Thursday, July 30, 2015

7 Reasons To Visit San Blas

There are more than 7 reasons to visit San Blas, but it’s such a magical number that we dared pick just that many elements to describe the Historic Port of San Blas. A word of warning: we intentionally left out the Muelle de San Blas (San Blas Dock) and its famous madwoman, but there’s plenty more for you to enjoy below:


The Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, Chef Betty Vázquez, said it best: “The best cuisine is about more than just linens and silver—it’s the one that best preserves culture and history; one that utilizes the freshest regional produce; one that serves oysters just-picked from the rocks, and wood-smoked marlin or sailfish; the one that serves fruit juices and has an incredible number of recipes to prepare shrimp, red snapper and so many other species. This is the cuisine of our ancestors.”

La Tovara

La Tovara (or Tobara in Nahualt) is a spring that connects with the water canals that feed the area’s unique flora and fauna, including mangroves, orchids, crocodiles and hundreds of species of birds that live here or come here to reproduce. 

The Cocodrilario 

The Cocodrilario Keikari, which means “community” in Huichol or Wixárica, is more than just a home for crocodiles. It’s a small zoo that houses animals such as jaguars, mountain lions, eagles, caimans and green macaws, among other species. It’s a great place to take a dip in crystal-clear waters and spend a fabulous day with your family.

Hundreds of Birds

All of San Blas is known for having one of the highest concentrations of birds in Mexico and on the continent, including at least 300 of the 500 species of endemic, migratory and resident birds that fly through Nayarit.

La Contaduría and its Museum

Registries dating back to the 18th century and before make note of La Contaduría de San Blas (San Blas Accounting Office) as the most important center both for business and for the exchange of culture and products between the Americas and Asia and Europe. Today it has been converted into a museum where you’ll find maps, anchors, cannons and other accouterments from centuries past. 

Tatéi Haramara,” the White Stone 

Just across from the municipal beachhead of San Blas is Piedra Blanca, the White Stone, on La Isla del Rey, home to the sacred Wixárica Tatéi Haramara or the “place where the soul and spirit are born.” Every 20th of May the Huichol people come here to hold their rituals and baptisms.


San Blas was made for surfing. In fact, for years the break at Las Islitas held the title of “Longest Wave in the World” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Even though it’s no longer in first place, it’s still quite the ride—and that’s just one example of what it has to offer!

The Riviera Nayarit: Vacations For Every Budget!

You’ll find hotels ranging from 1-Star qualifications all the way to Categoría Especial, Gran Turismo and Boutique Hotels—the equivalent of AAA 5-Diamond properties! There are 309 accommodations to choose from, representing 14,841 rooms available in the three coastal towns.

The Riviera Nayarit offers an ample gamut of options when it’s time to look for a place to stay. There are establishments that range from 1-Star hotels to Categoría Especial and Gran Turismo properties (the equivalent of AAA 5-Diamond categories), as well as Boutique Hotels, giving guests alternatives to fit any budget. 

The Destination’s hotel infrastructure offers accommodations for every taste and style, from the simplest of singles to the most luxurious suites—plus plenty of camping areas available at its different beaches.

The prices also vary when you take into consideration the high and low seasons, long weekends and holidays. There are also a wide variety of plans available as well, such as the popular all-inclusive, the European plan or bed & breakfast service, as well as villas and bungalows where you have the option of cooking your own meals. 

There are also year-round opportunities to take advantage of Seasonal Offers, which include special pricing, discounts and other promotions for our visitors. 

The Riviera Nayarit offers 309 lodging possibilities within the towns of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela and San Blas, representing 14,841 available rooms.

This breaks down to 92 1-Star hotels, 94 with 2-Stars, 72 3-Star, 18 4-Star, 20 5-Star, 10 Grand Turismo and 4 Categoría Especial properties. 

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Joint Promotion Heads To Colombia

  • Diverse promotional and public relations activities took place with over 300 travel agents and the media, respectively, in the cities of Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali and Medellín, the top Colombian cities of origin for tourism to the Destination.

The international Joint Promotional Campaign embarked on by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta under the aegis of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is now in Colombia, an Emerging Market that is already bearing fruit.

Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, accompanied the Promotions and Public Relations teams to Colombia on this important venture. The Mexican Ambassador in Colombia, Arnulfo Valdivia, and the MTB’s Deputy Manager for Colombia, Omar Macedo, were also present.

Fourteen hotels from both destinations participated in the events, along with nine tour operators and Aeroméxico Airlines.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ABC Announces Debut Of Bachelor in Paradise

  • The CVB was the force behind the arrival of the production to this region of the Pacific. The most recent season of this popular reality show was filmed on location at Hotel Playa Escondida in Sayulita.

US TV network ABC announced the launch of the second season of the top reality show in the nation, Bachelor in Paradise, which will kick off in a two-night event the nights of August 2nd and 3rd.

The new location, Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), is described as “one of the secret gems of the Riviera Nayarit coast and home to the exquisite, nature-inspired organic wonderland that is the Playa Escondida resort. It is a hotel without signage, without a map, one that has grown intuitively on its lush, beachfront site.” This is barefoot luxury at its finest, steeped in the warmth and color of Mexico.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Diversifies Its Environmental Duties

  • Fifty bags of rubbish were removed from the Islas Marietas during this latest cleanup; the reforestation that has been taking place in collaboration with the local citizens, the three levels of government and private initiative has resulted in the planting of 420 of the 1,200 estimated trees programmed for the rainy season.

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination that is diversified and innovative when it comes to caring for the environment. Case in point: the cleaning up of the Islas Marietas and the reforestation of local communities.

The latest cleanup effort in the Islas Marietas occurred last Monday, July 20th, with the participation of 90 tourism service providers who collected 50 large bags of trash.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) supports this important effort in coordination with the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) together with the Coral del Risco Cooperative, as well as the integration of the Ecology Department of the Banderas Bay City Council.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Riviera Nayarit Hotels Showcased In The Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select List

  • Marival Residences Luxury Nuevo Vallarta placed second among the Best of Mexico, while the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is in sixth place on the list where Expedia clients picked the best 650 hotels and resorts in the world.

The Riviera Nayarit’s hotel infrastructure and services are acknowledged for their excellence once again. On this occasion the Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select List placed the destination’s hotels among the best in Mexico and the world. is one of the largest online travel agencies in the world. Every year, the company puts together a list of the top 650 hotels on the planet according to the opinions and reviews of their over two million users.

Friday, July 24, 2015

82.5% Occupancy Rate In The Riviera Nayarit In The First Semester Of 2015

  • This year marked an 11.1% increase in occupancy over the same time period in 2014; the preliminary data secured in the month of June indicates there were 1,077,783 visitors; occupancy this summer is expected to reach 98%.

After the final surveys and analyses of the period of time encompassing January through June 2015, the official barometer of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau indicates the hotel occupancy rate in the Destination during the first semester was 82.5%.

“The continual training sessions with travel agents and meeting planners plus the Public Relations, Marketing and Promotional strategies keep bearing fruit, although the best motive for the increase in occupancy has definitely been word of mouth,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director for the Riviera Nayarit CVB.”

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit’s Tourists Show Their Loyalty

  • Mexico’s Jalisco, Canada’s province of British Columbia and California in the United States continue to be the markets that lead the influx of tourists to the Destination; Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina continue to grow.

The official statistics announced by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) confirmed the loyalty of the markets that lead the influx of tourists to the Destination.

“We know Mexico, Canada and the United States will not let us down, but the numbers reveal that England and the Emerging Markets from South America continue to grow little by little, a sign that our efforts are on point,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit’s Positioning In Mexico Continues To Rise

  • The Destination was presented before 80 different media in all its glory via its Cuisine, Mixology and Fashion, the latter a newcomer in the lineup with the “Wixáricas” collection by Aline Moreno.

The Public Relations department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau was in Mexico City in early July to continue its diffusion efforts, which succeeded in increasing the positioning of the Destination both in the capital city and nationwide.

