Thursday, July 20, 2017

Top 10 Land Activities In The Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit… These two words bring to mind an exotic getaway, a glittering destination that offers luxury, sun and sand, a fine hotel infrastructure, and the diversity of its 23 coastal villages… It’s a place where boredom is unheard of.

Once visitors arrive at Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, they will discover not only a rich culture, but also incredible land and sea adventures.

Below we’ve listed some of the most important land activities in the destination along with an explanation. These include everything from golfing on any of the seven courses created by renowned designers to adventure tourism that will get the adrenaline going with activities such as ATV motorcycle tours, zipline adventures, mountain bike excursions, 4X4 jungle tours, birdwatching and more.

1. Golf
Few activities compare with the luxury of practicing your swing on one of the Riviera Nayarit’s impressive golf courses. The destination has positioned itself as one of the best golf destinations in Mexico. The key to its success lies in the combination of its magnificent scenery of mountains, tropical jungle and beach, with the designs by famous names including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jim Lipe, Robert Von Hagge & Baril and Percy Clifford.

2. Birdwatching
Even though San Pancho and San Blas are the very best spots for birdwatchers, the Riviera Nayarit in its entirety has excellent conditions for viewing birds thanks to its location on the western migratory route for the flocks that travel from North America to the South. The fact that in this coastal corridor one can observe approximately 546 species between the coastal plains and the mountains—428 of which are endemic and the rest migratory—makes the Birdwatching segment one of the tourism niches with the most potential in the region.

Corona Sunsets Riviera Nayarit-San Pancho 2017

  • Everything is ready for the most anticipated music festival of all, one that was created to celebrate the magical sunsets that happen take place in a most unforgettable setting: Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. 

The Riviera Nayarit has declared itself ready to “Experience Summer” with the arrival of several big musical events. One of the most anticipated is Corona Sunsets 2017, a beach festival inspired by the destination’s magical sunsets—and the perfect stage for this July 22nd event is the traditional town of San Pancho.

The idea is to relax, meet new people, dance and have fun by the beach while celebrating the sunset to the beat of electronic music.

For its fifth year in Mexico, Corona Sunsets 2017 is offering a top-notch lineup of national and international DJs playing on a matchless stage: Duke Dumont, Bakermat, Goldroom, Mexican Dubwiser, Telefunka, Salón Acapulco, Vintage Culture, Bruno Martini and Tini Tun.

Meanwhile, this year’s event is also behind the Eco Challenge, a sustainable program that is committed to protecting 100 islands for 2020. During the festival the program will be jump started with the support of the Ocean Guardians, which will be handing out stickers to everyone who takes action to keep the festival clean and in harmony with nature by recycling cups, throwing trash into the correct bins, keeping cigarette butts in a safe place, etc. The stickers can be exchanged for amazing prizes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Its Events Keep The Riviera Nayarit In The International Spotlight

  • With more than 80 events of all sorts happening on a yearly basis, the Riviera Nayarit is an enticing destination where there’s always something going on.

The Riviera Nayarit has always been known as a host destination for important events and this year is no exception. Mexico’s Pacific Treasure welcomes the summer season with a variety of activities in the sports, arts, music and cultural arenas, which will continue to place it in the international spotlight.

With more than 80 events of all kinds happening on a yearly basis, the Riviera Nayarit is an enticing destination where there’s always something going on, which the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) takes advantage of quite well by organizing press trips that coincide with the different activities.

Because of this, a group of domestic journalists is currently visiting the destination to cover two important activities: the Corona Sunsets festival next July 22nd and the NIIJIMA Mexican Surf Open, set to take place July 21-23. Both will be held in San Pancho, but the group will also have the opportunity to visit other traditional villages in the area.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

T+L Puts Riviera Nayarit Hotels Among The Best In The World

  • ·  Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita were chosen by this travel publication as tops in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The hotel infrastructure of the Riviera Nayarit continues to garner all kinds of positive attention, as was the case with the publication of Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards list, which included two of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure’s hotels among the best in Mexico and the world.

Every year the publication polls its readers to rate hotels around the world to compile a list of the best of the best.

