Saturday, October 22, 2016

35 Colombian Travel Agents Explored The Riviera Nayarit

  • Colombian tour operator organized the visit together with the destinations so they could experience their best attractions and create more sales in this South American country.

Thirty-five travel agents from different cities in Colombia traveled to the Riviera Nayarit to explore its natural attractions and experience its first-class service and infrastructure.

The group arrived in the destination on October 16, 2016 on a FAM trip organized by Colombian tour operator in order to return to their travel agencies with all this new information and generate sales to the Destination.

“I think this destination is super special, it’s people are so welcoming, the climate is spectacular, and the beaches are beyond my wildest dreams—you’d think because we’re on the Pacific you wouldn’t find such amazing beaches with such fine sand and warm water. You can’t find this just anywhere. I think the Riviera Nayarit is very special indeed,” said Diego Ariza, owner of

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Farmers’ Markets Are Back In The Riviera Nayarit

  • From Nuevo Vallarta to La Peñita de Jaltemba tourists can visit over 10 organic and artisanal tianguis (markets) and take a peek at local products.

Winter is almost here and with it comes the best time of the year when it comes to tourism, which is why the Riviera Nayarit’s microdestinations are firing up their organic or artisanal farmers’ markets, or tianguis, offering tourists another fun attraction.

Most of these bustling commercial areas open for business in November and welcome visitors through the end of April or beginning of May of next year. Handicrafts, organic products, home-cooked food, accessories, jewelry, pottery, yoga classes, live music and more are for sale. Heading from south to north, here is a list of the most relevant:

San Blas Celebrates The 2016 National Conservation Week

  • There will be plenty of sports, cultural and environmental activities to encourage a new way of appreciating and protecting the Riviera Nayarit’s environment.

The Historic Port of San Blas will celebrate National Conservation Week from October 22-29, 2016, a national event celebrated every year by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) in order to raise awareness in the community and educate them on the environment. This year’s slogan is “Respeta la naturaleza, valora la vida” (“Respect Nature, Treasure Your Life”).

“I think the Conanp does great work with little resources here on a local level and now that organizations such as the Peace Corps are getting involved they’re able to perform miracles,” said Doris Vázquez, President of the San Blas Hotel and Motel Association. “The road is long but the important thing is there are people involved who are doing their job such as the team put together by Jorge Castrejón, and we as an association and a community support the initiatives that improve our destinations. The idea is to join our efforts and multiply them.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

November Means Top-Notch Events In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There will be celebrations for the Day of the Dead, the XXII International Gourmet Festival, the 2nd Guayabitos Extreme Triathlon, the 8th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon & 10K and the VI Motomanía San Blas.

November is filled with top-notch events in the Riviera Nayarit, with the Day of the Dead celebrated in different locations within the Destination not to mention culinary events of the best kind and lots and lots of sports.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

9th ABH Aquatic Marathon In Guayabitos

  • Over 600 swimmers from 10 states around the Republic will seek to take home the win in 16 separate categories during this competition held in the “Mexican Pacific’s largest pool.”
The 9th ABH Aquatic Marathon is making its next stop in the Riviera Nayarit with Guayabitos as host for this competition that will take place next Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Considered one of the top open water competitions in Mexico, this national series will see over 600 swimmers from 10 different states around the nation compete in the “Mexican Pacific’s largest pool,” including Nayarit, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Puebla, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Nuevo León, Colima, Guanajuato and the Estado de México.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Café Tacvba Films Video In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The music video of their most recent single “Un Par De Lugares” (“A Couple Of Places”) was filmed at the Caletas Las Cuevas and Divisadero beaches near Chacala; they also filmed a few takes at Punta de Mita’s La Lancha and San Pancho.

On October 11, 2016, one of Mexico’s iconic rock bands, Café Tacvba, launched their most recent music video for their song “Un Par De Lugares” (“A Couple of Places”), which was taped on the Riviera Nayarit’s golden beaches.

