Friday, January 18, 2019

Three Nayarit restaurants reaffirm their place among the top 120 in Mexico

  • The gastronomy of Nayarit is present once again in the Guía México Gastronómico, published by Culinaria Mexicana, with two restaurants in the Riviera Nayarit and one in Tepic.

The 2019 edition of the Guía México Gastronómico from Culinaria Mexicana / S.Pellegrino / Nespresso includes three restaurants from the state of Nayarit thanks to their cuisine and their service: Carolina, in the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort; El Delfín, at the Garza Canela hotel in San Blas; and Emiliano Comida y Vino, in Tepic. This is their fourth year in a row on the list.

The guide is considered by experts as the most complete one of its kind in the country. It was created to recognize the effort and work of cooks and chefs, whether traditional or professional, which underscores the importance of being a part of it.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Riviera Nayarit Beckons Couples with Romantic Valentine’s Day Packages and Experiences

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Couples can rekindle the romance and passion in Riviera Nayarit, the Mexican location favored by lovers for its Pacific coastlines, natural beauty, restaurants, spas and abundant activities

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO (January 17, 2019) – Love is in the air, on the beach and everywhere for romantic couples in the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico along the Pacific Coast this Valentine’s Day season. With 192 miles of gorgeous coastline, Riviera Nayarit is ideal for couples looking to get away from it all in a secluded setting to enjoy a one-of-a-kind vacation together.

Many of the area’s hotels are offering special romance-centered packages for couples with perks ranging from massages for two to romantic beachside dinners.

·       At W Punta de Mita, located in Riviera Nayarit’s most exclusive town, travelers can choose to “Ignite the Passion” by taking advantage of this V-Day romance special that includes daily breakfast for two in the Venazú restaurant, a room upgrade, a sumptuous seven-course meal at Mesa 1 – one of the world's most exclusive restaurants, two massages at AWAY Spa and full access to the hydrotherapy circuit. Promo Code: ES5. Rates from $350 to $1,600 a night.

·       Set on a 250-acre ecological jungle preserve, Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita surrounds couples with a serene natural playground all their own. The resort’s “Romance at the Cliff” package invites couples to enjoy a jungle walk where they’ll be received by a traditional Nayar conch blower, an ancient drummer and a Huichol flute player. The trio will serve as guides to a secret location on The Cliff, which boasts stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush jungle of the Sierra de Vallejo. Here, guest will experience a Relais & Chateaux meal with a half dozen oysters and two Pacific lobsters fresh from ocean coves below, along with filet mignon, wine pairings and more. The package costs $1,000 per couple.

·       Nestled in the hills overlooking Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa is offering a complimentary lobster dinner for two in any of the hotel’s restaurants and sweetening the deal with discounted rates. Couples can enjoy all-inclusive prices starting at $123.50 per person, per night in the adults-only Tropical View Junior Suites. Bookings must be made directly on the hotel website for travel between Feb 1 – March 31, 2019.

·       At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – a secluded treasure tucked away on Banderas Bay and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre mountains – couples can indulge in the “Sweet Romance” package which includes a beachside dinner for two, 50-minute couples’ massage, honeymoon style amenities like strawberries, sparkling wine, and roundtrip airport/hotel transfers for an additional $1,025/per couple. It’s the perfect chance to walk hand in hand on the beach as the sun sets over the Pacific!

·       Iberostar Playa Mita is a five-star all-inclusive resort in Riviera Nayarit with an exquisite waterfront location on the Pacific Coast. The hotel offers one of the finest culinary experiences in the region with five à la carte restaurant and buffet options. In addition to romantic dinners at the resort’s eateries, the property is loaded with activities including a competitive golf course. After a round of 18 or exploring Riviera Nayarit’s historic streets, guests can relax at the Sensations Spa. Current February specials include rates as low as $110 per person, based on double occupancy.

These dreamy offerings are just a few of the options for couples seeking a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day Season. Riviera Nayarit offers easy connections to most major U.S. and Canadian cities through Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (#PVR), which is serviced by 250 international and national flights per week. It is the perfect destination to connect with Mexican culture this Valentine’s Day Season, offering experiences you will remember long after your visit.


About Riviera Nayarit
Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities abound from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. A further testament to the destination’s hospitality offerings, Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels and 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels. Rounding out the destination’s allure, superior quality international gastronomy awaits including a AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit is just 10 minutes north of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

To discover the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.

