Monday, January 14, 2019

Growth in high-end LGBTQ segment in the Riviera Nayarit announced the winners of the 2018 Gay Travel Awards and the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort was on the list.

The international LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is one of the fastest growing segments within the tourism industry and has had a notable impact on the economy of the destinations.

The Riviera Nayarit has become a viable destination for this sector thanks to its efforts with inclusion and a tourist offer that includes infrastructure, culinary variety, quality, and luxury. The sector is an important part of the destination’s market diversification strategy.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The 3rd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show presents 300 collection cars in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Classic and modified car fanatics will meet on January 12-13 in the parking lot of the FIBBA in Nuevo Vallarta for this event with a cause in pro of the Bahía de Banderas Red Cross.

Over 300 collection cars, motorcycles, and spectacular modified autos will be on display for the 3rd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show 2019 to be held January 12-13 in the Riviera Nayarit.

Organized by the Wolfs Bugs Nuevo Vallarta club, this event was created to promote relationships among auto aficionados, as well as providing Bahía de Banderas locals and visitors to the Riviera Nayarit with an alternative entertainment activity. It’s an event with a noble cause, as every year it chooses a local charity in need to help out. This year, entry fees will be given to the Bahía de Banderas Red Cross.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Swoop Airlines lands in Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit

  • The Canadian ultra-low-cost-carrier, a subsidiary of WestJet Airlines, began its new Hamilton-PVR-Riviera Nayarit route on Tuesday with two flights per week.
Swoop Airlines, the ultra-low-cost-carrier that belongs to Canadian WestJet Airlines, inaugurated this past Tuesday the first of two routes operating to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region. The 737-800 NG arrived from Hamilton, Canada with 120 passengers on board.

The new route (YHM-PVR-YHM) will fly in twice a week—Tuesdays and Saturdays—and began January 8th operating through April 27, 2019 with aircraft carrying up to 189 passengers.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Competitive sailing season kicks off in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure unfurls its sails for the 14th edition of the Vallarta Cup Race Series, which takes place every Saturday in January (5, 12, 19, and 26) in Banderas Bay.

Sails are already unfurling in the Riviera Nayarit in preparation for the Vallarta Cup Race Series, a sequence of races that take place over the four Saturdays in January. The series formally kicks off the competitive sailing season in Banderas Bay.

The 14th edition of this series includes the participation of some 30 sailboats and starts on Saturday, January 5th continuing the 12th, 19th, and 26th; the event is organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) in Nuevo Vallarta.

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Riviera Nayarit closes out the December vacation period with stellar results

  • The Christmas numbers, which encompassed December 14-31, 2018, exceeded those of 2017; occupancy during the last week of the year stayed above 90%.

The Riviera Nayarit is finishing up one of the most rewarding vacation periods with regards to tourism for the past few years: from December 14 though January 1, 2019, the destination noted an average hotel occupancy of 88% and revenue close to $10 million.

According to numbers provided by the Research and Investigation Desk from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), there’s an increase on the horizon for occupancy, influx of tourists, and revenue over that of last year, when average occupancy was at 86%.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Natural Phenomena in the Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit boasts abundant natural resorces, making it an ideal destination for viewing animals in their habitat that offers a singular experience for everyone.

Discover them in the following infographic:

January 2019 will be a very busy month in the Riviera Nayarit!

  • Events are a key asset for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure as they not only attract visitors, but also serve to showcase the destination and bring in an important revenue.

The Riviera Nayarit is kicking off 2019 with plenty of activity. There are seven events already confirmed taking place between January 6th and 31st. Among them the Vallarta Cup Race Series, the Nuevo Vallarta Car Show, and the Festival Sayulita.

This year Mexico’s Pacific Treasure took center stage not only for the fine attractions that placed it as a top vacation destination, but also for the increase in number of events versus 2017. According to information from the Riviera Nayarit CVB’s Groups and Events desk, there were 107 different events held in 2018—20 more than the previous year.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit welcomed more than 360 wholesalers and travel agents in 2018

The FAM trips were the icing on the cake after the Copa Airlines’ inaugural flight.

  • Over 23 groups of executives from the top markets of origin and potential emerging markets visited the destination to experience its attractions firsthand.

Over 23 FAM trips with more than 360 wholesalers and travel agents from the top markets of origin and potential emerging markets visited the Riviera Nayarit during 2018 to experience its attractions for themselves.

The visitors came mainly from South America and Europe, though there were others from the destination’s natural markets—Mexico, the United States, and Canada. As for South America, the top countries sending visitors included Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Friday, December 28, 2018

XIII International San Pancho Arts Collective Festival 2018

  • The Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit hosts the festival, created 13 years ago to showcase and share local art and culture.

The 13th edition of the International San Pancho Arts Collective Festival kicks off from December 26th through the 30th with the slogan “The Future is in the Memory.” The event is one of the iconic happenings of the Riviera Nayarit’s Cultural Capital.