This year the big surprise was the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, which was included in the “The Top 100 Hotels in the World” at no. 74—making it the destination’s top placed property. The same hotel was awarded 3rd place among the “Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico.”

The Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is a luxurious all-inclusive hotel in the Riviera Nayarit where new meets classic with a view of one of the Mexican Pacific’s loveliest bays.

The Four Seasons Punta Mita, located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, was also included in the list of the Top 10 Best Hotels in Mexico at 7th place, maintaining its excellent standing among the region’s elite properties.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Mexican Surf Open Arrives At The Riviera Nayarit

  •      Surf, sun, concerts and plenty of adrenaline will be on-hand at this event that takes place in San Pancho, Nayarit on July 21, 22 and 23; there will be $100 thousand pesos in prizes.  

The beautiful beaches of the Riviera Nayarit host the 2017 NIIJIMA San Pancho Mexican Surf Open from July 21-23, with $100 thousand pesos in prizes.

The 2017 NIIJIMA AMS, presented by the Riviera Nayarit, is a competition organized almost entirely by Mexicans and is open to any age and nationality; it has the backing of the Nayarit State Surfing Association and is endorsed by the Mexican Surfing Federation.

According to Marco Carrillo, GM of the event, while the competition is happening at the main beach in San Francisco, Nayarit (San Pancho), there will be activities for the entire family onshore including volleyball tournaments, beer pong, mechanical surf boards, concerts, DJs and an eco-program.

The musical program is headlined by Casimiro Zamudio’s Mi Banda El Mexicano; Rubél Albarrán DJ Set (Café Tacvba), Los Vikingos del Norte, Los Minions, DJ Bola Pirata and DJ Funky Kong, among others.

Friday, July 14, 2017

10 Spectacular Suites In The Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit has the perfect place for you to come stay: here you’ll find just the right hotel to fit your taste, your budget and your favorite spot in the destination. However, its spectacular suites are where the true nature of the luxury and exclusivity of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is fully revealed, whether it’s at a well-known beach resort, a ritzy villa at the water’s edge or an elegant property perched on the mountainside. 

These accommodations are more than the sum of their square footage. Their value lies in the experiences they offer, which include not only their magnificent views and locations, but also their first class amenities and top-notch service—from butlers to private chefs to expansive terraces and gorgeous infinity pools where time stands still—all things that on their own would make the trip entirely worth it. 

Read on for sampling of suites of this caliber:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Joint Promotional Campaign Creates Alliances In Colombia

• The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur worked together to attract the ever-growing South American market.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta together undertook a successful promotional campaign in Colombia—the fourth country of origin for international tourism to Mexico—during the Pacific Alliance Summit that took place in that South American country on June 29-30.

The joint promotional tour hit Colombia’s main cities, visiting several travel agencies interested in selling the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit destination as one of the best alternatives for Colombians seeking to experience different facets of Mexico; they were joined by Aeroméxico and the Colombian office of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

Over nine wholesale agencies also participated, as well as hotels from both the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, which shared their latest news and promos as well as the area’s culture, history, activities, gastronomy, its incredible jungle and bay and, of course, its unique and outstanding service and hospitality.

The tour’s first stop was in Bogota on Tuesday, June 27, where they trained over 30 travel and reservations agents in the Price Travel offices. That same day they visited Gallery Travel, an agency focused on groups that wants to diversify its product and has shown a keen interest in selling the destination. Fifteen sales agents were there for the presentation.

Celebrity Spotting Along Mexico’s Pacific Coast: Who’s Been Snapped in Paradise?

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, are proving to be the Latin American hotspots of choice for international A-listers.

When the twin destinations offer year-round sun, fine white-sand beaches, cool Pacific surf, dolphins, tacos, tequila and sombreros, it’s easy to see why the rich and famous flock here year after year.

Mexico’s Pacific Coast has attracted Hollywood stars since the early 60s when Ava Gardner and Richard Burton filmed the iconic film “Night of the Iguana” in Puerto Vallarta. Burton’s love affair with Elizabeth Taylor soon emerged shortly after, and she joined the actors not to be parted with her lover. The couple both fell head over heels for the destination and considered it their second home, often revisiting the region during their later years.