Newlink Named Agency of Record for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau for Second Consecutive Year and Expands Scope of Service

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Newlink Named Agency of Record for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau for Second Consecutive Year and Expands Scope of Service

MIAMI, Fla. (January 16, 2019) – Newlink, an internationally recognized consulting firm based in Miami with offices throughout Latin America and Europe, will continue serving as public relations agency of record for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2019 throughout North and South America. Newlink is also proud to announce that following a competitive RFP bidding process for public relations efforts, the agency has been tapped to lead media relations effort for the destination in Mexico.

Newlink began spearheading strategic communications efforts for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau’s in 2018, where the firm provided strategic council and impactful media relations efforts in markets including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. In 2019, the agency is committed to building upon momentum generated the previous year in the aforementioned markets while further positioning Riviera Nayarit as an ideal luxury travel destination for the Mexican domestic market.

“While still a relatively young destination, Riviera Nayarit continues to captivate and capture the attention of a global audience. Telling our story and the spirit of what sets us apart required a strategic partner that had relevant tourism experience, in-market presence and a bold approach. Newlink hit the ground running in 2018, creating and implementing a strategic and compelling roadmap to solidify Riviera Nayarit’s standing as an unparalleled luxury destination surrounded by nature. A testament to their effectiveness, we are pleased to expand our relationship to include the ever-important Mexican market and are confident Newlink will continue to meet and often exceed our communications goals in 2019,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Newlink will continue overseeing the promotion and positioning of Riviera Nayarit as an eclectic, luxury destination that caters to a varied, yet sophisticated, clientele seeking inimitable experiences driven by premier hospitality, ecological wonder and experiential travel. Furthermore, the agency will continue implementing and securing localized, high-impact opportunities with strategic messaging and a clear call to action that enhances the destination’s reputation as Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

Newlink’s tourism area of expertise is one of the company’s fastest growing departments. The team ignites transformation for a variety of clients within the travel and tourism sector, ranging from destinations and hotels to airlines, online travel agencies and more. Newlink’s robust catalogue of tourism clients includes Expedia, The Buenos Aires Tourism Board, LATAM Airlines Group, Bahia Principe and Hotel Xcaret México, among others across the United States, Latin America and Europe.


About Newlink
Newlink is an internationally recognized consulting firm headquartered in Miami with offices in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Spain. Founded on the principles of collaborative consulting, Newlink’s Orbital Thinking approach to strategy has helped the company build a solid reputation transforming Fortune 100 and Latin American organizations through the company’s various areas of expertise: Tourism, Health and Wellness, Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Social Marketing, Multicultural Marketing, Branded Content, Business Insights, Business Transformation, Integrated Production, and Creative & Branding. To witness how Newlink ignites transformation, visit

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 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.

For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our Lady of Peace Patron Saint festivities begin in Bucerías

  • Religious, cultural, and artistic activities are set to take place from January 16-24, including the traditional over-water pilgrimage by the fishermen and their families that starts in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Bucerías, a coastal village in the Riviera Nayarit, is hosting a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Peace from January 16-24 and it’s a great tourist attraction. The festivities include a week-long program with athletic, artistic, and cultural activities in addition to the religious acts. 

“These patron saint festivities represent one of the most deep-rooted traditions in this community,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and director of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB). “With the passing of the years it has even been adopted by local residents, most of them from Canada and the United States. It’s an activity enjoyed by both domestic and foreign tourists.”

Riviera Nayarit promotes family tourism with the 3rd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show

  • Nearly a thousand attendees—both locals and tourists—enjoyed the most-anticipated collector’s auto show in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The 3rd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show 2019, held last weekend in the Riviera Nayarit, was everything anyone could hope for: it was a fun family event that welcomed nearly one thousand people, both locals and tourists.

This year’s event was held in the FIBBA parking lot at the Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico Nuevo Vallarta. Participants and their families arrived very early and were soon followed by event fans, which have formed a sort of brotherhood that extends across the nation and beyond its borders.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Growth in high-end LGBTQ segment in the Riviera Nayarit announced the winners of the 2018 Gay Travel Awards and the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort was on the list.

The international LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is one of the fastest growing segments within the tourism industry and has had a notable impact on the economy of the destinations.

The Riviera Nayarit has become a viable destination for this sector thanks to its efforts with inclusion and a tourist offer that includes infrastructure, culinary variety, quality, and luxury. The sector is an important part of the destination’s market diversification strategy.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The 3rd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show presents 300 collection cars in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Classic and modified car fanatics will meet on January 12-13 in the parking lot of the FIBBA in Nuevo Vallarta for this event with a cause in pro of the Bahía de Banderas Red Cross.

