Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mexico Savors The Riviera Nayarit In El Gourmet Magazine

  • This cuisine and lifestyle monthly is distributed throughout Mexico; in July its cover was dedicated to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure with the title: “Aquí, el mar, Riviera Nayarit y sus sabores” (“The sea and the flavors of Riviera Nayarit”).

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s office of Public Relations worked to circulate news about the region’s cuisine, one of the destination’s main attractions. As a result, El Gourmet magazine published a cover story in July, titled “Aquí, el mar, Riviera Nayarit y sus sabores” (“The sea and the flavors of the Riviera Nayarit”).

The cover was dedicated to the many flavors of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure and other delicacies from the state of Nayarit; the magazine also dedicated 20 pages detailing the Riviera Nayarit’s gastronomic offerings.

El Gourmet México is a monthly publication specializing in cuisine and lifestyle with a domestic distribution of 30,000 aimed at a very specific market and compatible with the type of tourist that visits the destination.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Latin Fest Takes The Stage In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Dance presentations, live music, tastings, drinks and plenty of fiesta will take over the Marina Nuevo Vallarta August 1-2. The purpose is to promote local businesses and dance academies. 

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) would like to extend an invitation to the first ever Latin Fest Riviera Nayarit, to be held at the Marina Riviera Nayarit on August 1-2. This weekend you'll be able to enjoy free dance presentations, live music, tastings, drinks and plenty of fiesta.

The event was organized in order to promote the Marina's  local businesses, which are offering promotions to the public to showcase their products. 

The festival begins at 7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday with a presentation of the hottest Latin salsa rhythms courtesy of Pedrito & D’Cuba Son.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kim Kardashian Loves The Riviera Nayarit

  • The celebrity has visited Punta Mita several times—specifically Casa Aramara, where her friend Joe Francis owns property. During her last visit she enjoyed the St. Regis Punta Mita Beach Festival; she even created a “Party in Punta Mita Mexico” in her virtual game.

It’s hard to resist the natural charm and the luxury offered by Punta Mita, also known as the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula. Kim Kardashian fell prey once again, as she returned to spend a few days of her summer vacation at Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The socialite returned to the property owned by her friend Joe Francis at Casa Aramara, located on the southern coast of Nayarit. Here she spent a week enjoying the sun, the sand and the local cuisine.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Marietas Islands In National Geographic

  • This international institution with an ample range of media to its name published the travels of Dr. Kenneth Broad throughout the Riviera Nayarit, which was seen by thousands of people within a few short hours.

The Marietas Islands, located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean facing the shores of the Riviera Nayarit and geographically situated within the State of Nayarit, were highlighted during an exploration conducted by National Geographic, which resulted in a post with an ample spectrum of readers.

The expedition took place on July 19th headed by anthropologist Dr. Kenneth Broad, who was recognized by National Geographic as the top in his field in 2011. Broad was one of the special guests at the Punta Mita Beach Festival; the author of the content was Erick Pinedo, who published the piece on July 21st.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Spectacular Weekend!

When we leave on vacation with our kids we always wonder where to go and what to do so the little ones can have a great time and their time off is truly exceptional. So let’s get to it and start with some suggestions on the best activities for a spectacular weekend:

Here’s a list of activities you can enjoy if you stay at an all-inclusive hotel.

                    1.       Kid’s shows
                    2.       Arts and crafts
                    3.       Creative expressive activities
                    4.       Team sports
                    5.       Beach, indoor and pool games
                    6.       Board games and games of skill
                    7.       Artistic and cultural activities
                    8.       Guided movement

For those who would rather stay in a smaller hotel or bungalow or simply want to explore the area outside the hotel, here’s my proposal for the perfect itinerary:

9 a.m.: Breakfast at the hotel

10 a.m.: Turtle Camp: You’ll need to make a previous reservation at your hotel for a visit; check with the reception desk or concierge for visiting hours and recommedations for local camps. Nesting season is from June through December, but if you go to the camp and there are no turtles to set free don’t worry: you can still learn quite a bit about how they reproduce, their life, feeding habits and social life. Each Turtle Camp divides its time between protecting the sea turtles on the nesting beaches/incubators and environmental education. Of course, you can help support the sea turtles directly or indirectly. Some of the available camps include the Cayeros Turtle Camp, Sayulita Turtle Camp, Punta Raza Turtle Camp, El Naranjo Turtle Camp and the Playa Chila Turtle Camp.

