Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hard Rock Nuevo Vallarta Named “Best Hotel of the Year” For 2017

  • This Riviera Nayarit hotel was chosen from among 27 of the brand’s properties from around the world; it was also included in the ranking of “Best Hotels” by U.S. News & World Report and, as if that weren’t enough, it also received the EarthCheck Gold certification. 

The Hard Rock International brand has named the Hard Rock Hotel Nuevo Vallarta (HRHV) “Best Hotel of the Year” for 2017 from among its 27 hotels around the world. Thanks to its constant achievements since it opened, this Riviera Nayarit gem has stood out on every level and its dedicated staff is a model for excellence.

Located on the gorgeous beaches of the Bahía de Banderas, HRHV offers guests incredible views of the Pacific coast, top-notch modern amenities, and a personalized all-inclusive service. This extravagant property has 348 rooms and suites, five restaurants with international menus, lounge areas, two refreshing pools, and the world-famous Rock Spa®, as well as an ample area for meetings and conventions.  

Best Hotels
Besides the aforementioned award, the Hard Rock Hotel was also included in the ranking of “Best Hotels” by U.S. News & World Report, which gave it the Gold Badge and placed it at number 43 among the “Best Hotels in Mexico,” number 5 in the Riviera Nayarit, and number 11 on the Pacific coast. 

The 8th annual “Best Hotels” ranking evaluates over 24,000 luxury properties in the United States, Europe, Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico. The methodology combines both expert and guest reviews, which together help determine each hotel’s ranking. The properties identified as “Best” are considered to be in the top 30% of all the luxury hotels within each destination, which translates into quite the compliment for the team of this Riviera Nayarit property.

For the entire list of winners, please click here:

EarthCheck Certification
The winning streak continues for the Hard Rock Hotel, as thanks to its excellent environmental achievements it has been recognized by EarthCheck once again with the 2018 Gold Certification and, by extention, the S Award (Distintivo S).

EarthCheck is the leading program in the benchmarking, certification, and environmental management systems used by the travel and tourism industry. This certification is a recognition of the actions undertaken by the property to reduce pollution in its environs.

“At the Hard Rock Hotel we are committed to the preservation of our environment,” stated Luis Entrala Fábregas, Hotel Director. “Our daily activities such as waste management, recycling, beach cleanups and now energy efficiency have led to this achievement. Our hotel is now part of a group of world leaders in environmental management and professional services for the travel and tourism industry.”

AAA Four Diamonds
Finally, this year the hotel renewed its Four-Diamond status, an award given by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels that have achieved the required high standards of luxury.
The AAA Diamond Awards are considered the most important awards in North America on the topic of luxury, high-end service for tourism establishments. Less than 6% of the 30,000 hotels approved by AAA reach this coveted designation, which speaks to the level of qualifications for this prestigious honor. 

As of 2017 the Riviera Nayarit has maintained this recognition for 15 of its properties (Four- and Five-Diamond) and seven restaurants. 

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) renew their commitment to the strategic promotion of the destination, seeking areas of opportunity in order to increase the influx of tourists with the backing of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

Places You Have To See To Believe: Isla Isabel, A Natural Sanctuary

  • Located off the coast of San Blas, this National Park and Protected area has cliffs and incredible panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as an astounding wildlife.

Isla Isabel is a nature sanctuary in Nayarit located in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla about 70 kilometers off the coast of San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit. Its subaquatic volcanic origin was believed to have taken place some three thousand years ago. Today it is a Biosphere Reserve as well as a National Park with mountains and cliffs that offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

For travelers that value close contact with nature, Isla Isabel is a paradise with spectacular underwater landscapes and a fantastic diversity of marine species and birds extending across some two thousand square kilometers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Welcomes Spring With High-End Culinary Delights


  • The “Goût de France” will take place on March 21 with an excellent culinary proposal from chefs Guillaume Morancé and Raúl Hernández; the hotel extends an invite to taste the “food of the gods” from March 29-31 during its 2nd Annual Mexican Chocolate Festival.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is welcoming the spring season with two high-end culinary events to take place in this Nuevo Vallarta Hotel. 

On March 21st French cuisine will make an appearance during the 4th annual “Goût de France,” a traditional event that is celebrated on the five continents and in 150 countries with the participation of 3,000 chefs who come together on the first day of spring to pay homage in the form of a dinner to the quality, the values and the capacity for innovation of the French kitchen, its values. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Tours The Midwest United States

Eighty reservations executives from wholesaler Apple Vacations—a very important partner for the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta—were trained in Chicago.