Over 300 collection cars, motorcycles, and spectacular modified autos will be on display for the 3rd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show 2019 to be held January 12-13 in the Riviera Nayarit.

Organized by the Wolfs Bugs Nuevo Vallarta club, this event was created to promote relationships among auto aficionados, as well as providing Bahía de Banderas locals and visitors to the Riviera Nayarit with an alternative entertainment activity. It’s an event with a noble cause, as every year it chooses a local charity in need to help out. This year, entry fees will be given to the Bahía de Banderas Red Cross.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Swoop Airlines lands in Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit

  • The Canadian ultra-low-cost-carrier, a subsidiary of WestJet Airlines, began its new Hamilton-PVR-Riviera Nayarit route on Tuesday with two flights per week.
Swoop Airlines, the ultra-low-cost-carrier that belongs to Canadian WestJet Airlines, inaugurated this past Tuesday the first of two routes operating to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region. The 737-800 NG arrived from Hamilton, Canada with 120 passengers on board.

The new route (YHM-PVR-YHM) will fly in twice a week—Tuesdays and Saturdays—and began January 8th operating through April 27, 2019 with aircraft carrying up to 189 passengers.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Competitive sailing season kicks off in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure unfurls its sails for the 14th edition of the Vallarta Cup Race Series, which takes place every Saturday in January (5, 12, 19, and 26) in Banderas Bay.

Sails are already unfurling in the Riviera Nayarit in preparation for the Vallarta Cup Race Series, a sequence of races that take place over the four Saturdays in January. The series formally kicks off the competitive sailing season in Banderas Bay.

The 14th edition of this series includes the participation of some 30 sailboats and starts on Saturday, January 5th continuing the 12th, 19th, and 26th; the event is organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) in Nuevo Vallarta.

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Riviera Nayarit closes out the December vacation period with stellar results

  • The Christmas numbers, which encompassed December 14-31, 2018, exceeded those of 2017; occupancy during the last week of the year stayed above 90%.

The Riviera Nayarit is finishing up one of the most rewarding vacation periods with regards to tourism for the past few years: from December 14 though January 1, 2019, the destination noted an average hotel occupancy of 88% and revenue close to $10 million.

According to numbers provided by the Research and Investigation Desk from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), there’s an increase on the horizon for occupancy, influx of tourists, and revenue over that of last year, when average occupancy was at 86%.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Natural Phenomena in the Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit boasts abundant natural resorces, making it an ideal destination for viewing animals in their habitat that offers a singular experience for everyone.

Discover them in the following infographic:

January 2019 will be a very busy month in the Riviera Nayarit!

  • Events are a key asset for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure as they not only attract visitors, but also serve to showcase the destination and bring in an important revenue.

The Riviera Nayarit is kicking off 2019 with plenty of activity. There are seven events already confirmed taking place between January 6th and 31st. Among them the Vallarta Cup Race Series, the Nuevo Vallarta Car Show, and the Festival Sayulita.

This year Mexico’s Pacific Treasure took center stage not only for the fine attractions that placed it as a top vacation destination, but also for the increase in number of events versus 2017. According to information from the Riviera Nayarit CVB’s Groups and Events desk, there were 107 different events held in 2018—20 more than the previous year.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit welcomed more than 360 wholesalers and travel agents in 2018

The FAM trips were the icing on the cake after the Copa Airlines’ inaugural flight.

  • Over 23 groups of executives from the top markets of origin and potential emerging markets visited the destination to experience its attractions firsthand.

Over 23 FAM trips with more than 360 wholesalers and travel agents from the top markets of origin and potential emerging markets visited the Riviera Nayarit during 2018 to experience its attractions for themselves.

The visitors came mainly from South America and Europe, though there were others from the destination’s natural markets—Mexico, the United States, and Canada. As for South America, the top countries sending visitors included Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Friday, December 28, 2018

XIII International San Pancho Arts Collective Festival 2018

  • The Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit hosts the festival, created 13 years ago to showcase and share local art and culture.

The 13th edition of the International San Pancho Arts Collective Festival kicks off from December 26th through the 30th with the slogan “The Future is in the Memory.” The event is one of the iconic happenings of the Riviera Nayarit’s Cultural Capital.