Noon: the Sea Lion encounter is incredibly fun. You’ll not only learn more about their habits, their reproduction and social life, but you can also interact with them. The kids will love this activity!

1 p.m.: You’ll need to recharge your batteries and eat, because there’s still a lot to do!

4 p.m.: Swim with the Dolphins: They’re back in the destination! You can choose from several different programs that are specifically designed to learn more about these mammals. You’ll also be able to interact with them directly during some of the available swims such as a dolphin encounter, extreme swim, interaction with the dolphins, kids’ swim, private programs for families and even being trainer for a day.

6 p.m.: It’s time to go out and relax a little, explore the town where you’re staying, interact with the locals and don’t forget your camera or your purse, because you’ll want to pick up a few souvenirs and gifts so you don’t forget about us.

8 p.m.: Now for some dinner and a taste of the local cuisine. Try out a traditional spot and see for yourself why so many people love the cuisine of Nayarit.


10 a.m.: Surfing Classes: There’s nothing more fun than trying to stand on a board and run a wave. It’s definitely an activity you have to do with the entire family. You’re kids will simply adore it! There are very capable instructors, usually expert surfers that have their own surf schools. They have the patience, the knowledge and the passion to teach what they love the most: surfing. The best place to learn thanks to its gentle waves is Sayulita, though you can find excellent alternatives in Punta de Mita and San Francisco. Here are a few places to check out: Punta Mita Expeditions, Punta Mita Surf Trips, Luna Azul, Sayulita Surf School, Pazport Surf School, El Tigre Surf School and Rancho Mi Chaparrita.

Noon: Paddle Board: If the kids aren’t grown and gone yet, then bring them over to enjoy some paddle surf! It’s completely different from regular surfing—in fact the only thing they have in common with each other is that you have to learn to balance on a board. Once you have this down, you’re ready to go and you can enjoy the water, the birds and the company of your kids. Try it for yourself and challenge your kids and your spouse to a race!

1 p.m.: Take a break! We’re sure you won’t want to do much of anything. Just pick out a restaurant and kick back for a while…

4 p.m.: Sand Castles: Be the king of your castle and show the kids how to build a kingdom! You might think it’s a strange suggestion, but believe me, after the surf and paddle classes, this is the best thing to do.

6 p.m.: Back at the villa or bungalow: It’s time to rest, so we highly recommend a siesta.

8 p.m.: Dinnertime! We suggest a restaurant where you can enjoy an international or a fusion-style menu. I’m sure you’ll get some excellent recommendations from your hotel or concierge—it all depends on the town or microdestination where you’re staying.


9 a.m.: You can’t leave without enjoying a sailing sport because the Riviera Nayarit is one of the best spots on the planet to enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing, catamaran and sailboat tours on vessels large and small. Take the helm and take to the seas with your crew (the kids!)—it’s well worth it to rent a catamaran and tool around Banderas Bay. In case you’re not sure about the technique you can always take a lesson or take along a captain. It’s a great experience!

Noon: Back at the hotel it’s time to relax and get ready for your trip back home. Surely you’ll want to come back, but for now you can take home beautiful family memories and the experience of having discovered new foods, jumped on a wave and learned a bit more about the always amazing Mother Nature.