“Café Tacvba is a band that needs no introduction and we’re honored they chose us to do their music video,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “Their goal was to tape on virgin beaches and that’s why they were attracted to the Riviera Nayarit. I think they were very pleased in the end because they found what they were looking for.”

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Hotels Are Remodeling And Expanding

  • The Bel Air Flamingos is getting a new convention center, there’s a new spa for the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has begun a multimillion-dollar remodel, and the Playa Escondida Hotel in Sayulita has upgraded as well.
Several hotels in the Riviera Nayarit are adding new spaces or upgrading their current facilities in order to increase the quality of their services and keep their status among the best hotels in the country. Here’s a look at some of the latest news. 

The Riviera Nayarit’s Longest Zip-Line Is Over Half A Mile Long!

  • It’s located in Rancho la Montalbeña between Sayulita and Punta de Mita and is part of a tour offered by Vista Paraíso, which combines 10 different zip-lines of varying lengths.

The Riviera Nayarit offers its visitors not only plenty of beaches but also the chance to go on a mountain adventure. It’s precisely there, in the mountains across from the town of Higuera Blanca, where they’ll find the longest zip-line in the destination, measuring one kilometer—over half a mile—in length.  

This adrenaline-fueled adventure is offered by Vista Paraíso within its Canopy Tour, which is made up of 10 lines: besides the 1k (.63 mile) line, there are others measuring 900m, 800m and 700m, plus other long zips.

Help Support Mexico’s SUP Team On Its Way To Fiji 2016

Mexico’s Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Team is hard at work preparing for the 2016 ISA (International Surfing Association) Fiji Stand UpPaddle and Paddleboard World Championship set to take place this upcoming month of November—and they need all the help they can get to make it there.

“Last year the StandUp Paddle World Championship was held here in Sayulita where we had the opportunity to once again take home some medals,” said Fernando Stalla, captain of the National Team. “That inspired us to keep going for our next world competition to bring home even more medals for Mexico. We need your support to get to the 2016 Fiji World Championship.”

The tricolor team seeks to improve on the sixth place it obtained last year and for that they will need financial support to pay for the team’s flights and accommodations.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Promo Tour Visits East Coast Of The U.S.

  • Approximately 415 sales and travel agents are currently receiving updates on the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in Boston, Morristown, Long Island and Philadelphia.

The Promotions desks of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) together with the full support of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) are currently on a Promotional Tour of the East Coast of the United States from October 10 – 13, 2016.

“This is one of the first times the Joint Promotional Campaign is landing in Boston,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “We’re always interested in continuing to diversify our markets while strengthening our presence in other cities where our promotions have already shown good results, such as New York.”

Monday, October 10, 2016

3rd Guayabitos 5-10K Race 2016

  • The cash awards will total 42 thousand pesos and will be split among the three categories: the traditional 5 and 10 kilometers, and a colorful fun 3-kilometer race.

The 3rd Guayabitos 5-10K Race is ready to go in Rincón de Guayabitos on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

“The events at Guayabitos have grown under the administration of Dr. Alejandro Chávez and we’re very pleased because it adds to the list of alternatives for tourists in the Riviera Nayarit,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our Groups and Events desk has been instructed to support them in everything they need.”

The competition will take off from the town’s newly remodeled Central Plaza, marking a return to its original circuit this year. The Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones de Atletismo (FMAA) endorsed the route.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Limpiemos Nuestro México And The Riviera Nayarit Join Forces To Clean Beaches

  • Over 15 beaches welcomed dozens of volunteers from several different sectors to the traditional Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network, which this time around is receiving a special boost from TV Azteca’s national cleanup campaign.

The 29th edition of the Riviera Nayarit’s Beach Cleanup Network (BCN), which is taking place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, will welcome special guest TV Azteca and its massive national cleanup campaign titled Limpiemos Nuestro México (Let’s Cleanup Our Mexico).