  • Over 200 travel agents received the latest updates from the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit area thanks to the Road Shows that toured three cities in the Midwest.

The Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit joint tour traveled through the Midwest region of the United States to promote the region. The objective was to publicize the ample tourism offer the destinations have for the vacation market during the Fall-Winter seasons.

The cities on the schedule were Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. Representatives from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust, together with the Hotel and Motel Associations from both destinations, toured these destinations using the Road Show format to update and train over 200 US travel agents. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ballenarte Celebrates 3rd Conservation Festival In Bahía de Banderas

  • The Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region is positioned as an important whale watching destination, which is why it’s raising awareness for their conservation and protection.

The 3rd Ballenarte Conservation Festival will be held from March 20-23, 2018, with activities in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta to raise awareness regarding the importance of protecting the humpback whale and the natural riches of Bahía de Banderas.

The event is led by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP by its acronym in Spanish) via the Islas Marietas National Park administration, in coordination with Whale Ecology and Conservation (ECOBAC by its acronym in English), which receives support from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).

Riviera Nayarit Hosts Greg Norman Golf Academy Tour

  • The GNGA Copa Vidanta and the ProAm Tournament was held at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta complex from March 15-18 with the participation of amateur golfers from Mexico and professionals from several countries.

The Riviera Nayarit will host the final stage of the Greg Norman Golf Academy Tour (GNGA), which will be held at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta complex from March 16-18, with the participation of the top 30 professionals ranked during the tour. The ProAm Vidanta Cup will take place previously on Thursday, March 15th, within the framework of the tournament and with the participation of amateur and professional players.

During a press conference the organizers announced the details of this important golf event, which includes a purse of 3 million pesos, with an additional 1 million pesos for the winner of each stage.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Society of American Travel Writers’ Board Makes Waves In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The board members of this renowned organization of writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, and more who share a love of all things travel recently traveled to and fell in love with Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Board of Directors of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers chose the Riviera Nayarit as the site of their annual board meeting from February 23-25, 2018. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Hotel And Motel Association of Banderas Bay, Nayarit, prepared an itinerary that showcased the best of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

It was a large group, which included Gary Arndt of; Larry Bleiberg, contributor for USA Today and Chicago Tribune; newsletter guru Martha Chapman, writer for Vison Travel Group of Agencies; Elliott Gillies, President of Gillies & Zaiser, Inc. public relations; JoAnn Greco, writer for National Geographic Traveler and the Washington Post, among others; Catharine Hamm Skolnick, travel editor for the LA Times; Anietra Hamper, travel writer for AAA, USAToday,, and more; Marcus Hibdon from Travel Portland; Mike Hiller, writer for 360 West Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and others; Maureen Littlejohn, Executive Editor for Culture Magazine; Chirstine Looms, contributor for USA Today 10Best, TravelLife Magazine, and more; Wendy Martorano, Board Manager for SATW; Carol Terwilleger Meyers, writer for Santa Rosa Press Democrat, STAR Service Online, and others; Barbara Ramsay Orr, SATW President and writer/photographer with Globe and Mail, American Express, and others; SATW Executive Director Marla Shrager; Cathy Senecal, with Senecal Travel Marketing & PR; David Swanson, writer for National Geographic Traveler, Los Angeles Times, and others; and Deborah Wakefield, VP of Communications and PR for CityPASS.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hola Vacations! Check Out These Seasonal Promos In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Take advantage of all the promos offered by the associated hotels in the Riviera Nayarit during Holy Week and Easter: keep an eye out for discounts of up to 62%, good from March 9 – April 12, 2018.

The Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) are working together to once again launch their Seasonal Offers for the Holy Week and Easter vacation period and encourage travelers to visit Mexico’s Pacific Treasure for themselves.

If you’re planning on making a reservation keep in mind the Riviera Nayarit has everything you’ll need for a fantastic getaway: a modern hotel infrastructure, fabulous sunsets, delectable gastronomy, and fun for the entire family… What more could you ask for?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Successful 2018 WesMex International Regatta In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Part of Sailing Week Mexico, these three days were filled with emotion, adrenaline, and competition during one of the most spectacular international regattas in the country.