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La Yesca, beyond the Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit has much to offer besides its incredible beaches and microdestinations. Go inland and you’ll find the State has several different villages that await visitors with different experiences and a chance to spend time with the locals, listen to their stories and legends, taste the local cuisine and, most of all, make wonderful memories. I invite you to get to know our State beyond the Riviera Nayarit—take a few days off and you’ll fall in love with it even more!

La Yesca is one of the smaller villages of Nayarit, located on the southern end of the Western Sierra Madre, bordering the municipality of El Nayar and the state of Jalisco to the north. It has a population of 13,600 residents so it may be small, but it offers a grand experience thanks to its boundless nature and the warmth of its community. The area is wooded, with more than 50% of its territory covered by pine and red oak. 

Another 20% is jungle, lush with copal, tepehuaje, guásima, brasil and tepame. Local fauna includes deer, tiger cats, small rodents, eagles and multiple reptiles. The climate is temperate tropical with an average annual temperature of 77 Fahrenheit. This is home to the Huichol people and it’s great for camping, hiking and mountain climbing. 

Historical Monuments
  • In the municipal capital you’ll find the Santa María de Guadalupe church, which dates back to the 18th century. Its altars and décor are primarily in the neo-Gothic style. 
Festivals, Dances and Traditions 
  • August 6th is dedicated to the Lord of Mercy, which is celebrated with processions, dances and fireworks. It’s a blend of modern Catholic and ancient indigenous beliefs. 
  • On January 12th the town of Guadalupe Ocotán celebrates the “exchange of rods,” which symbolizes the exchange of power between the traditional authorities of the ethnic groups. On this day the Puente de Camotlán community pays homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe while Saint Joseph is celebrated at Huajimic. 
  • This is where the traditional Huichol dress is made. Besides being very colorful and showy thanks to its wool embroidery, it has a very deep religious significance. These outfits represent the state and are the gala dress of the Huichol people. 
  • Visit the impressive reservoir created by the El Cajón dam.
  • Interact with the community at El Roble during the creole corn festival. 
  • Return home with a selection of locally produced cheese. 
  • Take pictures for posterity at the municipal capital.

How to get from Nuevo Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit to la Yesca: It’s 190 miles away and you can reach it in approximately 5 hours on Highway 200.

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Sayulita Nightlife, a different experience!

The Riviera Nayarit offers several options to travelers looking to get the most out of their vacation by day and by night. Today I’d like to introduce you to a place beloved by the hippie-chic crowd and surfers in particular: Sayulita, located in our beautiful and diverse Riviera Nayarit.

If you’re looking for an alternative from the typical beach bar, Sayulita has a few places that you may not have thought of trying out before. Here’s a list of three varied—and fun—hotspots to go! 

Bar el Mezcalito is located on Gaviotas #22 right in the heart of Sayulita. After a day of sun, surfing and beautiful people showing off their assets on the waves or on the sand, don’t forget to have a great dinner to recharge your batteries before you head out for the night. After filling up, I highly recommend the Bar el Mezcalito. It’s a tiny place—in fact, you can’t fit more than 15 people inside—but it has a great bar stocked with mezcal (of course), an array of tequila, wine, beer and other spirits to start the night out with. There’s also live music played by about seven musicians that practically fill up the place. There’s room for no more than three couples to dance on the floor to the Cuban and Colombian salsa rhythms, but don’t worry: the sidewalk becomes a bar and there are plenty of tables and chairs to continue the party outdoors. It’s a great experience… Trust me, you’ll have fun!

Bar Zen Garden is on Calle Marlin #10. If you’re looking for the trendiest house music, you’ll love this place. It has plenty of style, drawing upon the colorful designs of India. The first floor is styled like a living room, with tables for dining (the menu is Asian) in case you want a bite before dancing the calories off. The second floor has a terrace, low lighting and plenty of rhythm. The night breeze will help cool you down and the sound of the surf blends in with the house music. The ambiance might seem familiar if this is your thing—but you’ll be having all the fun beachside with an international crowd! 