“A decade ago the Destination was a ‘diamond in the rough,’ today we see how it has been polished in a way that amply satisfies several tourism sectors,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “The best part is that it continues to have an extensive margin for growth and development in a very positive way.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Nominates Candidates For The 2015 Food And Travel Reader Awards

  • You’re invited to participate in the Internet’s largest touristic and gastronomic survey and compete for an all-expenses paid trip; use the hashtag #RivieraNayaritMeAsombra to invite your friends.
The 2015 Food and Travel Reader Awards highlight the best of Mexico’s Gastronomy and Tourism. The nominations have begun and the Riviera Nayarit is in the running for “Best Destination” in Mexico and we need your vote to make it happen. There are also another seven candidates from the Destination seeking a top spot among the country’s best.

The nominees are chosen by votes, which can be cast online at Once there, all you have to do is register your information, answer a few simple tourism-related questions and vote for the Riviera Nayarit and its candidates.

Monday, July 20, 2015

9th International Marlin and Tuna Tournament

  • There are $15 thousand Mexican pesos in store for whoever breaks the current Marlin, Tuna or Sailfish records; the first three places can take home a car, a 15HP motor, cash money and much more.

The 9th International Marlin and Tuna Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Banderas Bay, organized by the Banderas Bay Fishing Club and sponsored by the Paradise Village Nuevo Vallarta. The Groups and Events department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is also backing this event.

Between 35 and 40 boats are expected to sail in from Mexico, the United States and Canada, all of them seeking the prizes for the three top spots in the four categories in which they will compete: Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish and Mahi-Mahi. The winners will take home a new car, a 15HP motor and purses totaling $25 thousand and $40 thousand Mexican pesos.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit: A Sea Turtle Sanctuary

  • Approximately one million hatchlings are released every season in the 13 different turtle camps located all along the five coastal towns of the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit is a Sea Turtle Sanctuary with turtle camps located in Nuevo Vallarta, Carreyeros, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Punta Raza, El Naranjo, Boca de Chila, Platanitos, San Blas, Los Corchos, El Sesteo and La Puntilla Banderas Bay along the coast that stretches from Banderas Bay to Tecuala passing through Compostela, San Blas and Santiago Ixcuintla.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau checked in with the civil associations and the federal authorities that operate the camps to register the number of nests they receive, concluding there have been approximately one million sea turtle hatchlings released in the Destination during the nesting season (June through February).

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Wildlife Of The Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is a unique tourism destination where Mother Nature is displayed at her very best. Whether it’s in the mountains or in its rivers, lagoons, estuaries or oceans, you’re sure to encounter amazing animals enjoying their natural habitat. Come and experience it all for yourself!

The Sea Turtle

The Riviera Nayarit offers over 300 kilometers of coastline for its visitors—and that includes the Sea Turtle, which comes to nest here from June through February. Every year, hundreds of thousands of hatchlings are liberated from the Turtle Camps distributed throughout the Destination’s five coastal towns. The Olive Ridley Turtle is the most common, but Hawksbill, Leatherback and Black turtles also put in appearances.

The Humpback Whale

Every year from November through April the Riviera Nayarit welcomes the majestic Humpback Whales. They choose the warm waters of the southern reaches of the state for their mating rituals giving visitors a show they can’t see anywhere else in the world. Once the calves are old enough to travel, the Whales return to the cooler waters of the northern part of the continent.

Endemic and Migratory Birds

The Nayarit National Marshlands located between San Blas and Rosamorada are the favorite haunt of the Migratory Birds that fly in from North America and comingle with the many Resident and Endemic Species. There are approximately 500 different species that can be viewed in this area; the southern region of the state is also home to birds that range from the tiny flycatchers to the imposing birds of prey. 

The Whale Shark

The word “shark” alone is enough to scare people, however, the Whale Shark is one of the friendliest marine species. In San Blas you can even swim next to one, usually during the winter season.

The Jaguar 

The Jaguar rules the Sierra del Vallejo and is at the top of the food chain in the Riviera Nayarit, its ancestral home. Even though working with this feline is a dangerous and complicated business, the Jaguar Alliance (located in San Pancho) offers visitors a place to learn more about the conservation of this species. 