The thirteenth edition of the 2018 WesMex International Small Boat Regatta took place at the Nuevo Vallarta Yacht Club from March 2-4 with the participation of 232 sailors. According to the organizers, this event beat all previous registration records, qualifying it as a complete success.
WesMex is part of Sailing Week Mexico, which is comprised of two important international regattas: the Porsche National Sailing Cup, which takes place from February 23-25 in Chapala, Jalisco, and the aforementioned event in the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit’s Bajío Tour Seeks More Tourists For The Summer

  • The promotional tour included five cities where they updated 360 travel agents with the latest news on the destination and its hotel infrastructure, with an eye on the upcoming summer vacation season.

The Morelia-Bajío Tour from February 26 through March 2, 2018, included visits to five cities, updates given to 360 travel agents, and the presentation of 15 hotels from Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, and the southern area of Nayarit.

The tour takes place every year in order to attract visitors to the destination for the upcoming Holy Week and summer seasons. On this occasion it was spearheaded by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), together with the Compostela Municipal Association of Hotels. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

What To See And Do: Chacala, the Riviera Nayarit’s “Gallery Town”

Chacala, the Riviera Nayarit’s “Gallery Town,” is a very friendly, community-oriented place. Families, friends, and couples will all enjoy the calm ambiance of this micro-destination, located in the municipality of Compostela, Nayarit.

It has been called a true “hidden treasure,” framed by a perfectly seashell-shaped bay, nearly virgin beaches, and surrounded by lush vegetation that entices the senses.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Why Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the Hottest Half-Term Break

Half-term is the perfect excuse for a family getaway. If you fancy a break where you can relax on sun-kissed beaches, swim with dolphins or soar through the mountains with your loved ones, don’t miss Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The fun never ends in these neighbouring destinations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. See some of the thrilling experiences your whole family will enjoy.

Soak Up the Sun
Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, offer more than 250 miles of golden coastline.
Get away from it all in Puerto Vallarta’s Boca de Tomatlan, where the beach is rarely crowded. At Conchas Chinas, you can expect gentle tides and rich sea life. If you prefer your paradise with a mountain backdrop, look no further than Garza Blanca.
In Riviera Nayarit, the Nuevo Vallarta resort area offers clear blue water and sandy beaches as soft as powder. High-end hotels and restaurants lie just a few steps away. To the north, Bucerias has a five-mile shoreline and a calm surf. And Playa los Muertos, in Sayulita, invites families to enjoy a safe swim.

Meet Whales and Dolphins
Whale watching has long been a favourite pastime in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. From winter until late March, more than 2,000 humpback whales arrive at Banderas Bay to enjoy its warm waters. They travel more than 15,000 miles to mate or give birth to their calves.

Throughout the region, whale watching tours give you a front row seat to see these magnificent sea creatures. You’ll get so close, in fact, that you can almost touch them.

Your family should also drop by the Wildlife Connection to swim with dolphins. Just like humans, teenage dolphins love a good time, and they often splash around and play games with visitors.

Embark on Your Next Adventure
If your family loves adventure, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will leave a lasting impression.
Vallarta Adventures offer everything from jungle safaris to ziplining through the Sierra Madre Mountains.
For an adventure off the beaten track, head to Altavista, home to one of the largest known concentrations of ancient stone engravings. Or travel to the past at San Blas, considered to be the birthplace of the Aztec civilization.
While you’re at it, why not take a day-trip to Las Marietas Islands? This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ecologically diverse sanctuary with a hidden beach tucked just out of sight.

Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture

Well-known for the preservation of its Mexican traditions, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit always give off an artistic vibe.
In Puerto Vallarta, more than 30 galleries showcase work by local, national and international artists. Public artworks lining the Malecón boardwalk turn an ordinary family stroll into a memorable experience.
Likewise, Riviera Nayarit’s history will enrich your family’s half-term break. Explore museums and delve into the works of writers, sculptors and artisans that represent the spirit of these lands.
Or learn about Nayarit’s four existing indigenous tribes: the Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros. Tours to their communities provide excellent opportunities to learn about their ceremonies, lifestyles and artistic creations.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Nuevo Vallarta In the Top 10 Best Beaches In Mexico

  • This certified beach located in the Fraccionamiento Turístico Náutico Residencial, the gateway to the Riviera Nayarit, placed fifth on the TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice list.

According to the recently announced results of the 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards, Nuevo Vallarta’s certified beach placed fifth on the list of Mexico’s Top 10 Best Beaches. These awards are handed out every year by online travel agency TripAdvisor and are based on reviews and ratings given by users.