The festival started thirteen years ago as a venue to showcase and share the local art and culture of San Pancho, a town that has become known as a united, participatory, and responsible community. This year’s event includes multiple workshops in dance, theater, music, literature, performance, photography, video, multimedia, painting, sculpture, martial arts, sports, and other disciplines.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Riviera Nayarit promotional tour stops in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay

  • The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta’s brands received a boost in Latin America.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) led a work tour through the main cities in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay as part of the promotional efforts tied to the arrival of the new Copa Airlines flight from Panama; the team reached over 250 travel agents. The strategic plan was carried out together with Copa Airlines to reach the airline’s top agencies and its vacation pool.

The first city on the list was Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the economic capital of Bolivia, where they held a training seminar for 80 retail travel agents who were very interested in this new Riviera Nayarit-Puerto Vallarta destination. The team also met with the Copa Vacations Bolivia pool made up of the top wholesale agencies; additionally, they visited Cuarta Dimensión, Tropical Tours, and Universal Tours, all well-positioned agencies within the Bolivian market.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

St. Regis Punta Mita Resort celebrates 10 successful years in the Riviera Nayarit

  • The hotel, located on the “Glamour Peninsula,” is reinforcing its commitment to local culture and sustainability with a limited edition bag embroidered with beads by Huichol artisans.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, one of the luxury brands that lends prestige to the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating its tenth year of offering unforgettable stays in the exclusive and luxury ambiance of Punta Mita by reinforcing its commitment to local culture and sustainability.

The Mrs. Caroline bag was unveiled during the festivities surrounding the tenth anniversary. This stylish, limited-edition accessory—inspired by the resort—was created by fashion designer Armando Takeda, who focused on the unique elements that have transformed this beach destination into a world-class icon.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Copa Airlines begins direct flight between PVR-Riviera Nayarit and Panama

  • The Panamanian airline initiated its new direct flight from Panama City on Sunday, December 16th; the twice-weekly flight lands on Thursdays and Sundays. 

Copa Airlines began its new route between Panama City and Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit—its fifth destination in Mexico—on December 16th with twice-weekly flights to the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport.

This new connection will allow passengers from the continent to connect with this region of the Mexican Pacific via Panama City, the Hub of the Americas. Likewise, travelers from Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will benefit from the connectivity offered by the airline, which includes 79 additional destinations and 32 countries in North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

Chilly? Come to the Riviera Nayarit and warm up with these Winter Promos!

  • These seasonal offers are ready to go and are good through January 17, 2019 in 24 hotels, with discounts that range from 10 to 52%, fun activities, up to three kids stay free, and much more.

This is the best time of year to spend with your family and what better place to share your love than at the “hottest” destination around: the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. We’re ready and waiting with Winter Promos so travelers can enjoy a quality stay at a luxury resort at an incredible price.

The campaign kicked off on Thursday, December 13, 2018 and runs through January 17, 2019. Twenty-four association hotels are participating from destinations including Nuevo Vallarta-Flamingos, Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Litibú-Higuera Blanca, and Guayabitos. There are still rooms available!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Chef Betty Vázquez shares the Riviera Nayarit’s “flavors of the sea” with the rest of the world

Chef Betty Vázquez.

  • Continuing to achieve what in her words was “impossible,” the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador looks back on a year filled with incredible success and the satisfaction of raising the traditional cuisine of Nayarit to new heights.

Chef Betty Vázquez, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, is ending the year on a happy note and is ready to take on new challenges. Two thousand eighteen proved to be very busy and very productive: she participated in over 35 events helping to raise the traditional cuisine of Nayarit to new heights.

There’s no doubt Betty Vázquez is one of Mexico’s most brilliant chefs, a proponent of cuisine that makes hearts swoon, developed with local techniques and traditional flavors with seafood as the main protagonist. "The sea is the future of our world," she says whenever she gets a chance.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: The much-anticipated visit of the humpback whales

  • Whale-watching in Banderas Bay is an experience no traveler should miss in their lifetime—it’s a spectacular show that lasts from December through March.

Nature offers up some surprising events much to the delight of us humans; among them is the humpback whale sightings, an experience every traveler should enjoy at least once in their life.

We’re very fortunate in the Riviera Nayarit. Every year like clockwork these magnificent creatures make their way from the frigid waters of the north for their rendezvous with Banderas Bay—one of their favorite haunts to spend the winter mating and calving—, though their presence has extended all along the coast of Nayarit.