Monday, June 18, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Renews its Blue Flag Awards

  • In a major environmental achievement for the destination, the beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit retain their international certifications.

The beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit received their Blue Flag certifications for the sixth and fourth year, respectively. This recognition is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to the beaches and marinas that meet the established criteria for quality, safety, education, and environmental information.

It was determined that both the beach and the marina were ready to receive this recognition once the March audits and the jury evaluation by the ministries of Tourism, Environment, and Natural Resources (Semarnat); Communications and Transportation (SCT); Navy (SEMAR); and Health (SSA); as well as the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) were completed.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: Isla del Coral, a Gift from Nature

  • This oasis with its white sand, turquoise water, and coral reefs is located just across the beach at Rincón de Guayabitos—and it’s the perfect spot for water sports and fun.

Just 3 kilometers (less than 2 miles) from Rincón de Guayabitos, also known as the Heart of the Riviera Nayarit, lies an oasis of white sand, turquoise water, and coral reefs. This is Isla del Coral—Coral Island—a 12-hectare (30-acre) isle that has become an icon of the Rincón de Guayabitos-Los Ayala-La Peñita de Jaltemba tourism corridor.

Located in the municipality of Compostela in Nayarit right in Jaltemba Bay, Isla del Coral can justly be called a natural aquarium thanks to its amazing variety of flora and fauna. Here it’s not hard to see manta rays, turtles, starfish, and all kinds of multi-colored fish in its crystal-clear water. The beach is soft and sandy with a pearlized finish, bathed by clean, gentle waves—even though this is the Pacific, it looks very much like the Caribbean coastline, thus its nickname: “Mini Cancun.”

Friday, June 15, 2018

Music Events Boost Tourism in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Music, beach, style, and the trendiest destination in Mexico all unite in two music festivals that happened over the past few weeks in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The entertainment industry in Mexico—and music festivals in particular—have registered a notable growth over the past decade. Music-inspired travel is on the rise, and the Riviera Nayarit is front and center, serving as host to top-notch live shows. 

The end of May and beginning of June ushered in two different music events: the second edition of the RHA Festival and the 1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival, each one with stellar headliners.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Celebrates 10 Years in the Riviera Nayarit

  • The hotel, located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, is the perfect spot for a challenging but fun training program set in an ambiance of luxury and wellbeing.

Riviera Nayarit’s Five-Diamond St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is pulling out the stops to celebrate its ten years of offering unforgettable stays in the exclusive and luxurious Punta Mita, known as the Glamour Peninsula.

Since it opened in 2008 the hotel has been known for its extreme attention to detail, ensuring its guests enjoy every bit of its exquisite architecture and exuberant vegetation that extends along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit: A Favorite With Celebrities

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure welcomed the month of May with visits from actors, models, influencers, and fashion experts who came to enjoy its charms, its luxury, and its good vibes.

The Riviera Nayarit continues to shine as one of the A-listers’ favorite places to go. It’s just a few short weeks before summer arrives, but already several celebrities have visited the destination, some for a little R&R and still others for work, but not a single one could escape the charm, the luxury, and the good vibes of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

This is how, week after week, social media gets “flooded” with their images enjoying the sun, the warm beaches, and the comforts of the destination’s magnificent hotels, which contributes to its diffusion, since some of these celebriteis have millions of followers in their accounts.

Below you’ll find just a few of the celebrities who visited the Riviera Nayarit during the month of May:

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Reinforces its Tourism Promotion in the Western Part of Mexico

  • Promoters for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure updated dozens of travel agents, meeting planners, and wedding planners, then participated in the XLI ARLAG International Fair in Guadalajara.

The Riviera Nayarit held presentations for travel agents, meeting planners, and wedding planners from the Guadalajara metropolitan area on May 29-31. The destination also participated in the XLI ARLAG International Fair, held in Expo Guadalajara, with 1,100 travel agents.

The first presentation took place on May 29th at the Hilton Guadalajara, where they updated 73 retail travel agents with representatives from 10 hotels and the Tepic Hotel and Motel Association.

On May 30th the work tour continued at the RIU Plaza Guadalajara with a destination expo for 20 meeting planners; the tour ended on May 31st at the Westin Guadalajara with the presence 32 wedding planners.

