From an unknown stretch of beach to a paradise of luxury and nature

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – February 14, 2017 - Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary, growing from 5 miles of resort expansion north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport to 192 miles of spectacular beaches with world class luxury resorts that attract visitors and celebrities from all over the globe.  Visitors can still find miles of deserted beaches with only a few palapas where fresh huachinango zarandeado (whole grilled fish) and cold coconut juice can be savored in peace.  Come celebrate Riviera Nayarit’s 10th anniversary and share your experiences using #RivieraNayarit10 on your favorite social platforms.

How has Riviera Nayarit changed over the last 10 years?

  • ·      In the beginning, it was seen as a suburb of Puerto Vallarta, just a few miles over the border between Jalisco and Nayarit. Today, it is a very popular destination with its own name, attractions and personality.
  • ·      Expanded from 100 miles of white sand beaches to 192 miles, adding the longest black sand beach in Central and South America. 
  • ·      Grew from 10,000 hotel rooms to 15,485.
  • ·      Only the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita received a AAA Five Diamond rating before 2007, but now the destination has four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant and six AAA Four Diamond restaurants. In 2017, Azur Bistro de Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta was newly labeled as a AAA Four Diamond restaurant.
  • ·      A few celebrities got away from the world in Punta Mita, but over the past ten years Riviera Nayarit has become a celebrity beacon attracting everyone from Christina Aguilera and Joe Jonas to Alessandra Ambrosio and Selena Gomez.
  • ·      Riviera Nayarit had beautiful but uncertified beaches and now has 12 Certified Clean Beaches, which is more than any other region in Mexico.
  • ·      The state of Nayarit Displays Three Blue Flags distinctions,  Two in Riviera Nayarit : Playa Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and one enchanted lagoon Laguna Santa María del Oro
  • ·      An EarthCheck certification has been awarded to Nuevo Vallarta
  •      The destination has received high praise over the years: Riviera Nayarit was cited as a top destination in 2009 by CheapFlights.com, Hideaways Magazine and BudgetTravel.com. In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, while Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year. 
  • ·       San Blas is now a destination visited by hundreds of people each year who come for the incredible birdwatching and colonial landmarks.

Why should you visit Riviera Nayarit now and in the coming years?
  • Islas Marietas, offering its matchless Hidden Beach, recently underwent an expert restoration so curious travelers can return to this one-of-a-kind natural wonder.
  • Riviera Nayarit is home to Mexico Master Chef Judge Betty Vazquez.
  • 80% of North American migratory birds visit the destination each year.
  • More than 500 humpback whales migrate to Riviera Nayarit to mate and raise their babies in Banderas Bay.
  • Cirque du Soleil will open in 2019 at the Vidanta Hotels & Resorts in Nuevo Vallarta, that will include a thematic park and three hotels.
  • New luxury hotels are opening in Riviera Nayarit:
o   One&Only Mandarina will make its debut with 145 luxurious villas and private residential estates nestled in a dramatic cliffside, rain forest location.
o   Fairmont Costa Canuva, slated to open in 2018, will be the focus of a new beachfront village offering five hotels, 2,500 private residences and a golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa.
o   Rosewood Mandarina, which will draw inspiration from the local, pre-historic Huichol and Cora cultures, will open in 2019 with 130 guestrooms, suites and villas.             

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are interested in additional information or high-res images of Riviera Nayarit.


About Riviera Nayarit          
In 2017, Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier destination of Mexico. 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.” In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, while Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year. 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 www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit. Check out #RivieraNayarit10 throughout the year for special anniversary deals and information.   
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