Friday, August 29, 2014

Come Experience the 3rd VW Riviera Fest!

  • More than 250 cars and about 1,500 people will come together at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on Sunday the 31st; on the afternoon of Saturday the 30th there will be a parade departing from the roundabout across the way from the El Tigre Golf Course.

The third edition of the VW Riviera Fest is here, a meet-up of Volkswagen vehicles that will be on exhibit and in competitions on the 30th and 31st of August at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Hanacaxtle.

There will be over 250 modified vehicles with unique designs on the classic Bug and Combi chassis, as well as other models like Jetta, Golf and sand buggies.

Some 1,500 attendees are expected between participants and tourists who enjoy this type of auto show.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Destiladeras is one of those beaches that may be popular, but it’s still a place where you can truly get away from the wandering musicians, the itinerant vendors and even the restaurants, since there are only two palapas serving fresh seafood, cold beverages plus lounge chair and umbrella rentals.

In order to get to Destiladeras you’ll have to take Federal Highway 200; it’s just five minutes from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle or 20 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta, but you have to walk down the mountain on a little trail to reach the beach.

Before you walk down, take a minute to drink in the view and take a few pics. The cliff is a fantastic vantage point for panoramic vistas of the ocean. On your way back, pause for a shot of the sunset—it’s breathtaking!

Once you’re on the beach you can choose to be close to any of the two palapas or strike out on your own away from the few people that will be there. Head north and take your umbrella, beach chair and towels; we also suggest a small cooler, snacks, a bag for your trash, plenty of sunscreen and the desire to spend an entire day relaxing to the beat of the sounds of nature, the caress of the ocean breeze and the music of the waves.

If you’re feeling energetic, try your hand at boogie boarding, paddle boarding or kayaking—if you have the equipment. Otherwise, live in the moment and take a long walk along this endless beach. Not up to that, either? Well kick back, work on your tan and enjoy the view of the infinite ocean. If you’re looking to get away from it all, Destiladeras is definitely the place to go.


Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and many of them are still fit, strong and ready to enjoy their life tempered with the wisdom of experience. The Riviera Nayarit is an ideal choice for retirees, especially for those looking for a change of scenery and a move to a warmer climate. 

The average yearly temperature hovers around 77˚ Fahrenheit with a water temperature between 72˚ and 77˚ Fahrenheit—the refreshing water and warm climate are perfect for swimming year round. The Riviera Nayarit shares the Puerto Vallarta International Airport with its sister city in the State of Jalisco, so air connectivity is excellent with most major hubs.

Among the many services at your disposal, should you become a resident or choose to vacation here, are:
  • Modern shopping centers with imported and domestic products
  • Excellent public transportation in well-maintained vehicles in the area of Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos
  • Top-notch hospitals in Puerto Vallarta
  • Wellness and yoga centers
  • Dentists
  • Marinas and yacht clubs
  • Casino
  • Canadian and American consulates
  • Variety of green common areas
For more information on the necessary legal documents and more please visit our page:

The Riviera Nayarit is perfect, not only because of the abovementioned points, but also because its coastline extends over 200 miles and is dotted with a variety of micro destinations—23 to be exact—each of them unique, beachfront and filled with local citizens just waiting to meet you. You’ll be sure to make friends who will end up inviting you into their homes or helping you to learn the language. Of course, there are also language schools for foreigners, should you choose to be a bit more formal about it.

And while retirement can be all about relaxing, you can also integrate a bit of learning, whether you’re interested in the local gastronomy, our culture, traditions, art or folklore. There are several associations in the area where you can become a member or a student. You can also participate in community programs for those with special needs or to help in children’s homes or animal shelters. There are painting and sculpture workshops, even classes on how to recycle materials for reuse at home!

There’s so much to enjoy in the Riviera Nayarit, with its excellent climate, pristine beaches, gorgeous sunsets and verdant nature; and, of course, the warmth of its people! Here you’ll be able to make your mark in the community by collaborating with the local citizens and sharing what you know and love. In return, we’ll teach you all the reasons why you decided to choose the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico for your new home. We’re waiting with open arms: Our casa es su casa!