Since then, many other multi-talented artists have been struck with the love bug for Banderas Bay:

·      Rihanna
·      Gwyneth Paltrow
·      Ashton Kutcher
·      Orlando Bloom
·      Lady Gaga

Even the Kardashian clan has fallen in love with the coast as they repeatedly stay in Punta Mita, the favourite celebrity enclave with a beachfront village situated near Riviera Nayarit’s Banderas Bay.

Punta Mita is home to the Four Seasons Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita and the adolescent W hotel Punta de Mita resort. Anti-gravity yoga, tequila tours, private butler services and a Huichol art-inspired WET Deck are just a small sample of their luxurious offerings. Fans of these hotels include Kate Hudson, Matt Bellamy, James Marsden and Kirsten Dunst.

Grease star, John Travolta chose to stay at Olas Atlas Suites in Puerto Vallarta (his favourite place for coffee), yet returned to Punta Mita in Riviera Nayarit to avoid the chasing paps, whilst talented beauty Eva Longoria stayed at Garza Blanca resort when she was last in the Puerto Vallarta neighbourhood for some holistic rejuvenation.

But Mexico’s Pacific Coast isn’t all about the glitz and glam. Its tiny fishing villages, sleepy surf towns, “finger-lickin’ good’” local food, tropical jungles and native wildlife make it a must-visit destination for more than the well-to-do.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

10 Exciting New Developments Augment The Celebration Of Riviera Nayarit’s 10th Anniversary


Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – July 10, 2017 –The unprecedented growth of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure continues to boom with new projects always on the horizon. From an immersive theme park to new golf courses and luxury hotels, exciting developments are coming in Riviera Nayarit. They will increase the appeal of this destination and its nearly 200 miles of pristine coastline to travelers of all interests from around the globe.

Below you will find ten of Riviera Nayarit’s newest developments:

1. Costa Canuva CIP

The largest development project in Riviera Nayarit is the Costa Canuva CIP; an area of over 550 acres, more than four miles of beach and capital of $1.8 billion. The development is expected to add over seven thousand guestrooms in five new luxury hotels including the first Fairmont property in the region and the first PGA golf course co-designed by Lorena Ochoa and Greg Norman.

2. La Mandarina Complex

The 125-room One&Only Mandarina hotel is under construction with a budget of $110 million and a projected opening date in late 2018. The development of La Mandarina in the Monteón at Compostela takes the development one step further. This new complex spans over 630 acres with a total investment of $870 million and will include two polo fields, an equestrian center, two obstacle courses; villas and new hotels including a Rosewood property.     

3. Jala-Bahía de Banderas Highway

The first stretch of the Jala-Bahía de Banderas Highway, from Jala to Compostela, was recently completed. The second and third sections are underway, with the Compostela to Las Varas section set to be completed by December 2017 and Las Varas & Las Vara to Bahia de Banderasis to begin construction in 2018. This new 105-mile highway will reduce the drive time from Guadalajara to Riviera Nayarit’s beach from five hours to approximately two hours.         

4. Cirque du Soleil Theme Park at Grupo Vidanta

Grupo Vidanta is bringing new infrastructure to Riviera Nayarit including a golf course (built about one year ago), a new convention center that opened its doors on May 11th and a Cirque du Soleil theme park slated to open in 2018. This first-of-its kind immersive theme park will include a water park and nature park as well as an outdoor evening show that will be able to accommodate 3,000 to 5,000 spectators.

5. New Highway and Dock in San Blas

The Government of the State of Nayarit recently inaugurated the new Tepic-San Blas Highway, which reduces the driving distance between the capital and the Historic Port to only 20 minutes. Together with the new dock in San Blas, this coastal town will surely see a spike in domestic visitors.

6. The Grand Krystal in Flamingos
The Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe announced the acquisition and expansion of the Hotel Bel Air in Flamingos, which will operate under the Krystal Grand brand. This property will add 480 guestrooms and one suite in addition to a new convention center and a dozen restaurants and bars. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

7. The Grand Sirenis Matlali Beachfront Development
An investment of $28.5 million will be used to build the second stage of the Grand Serenis Matlali beachfront development including 140 suites that are scheduled to open in December 2017.  Future development will take place on the 790 acres situated on the mountain.