Giant Rays, Dolphins and Other Marine Species

The diversity of the marine species in the Riviera Nayarit is huge. Here you’ll find everything from Giant Rays, which swim and dine in the rich waters of Banderas Bay, to Dolphins enjoying the same habitat. Sport fishing is a year round pursuit in this area thanks to the many species available.

Blue Flag Goes Up In The Marina Riviera Nayarit

  • The Riviera Nayarit’s commitment to obtaining additional acknowledgments of this type was reaffirmed during the awards ceremony for the Blue Flag and Clean Beach Certificates; Green Key certificates are also being sought for the Destination’s hotels.

The Blue Flag was raised for the first time ever over a Mexican marina on July 14, 2015. The event occurred after the official award of this recognition to the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and to the beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte.

The beaches at Chacala, Bucerías, Nuevo Vallarta Sur and Nuevo Vallarta Norte also received their Clean Beach Certificates under the Official Mexican Regulation Nom-120-Semarnat at the same event.

The presiding members included the heads of the Tourism and Environmental offices of Nayarit, Catalina Ruiz and Adahan Casas, respectively; Alicia Monroy and José Gómez, mayors of Compostela and Banderas Bay, in that order; Rafael Alcántara, Harbor Master of the Marina Riviera Nayarit; and Joaquín Díaz, national coordinator for the Blue Flag and Green Key programs.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Huffington Post Places The Riviera Nayarit In The Top 5 Picks For US Travelers

  • The Riviera Nayarit is still the Destination of choice for its top Natural Market; Huffington Post has 79 million unique monthly US visitors.

The US edition of the online newspaper and blog The Huffington Post posted a list of the “5 Most Popular International Destinations Among American Travelers in 2015,” among them the Riviera Nayarit.

The list includes three European countries—Italy, France and Great Britain—and two from North America—Canada and Mexico. A special destination was chosen from each country; in Mexico’s case it was the Haramara Retreat in Sayulita.

…this summer, many are jetting off to international locales. Here are the five most popular international destinations among American travelers this year. Are you visiting any of these countries? Maybe you should...” wrote author Jane Reynolds, who placed the Riviera Nayarit in first place.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015



Riviera Nayarit’s culinary ambassador will participate in this TV Azteca production in conjunction with Discovery Home & Health

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  – Chef Betty Vázquez, Culinary Ambassador for the Riviera Nayarit, was named as one of three judges for the first-ever Master Chef Mexico, a reality cooking show in search of the countries most talented amateur chef.

“The show airs very soon. It’s a very well-produced series born of a lot of effort on behalf of its participants and months of searching throughout Mexico for the first #MasterChefMx. I’m very proud to be a part of it,” said Chef Betty Vázquez.

Betty has championed the cuisine of Nayarit, placing it front and center stage during her years of traveling around the world together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. Now she will be on TV Azteca for 16 consecutive Sundays as of June 28, 2015.

“The destination brought us together and gave us the opportunity to be a part of this marvelous project,” she added. “The challenge for participants is to win thanks to their talent as cooks and proudly represent the first generation of participants in Master Chef Mexico.”

The TV Azteca production was completed in conjunction with Discovery Home & Health, which will transmit the programs through Latin America starting on July 9, 2015.

There are 18 handpicked participants from several regions in the country, chosen from a casting call of 9,000. They passed several qualifying rounds and will now vie for the top award and take home a prize of one million pesos.

Anette Michel will host the program; Benito Molina and Adrián Herrera will join Betty Vázquez at the judges’ table. For more details please click

About Riviera Nayarit    
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport.  The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satisfies 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 2015, Riviera Nayarit was recognized by Travel Weekly as “Mexico's new holiday destination on the Pacific coast,” by Yahoo! Travel as “Mexico's New Playground” and on Conde Nast Traveller UK 2015 Hot Destinations List. For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit's Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @rivieranayarit.  

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Travel + Leisure Singles Out Punta Mita Hotels

  • The Four Season Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort are both listed in different categories, positioning Punta Mita as Mexico’s most exclusive development and a favorite of globetrotting celebrities.

The Riviera Nayarit’s hotel infrastructure continues to lead the way on the international front and was showcased as being the best of the best: Travel + Leisure recently announced the different categories of its “2015 World’s Best Awards” where Punta Mita’s hotels were prominently featured.

