A Reason In Every Season To Experience Riviera Nayarit in 2014

A Reason In Every Season To Experience Riviera Nayarit in 2014

Experience the Destination’s Rich Diversity Through 19 Notable Events

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – March 6, 2014 – Nominated as one of the top travel destinations for 2014 by Frommer’s, Oyster, Huffington Post and countless other prominent travel publications, Riviera Nayarit is gearing up for an action-packed year providing more than enough reasons to visit.  With nearly 20 events spanning cultural immersions, luxury yacht regattas, golf and culinary adventures, Riviera Nayarit will attract a wide range of travelers, who will also enjoy the 192 miles of golden coastline and great resorts.

From the beach bodies of the 5th Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & SUP Classic to the next generation of culinary masterminds and PGA pros at The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, Riviera Nayarit offers plenty of brag-worthy events to experience along with its year-round sunny climate. You won’t even break your wellness routine if you choose to fly down for the Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon and those guilt-free celebratory fish tacos and Margaritas well taste even sweeter once you’ve crossed the finish line.

After an action-packed day, the destination’s selection of luxury resorts, all-inclusive hotels and boutique properties create the perfect setting to unwind.  Or opt to de-stress on the beach while overlooking sights such as humpback whales and lush forest settings.  Whether with family, on a honeymoon or simply looking to escape, you can expect open arms and a vacation you will always remember in Riviera Nayarit.

Check out the below list for a selection of festivities and events taking place in Riviera Nayarit this year:

2nd CANAMEX Flamingos Cup – March 8
Three nations (USA, Canada and Mexico) go head-to-head in three separate formats of nine holes each. The three formats being Alternate Shot, Best ball and Match Play. These 120 players (40 per team) will play across 27 holes. Those looking to join can pay a rate of US $105.88 which includes lunch, cart and taxes.
Location: Flamingos
Website: reservaciones@flamingosgolf.com.mx

5th Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & SUP Classic - March 7-9
The 5th Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & SUP Surf Classic is seen as one of the leading competitions of its kind around the world.  Thousands flock from around the globe to watch defending champions go head-to-head with emerging talent. Unlike other similar competitions, the Punta Sayulita Classic does not offer monetary rewards to participants; instead, the primary consideration is to raise awareness on the importance for environmental protection. Other affiliated events include clinics, a beach cleanup program and a special benefit concert featuring G. Love & Special Sauce.
Location: Sayulita
Website: http://puntasayulitasurfclassic.com/

Banderas Bay International Regatta – March 12-15
Celebrating its 22nd year of competition, the Banderas Bay International Regatta is among the longest standing and largest regattas on the Pacific Coast. Each day of competition is followed by a night of fun activities with a local flare, such as authentic cuisine, local themed dances as well as an awards dinner. The event aims to encourage young people to explore the art of sailing.
Location: Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta
Website: http://www.banderasbayregatta.com

Regatta Copa Mexico – March 16-20
Over 400 boats and 1,500 athletes from 28 countries gather every two years to celebrate the art of sailing in the Regatta Copa Mexico.  Held in Banderas Bay, this event is sure to showcase the beautiful nature of the Bay to guests from around the globe.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Website: http://www.regatacopamexico.com/

The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic – April 3-6
The third annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic will feature gourmet meals and cooking courses taught by distinguished chefs, a series of wine and tequila tastings and festive gatherings at the luxurious St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. “The Punta Mita Cup,” is a two-day golf tournament on Jack Nicklaus’ two signature courses, Bahia and Pacifico.
Location: Punta Mita
Website: www.puntamitagourmetgolf.com

Holy Week (Semana Santa) – April 13-20
Tourists and locals flock the region to celebrate and partake in the festivities of Holy Week.

III Riviera Nayarit TUCANÊ International Beach Polo Cup– (May 1-4)
Do not miss the third edition of the international beach polo cup that will take place on Nuevo Vallarta beach, where you can see several of the world wide best players and be part of the surrounding events we have prepared.
Location: Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta

Wind Festival Riviera Nayarit 2014 (May TBD)
Riviera Nayarit is a leading wind and kite surfing destination in Mexico. Its annual Riviera Nayarit’s Wind Festival annually attracts over 150 of the finest windsurfers in the world.  This is also an exciting spectator sport so everyone will enjoy the competitions as well as the festivities during the event in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerias.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerias

53rd San Blas International Fishing Tournament – May 28-June 1
Riviera Nayarit opens its marlin and swordfish season with the International Fishing Tournament of San Blas. Organized by Nayarit's Sport Fishing Club, the tournament turns 53 this year, and celebrates by offering millions of pesos in prizes, as well as six cars, outboard boat motors, fishing gear and more.
Location: San Blas
Website: http://www.clubdepescadeportivatepic.com

Day of the Marina (Navy Day) – June 1
Mexico's history has shown the importance of being able to patrol and defend the country's coastlines, in order to prevent invasions. Many such conflicts have occurred in Mexico's past. To commemorate their Navy, Mexico celebrates Navy Day with various water based ceremonies, parades, and festivals, several of which take place in San Blas.
Location: San Blas

Independence Celebrations – September 15 & 16
Riviera Nayarit will have many events throughout the area celebrating the independence of Mexico.  Come join the festivals, fairgrounds, and of course, the traditional “Grito,” a traditional call-and-response in memory of historic individual leaders of the revolution and to Mexico itself, to which the crowd responds with: VIVA!

Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomy EventOctober 1-4
This event is full of culinary professionals and tasting opportunities which source some of the best ingredients from the region.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
Website: http://www.vallartanayaritgastronomica.com/

Deep Sea Fishing Tournament at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – (October Dates TBD)
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle was an old fashioned fishing village until the luxury Marina Riviera Nayarit was opened in 2010.  This world class marina has over 340 slips for 31’-400’ yachts from all over the world.  Sport fishermen from around the world come to this annual fishing tournament and try to beat the 717 pound marlin that was caught during the first tournament of La Cruz.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Website: http://www.clubdepescadeportivatepic.com 

Day of the Dead – November 2
Even though it isn’t one of the most traditional celebrations in this region, cemeteries in every community brim with color bestowed by the floral arrangements to remember those who have passed away.

20th Festival Gourmet International – November 14-23
Over thirty renowned guest chefs from all over the world participate in this annual event together with chefs from the exclusive resorts and restaurants of Riviera Nayarit. This 10-day event features over 15 Riviera Nayarit restaurants and guest chefs who present exclusive menus, chef’s tables, and a complete celebration for the palate.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita, Tepic, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Website: www.festivalgourmet.com

Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon – November 17
Runners from all over the World come to Riviera Nayarit to participate in this annual 21 kilometer half marathon. Its coastal race route has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Last year it attracted over 550 runners.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
Website: http://www.mediomaratonrivieranayarit.com/          

Chili Cook Off & Taste of Nuevo Vallarta – December 7
Chili Nayarit Style! Individuals, teams and professional chefs from local restaurants try their hand at making the best chili in all of Riviera Nayarit.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta

Anniversary of Bahia de Banderas – December 11
Every year, the original municipality of Riviera Nayarit celebrates its establishment with a large celebration. Shows, civic activities and competitions make the region brim with color.
Location: Valle de Banderas
Contact: turismo-badeba@hotmail.com

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. Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” 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. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit's Fan Page on Facebook.


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