For some, the Riviera Nayarit is not that well known, while others might not even know where it’s located! To help clear things up, here’s some basic details everyone should know about this incredible, youthful Riviera.

  1. You can fly into the Riviera Nayarit via the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, but you can also arrive via the Tepic International Airport.
  2. The Riviera Nayarit is made up of 23 micro destinations, each one with its own personality, identity and traditions.
  3. It has six better-known “anchor” micro destinations, including Nuevo Vallarta, located in the state of Nayarit and only 10 minutes away from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport; La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta Mita, Sayulita, San Francisco and San Blas.
  4. The Marietas Islands are in the State of Nayarit and they are a Protected Area categorized as a National Park since 2005 and declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2008.
  5. Isabel Island is also a National Park and Protected Natural Area managed by the Universidad Autónoma de México and the National Institute of Ecology.
  6. The Island of Mexcaltitán is known as the Birthplace of Mexican Heritage.
  7. The Bay of Banderas is the largest in the world, and is shared by Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco, as well as the coastline of the entire Riviera Nayarit, which extends through the municipalities of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago and Tecuala.
  8. The area of San Blas boasts the largest diversity of birds in the country, some endemic and others migratory. 
  9. The only green surrounded by the ocean in the entire world can be found at the Punta Mita Pacífico Golf Club.
  10. The destination is a favorite of domestic and international celebrities. 
  11. It’s one of the few destinations in Mexico where the sailing is top-notch thanks to its amazing winds during between the months of March and June.
  12. Very distinguished guests come to visit during the wintertime, including the humpback whale and the whale shark.
  13. This destination holds the most events throughout the year, ranging culinary happenings to sports, music festivals, fishing and golf tournaments, and much more. 
  14. There are also a great many activities to do in the destination, including scuba diving, fishing, golf, zip-lining, surfing, ATVs and many others. 
This is just a taste of what you can do at the Riviera Nayarit—come, visit and discover for yourself why this destination is at the top of its game, no matter what you play. 

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The British Are Coming! (To The Riviera Nayarit)

  • It’s been only three months since the launch of the two direct flights from Manchester and London to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport and already British tourists make up 3% of the total of visitors to the Riviera Nayarit. 

The first numbers are in and according to the statistics rounded up during the daily surveys conducted by the research department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Brits have responded magnificently to recent events: they already make up a full 3% of the total of tourists that have visited the destination.

The launch of the two weekly direct flights from Manchester and London to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport through the wholesaler TUI and Thompson airlines was the trigger that began the snowball, as every flight has arrived full or near to capacity.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brazilian OTA And Media Tour Comes To The Riviera Nayarit

  • The largest travel agency in Brazil, SubMarino Viagens and several Brazilian media representatives will be arriving via Aeroméxico Airlines on a FAM trip coordinated by the Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Brazilian office of the MTB.

Aeroméxico Airlines is currently taking the largest Brazilian OTA, SubMarino Viagens, as well as several members of the Brazilian communications media, on a short promotional tour through Mexico.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will coordinate their visit to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure from August 27-29, in order to give them the grand tour of the destination’s best attractions.

This activity is part of an arrangement by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) in Brazil; the tour includes Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, among others.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrities Help Entice British Tourists

  • A press release detailing the celebrities who had visited the area was sent out through the PR agency hired by the Riviera Nayarit CVB in the UK to help promote the Vallarta-Nayarit campaign; it lead to a preliminary count of over 11 million impressions. 

Celebrities’ visits to the region were tapped by the public relations agency retained by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in the UK to entice the British market and promote the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

The press release sent out by the agency compiled a list of the stars that have visited the region and was published by five British media with followers in other European communities. Taking into consideration the number of unique monthly visitors of these sites we can estimate a preliminary figure of more than 11 million impressions.

These media publish topics such as travel, luxury, lifestyle, real estate, finance, technology, culture, gastronomy, etc. The list (with number of unique monthly visitors) includes: Female First (2,800,000), Luxury Travel Magazine (28,788), EIN News (2,056,659), Easier (11,964) and Veooz (6,355,847).