Considered the “Gateway to the Riviera Nayarit,” Nuevo Vallarta is on that list every year, but in 2018 its inclusion gave reason for extra celebration, as it jumped up two places from its standing in 2017, when it was rated in seventh place.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Best Events In March Are In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There are plenty of reasons to visit this tourism destination during the third month of the year; with 11 activities there are plenty of options for you to relax, have fun, or practice your favorite sport.

The Riviera Nayarit will host several top-notch national and international events in March for the enjoyment of locals as well as tourists and temporary residents.

In order to hold these events, a synergy was established between the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), and the different tourism industry sectors in the destination in order to generate hotel nights and revenue, while also promoting sports and culture with the younger set and encouraging local talent.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Hotels In Family Vacation Critic Guide

  • Courtney Elko, Associate Editor at FVC, was in the Riviera Nayarit to update the list of “Favorite Family Hotels” that she created on her first trip to the region in 2015.

Six Riviera Nayarit hotels will be included in the FamilyVacation Critic site for 2018; this is one of the most important travel planning guides in the United States.

The hotel is key to any trip, and it might very well be the most important part of a family vacation.
For this they take into account many of the questions parents have when it’s time to plan the “perfect” vacations: Are there enough activities for the kids? How’s the pool? What kind of food do they serve in the hotel restaurants?

San Pancho’s Circo de los Niños Presents Voilá!

  • From March 21-24 the school—located in the Riviera Nayarit’s Capital of Culture—will be transformed into an elaborate, fabulous stage for their annual fundraiser.

It’s here! San Pancho’s Circo de los Niños (Children’s Circus) is opening its doors for its annual fundraising event. This year it will be called Voilá! and will combine circus, orchestra, and the presentation of more than 150 young artists.

From March 21-24, this school—located in the tourism destination of San Francisco, Nayarit, known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit—will be transformed into an elaborate, fabulous stage for the talented kids and teens in this unique production. On this occasion, the Puerto Vallarta Orchestra School will be joining them.

Monday, February 26, 2018

See It To Believe It: Huichol Culture In Nayarit

This is an incredible, spectacular, and unique find for visitors to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination where luxury and nature go hand in hand, and the state of Nayarit—home to this tourism corridor—has several elements that make it unique, including its pluriculturalism and its varied ethnicities and languages.

The culture and traditions of its citizens lend an authentic flavor to the experience of visiting this destination, one that goes home with you in your heart.

Friday, February 23, 2018

San Pancho Extends Invite To A Music-Filled Weekend

  • The 18th San Pancho Music Festival will take place from February 23-25 at the Plaza del Sol in this coastal town in the Riviera Nayarit; the Swing Party is on from February 25th through March 4th with some of the best in the genre.

The coastal town of San Francisco, known locally as “San Pancho,” is hosting a weekend music festival with two events to entertain both residents and tourists in the Riviera Nayarit.

The first event is the 18th San Pancho Music Festival 2018, which takes place from February 23-25 in the town’s Plaza del Sol, just across from the parish, with the nightly presentation of regional, national, and international artists from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will also be plenty of food and drink for sale, as well as a select number of art and handicrafts.

What started out as a music festival among friends held in the back yard of a North American resident has grown into what’s now one of the top musical events in the region and a valuable cultural event in the Riviera Nayarit that continually attracts new tourists to the area and has a growing number of followers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Is Set For The IV Bahía Cup 2018 In The Riviera Nayarit

  • This youth tournament will take place from February 28 through March 4, 2018, with the slogan “Because soccer is everything.”

Everything is set for the IV Bahía Cup 2018 in the Riviera Nayarit, which will take place this year from Wednesday, February 28th through March 4th with the participation of anywhere from 40 to 60 teams from 10 states in the Republic of Mexico.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Canada Wins The VI Flamingos Can-Am-Mex Riviera Nayarit 2018 Cup

  • A total of 108 players from Canada, the United States, and Mexico enjoyed a friendly competition at the Flamingos Golf Club.

Canada was crowned champion at the VI International Flamingos Can-Am-Mex Riviera Nayarit 2018 Cup, which took place last February 17th at the Flamingos Golf Club.

For the sixth consecutive year, teams from Canada, the United States, and Mexico came together for this sports competition with a total of 108 participants, 36 per team in men’s and women’s categories, all amateur.