Friday, June 8, 2018

What to Do and See in the Riviera Nayarit: Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita

  • The Heart of the Riviera Nayarit is a vibrant, lively spot that moves to the rhythm of its thousands of visitors, offering them a combination of natural beauty, quality service, and options for every budget. 

Rincón de Guayabitos, one of the gems of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, is a family-friendly place with something for everyone. The beach is its highlight with its gentle waves, shallow slope, and fine sand, which is why it’s known as “Mexico’s largest swimming pool.”

This destination in the state of Nayarit has a varied hotel infrastructure that runs the gamut, from all-inclusive properties to bungalows and, of course, traditional hotels, comprising an offer that combines natural beauty, quality service, and options for every budget.

It also presents spectacular adventures in a privileged natural environment, ideal for aquatic sports such as paddle board, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and diving, as well as glass-bottom boat trips and the chance to rub elbows with a fabulous variety of marine species.

Rincón de Guayabitos is part of the tourism corridor touched by the waters of Jaltemba Bay, along with Los Ayala and La Peñita. This last micro-destination will be featured later on. 

"Mexico’s largest swimming pool".

The Heart of the Riviera Nayarit
Rincón de Guayabitos is known as “The Heart of the Riviera Nayarit” and it’s a very lively, vibrant spot that moves to the rhythm of its thousands of visitors that usually stop by for a weekend stay.

A walk on a Saturday or Sunday along its beach is like having an open window onto Mexico’s different regions. Entire families can be seen enjoying themselves under colorful umbrellas, eating ceviche or pescadito en vara, “fish on a stick,” or snacking on chopped fruit and drinking a refreshing piña loca, or crazy pineapple. Some even bring their own music or call over any of the several musicians walking around the beach to come liven up the afternoon. There’s no doubt life’s a beach—and it’s even more fun when it’s in Rincón de Guayabitos! 

There are several culinary possibilities to savor in this coastal town in Nayarit, ranging from traditional Mexican food and seafood dishes to more elaborate recipes, such as the pescado zarandeado (fish grilled on the beach) that’s served in some of the restaurants and palapas (thatched-roof huts) that dot the beach.

Visitors will also find a variety of snacks, like the pan de coco (coconut bread), plátanos fritos (fried plantains), nieves (sherbets), and dishes prepared with yaka—a local tropical fruit. Then there’s the famous piña loca, the crazy pineapple served with powdered chili and lime.

However, visitors can’t say they’ve been to Rincón de Guayabitos if they haven’t enjoyed a tasty fish and shrimp kabob barbecued over coal, a version of the classic pescado en-vara-zado (a play on words for grilled fish) that can be found all along the beach. It’s simply delicious! 
Isla del  Coral, the Guayabitos' icon!

Isla del Coral (Coral Island)
Isla del Coral has become a tourism icon in Rincón de Guayabitos and a “must” in the Riviera Nayarit. It’s located about 3 kilometers from the beach at Guayabitos, next to Isla del Cangrejo (Crab Island). It’s considered one of Nayarit’s protected ecological reserve, a natural habitat with a fantastic and varied flora and fauna.

The waters around the island are ideal for responsible scuba diving and snorkeling. If the visitor stops off on the island they can admire the marine bird sanctuary that’s home to pelicans, seagulls, frigate birds, boobies, and much more.  

Secret Beaches
There are “secret beaches” to the south of Jaltemba Bay—these are lesser-known and have less visitors, which is how they keep their virgin charm. These include the Playa del Beso (Kissing Beach) or Frideritas, and the Playa El Toro (Bull Beach), which can be reached via a short but steep walk through the jungle or by boat from Los Ayala.

Nuevo Ixtlán

Alternative Tours – Altavista and Nuevo Ixtlán
Some 40 minutes northeast of Rincón de Guayabitos near the Sierra del Vallejo lies the Altavista archeological site, also known as La Pila del Rey (The King’s Tub), Los Petroglifos (The Petroglyphs), or El Santuario (The Sanctuary). It extends over 80 hectares and is home to over two thousand rock drawings. It’s believed these fascinating petroglyphs were carved over 1,500 years ago the by the Tecoxquines, an Aztec group who inhabited the land, to record their daily life. Some archaeologists think they could be offerings to their gods and have a fundamentally religious meaning; they range from simple spirals to complex symbols with intertwining lines and figures of plants, animals, and men.

