Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Month of Colour and Christmas Spirit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

A Month of Colour and Christmas Spirit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Why you don’t want to miss Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit this December

Despite its tropical setting, Mexico’s Pacific Coast radiates traditional Christmas character. Throughout December, you’ll find brightly decorated streets, festive scenes and restaurants serving up the finest seasonal cuisine. Add Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, with its pristine beaches, crystal waters and cheerful events, and you get two unmissable Christmas destinations.

A Colourful Christmas Month

In Puerto Vallarta, the run-up to Christmas starts 1 December with the Guadalupe processions. Bearing the name of Puerto Vallarta and Mexico’s patron saint, this 12-day series of parades is a sight to behold. Expect floats, folk dancers, great music and fireworks to kick off the month with a bang.

12 December marks the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe, an important religious and social holiday. Hundreds of people gather in Puerto Vallarta’s central plaza to enjoy the region’s specialties along with a fireworks display. You can also head to Quimixto, a small south shore community, where a “flotilla” of decorative fishing boats illuminates the coast.
During Christmas Week, 16–24 December, everyone celebrates with gatherings called posadas, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Then, on Christmas Day, there’s a big party full of festive dishes, piñatas and Mexican Christmas traditions.

Sun, Sand and Sea Adventures

On top of the celebrations, beach bums will be glad to hear that Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have 250 miles of coastline, as well as an average water temperature of 23°C in December.

December is also one of the best times for whale watching as migrating humpback whales flock to Banderas Bay to give birth. Eco-tours provide the chance to learn about these incredible creatures and see them up close.

If you like to hit the waves, drop by Sayulita in the Riviera Nayarit, a tranquil fishing village that draws surfers from all corners of the world. The Surf Classic is an annual surf event in December that is popular with both locals and international surfers. Bucerías is another great option to catch a wave and wind for those Kitesurfing adrenaline lovers.

Not forgetting Christmas gifts! The stalls in Riviera Nayarit are full of the native Huichol’s colourful crafts. These beautiful souvenirs make for unusual presents for your loved ones, bringing a touch of Mexico at Christmas time.

New Year’s Eve

In Mexico, the end of the year is celebrated with fiestas in clubs, hotels and restaurants. Live music rings out through the night and parties last well into the morning.

So, if you want a break from the dark and cold in the UK but still want all the festive spirit and colourful traditions, Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the place to go. And if you can’t make it this time, there’s always next year.

Fly Direct

Celebrating the season? Book a direct TUI flight to Puerto Vallarta International Airport from London Gatwick and Manchester, or via AeroMexico to Mexico City from London Heathrow.

Friday, November 16, 2018

It’s Black Friday in the Riviera Nayarit!

  • Find and book the best accommodations with discounts up to 55 percent and interest-free payments!

This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for! It’s Black Friday—known in Mexico as El Buen Fin (The Good Weekend)—and it’s taking place this year from November 16-19. In other words: it’s the best time for a quick escape to the Riviera Nayarit for a fantastic price!

This special Black Friday initiative is being promoted by different brands and companies throughout Mexico to boost business via offers and discounts during the entire weekend. And like Black Friday in the United States, the Buen Fin lasts for four days.

Dive Direct into Riviera Nayarit!

Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, spans over 200 miles of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Home to some of Mexico’s most famous beaches, these are thriving regions with no shortage of fun water activities for all to take part in. See the top water sports you won’t want to miss in the Riviera Nayarit!

Diving: Diving in the Riviera Nayarit is one of the top attractions for travelers looking for more than fun in the sun during their vacations. If anyone has ever dreamed of diving with whales, dolphins, or turtles, this is your chance!

The floor of our more than 300 km (186 mi) of coastline stretching from Nuevo Vallarta to Playa Novilleros is rich for adventurous divers who can easily peer through their visors at everything from schools of colorful fish, giant turtles, mantas, rays, and other marine species thanks to the crystalline quality of the water.