Early Stage New Developments:

8. Marival Group Expands at Marival Residences
The Marival Group has purchased land adjacent to the Marival Residences where they will open their first beachfront property. Set to open on October 2018, the new luxurious property will offer incredible ocean views and unforgettable seaside experiences.

9. New Hotel Iberostar in Litibú
Plans are underway for a second Iberostar hotel in Riviera Nayarit. This $80 million property will have 300 rooms and is set to begin construction soon.
10. Grupo Brisas Expands with Hotel Nizuc
Grupo Brisas is currently scouting land in Riviera Nayarit for a Hotel Nizuc property, the luxury brand for the group.

About Riviera Nayarit                  
In 2017, Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier destination of Mexico. 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 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.” In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year, and Flight Network ranked Riviera Nayarit the fourth of 22 best luxury honeymoon destinations in the world. 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.

For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit. Check out #RivieraNayarit10 throughout the year for special anniversary deals and information.  

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Catherine Bell Returns To The Riviera Nayarit

  • The actor and model celebrated the Fourth of July festivities Mexican-style, toasting to the United States’ independence with tequila and enjoying regional dishes.  

She really likes it! US actor and model Catherine Bell seems to have found in the Riviera Nayarit a favorite haven, as in the past three months she’s twice chosen Punta de Mita, the Glamour Peninsula, for her vacations.

This time Bell celebrated the Fourth of July festivities Mexican-style, toasting to the United States’ independence with tequila and enjoying regional dishes, including the pescado zarandeado.

After her first visit—which took place in May—the celebrity fell in love with the Riviera Nayarit’s gorgeous natural scenery and the excellent service received during her stay at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. So much so, that she promised to return… and she did!

By June 28th Bell was already “counting the days” until her return to the destination, announcing her visit on social media and thrilled to this time be “with the kids,” since in May her trip was a solo one.

5th Playa Platanitos Sea Turtle Festival

  • This year’s festival is bigger than ever, as in addition to the usual activities in pro of the environment there will also be a volleyball tournament, a bicycle circuit and a swimming competition.

It’s turtle nesting and liberation season and Playa Platanitos, a coastal town in the Riviera Nayarit, is preparing for its 5th Sea Turtle Festival, to be held July 22 and 23, 2017.

The event is focused on promoting the care of the environment and the conservation of the sea turtle, as well as driving tourism to a community of less than 100 inhabitants, most of whom are dedicated to commerce, fishing and sustainable tourism.

Five years after its inception, this effort by the community and the Playa Platanitos Eco Committee, presided by Eduardo Chávez, has resulted in a festival growing in scope and popularity. Part of its success lies in the fact that it takes place right at the start of summer vacation, which means visitors are free to enjoy its varied offer of sports, cultural and artistic activities.

This year, the 5th Sea Turtle Festival is bigger than ever, as in addition to the usual activities—including an Environmental Tourism Fair—there will also be a volleyball tournament, a bicycle circuit and a swimming competition. And, following tradition, there will be a beauty pageant to select the new Beauty Ambassador.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Peruvian Travel Agents Visit The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Fam Trip, hosted in conjunction with Puerto Vallarta and organized by wholesaler Vidatur (based in the capital of this South American country).

A group of 12 travel agents from different regions in Peru visited Mexico’s Pacific Treasure from June 29 – July 1, 2017, to experience the Riviera Nayarit’s attractions firsthand and sell it all to their clients back home.

The Fam Trip, hosted in conjunction with Puerto Vallarta and organized by wholesaler Vidatur (based in the capital of this South American country) was also aided by special rates offered by Aeroméxico.

The group of agents took part in several different activities, among them onsite visits to various hotels in Nuevo Vallarta, Costa Banderas, Flamingos and Litibú. Special mention goes out to a tour of the Islas Marietas National Park, which impressed the visitors with its spectacular beauty.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The BCN Cleans Up The El Indio Stream In Bucerías

  • The BCN joins the call sent out by the Mar y Sol restaurant to the townspeople living in this traditional Riviera Nayarit village encouraging them to enlist in the cleanup effort.