Bar el Camarón: Located on Avenida el Palmar #100, some qualify their lives as B.C. (before camarón) or A.C. (after camarón). I totally agree (by the way, camarón means shrimp).  After a night of bar hopping you can’t miss a visit to this place, which is only open on Fridays, so plan accordingly. You get here on foot—it’s actually a place where you can camp out under the swaying palm trees. The place is basically just a thatched palm leaf roof over a wooden floor with a DJ that plays a selection of electrocumbia, reggaeton, reggae and other rhythms I might not be familiar with but will make you feel great. No matter what they play, though, you’re going to want to dance! This place pays tribute to surfing and its free and easy lifestyle, with lots of suntanned skin moving to the beat and the sound of the waves, because, of course, it’s right on the beach! If the place fills up, no worries: there’s plenty of space and there’s always the sand to socialize with other like-minded souls and enjoy the ambiance, the music, life and all of its good vibrations. 

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Hotels with Charm, Great small Hotels

Not all accommodations in the Riviera Nayarit feature an endless number of rooms, giant pools, kids’ clubs and all-inclusive everything: there is also a wonderful variety of options for those in search of a more intimate space and personalized, non-obtrusive service, the kind that’s attentive and from-the-heart. Instead of simply writing out a list of hotels, today I’m going to give you a few reasons why you should seek them out:

Service is very personalized—though never overly familiar—because usually the owners themselves run most of these venues and bungalows and the small number of rooms makes it very cozy. More than likely you’ll get to know all the people who work there and even meet other guests. In fact, you’ll probably make a friend or two to share the highlights of your vacation with!
Mealtimes are usually a daily set menu and most of the time you’ll be eating home cooking, though there are some that offer fusion cuisine and even organic kitchens, as some have there own vegetable gardens. The dining rooms will remind you more of eating at a friend’s house during a weekend stay than dining in a hotel restaurant, with windows wide open to receive the ocean breeze or the caress of the mountain air.

These small hotels are very well priced, but that doesn’t take away any from the quality and cleanliness they offer. In fact, they’re definitely Hotels with Charm! Some are even pet friendly—they might have a few ground rules, but nothing too strict. And even though they may not be right on the beach you just might have an ocean view from a mountain perch or overlook a lovely garden. 

Ask about yoga or SUP classes, spa treatments, tours or more; some places do offer these services and others will be able to suggest excellent options to tailor your stay just the way you like it. 

Truth is, you have nothing to lose by checking into a mom-and-pop venue, on the contrary! You’ll enjoy great prices, a personalized stay, service offered with Mexico’s customary warmth, great food and impeccable facilities. What more could you ask for? 

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August Events in Riviera Nayarit

It’s summertime and we all want to be on the beach at the Riviera Nayarit! But beyond the sun, the sand and the sea, we also have several events to share with you to make your stay even better:

THE CORN FESTIVAL: This traditional festival takes place from August 6 – 15 in Jala, Nayarit. The event features regional expos, sports competitions, jaripeos (bull riding) and fireworks. Corn is the most important crop in Jala; the area also produces the largest ears of corn in the world, with some reaching nearly 20 inches long. Of course, during the festival, the largest ear of corn wins a prize.

Don’t miss a visit to:
  • Basílica lateranense de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. This architectural jewel was built in 1856 out of pink, green and yellow stone in a mixture of Roman and Gothic styles.
  • Museo Comunitario de Jala. Located in the center of town, this beautiful museum is located in a restored home dating back to the XIX century. It showcases an important collection of pre-Hispanic and traditional regional pieces. 
  • Ceboruco volcano. This volcano reaches a height of nearly 7,500 feet. It last erupted in 1870; today it’s a Geological Park beloved by mountain climbers for its extraordinary views.