La Peñita de Jaltemba
One cannot talk about Rincón de Guayabitos without mentioning its “sister” village, Peñita de Jaltemba, located just five minutes to the north. This welcoming place offers its visitors serenity and gorgeous natural scenery—it’s no surprise that many foreigners have made it their second home.

Its name is a composite of Spanish and Náhuatl that translates into “place at the edge of the sand.” The addition of “La Peñita” (the small rock) was courtesy of the Spaniards making reference to the Isla del Coral, which looks like a rock.

The town’s crowning glory is a beach that offers visitors a unique scene: it’s dotted with fishermen’s boats and their nets, spread out to dry, as well as dozens of pelicans gently floating on the waves or picking their way through the sand in search of a bite to eat. The locals like to come by to work on their tan and swap fishing stories for hours on end.

Another one of the location’s charms it its tiny malecón, or boardwalk—just some 315 meters long—that extends from Rubén Jaramillo street to Crisanto Jacobo street. It opened in 2014 and is the best place in town to watch the sunset with the silhouette of the Isla del Coral carved out against the horizon.

This town has several small hotels and bungalows, homes for rent, a few supermarkets, restaurants, and an ample variety of businesses. 


By Land
Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita de Jaltemba are 98 kilometers to the southeast of Tepic, the capital of the state of Nayarit. If leaving from that city you’ll need to drive along Federal Highway 200 Tepic-Puerto Vallarta, which will take you directly to this charming town in about an hour and half.

By Air
Those who would rather travel by air can land at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, some 40 minutes’ south of Rincón de Guayabitos. They can also land at the Amado Nervo Airport in the city of Tepic and go by car to the beach resort.

PV-Riviera Nayarit Opens the Door to Latin America with Copa Airlines

  • The Panamanian airline lands in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit after over 8 years of hard work and strategic promotional and public relations strategies within the South American market.

Beginning in December 2018, Panamanian Copa Airlines will connect Panama City directly with Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit via two weekly flights, connecting with strategic destinations in South America. The flight is expected to transport over 10 thousand travelers a year.

The official announcement was made this Wednesday during a press conference led by Diego Bermúdez Parra, Copa Airlines’ Regional Manager for Mexico and the Andean Communities. He indicated conditions are ideal for the flight to be a success: the availability of aircraft (a fleet of 100 planes), the correct infrastructure (connection hub), and a strong and stable Latin American economy that can ensure demand.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Participates in Record Vacation’s 12th Ponte las Pilas Conference

  • 580 travel agents received training on the Destination’s tourism offer during this annual event hosted by wholesaler Record Vacation and held at Paradise Village.

A total of 580 travel agents from 15 states in Mexico received updates on the Riviera Nayarit’s tourism offer during the annual Ponte las Pilas (Get Smart) conference hosted by wholesaler Record Vacation, held from May 31st through June 1st at the Paradise Village hotel.

The event, which has become a standard for tourism conferences in western Mexico, was also attended by Record Vacation’s sales force so they could incentivize participants to become better salespeople, sharing with them firsthand the competitive advantages offered by Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Iberostar Playa Mita Joins Se Buscan Héroes (Heroes Wanted) Campaign in the Riviera Nayarit

  • This is the first hotel in the Riviera Nayarit to form part of this crusade, thus solidifying its commitment to the protection and conservation of the ocean.

The Iberostar Playa Mita hotel, a five-start property located in the Riviera Nayarit, has joined the Se Buscan Héroes (Heroes Wanted) campaign started by Paralelo 28, solidifying its commitment to the conservation and protection of the ocean with Pronatura Noroeste.

Iberostar Playa Mita is the first hotel company to form part of this initiative, which launched two years and six months ago in the Riviera Nayarit on December 25, 2015. Its goal is to work on the preservation and protection of the Islas Marietas National Park. This crusade pursued the eco-restoration and maintenance of Playa del Amor, also known as Hidden Beach, located within the park, as well as a bolstering the surveillance and inspections for the protection of these natural resources. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Riviera Nayarit, Luxury Guest at the 8th Luxury Lab

The event took place at the St Regis Mexico City under the slogan “The Future of the Luxury Market.”