The 37th event in the third year of the Beach Cleanup Network (BCN) will take place on Saturday, July 8, when the citizens of Bucerías will join up to clear out the El Indio stream. This is a much-needed action in light of the ongoing rainy season.

The BCN joins the call sent out by the Mar y Sol restaurant to the townspeople living in this traditional Riviera Nayarit village encouraging them to enlist in the cleanup effort, as the current storms cause the stream to carry a large amount of refuse into the sea.

The invitation is for this Saturday at 8 a.m. in the area surrounding the El Indio stream.

How To Do Mexico's Pacific Coast In 7 Days

Mexico is known the world over for being one of the most vibrant, exciting and colourful holiday destinations. In combining cultural traditions, stunning landscapes and high temperatures, it has become a must-visit for all keen travellers.

Mexico’s Pacific Coast remains a largely undiscovered gem, but the twin destinations of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are cultivating quite the name for themselves as the new Latin American hotspots.

With so much to do in the area, we have compiled the best way to spend 7 days in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Stick to it completely; use it as inspiration; or just use it to help decide where you want to head to next. Just make sure you don’t miss out on these Mexican jewels.

Day 1: Art and Culture
The Pacific Coast of Mexico is a cultural hotspot that provides the perfect start to your week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Discover artistic activities and workshops on River Cuale Island, or head to artistic spots like galleries, theatres, museums and concert halls. One particular highlight is San Pancho, the cultural capital of Riviera Nayarit with the Entre Amigos community centre, where you can buy art made from recycled materials or partake in activities learning the culture of helping the community.

Day 2: Street Food Tour
Bucerias is a perfect area to get an authentic taste of Mexican life; its many beach side places like El Brujo, where you can enjoy a cold Pacifico and cheese-crusted Shrimp tacos. If you want to get really hands on, book a tour with Vallarta Food Tours, offering a catalogue of different excursions, from the Original Downtown Tour – a daytime walking tour exploring the best of the Centro and Old Town neighbourhoods – to the Bikes & Bites Tour – a 3-and-a-half hour cycling tour of the eight best food tasting locations. For more information, visit

Day 3: A Night as an A-Lister
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are full of amazing hotels and spell-binding restaurants. Casa Velas ( provides Luxury All-Inclusive stays for adults only in lush gardens on the edge of the beach, and the W Punta de Mita ( guarantees opulent luxury with infinity pools and stunning cuisine. Round out the night with a stroll along the port side to see the super yachts that dock regularly in Puerto Vallarta or with a spot of bar hopping in Sayulita.

Day 4: Snorkelling / Dolphins
On the coast, you will have plenty of opportunities to take to the water – from scuba diving and snorkelling to explore the magnificent marine life to swimming with dolphins and whale watching tours to create magical memories.

Day 5: Beach / Surf / Paddle Board
After all that time in the water, why not try your hand ON the water with a spot of surfing or paddle boarding? Water sports are plentiful throughout Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s 70km golden coastline. Alternatively, relax on the soft sand and soak up the sun on their picture-perfect beaches. Head up to Punta de Mita for surfing classes with Wildmex (

Day 6: Eco-tourism
The Botanical Gardens of Puerto Vallarta features a wide collection of rare and local plants and vegetation, and the El Salado Estuary Tour is the perfect opportunity to spot wildlife, including crocodiles. Meanwhile, Riviera Nayarit is home to 400 species of indigenous and migratory birds – La Tovata National Park in San Blas is an absolute must for nature lovers!

Day 7: Something a bit different
Finish off your week in Mexico with a unique twist. If Day 6 tickled your fancy with wildlife, then Riviera Nayarit offers an even more rewarding experience: the Baby Sea Turtle Release Mission, where thousands of sea turtles hatch along the coastline and head out to the Pacific Ocean. For something more hair-raising, experience canopy zip lining adventures, ATV Adventure tours and rappelling down a rainforest waterfall!

For more ideas on how to spend a perfect week on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, go to and