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Early Bird Gets The… Tan? Fall And Winter Packages Now Available In Riviera Nayarit

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Fall and winter packages offer exceptional deals for families, couples or individuals
looking for fun in the sun including miles of beaches, wellness offerings, family programming and luxury

Monkey Mountain in LitibuRiviera Nayarit - August 25, 2014 - Thoughts of upcoming puffy jackets, cold winds and cloudy skies cause an inevitable cringe. To extend the joys of summer, Riviera Nayarit is offering a variety of fall and winter packages catering to every taste and budget. Ten Certified Clean Beaches, a Blue Flag Certified Beach, beautiful desolate beaches and the longest beach in all of Latin America are just some of the distinctive perks that come with the destination. Yoga retreats and luxury resorts worthy of the world’s top celebs, and even all-inclusive accommodations perfect for family travel prove that summer fun is endless in Riviera Nayarit.

Please see below a varied selection of seasonal packages:

Haramara Retreat
Nothing says ultimate relaxation like a secluded cabaña peeking out from lush untouched forest. Spend the fall season reconnecting with the synergies between yourself and the earth in airy accommodations, complete with private outdoor showers and yoga shalas at the Haramara Retreat.

Treat yourself to a three-night stay, two 90-minute yoga classes, one 60-minute massage and a $60 on-site credit voucher for a single occupancy rate starting at USD $1,159. This package includes two meals per day and roundtrip airport transfers as well as all taxes and fees. A three-night double occupancy stay starts at USD $1,439.

This package is applicable for stays between December 13 and December 27, 2014. Please go to or email for more information.

Keep your summer glow with an all-inclusive stay at IBEROSTAR. This five-star Premium Gold hotel will make you feel like royalty from the moment you arrive. With a minibar that is refilled daily, 24-hour room service and activities like kayaking and golfing, chances are that you may never want to leave.

With the Resort Credit Package, guests staying at least four nights will receive $300 in resort credit - $100 towards the spa, $100 towards a romantic dinner and $100 towards a room upgrade. If you are traveling with the whole family, IBEROSTAR is also offering a Kids Stay Free Package - two adults pay full price and two children up to the age of 12 stay free, when staying in the same room.

Both packages must be booked by October 31, 2014. Travel dates for the Resort Credit Package vary. Travel dates for the Kids Stay Free Package are only available until December 23, 2014. Bookings for the Resort Credit Package must be made using the promotion code MXRCRED. This fall, prices for both packages start at USD $105 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Blackout dates apply to both packages. The Kids Stay Free Package is only valid for U.S. residents, can be combined with other promotions and is based upon availability. Please go to   for more information or call 888-923-2722.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Clap along with a Mariachi band, create traditional Mexican crafts and feast at a themed dinner show during a special Mexican Fiesta at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the only all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Pacific to be awarded Five Diamonds by AAA.

For stays until December 11, 2014 Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is offering a Pool View Special. Additionally, children ages two through 12 stay for free and teens stay at a 50 percent off rate when sharing a suite with their parents. This offer also provides a 10 percent savings at the resort boutique and a $50 credit to be used at the resort’s Leading Spa of the World or the Marina or Vista Vallarta Golf Courses.

In September only, the property is also offering a 3rd Night Free Promotion. Including all of the Pool View Special offers, guests also receive a complimentary third night and one Dolphin Encounter per adult per stay with tour operator Vallarta Adventures.

Nightly rates start at USD $375 per person, per night, based on double occupancy with the 3rd Night Free Promotion. Rates are USD $281 per person, per night based on double occupancy with the Pool View Special. A minimum of three nights applies to both packages. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-839-2123 or visit

Marival Resorts & Suites
Winter ushers in the excitement of the holiday season, which doesn’t necessarily have to end after the New Year. Find plenty of time for cheer and family at Marival Resorts & Suites to kick off 2015 with warm tidings. Stay in a cozy two bedroom residence with access to a garden patio and secluded infinity pool or a luxurious one bedroom penthouse with a private rooftop sundeck and plunge pool.

Marival Resorts & Suites is offering an Early Bird Winter Special on all-inclusive rooms offering a savings of 45 percent less than the regular rate. Kids also stay free in a two bedroom suite with two paying adults. Travel dates must be from January 2, 2015 to May 31, 2015 and must be booked by October 31, 2014. Rates start at $165 per person per night.

