In case you missed out on the most important events of 2013, here’s a brief look at what will no doubt help you to understand why the Amazing Riviera Nayarit is the latest hot spot

The publication Business Insider highlighted Punta Mita as one of the top destinations for celeb sightings and placed it among the top 10 preferred vacation spots for TV, movie, music industry and entertainment stars. Business Insider is one of the leading financial news blogs in the United States. “At a little more than 2 square miles, Punta Mita is 1/234th the size of Los Angeles. A surf hot spot, you might just be able to catch sight of your favorite A lister catching a few waves. … With mild surf and warm waters, it’s an ideal spot for snorkeling or renting a boat for scuba and fishing,” stated the publication.
The prestigious online publication, Instinct Magazine, assured their readers that if they were to visit Mexico for the first time, they should begin with the best—and the Riviera Nayarit is the perfect place to start. According to the publication, the destination gets top marks for security, hospitality, “rock star” services, delicious cuisine and, of course, its amazing array of beaches.

The grand opening of the first Iberostar Hotels & Resorts property in the Fonatur development of Litibú was, needless to say, grand. With an architecture and décor inspired by the Huichol culture, it has 452 rooms including 120 junior suites facing the ocean, 18 SPA suites, two Presidential Suites and four rooms with in-room accessibility. The Iberostar Playa Punta Mita is a five-star Premium Gold Iberostar property, an all-inclusive that’s ideal for those who enjoy golfing, water sports and nature. This is the company’s tenth property in Mexico.

Punta de Mita was ranked number one among the Top Five Most Family Friendly Surf Vacations by the surf portal, Thanks to its beginners’ waves, warm waters and ease for family travel, Punta de Mita was recognized as the best among all of the destinations vetted for this topic by writer Matt Thomson. The complete Top 5 list includes Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit, Belize, Playa Negra in Costa Rica, Tofino in British Columbia and Siargo Island in the Philippines. 

The successful joint campaign run by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta—“Vallarta-Nayarit, Live it to believe it”—and spearheaded by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) continues to generate positive results. On this occasion it was awarded three first places in Travel Weekly’s 2013 Magellan Awards. Every year Travel Weekly honors the best promotional images and videos from the destinations with these awards. Everything from the design to the commercialization of the services is taken into consideration.

One of the awards given to Mexico fell into the Golf Destination category and was won thanks to the picture of Hole 3B in the Punta Mita Bahía Golf Course; the other two were in the Beach Destination and Adventure Destination categories, both for images of Playa Escondida in the Marietas Islands of Nayarit.

Trip Advisor, the most important travel platform on the Internet, placed the Riviera Nayarit’s Nuevo Vallarta in 4th place among Mexico’s Top Ten Beach Destinations, which proved once again that travelers seeking exclusivity, nature and impeccable service continue to prefer this beautiful destination. Considered one of the finest, largest and most modern of country’s grand tourism developments, the Fraccionamiento Turístico Náutico Residencial Nuevo Vallarta has one of the cleanest beaches in the country, complete with a Blue Flag certification.

The Riviera Nayarit ranked among the “Top Ten Destinations” on the portal. The Big Island of Hawaii took first place, with the Riviera Nayarit in second, followed by Bali, Indonesia. The portal receives 495,917 unique visitors each month from around the world. “Move over, Mayan Riviera! The so-called Riviera Nayarit, a blessedly undiscovered (for now) 192-mile stretch of Mexico's mid-Pacific coast from San Blas to Sayulita, is positioning itself to become Mexico's next big (tourist) thing,” read the article, published this month.