“We’re still carrying out the monthly cleanup of the beaches in the Riviera Nayarit, but this time around it’s extra special because in addition to raising awareness about the need to care for the environment, we’re also getting fantastic exposure in the domestic market via the audience of TV Azteca, one of the country’s top networks,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Welcome The Fall Season On The Beach With The Latest Promos From The Riviera Nayarit

  • Over 30 of the Destination’s hotels will be offering discounts of up to 64%; up to three kids stay free; resort, golf and spa credits; complimentary tours and many more amenities.

Enjoy fall on the beach with the Riviera Nayarit’s newest seasonal promotions, which begin on Monday, October 10, 2016 and extend through Saturday, November 5, 2016.

“We keep getting more hotels joining in the fun each season, the discounts are getting bigger and there are even more freebies being offered by the member hotels to the guests,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Blushes Pink For Pinktober

  • The Destination’s hotels are holding different social, sports and culinary activities in order to raise community awareness for the prevention of cancer. Chef Betty Vázquez will be a featured guest.

October has become the signature month for cancer prevention around the world and the Riviera Nayarit hotels have put in motion several activities in order to endorse and promote this important global campaign.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Conanp Presented Credentials To Guides Accredited To Work At Islas Marietas

  • 726 tourism service providers have received accreditation as guides who have completed training on the new visitation regulations for the Islas Marietas National Park.

This past Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) presented credentials to the tourism guides who received accreditation on the new best practices and visitation regulations surrounding the Islas Marietas National Park.

Of the 173 concessionaires who are registered with the Conanp from San Pancho, Nayarit, to Yelapa, Jalisco, there were 726 guides who signed up for the workshops and they alone have permission to take tourists to Playa del Amor.

The formal act took place at the Fideicomiso de Bahía de Banderas in Nuevo Vallarta before special guests from the Nayarit and Jalisco state authorities.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit Dominates The Headlines In The United Kingdom

  • The top media include: Express UK, London Evening Standard, The Huffington Post, The Scottish Sun, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan UK and Vada Magazine.

The Riviera Nayarit has dominated the media headlines in the United Kingdom, either thanks to direct actions by the Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) or organically via the publications’ own interest.

“The United Kingdom is positioned as the fourth destination of origin for tourists to the Riviera Nayarit, which is why we’re working on expanding our reach in that part of the world,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “This summary alone includes some 10 media and millions of impressions.”

Monday, October 3, 2016

3rd Season Of Tianguis Lo de Marcos Announced

  • Over 50 artisans and producers will display an ample variety of organic products from private gardens, hand-made crafts plush fresh-baked goods and home-cooked foods.

The 3rd season of the Tianguis Lo de Marcos has been announced by the organizers and is set to take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting on November 5, 2016 and ending on April 8, 2017 at #9 Luis Echeverría street.

On inauguration day the market will kick off with live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the talented Caravane de San Pancho trio featuring Nina, Humberto and Charly. There will be a 25 percent discount on all drinks at the Palm Bar.

The festivities will also include a raffle for a one thousand-peso gift certificate to use by the winner on their next visit to the Tianguis.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit Was Heavily Promoted In The US During September

  • There were activities held in Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri; and Atlanta Georgia. There was also an event held in Cancun during the Mark Travel Corporation Summit, a forum focused on US travel agents.

The Riviera Nayarit was heavily promoted this past September in order to bring in more tourists from the United States during the upcoming winter season; the promotions team participated in the events held by the top three US wholesalers with the most sales to the region.

The work took place in accordance with the annual joint promotional strategy consolidated by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust. In the end over 3,000 travel agents received updates and training. Around 20 hotels from each destination also participated in the events.

“The agents confirmed they already had sales to the region for the upcoming season, not only for family travel but also weddings and large groups. There’s no doubt the increase in frequencies and new airlift as well as the constant work by the joint promotional campaign will help us enjoy an epic winter season,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Christmas Holidays in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit: A World of Warmth and Colour Along Mexico’s Pacific Coast

With summer officially over in the UK, many people are already looking forward to Christmas for their next holiday break. And while it’s certainly a festive time of the year, there are still many Britons that would rather do without the cold, wet and dreary weather that comes with it. Fortunately, for those who like their Christmas celebrations without the shivers, a world of warmth and colour awaits in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring destinations along Mexico’s stunning Pacific Coast. Here’s what to expect in this unique winter getaway for the holiday season:

A Winter Sun Wonderland

With over 250 miles of crystal waters and shimmering shores, Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit offer no shortage of breathtaking beaches, no matter the time of year. Add in average temperatures of 23°C in December, and you have all the right ingredients for a bright season full of winter sun and Christmas cheer.