Surfing: Surfing lessons around the region are readily available at very reasonable prices for beginners, making this a great family treat.

Riviera Nayarit’s Punta de Mita, Sayulita and San Blas are year-round top spots for beginners to pro surfers, seeing visitors from all over the globe come to enjoy the destination’s quality break points and reef breaks. Lunazul in Sayulita is a must-try for quality lessons and the chance to enjoy top waves in the most beautiful hippie town. Chacala in Riviera Nayarit, where beaches are hidden and adored by locals, is also a hot spot for surfers.

Sailing: Banderas Bay is also a premier sailing destination, and like so many of the other activities you can do here, there are excursions suitable for all skill levels. Unparalleled coastline, warm waters and friendly winds provide the perfect setting for your sailing getaway.

Vallarta Adventures offers both private and group sailing charters on fishing boats, sailboats and catamarans for a number of memorable excursions. While away the evening on a sunset cruise, take in the night breeze and incredible surroundings of the destination, with cocktail to hand.

Snorkelling: Another great way to discover these warm Pacific waters is to take a snorkel trip. Join a group of experienced snorkellers on a boat trip and explore this land of tropical eco-systems, stopping at secluded spots and coves along the way.

Off Riviera Nayarit’s coast, the Marietas Islands are a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site offering many opportunities for exploration and adventure. It’s here you’ll find the ‘Hidden Beach’ – a secluded paradise of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, reached only by swimming or kayaking.

Kitesurfing: It’s not easy, because it’s considered an extreme sport. However, if you’re a beginner and you want to check out kitesurfing, then Bucerías is the perfect place for you to start. It has the best breezes in the Pacific to practice this discipline, as well as top-level instructors.

Riviera Nayarit Takes Top Honors at the World Golf Awards 2018

  • The Jack Nicklaus Signature Bahía Course was chosen as “Mexico’s Best Golf Course 2018;” known as the “Oscars of Golf,” these awards identify and reward excellence.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, located in the Riviera Nayarit, was named Mexico’s Best Golf Resort. Its Jack Nicklaus Bahía Course—shared with the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita—was chosen as Mexico’s Best Golf Course during the 2018 World Golf Awards.

Known as the “Oscars of Golf,” these awards identify and reward excellence with regards to the facilities and services of different courses, resorts, and golf destinations from around the world with the goal of improving client experience and stimulating domestic and international markets. The votes were cast by professionals who work in the golf travel and golfing industries: senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents, and media professionals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The California Road Show Reached Over 130 Travel Agents

En San José, California, la Riviera Nayarit brindó capacitación a 50 agentes de viajes.

The joint Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit road show visited Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and San José; 21 regional hotels also participated.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur), held the California Road Show in the northern part of the state during the first week of November, reaching over 130 travel agents. The goal is to attract more and better tourism to the region.

The tour is part of the Promotional Plan that Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is carrying out with its sister destination, Puerto Vallarta, with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Successful 3rd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has become one of the most important golfing destinations in Mexico.

The Riviera Nayarit, one of Mexico’s top golf destinations, had a chance to display its extraordinary golf infrastructure during the 3rd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention 2018 (MGTC) that took place in the region from October 28-31. The event was presented together with Puerto Vallarta, the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), and International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

There were 28 tour operators from countries around the world attending this very important conference, among them the United States, Canada, England, Norway, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Colombia, and Thailand. Suppliers from the area and other regions in Mexico were there as well, along with representatives from golf courses, hoteliers, DMCs, and the tourism promotion offices for Quintana Roo, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Yucatan, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, and, of course, the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Solidifies its Positioning in the European Market

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur were present at the 39th edition of the World Travel Mart (WTM), held every year in London.

The Riviera Nayarit solidified its positioning in the European market after its participation in the 39th edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), celebrated every year in London. This event is one of the most important tourism industry fairs in the world.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) participated in this important fair together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust. The event took place from November 5th through 7th.