The festival started thirteen years ago as a venue to showcase and share the local art and culture of San Pancho, a town that has become known as a united, participatory, and responsible community. This year’s event includes multiple workshops in dance, theater, music, literature, performance, photography, video, multimedia, painting, sculpture, martial arts, sports, and other disciplines.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Riviera Nayarit promotional tour stops in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay

  • The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta’s brands received a boost in Latin America.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) led a work tour through the main cities in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay as part of the promotional efforts tied to the arrival of the new Copa Airlines flight from Panama; the team reached over 250 travel agents. The strategic plan was carried out together with Copa Airlines to reach the airline’s top agencies and its vacation pool.

The first city on the list was Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the economic capital of Bolivia, where they held a training seminar for 80 retail travel agents who were very interested in this new Riviera Nayarit-Puerto Vallarta destination. The team also met with the Copa Vacations Bolivia pool made up of the top wholesale agencies; additionally, they visited Cuarta Dimensión, Tropical Tours, and Universal Tours, all well-positioned agencies within the Bolivian market.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

St. Regis Punta Mita Resort celebrates 10 successful years in the Riviera Nayarit

  • The hotel, located on the “Glamour Peninsula,” is reinforcing its commitment to local culture and sustainability with a limited edition bag embroidered with beads by Huichol artisans.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, one of the luxury brands that lends prestige to the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating its tenth year of offering unforgettable stays in the exclusive and luxury ambiance of Punta Mita by reinforcing its commitment to local culture and sustainability.

The Mrs. Caroline bag was unveiled during the festivities surrounding the tenth anniversary. This stylish, limited-edition accessory—inspired by the resort—was created by fashion designer Armando Takeda, who focused on the unique elements that have transformed this beach destination into a world-class icon.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Copa Airlines begins direct flight between PVR-Riviera Nayarit and Panama

  • The Panamanian airline initiated its new direct flight from Panama City on Sunday, December 16th; the twice-weekly flight lands on Thursdays and Sundays. 

Copa Airlines began its new route between Panama City and Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit—its fifth destination in Mexico—on December 16th with twice-weekly flights to the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport.

This new connection will allow passengers from the continent to connect with this region of the Mexican Pacific via Panama City, the Hub of the Americas. Likewise, travelers from Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will benefit from the connectivity offered by the airline, which includes 79 additional destinations and 32 countries in North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

Chilly? Come to the Riviera Nayarit and warm up with these Winter Promos!

  • These seasonal offers are ready to go and are good through January 17, 2019 in 24 hotels, with discounts that range from 10 to 52%, fun activities, up to three kids stay free, and much more.

This is the best time of year to spend with your family and what better place to share your love than at the “hottest” destination around: the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. We’re ready and waiting with Winter Promos so travelers can enjoy a quality stay at a luxury resort at an incredible price.

The campaign kicked off on Thursday, December 13, 2018 and runs through January 17, 2019. Twenty-four association hotels are participating from destinations including Nuevo Vallarta-Flamingos, Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Litibú-Higuera Blanca, and Guayabitos. There are still rooms available!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Chef Betty Vázquez shares the Riviera Nayarit’s “flavors of the sea” with the rest of the world

Chef Betty Vázquez.

  • Continuing to achieve what in her words was “impossible,” the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador looks back on a year filled with incredible success and the satisfaction of raising the traditional cuisine of Nayarit to new heights.

Chef Betty Vázquez, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, is ending the year on a happy note and is ready to take on new challenges. Two thousand eighteen proved to be very busy and very productive: she participated in over 35 events helping to raise the traditional cuisine of Nayarit to new heights.

There’s no doubt Betty Vázquez is one of Mexico’s most brilliant chefs, a proponent of cuisine that makes hearts swoon, developed with local techniques and traditional flavors with seafood as the main protagonist. "The sea is the future of our world," she says whenever she gets a chance.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: The much-anticipated visit of the humpback whales

  • Whale-watching in Banderas Bay is an experience no traveler should miss in their lifetime—it’s a spectacular show that lasts from December through March.

Nature offers up some surprising events much to the delight of us humans; among them is the humpback whale sightings, an experience every traveler should enjoy at least once in their life.

We’re very fortunate in the Riviera Nayarit. Every year like clockwork these magnificent creatures make their way from the frigid waters of the north for their rendezvous with Banderas Bay—one of their favorite haunts to spend the winter mating and calving—, though their presence has extended all along the coast of Nayarit.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mexico’s Pacific Treasure Shines Brighter than ever this Holiday Season

Mexico’s Pacific Treasure Shines Brighter than ever this Holiday Season

From specialty holiday menus and tequila tastings to cultural experiences and lively celebrations, Riviera Nayarit sets the stage for an unforgettable end of the year.