  • The luxury segment’s top professionals came together to share trends and generate synergy among businesses in this high-end market.

The Riviera Nayarit, a destination that’s the perfect combination of luxury and nature, was the only destination invited for the fourth year in a row to the 8th edition of the Luxury Lab, the most important forum on style and luxury in Latin America.

The event took place at the St Regis Mexico City under the slogan “The Future of the Luxury Market.” There, some 400 national and international industry professionals came together to share trends, statistics, and research, generating synergy among the businesses that work this high-end market.

Copa Airlines Strengthens Its Connectivity with Direct Flights to PVR and the Riviera Nayarit

  • Starting in December, the Panamanian airline will connect Panama City directly to Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit with twice-weekly flights.

Copa Airlines {NYSE: CPA}, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., and a member of the Star Alliance global network, has announced that starting on December 16, 2018, it will begin a twice-weekly direct flight between Panama City and the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport serving the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region. This will be its fifth destination in Mexico. 

This allows travelers better connectivity to 78 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean via Panama City’s Hub of the Americas. Meanwhile, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit will increase its tourism and commercial potential thanks to the possibility of connecting with Copa Airline’s ample network of destinations.  

Mauro Arredondo, General Manager of Copa Airlines in Mexico, said: “Mexico is an important market for Copa Airlines to continue developing and offering world-class quality service, connectivity, and punctuality. The Panama-Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit route will strengthen the development of the tourism sector as well as commercial and investment opportunities with this important region of southeast Mexico.” He added: “With this new route, the Hub of the Americas at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport will continue to consolidate as the most efficient and best-connected airline hub on the American continent.” 

Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association said: “The new Panama-Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit route will be very beneficial for Latin American tourists, as it avoids the multiple connections they needed to take to arrive in our destination. This reduces flight times, distances, and costs, while it also ensures a stronger commercial interest on behalf of the South American wholesale agencies.”

For his part, Javier Aranda, Managing Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust, emphasized that “after years of joint promotional efforts to generate better awareness in South America of Banderas Bay and its multiple attractions we’re now seeing results with the start of this new direct flight with such a prestigious business partner as Copa Airlines.”


The Copa Airlines flight will begin with a twice-weekly frequency on Thursdays and Sundays, departing from Panama City at 9:05 a.m. and arriving at the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit airport at 1:25 p.m. (local time). The return flight departs the same day from Puerto Vallarta at 3:40 p.m., arriving in Panama City at 8 p.m. (local time). The route will operate on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with room for 12 first class passengers and 112 in the main cabin.

With the addition of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, Copa Airlines now services five destinations in Mexico: five daily flights between Panama and Mexico City, seven daily flights to Cancun, one daily flight to Guadalajara, and four weekly flights to Monterrey. This ample coverage has made Copa Airlines a leader in connectivity to the Republic of Mexico. 

About Copa Holdings, S.A.

Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, both subsidiaries of Copa Holdings, are top passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. They currently offer service to 78 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Throughout its 70 years in uninterrupted service Copa has made Panama’s Hub of the Americas the connectivity leader in Latin America. It has one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry comprised of 100 aircraft: 80 Boeing 737 Next-Generation and 20 Embraer-190, and 90% on-time arrivals—one of the best indicators in the industry. 

It’s thanks to this punctuality that Copa Airlines was recognized by FlightStats for the fifth year in a row as “The most punctual airline in Latin America,” and by London’s Official Airline Guide and “The fourth most punctual airline in the world” from numbers obtained in 2017. In 2016, the company was awarded “Top Airline for Mexico and Central America” at the World Travel Awards. 

Copa Airlines is part of the Star Alliance, offering its clients the possibility of travel to 1,330 airports in 192 countries with access to over 18,500 flights a day. Copa also codeshares with Air France, KLM, United Airlines, Aeroméxico, Iberia, Lufthansa, Turkish, Emirates, Asiana, Avianca, GOL, TAME and Cubana. Visit for reservations, secure ticket sales in seven different currencies, Web Check-In, boarding pass print-outs and more information on flight policies and immigration requirements. 


The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) reaffirm their commitment to working intensely to attract more and better tourism to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).



With this new flight, Copa Airlines is supporting the commercial and touristic development of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.