Additionally, the elegant Marival Residences Luxury Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, named a Top 10 all-inclusive by USA Today, is also offering a Winter Early Bird Special. Save 35 percent off your vacation with rates starting at USD $252 per person. In the two bedroom Residences up to three kids and one teen can stay free. This offer is valid for travel from December 8, 2014 to May 31, 2015 and must be booked by October 31, 2014.

For more information please visit

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Travelers looking for adventure should head to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and explore the nearby hidden beach of Marietas Island or go whale watching in Banderas Bay. Guests can also find relaxation in a full body wrap and hydrating black pearl facial at Four Seasons Apuane Spa.

For stays until December 20, guests of Four Seasons Punta Mita will receive a complimentary third night in a Garden View, Ocean View, Ocean Front Casitas or One Bedroom Suite.

A three night minimum stay is required and blackout dates and additional terms and conditions may apply. Please go to for more information or call 866-280-9490.

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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” and was named by Frommers, Huffington Post, and Oyster in their lists of “Top Destinations” for 2014. 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 or follow Riviera Nayarit's Fan Page on Facebook

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The Riviera Nayarit Stays Current In Brazil

  • A representative from Brazil’s second-largest web portal,, came to the Riviera Nayarit on a FAM trip sponsored by the CVB; she has already published the first of two pieces online that will be viewed by millions of Brazilians.

The public relations activities accomplished by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau to expand the destination’s exposure in specific markets are targeted, effective, and meeting and exceeding goals.

Brazil is an emerging market and full of potential tourists to the Riviera Nayarit, so the recent FAM trip for Francine Costanti dos Santos, a journalist for, was right on the money, as her publications reach the entire country of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries around the world.

The title of the article touting images of the enigmatic Marietas Islands states: “The Riviera Nayarit Charms With Its Vibrant Color And Natural Beauty.” The journalist introduces the destination to her countrymen saying: “The newest destination in Mexico attracts thanks to its crystal-clear beaches and luxury hotels.”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

“Nayar,” The Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Returns To The Riviera Nayarit With Interesting News

  • After being liberated a year ago with an attached satellite radio that only emitted signals within the region, the hypothesis is that this is a resident species, enabling the creation of more specific strategies for its protection.

After being liberated in September 2013 with a satellite transmitter, “Nayar,” the Hawksbill sea turtle, began emitting signals between the Banderas Bay and San Blas until it returned this month, establishing the possibility that these turtles remain residents of their birth zone.

The Red Tortuguera, a civil association led by biologist Catherine Hart, obtained the results. These will serve to corroborate the sedentary lifestyle theory for this endangered species, thus helping to apply specific strategies for its conservation within the Riviera Nayarit.

There are approximately 500 female nesting Hawksbills in the Pacific Ocean, 20 of which have been detected near Nayarit. The species concentrates in this area thanks to its abundance of coral reefs.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Hosts Dolphin Program Conference

  • This important academic encounter is taking place from August 20-24 with the participation of 2,600 students and 300 counselors, teachers and directors from 77 academies from 22 states within Mexico, as well as international guest speakers.

The Riviera Nayarit proves once again that it is a favorite host city for the scientific community as it prepares to receive the XIX National Pacific Summer Conference on Scientific and Technological Research, part of the Inter-Organization Program for the Enhancement of the Investigation and Post Graduate Studies of the Pacific, known locally as the Dolphin Program.

The event will take place from August 20-24 at the Hotel RIU Jalisco in Flamingos. This is the final phase of a six-week program that encompasses the Pacific Summer Conference on Scientific and Technological Research, where students will present 1,824 projects for analysis.

The Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit (UAN) is in charge of the general coordination with Rector Juan López Salazar, the president of the Honorable Technical Board and M.V.Z. Carlos Humberto Jiménez, General Coordinator, at the helm. Together, these two technical advisors will take on this admirable task, along with the priceless support of the National Scientific and Technological Advisory Board (Conacyt, by its acronym in Spanish.)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vallarta-Nayarit Promoted During Virtuoso Travel Week

  • During this event—attended by 4,420 people from 92 countries—360 face-to-face meetings took place with over 500 agents with the sole purpose of attracting the luxury segment to the destination.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus were very active in promoting the destination during the 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, which took place August 11-14.