Last but not least, the RIVIERA FEST VW takes place on August 30 and 31. El Club de Volkswagen puts on this Volkswagen exhibit and over 150 classic cars are expected. Besides the VW car exhibit there will also be several different activities with the exhibitors. 
Location: Marina Riviera Nayarit @ La Cruz de Huanacaxtle


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The Riviera Nayarit To Host The Finals For Nuestra Belleza 2014

  • Nuevo Vallarta will welcome the eight finalists for this contest, during which the representative from Nayarit will be selected. The event is to be held in Mexico’s splendid Pacific Treasure for the second year in a row.

The grand finale of Nuestra Belleza Nayarit will be held for the second year in a row in the Riviera Nayarit. The event will take place this Saturday, July 26th, at 7 p.m. in the Paraíso Salon of the Paradise Village Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta.

The eight finalists for the 2014 contest are: Belsy Corona from Tepic, Grecia Ochoa from Compostela, Jeimy Resendiz from Compostela, Jennifer Ochoa from Tepic, Neli Virgen from Tepic, María Eugenia Fragoso from Tepic, Victoria Contreras from Tepic and Xitlaly López from San Blas.

“We decided to bring the finals back to the Riviera Nayarit because of the great success we had with last year’s event,” explained Daniela Ortiz, Coordinator of Nuestra Belleza Nayarit. “In this way we can also continue to promote our beautiful state. We’d like to invite the public at large to come and enjoy a quality event.”

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The CVB Registers Nuevo Vallarta In The EarthCheck Program

  • This certification will reposition the Riviera Nayarit within the important ecotourism segment. Huatulco is the only community on the entire American continent with this certification; now Nuevo Vallarta, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Loreto are seeking it as well.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) registered the Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico Residencial Nuevo Vallarta into the EarthCheck international environmental certification.

Measuring sustainability in this touristic zone is important because of the density of hotel rooms, which makes it one of the communities with the largest number of tourists in the Riviera Nayarit.

The registration implies the implementation of an environmental management program, continual improvement and good environmental habits in order to obtain this certification. In order to achieve this they need to form a committee with representation from four sectors: the three levels of government, private initiatives, a charitable organization and academia.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2nd Sea Turtle Festival at Playa Platanitos

  • From July 25-27, event goers will enjoy a turtle release; painting, drawing and photography contests; plus other sports, cultural and artistic activities, as well as an Environmental Tourism Fair.

Turtle nesting and release season has begun on the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit and with it comes the 2nd Sea Turtle Festival at Playa Platanitos, in the municipality of Compostela, from July 25-27.

Taking place against the background of summertime vacation, this festival offers the tourist a varied and productive series of sports, cultural, artistic and, most especially, environmental activities in order to promote values, knowledge and practices that favor Mother Nature.

The Playa Platanitos Ecológico association has worked very hard along with the local population to put together a festival that’s well worth the visit. Last year there were approximately 5,000 attendees. The president of the non-profit, Lourdes Santana, considers it another “Holy Week.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CosmopolitanTV Produces Reality Show In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Series Hombre Cosmo 2014 (Cosmo Man 2014) was filmed and produced on-site at La Tranquila Breathtaking Resort & Spa Punta de Mita; it is airing in July for 12 million viewers all over Latin America.

The popular reality show, Hombre Cosmo 2014 (Cosmo Man 2014), produced by CosmopolitanTV, was filmed on-site at La Tranquila Breathtaking Resort & Spa Punta de Mita, located in Libitú on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula.

The production took place during the month of May but didn’t air until July, much to the delight of its 12 million viewers in Latin America, namely Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

According to Abel Santos, General Manager of La Tranquila, “This is part of the public relations and support plan La Tranquila is implementing in support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau to help publicize the best the destination has to offer.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Iconic Sculpture Planned for Marina Nuevo Vallarta

  • A new Sailboat Sculpture will be installed in the marina during the next solstice in the spirit of generating and promoting new attractions for the area. The inspiration was a young man with an adventurous spirit that visited the marina a little more than a decade ago.

The Marina Nuevo Vallarta is an area filled with restaurants and cafés where art, culture and cuisine are displayed in different forms. This is where the so-called “Sailboat Sculpture” will be installed, ready to become an iconic figure and the newest attraction on the Riviera Nayarit.

