

Day of the Dead 2018

Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important traditions because of the mystical rituals that surround it. Roots of the celebration can be traced well over 3,000 years ago in pre-Hispanic cultures such as Aztecs and the Mayans. UNESCO has since declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In modern times, the 2-day celebration runs from 1– 2 November, encompassing All Saints’ Day (1 Nov) and All Souls’ Day (2 Nov). The popular belief is that those who have left us return from beyond the grave. Back on Earth, they are reunited with their families who pay respects by offering food, drink, treats and gifts.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Riviera Nayarit opens collection centers for victims of hurricane Willa

  • Supplies are being collected at FIBBA in Nuevo Vallarta to be sent to the northern part of the state.

The Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have joined the collection efforts of the Nayarit State Government to help families in need after the heavy storms caused by hurricane Willa.

A collection center opened in Nuevo Vallarta on Wednesday to collect basic supplies to be sent to victims of the hurricane. The center is housed in FIBBA, located on Paseo de los Cocoteros s/n.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Riviera Nayarit works in tandem in Ecuador to incentivize the Copa Airlines flight

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur promoted the destination in Ecuador’s Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil to boost the new direct flight to the region from Panama. 

The Riviera Nayarit continues to reinforce its promotion in the South American countries that will become the main destinations of origin for the new Copa Airlines direct flight from Panama, which will begin operations to the region on December 16th.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) paid a work visit to Ecuador as part of their efforts to boost sales of this flight to South America. The team participated in training seminars and tradeshows held by wholesaler MásTravel.
Juan Carlos González, tourist promotion attaché to the Mexican Embassy in Ecuador and back up for the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), was present at the events.

Monday, October 22, 2018

It’s almost Farmer’s Market season in the Riviera Nayarit!

  • Shopping at the traditional markets is a one-of-a-kind experience in the destination’s coastal towns; they open from November through April.

The 2018-2019 Farmer’s Market season is almost here! Most markets open the first week of November, right in the middle of fall season and right on time to welcome the wave of winter tourists, or snowbirds, who flock here from the United States and Canada.

The markets are locally known as “tianguis” and they set up all along the coastal villages from Nuevo Vallarta to Chacala. Both locals and visitors have the chance to browse a wonderful variety of organic fruits and vegetables from family orchards, organic coffee, and homemade food and handicrafts, not to mention an opportunity to meet with local artists and artisans as well. Some markets even have live music and cooking demos.

Below is a list of the Riviera Nayarit markets we recommend:

Friday, October 19, 2018

Riviera Nayarit at IMEX America 2018

  • Top exhibitors promoted their destinations, products, and services in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 16-18 at the largest fair on the continent dedicated to the MICE industry.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) had a very distinguished showing at the IMEX America 2018, the largest fair on the continent dedicated to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) segment, which took place October 16-18, 2018, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The latest world trends in the segment were discussed during the course of the event, although the previous day (Monday, October 15) they held the traditional Smart Monday, an entire day of free education and networking.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Deepak Chopra presents “The future of wellness” at the Vidanta Wellness Retreat

  • Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is launching a promotion so that locals can participate in a weekend filled with harmony and wellness with the pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.

Are we in the midst of an important paradigm shift in science? How does our understanding of consciousness enhance our capacity for total well-being (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial, and ecological)?

These and other questions together with practical ways of experimenting with enhanced awareness, transformation, and healing are all part of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s keynote speech, “The future of well-being,” which he’ll present on Saturday, November 3rd at 4 p.m. during the Vidanta Wellness Retreat, hosted for the first time in the Riviera Nayarit.