Thanks to this new route, travelers from adjacent cities and regions won’t have to travel to the country’s main cities to connect with Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Riviera Nayarit’s $200 Million Tourism Industry Continues to Boom with Added Luxury Hotels & World-Class Developments

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO (MAY 29, 2018) – It’s an exciting time in Riviera Nayarit – Mexico’s pacific treasure and newest destination – as world class travel brands and investments are driving economic growth and expanded options for luxury travelers. In 2017, the destination experienced a widely successful year in terms of tourism, with revenue and occupancy reaching new heights and several developments launching. The trend is set to continue as several renowned hotel brands are scheduled to debut new properties in the destination through 2020. 

“Riviera Nayarit is a destination like no other,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our versatility and distinct appeal have translated into recent success for our pristine destination, from resort town Nuevo Vallarta to the historic village of San Blas, celebrity haven Punta de Mita, surfing mecca Sayulita, and everything in between.” 

2017 In Review 

In 2017, tourism represented an incredible economic driver for the destination generating nearly $200 million in revenue. Riviera Nayarit maintained a hotel occupancy above 80 percent throughout the year, peaking at 87.4 percent in July. Four-star properties reported occupancies above 94 percent, a testament to Riviera Nayarit’s positioning as a luxury destination.  

Among the most significant openings in 2017:  

  • In February, Krystal Grand Hotels & Resorts debuted the new Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta, a 480-room, all-inclusive luxury resort in Nuevo Vallarta. The hotel also offers the largest convention center in the city, and can host up to 1,000 people. 
  • In December, Grupo Autofin Monterrey inaugurated the Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa, a paradisiacal resort perched atop a mountain in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 
  • Marival Group also expanded their offerings in the area debuting MozzaMare Casual Beach Gourmet, a luxurious all-inclusive beachfront experience created for guests of Marival Residences Luxury Resorts. 

“The newly opened resorts match the superior standards synonymous with Riviera Nayarit and have been well received by visitors,” said Murphy. “Now we are looking forward to an expansive list of new developments that will continue to propel the region to new heights, with projects set to debut in the coming months and many more on the horizon through 2020.” 

What’s in Store for 2018 

The second half of 2018 will welcome a renowned luxury hotel brand. Costa Canuva CIP is a development project underway that will eventually be home to five new hotels, adding more than 7,000 guestrooms to the destination and featuring the region’s first Fairmont property, slated to open this year. The seaside community will be located on more than 550 acres and will also feature a beachfront village with 2,500 residential units. In addition to a golf course designed by Lorena Ochoa and Greg Norman, Costa Canuva will offer more than four miles of shoreline and pristine beaches.  

2019 and Beyond 

2019 is expected to be another exciting year in the destination. Grupo Vidanta will open Mexico’s first Cirque du Soleil Theme Park, an immersive water and nature park that will offer evening shows and capacity for up to 5,000 spectators. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will debut Rosewood Mandarina offering 130 guestrooms, suites and villas and common areas with décor inspired by the local, pre-historic Huichole and Cora cultures. 

Also set to debut are the second stage of the Grand Sirenis Matlali beachfront development adding 140 suites, a 300-room Iberostar property in Litibu, and two Punta de Mita properties including Auberge Resort Collection’s ultra-luxury Susurros del Corazon and Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ redesign of the former La Tranquila Resort, Conrad Playa Mita 

Debuting in the final quarter of the year, One&Only Mandarina will feature one of the world’s first collections of One&Only branded residencesOne&Only Mandarina Private Homes, which will debut alongside One&Only Mandarina Resort, Rosewood Residences and Rosewood Mandarina, as well as the world-class Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club replete with state-of-the-art polo grounds, dressage and jumping arenas, stables and more. 

Looking even further to Riviera Nayarit’s bright future, in 2020, AM Resorts is set to open Dreams Punta de Mita Resort and Spa and Secrets Punta de Mita Resort & Spa.  


About Riviera Nayarit  
Renowned for its matchless luxury and protected natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” Riviera Nayarit was recently honored with four 2018 HSMAI Adrian Awards, a prestigious recognition that rewards best practices inspired by Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing in the hospitality industry, these four new awards for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure complete a total of 12 HSMAI Adrian Awards garnered over the past nine years: three gold, four silver, and five bronze. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination is home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. 

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