This year’s event, with the theme “Enriching Lives Through Human Connection,” broke attendance records from previous years, with 4,420 attendees from 92 countries.

There were a total of 360 face-to-face meetings, each lasting about four minutes in length, which served to train and update more than 500 travel agents. During this event sponsored by the Virtuoso travel group, which works exclusively within the luxury market, both destinations were able to highlight their offer for consumers with high purchasing power.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AlanxelMundo Broadcasts The Riviera Nayarit Across Social Media

  • The destination has become all the rage on this popular vlogger’s social media accounts after he posted seven promotional videos about the Riviera Nayarit. Together they have garnered over 152 thousand visits on YouTube; and the number of followers on the @RivieraNayarit account on Twitter increased by 35% from June through July.

Popular vlogger AlanxelMundo finished production on the seven videos inspired by his visit to the Riviera Nayarit, which was organized by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB); these posts helped to broadcast the destination across both party’s social media accounts.

The videos include “Dios bendiga a Sayulita!” (“God Bless Sayulita!”); “¡Una playa única en el mundo!” (“A Unique Beach on the Planet!”), in a salute to Hidden Beach; “¡Una mujer ejemplar!” (“An Exemplary Woman!”), in honor of Nicole Swedlow; “Rincón de Guayabitos”; “Una fruta que sabe a siete frutas” (“A Fruit That Tastes Like Seven Others”), referring to the yaca; “¡La mayor sorpresa que me han dado!” (“The Biggest Surprise Ever!”), about the Island of Mexcaltitán; plus the extra “Clases de cocina con Betty Vázquez” (“Cooking with Betty Vázquez”).

Together these videos have had over 152 thousand views on YouTube, where Alanxelmundo has over 71,800 subscribers. The audiovisual productions as well as other marketing activities resulted in an increase of 35% in Twitter followers on the @RivieraNayarit account.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mi Riviera Nayarit, Mi Destino (My Riviera Nayarit, My Destination): A Campaign on the Cutting Edge

  • The latest campaign from the Riviera Nayarit CVB is underway: this one seeks to reinforce the identification of its citizens with their destination, conceptualizing knowledge and putting it into practice in a comprehensive and organic manner.

The Riviera Nayarit CVB is ready to launch their latest campaign, Mi Riviera, Mi Destino (My Riviera, My Destination), on Monday, August 18th in order to promote tourism and environmental values, as well as reinforce locals’ identification with their destination. When the tourism product improves, the quality of life of its inhabitants improves as well.

“We’re looking to reinforce the population’s identification with the area, we want them to feel the Riviera Nayarit belongs to them, whether they were born here or have come to live here,” stated Liliana Lara Guzmán, Marketing Manager for the Rivera Nayarit CVB. “We want them to be proud of their natural surroundings, of their traditions and their customs, because this is what sets us apart as a destination in the eyes of the visitor.”

The idea is to achieve a sustainable development in harmony with the community, thus creating natural brand ambassadors and promoters for the Riviera Nayarit. “This is a region with authentic micro-destinations, each one with its own identity; we want to embrace this identity and put it on display,” explained Lara Guzmán.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Though the Riviera Nayarit does not yet have its own Convention Center, it certainly has the infrastructure necessary to offer this service to the most demanding meetings, incentives and convention planners. It currently has a variety of AAA 4- and 5-Diamond properties in the area, as well as several Virtuoso resorts and a new member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux group. 

The level of service available at these hotels is designed to fit the event planner and their clients’ every need: grand salons with capacities of up to 1,000 attendees, A/V equipmient, highly trained DMCs, top-notch catering plus all the corresponding services that will ensure the success of any event.

The Riviera Nayarit also offers a very important added value for planners in the shape of excellent flight connectivity thanks to the area’s airport, the Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco) International Airport, which is located a mere 10 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, the first of the 23 individual destinations that make up the grand Riviera.