In southeast Puerto Vallarta at Boca de Tomatlan, where the white-sandy coast is rarely crowded, you’ll find the perfect place to get away from it all. In the south at Conchas Chinas, gentle tides and rich sea life are great for families with kids, and Garza Blanca, a slice of paradise set against the backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains, sets an idyllic scene with its powdery beach and lush jungle surroundings.

In Riviera Nayarit, you can’t go wrong with spending Christmas at the luxurious Nuevo Vallarta resort area, which offers pristine waters and golden sands just steps away from high-end hotels and restaurants. To the north, Bucerias offers a five-mile long shoreline with a calm surf, and Playa de Los Muertos in Sayulita, often referred to as the ‘crown jewel’ of Riviera Nayarit, is always a great choice for families thanks to its safe swimming beach.

Along with gorgeous beaches and a wealth of water-based activities to choose from, including swimming, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving, whale watching is also a popular pastime this time of the year as the region’s biggest celebrities, Humpback Whales, head for the warm waters of Banderas Bay to breed and birth their young. Throughout Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit, whale watching tours provide excellent opportunities to see some of nature’s most beautiful sea creatures up close, and they also make a superb gift for the animal lovers in your family.

An Abundance of Christmas Spirit

Despite the tropical climate, you’ll never feel out of place celebrating the holidays in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit. Visitors can expect all of the traditional Christmas ambiance, including an abundance of decorated streets, nativity scenes and restaurants serving up the finest seasonal cuisine, from tamales, a masa corn dough with a tasty filling which is then wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and steamed in a large pot, to ponche con piquete, a warm tropical punch usually served with an alcohol ‘sting’.  

The 1st–12th of December is marked by the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which sets off a marathon of nightly parades and festivities throughout the region, showcasing Mexico’s religious devotion, vibrant culture and warm hospitality until Three Kings Day on 6th January.

From 16th–24th December, the streets of Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit are filled with the sights and sounds of ‘pastorelas’, or sheperds’ plays, and ‘posadas’, which sees families and children marching together in processions through the streets with lit candles to commemorate the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The tradition ends on Christmas Day with a fiesta, the striking of piñatas and a ‘noche buena’ feast. 

In Puerto Vallarta, celebrate with locals and visitors alike at the Malecón, the city’s half-mile long promenade, historic centre and waterfront. Or, join in on the merrymaking at Lazaro Cardenas Street, which brightly shines throughout the Christmas season with trees made from recyclable plastics.

In Riviera Nayarit, an eco-friendly Christmas in the culturally rich village of San Francisco, also known as ‘San Pancho’, is highly recommended. In particular, the Entre Amigos Community Center hosts a library, computer lab, gallery, cinema room, classrooms, sports and exercise spaces, recycling center and resale shop, as well as a full schedule of workshops, lectures, activities and more.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vidanta Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament

  • Play teamed up with celebrities including actors and sports figures from the NBA, NFL and MLB; there are US$50 thousand in prizes, among them two cars, two golf carts and cash prizes.

The Vidanta Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament will take place October 13-15, 2016 in the Riviera Nayarit at the new Greg Norman Golf Course and the revamped Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, both at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.

“Welcome to this grand tournament that serves to officially inaugurate the new Greg Norman course in Vidanta,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This competition is a wonderful occasion because it brings together several elements that are terrific for the Riviera Nayarit: celebrities, golf, nature and luxury.”

This is an opportunity to play golf paired with one of over 20 celebrities from the United States, including two-time MLB champion, Tim Wakefield; NBA legend, Ray Allen; or ex-NFL defense tackle, Warren Sapp, who was inducted in the hall of fame in 2013.