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO (December 11, 2018) – Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s pacific treasure and newest destination, promises discerning travelers of all walks of life a vibrant holiday season with a merry line-up of seasonal experiences. Visitors from around the world flock to the sun-kissed shores of Riviera Nayarit each year to partake in a vacation of equal parts style and substance. Whether seeking a lively and luxurious backdrop for ringing in the New Year or a more serene, culture-centric holiday haven where relaxation is on the itinerary, Riviera Nayarit’s eclectically charming allure is certain to set the destination apart from other offerings this season.

Destination Experiences:
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Festivities: From December 4 to 12, the boho-chic town of Sayulita is renewing one of its most cherished traditions: a novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico’s Patron Saint), a demonstration of faith and a popular celebration for families, businesses, local civil groups, and visitors from the neighboring towns, as well as domestic and foreign tourists.

·     Travelers can revel in sports and music at the Riviera Nayarit Show Jumping Circuit celebrated at La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club in San Pancho. The event, taking place December 14 to 16, promotes equestrian activities in the region, featuring experts and novices alike. 
  • ·     The Sinergiarte Festival, is the perfect celebration for art and culture lovers. Taking place in Riviera Nayarit’s cultural capital of San Pancho, the 13th edition of the festival takes place December 26 through 30, and features exhibitions and workshops of dance, theatre performance, literature, photography, sculpture, martial arts, and more. 

Resort Celebrations:

·       The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita will offer family friendly programming December 18 to January 2. Guests can enjoy a wide array of seasonal programming including Santa skydiving, kids camping under the stars, Huichol art workshops, tequila blending, beach BBQ parties and bonfires, live Cuban music and DJ nights, artisanal churro carts and special holiday menus at all dining outlets.  Guests are welcome to close the year tasting the very best of Mexican cuisine through the new “México Mágico” culinary experience.

·     The W Punta Mita invites guests to live it up this holiday season and embrace the design-centric hotel’s “It’s a Wrap” festivities. Guests can begin their celebrations on December 25 dancing to the beat and cheering to the new year at the X-Mas beach fest and later indulge in a buffet style dinner at Chevycheria beach or try some Southeast Asian flavors: Grill style at the Spice Market.

·  Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills will kick off its New Year’s festivities with a foam party at Eva 
    Mandarina Beach Club. Resort guests can also enjoy a cocktail hour and gala dinner before 
   ringing in 2019 at the New Year’s Eve Fiesta. Continuing the celebration into New Year’s Day, the resort will host a brunch, beach barbecue and its first boules tournament of the year.

Beyond month-long celebrations, Riviera Nayarit’s 200-miles of pacific coastline and idyllic year-round weather are perfect for winter getaways with family and friends. 


About Riviera Nayarit
Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities abound from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. A further testament to the destination’s hospitality offerings, Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels and 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels. Rounding out the destination’s allure, superior quality international gastronomy awaits including a AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit is conveniently 10 minutes north of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

To discover the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach) on the list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches©

  • Also known as Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), this “secret paradise” is the Riviera Nayarit’s main icon.

Playa Escondida, also known as Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) and an icon of the Riviera Nayarit, has been included on Flight Network’s list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches©. Flight Network is one of North America’s top online travel agencies.

According to, the list is “a diverse collection of off-the-beaten-path slices of paradise from every hidden corner of our planet.” To create it they consulted over 600 of the best journalists, editors, bloggers, and travel agencies from around the world to ask for their opinions and experiences.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Focuses on Travelers in the Northeast of the United States

  • Representatives from the Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur visited Portland and Seattle to train over 100 travel agents and sales consultants.

The Riviera Nayarit reinforced its promotional efforts in the Northeastern region of the United States with two training events held in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. This area is one of the natural markets for the destination thanks to its connectivity. The team also visited the Costco Travel call center in the nearby city of Issaquah, Washington.

The events formed part of the Joint Promotional Campaign spearheaded by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta since 2013 with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup at La Patrona Polo Club in San Pancho

  • Top polo players from Mexico, Portugal, the United States, and Argentina are participating in the event; for the first time the event will have a guest country: Canada.

The 7th edition of the Riviera Nayarit Polo Club is set to take place from December 6th through the 9th in San Pancho, Nayarit. La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club will host the Cup for the second time, blending polo, art, gastronomy, mixology, fashion, and music in a single event.

The tournament will include four handicap goals with players from Mexico, Portugal, the United States, Argentina, and Canada; the latter is the guest country. 

The Best New Year’s Eve Events are on at the Riviera Nayarit

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Associations (AHMBB) support sports competitions, conventions, and cultural activities as part of their promotional efforts.

The year is almost over and the activity In the Riviera Nayarit hasn’t slowed down: December is just as intense as the previous months! There are six important events, among them the VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup and the 13th Sinergiarte Festival.

The intense promotional work carried out by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) has been key for the realization of the destination’s events, generating visitors and high visibility thanks to all the media coverage.