The highway infrastructure that flows throughout the Riviera Nayarit is yet another plus. Not only are the roads secure, but they also take the traveler through breathtaking landscapes and unique villages. At every stop, the visitor can sample the local service, customs and gastronomy, basking in the genuine warmth of the inhabitants. These roads will take them past the four marinas in the area, among them the largest in Mexico at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, as well as six golf courses designed by the top names in the industry. There are also 15 spas in the area, ready to soothe any pre- or post convention jitters. Visitors to the Riviera Nayarit will find a region steeped in authenticity, where they can experience the Mexico at its finest not only from the locals but also from those who have come to live here and have become a part of its eclectic landscape.

The Riviera Nayarit has become a model destination both in Mexico and around the world. The majority of the first-class hotels are located in Nuevo Vallarta; it is here in Punta Mita where high-level meetings and incentives planners organize their events. We invite you to come to experience what we have to offer and see for yourself why we have hosted so many key events over the years, including the IX Pacific Alliance, the Mita TECH Talks and the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, among others.

For more information please visit and contact us; we are available to help you plan and organize your event in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s most exclusive destination.

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The Banderas Bay is located between the states of Nayarit and Jalisco and is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the world. In fact, it is part of “The Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club,” based in France. Besides being the country’s largest bay, it receives the flow from the Ameca River, which is for all intents and purposes the border that divides both states and their cities: Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco and Nuevo Vallarta in Nayarit.

The bay is ideal for the practice of sailing sports of every kind. Its unique characteristics allow sailing to be practiced during the windy season as well as making it the perfect host destination for world-class events such as the Biannual Copa Mexico Regatta, which includes the J24, Láser, Optimist, Kite Surf, WindSurf, Club 420, Oceánica and Wesmex classes, the Wind Festival and the Optimist North American Championships (OPTINAM).

If you know your sailing, here’s some more technical info courtesy of
  • Dominant winds: W. Respect to shore: side-onshore Best direction: SW, W. 
  • It blows during the afternoon. 
  • Best season: March, April, May and June.
  • The wind season is from January to June, after that the sea is so warm there is no sea breeze. 
  • It is usually onshore but sometimes swings to the west a little. 
  • The wind is always from sea breezes and is from 5-20mph. 
  • Usually starts around 12-1 p.m. and on a good day continues until sunset 7-8 p.m. 
  • You can get out 4-5 days a week easily in the wind season.

You can rent equipment for kitesurfing, windsurfing or even catamarans at the hotels or right on the beach. There are also specialty schools that can teach you the best techniques to ply the waters of the Banderas Bay. 

If you’d rather take a tour on a luxury sailboat during the day or at sunset, we recommend you check with your hotel’s concierge or your travel agent. There are several tours available, so get your sunblock ready and prepare to weigh anchor!

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According to Bubba Blue in Forrest Gump, Shrimp is the fruit of the sea.” In the Riviera Nayarit there are experts that can take this “fruit” and cook it in myriad ways guaranteed to make your mouth a happy place. The state is one of the top producers of this crustacean, as well as silver perch, snook and oysters, which fall within the top five on a domestic level.

Shrimp is one of the most important elements of the Nayarit kitchen. There is an amazing variety of dishes from this state that have made their way into the archives of Mexican cuisine thanks to their diversity, taste and aroma—all of which will delight even the most demanding palate. 

Among the most popular dishes is the aguachile. The shrimp is peeled, deveined, butterflied and washed; it is then placed uncooked in a dish with thin slices of red onion and cucumbers, and covered in lime juice previously infused with serrano peppers and salt. Spicy and delicious!

The Tlaxtihuille is a dish of pre-Hispanic origin. It’s made with atole, a traditional hot corn-based beverage, shrimp powder and hot peppers. Preparing it is an art in itself!

Nayarit-Style Shrimp is another scrumptious dish, flavorful and with a slight spice that only makes you wish for more. Just melt a little butter or heat up some oil in a frying pan, add the shrimp previously shorn of their antennae, then bathe them in Huichol sauce to taste and sautée until they are cooked through.

Or how about shrimp with rice? It’s a simple yet tasty dish, where you prepare Mexican-style rice and add dried shrimp.

Then there are the tortas de camarón con nopales, or shrimp patties with prickly pear, prepared with dried shrimp, breadcrumbs and egg to shape the patties. These are then served in a tomato broth with chilacate peppers with the previously cooked prickly pear slices.