The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort remain on the list of elite hotels, upholding the area’s designation as Mexico’s most exclusive development located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula.

Grab a last minute summer break with deals on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Mexico

With year-round sunshine, glorious beaches and endless activities on offer, now is definitely the time to book an idyllic Mexican getaway. Discover our round up of the best sunshine deals at the most exclusive resorts in neighbouring regions Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit…

Puerto Vallarta

Take advantage of Thomson’s latest deal, for an exclusive stay at the AAA Four Diamond rated Hilton Hotel, where you can save a remarkable £304pp when you book online via the Thomson website.

This deal applies to flights from Manchester to Puerto Vallarta International Airport on Friday 14th August 2015 (9:15 - 14:35), returning Friday 21st August (16:35 - 08:55+1), staying in a double room, on an all-inclusive basis. Total cost: £1102 per person.

Casa Velas (

Luxury, boutique hotel Casa Velas is promoting a ‘Summer Special’ deal, which works in addition to their Luxury All-Inclusive package. Offering guests unlimited golf during their stay, $30 USD spa credit per adult per day, 10% off at the resort boutique, free WiFi, either a City & Shopping, or Cultural & Tequila Tour and an exclusive à la carte dinner. The rates that apply to this offer are £124 per person, per night for a Standard Room in double occupancy (Valid between June 16th – Dec 19th 2015).
Promotion code: SUMCV15PUBJUN17, entered directly via the hotel website.

Or for an extra adventurous stay promotion code USKYSUMCV15 also adds a discounted tandem skydive jump per adult per stay to the above (additional charge).

Riviera Nayarit

This world-renowned, opulent, 5* property, set in the heart of the area’s most exclusive development, is offering a short term 20% discount on its current room rates, for guests travelling from 25th June 2015 to 1st January 2017. For example the average price per person for a 7-night stay in a deluxe garden view room, plus flights Saturday 5th September – Saturday 12th September is approx. £2283.

This deal applies when booked through the official Riviera Nayarit website:

Marival Resort & Suites (

Indulgent family holidays can be within budget at the modern, beachfront Marival Resort & Suites, in Nuevo Vallarta, with their ‘Summer Suite Sale’. If you upgrade to a one-bedroom suite receive 50% off current rates, as well as having up to 2 kids stay, play and eat free, when accompanied by two paying adults! Or if you book a two/three bedroom family suite, you can get the same fantastic offer, but this time with up to 3 kids free.

This offer is valid for bookings made from July 1st - August 14th 2015 and for travel between July 1st - August 31st 2015.

Monday, July 13, 2015

3rd Sea Turtle Festival In Playa Platanitos

  • There will be plenty of entertainment for young and old including cultural and artistic activities; there will also be information stations available to raise awareness about the importance of this endangered species.

The general public is invited to the 3rd Sea Turtle Festival in Playa Platanitos on July 18-19, 2015, which has been generating interest with its slogan “Ecología + Diversión = Únete a la Protección” (Ecology + Fun = Join in the Conservation!).

The Playa Platanitos Ecológico group is organizing the event with support from the Government of the State of Nayarit and other sponsors including the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The goal is to enjoy a couple of days of family fun while spreading important information about this endangered species that is key to the health of the Riviera Nayarit’s beaches.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The St. Regis Is Now A Part Of The Beach Cleanup Network

  • El Anclote at Punta de Mita will be cleaned up by the staff of one of Mexico’s most exclusive hotels; on this occasion wholesaler TUI will join in the cleanup at Bucerías; there will be another cleanup at Islas Marietas to kick off the summer season.

The 14th edition of the Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup (RLP by its acronym in Spanish) is set to take place this Saturday, July 11th, with the support of the staff from The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, who will be in charge of Playa El Anclote in Punta de Mita. There will be approximately 20 people participating from this very exclusive hotel.

‘We’re very pleased by everything we’ve accomplished this year,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Different groups, businesses and hotels have been constantly joining in this cleanup movement. We hope even more entities will join in because this Destination has hundreds of kilometers of beaches.”