We could write volumes about the gastronomy of Nayarit with plenty of chapters dedicated to the region’s shrimp. However, we’d rather entice you to come to the Riviera Nayarit and enjoy these dishes for yourself, because luxury is in the tasting.

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Riviera Nayarit’s Golf Makes Headlines

  • A press trip for golf journalists sponsored in May by the Riviera Nayarit CVB has already resulted in seven published pieces generating over one million impressions—and all from just one of the writers that visited the destination.

The purpose of the FAM trips organized by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) through their public relations department is to position the destination and its products within specific markets.

In order to determine the productivity of these trips one must analyze the ROI, which in the case of the press trip for golf journalists held to promote the Riviera Nayarit’s courses in North America—its natural market—is already showing unmistakable results.

Of the three journalists that took part in the trip, one has already published seven articles in, and; together they greatly exceed one million visits per month.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sectur’s Federal Office Endorses The Vallarta-Nayarit Campaign

  • The official presentation of the excellent results obtained by the joint Vallarta-Nayarit campaign confirmed the over 130 thousand recuperated airline seats, the 18.4% increase in number of tourists and the $11 million dollar joint budget. 

The Federal Tourism Secretary, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, endorsed the validity of the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign during the official presentation of the results of the comprehensive international promotion of said effort. This campaign has become a model for other destinations to follow, thus the $11-million-dollar joint budget will once again be made available.

Also present at the event were Rodolfo López Negrete, head of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB); the governors of the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, Aristóteles Sandoval and Roberto Sandoval, respectively; the tourism secretaries for both states as well as representatives from the three levels of government, business owners and the promotion directors from both destinations.

Both governors confirmed their commitment to invest $1.6 million dollars per state to continue the joint promotion. They also agreed to continue their collaboration to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors.

Friday, August 15, 2014


The Riviera Nayarit has positioned itself as one of the Most Romantic Destinations in Mexico and Latin America thanks to its benevolent climate, exotic natural surroundings and unforgettable sunsets, not to mention the superb level of guest services offered in this amazing destination.

It has also become a favorite spot for celebrities and socialites both domestic and international to celebrate their wedding, enjoy their honeymoon or escape for a romantic rendezvous because of its unmatched discretion and simply stunning hotel infrastructure.

Now Velas Resorts is announcing its yearly “The Story of Us” (“Told By Our Friends”) Pinterest contest, whereby couples of every nationality who are ready to tie the knot can vie for the prize by creating a board between August 15 and September 15, 2014.

The Grand Prize winners will enjoy a $25,000 luxury all-inclusive beach wedding at the AAA Five-Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, as well as exclusive benefits for a maximum of 15 guests who stay at the hotel.

So how can you participate and win this luxury “I do?”

1.      Follow the @WeddingsbyVelas account on Pinterest
2.      Create “The Story of Us” board with the description “Told by our friends” in the Wedding category
3.      Pin the contest image
4.      Invite a minimum of 5 friends to pin or repin their most important moments they’ve shared with the couple to the board

Each pin must have the hashtag #TheStoryofUs. Finally, couples must visit and complete the registration form with their Pinterest username and URL of their “The Story of Us” board.

The Velas Resorts Executive Committee will choose 10 finalists, based on creativity and originality of their stories, and then public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite among the finalists.

Entries must be submitted between August 15 and September 15, 2014.  Public voting will occur from September 18-30, 2014, and the winners notified on October 2, 2014 via the Velas Weddings blog and Velas Weddings social media channels. Couples must hold the wedding between October 2, 2014 and October 15, 2015.

For more information and details on how to enter, visit

About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:
Offering an unparalleled luxury all-inclusive experience, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a member of The Leading Hotels of the world and Virtuoso, the travel industry’s leading luxury network; it is also the recipient of the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Resort. The hotel offers 267 spacious ocean-view suites and a world-class spa, part of the select list of The Leading Spas of the World. Its signature restaurant has recieved the AAA Four-Diamond Award. The Grand Velas has three pools, a tennis court, over 2,000 m2 of meeting space and a Kid’s Club. It is an ideal getaway with an enviable location near the destination’s best golf courses and top attractions.
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