The work of art was conceived by painter Federico León de la Vega and developed with sculptor Octavio González (creator of “The Whale” installed at the Marina Puerto Vallarta as well as other pieces located in the region). In addition to the artists, Andrés Burzaco and local businessmen will all be working together for the inauguration during the next solstice on December 21, 2014. The sculpture will also double as a sundial.

The bronze piece will weigh over 2,800 pounds and stand nearly 10 feet tall with a span of over 11 feet. The sails will be made of highly polished steel in order to reflect the landscape.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit, The Ideal Venue For Sailing Events

  • The Riviera Nayarit has been the OPTINAM’s exclusive venue twice thanks to its infrastructure and natural bounty; the 2014 event concluded with an awards ceremony for the prodigies of international sailing; the VYC announced the Summer Sailing Programs.

The Riviera Nayarit is one of the exclusive venues that have hosted the Optimist North American Championships (OPTINAM); this year’s event marks the third time it has been held in Mexico.

The International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) decided that Mexico would host the event this year, so the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV, by its acronym in Spanish) didn't think twice about choosing the Riviera Nayarit for its ample infrastructure and its natural bounty.

“The venues are chosen two years ahead of time, with proposals being presented and then a winner decided upon. This was a special case because it needed to be organized with a short lead time and only the Riviera Nayarit could prepare everything with such little notice,” commented Dan Green, Director of the Vallarta Yacht Club’s (VYC) Youth Sailing program.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sayulita Keeps The Riviera Nayarit’s Reputation As A Top Surf Spot On High

  • Professional surfers and paddlers Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jiménez returned with top honors from their US tour representing Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital.

Professional surfers and paddlers Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jiménez each snagged two first place awards during their US tour this past June, in addition to other awards garnered during the five stand up paddle (SUP) and paddleboard competitions where they represented Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital.

“There are younger generations that surf very well and now that SUP is all the rage they’ve taken it very seriously and train hard. We’ve had some great results on an international level that have put us on the map; now when they hear we’re from Sayulita they start to get worried!” said Fernando Stalla.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit’s Hotels Rank Among The Best In The World

  • Travel + Leisure’s “500 World’s Best Hotels 2014” includes St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit’s hotel infrastructure is one of the destination’s hottest attractions. Recently, top-tier magazine Travel + Leisure included three of its hotels in its “T+L World’s Best Hotels 2014.”

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and St. Regis Punta Mita Resort were chosen by T+L as the best of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.  

These three resorts are the only ones in the destination to have received the prestigious 5 Diamond award from AAA, and all are members of the Virtuoso luxury travel network.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jessica Simpson On Honeymoon In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Last weekend the singer/actress enjoyed the facilities of the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort in celebration of her recent marriage to Eric Johnson. 

Singer, actress, fashion designer and hostess Jessica Simpson and her husband, Eric Johnson, tied the knot on July 5th and decided to spend an intimate, romantic honeymoon at the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort on the Riviera Nayarit’s exclusive Glamour Peninsula.

This special time was planned especially for the couple to enjoy a little relaxation and a chance to show their love for each other at the pool, the beach and their own private suite.

US Magazine broke the news about the celebrity visit to the Riviera Nayarit; according to an eyewitness, the couple seemed very much in love and in tune with the laid-back vibe.

The best beaches in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

As recent certifications reaffirms the Pacific Coast of Mexico as leading the ‘Clean Beach’ way, it’s time to discover the best sandy spots…

When you think of Mexico you instantly dream of white sandy shores and clear blue waters. Two stunningly, diverse regions Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are nestled along the Pacific Coast and offer the opportunity to explore the finest beaches you could ever envision as well as wildlife, gastronomy and culture. The best of Mexico, all in one place!  

You can guarantee picture-perfect shorelines in both areas thanks to the recent accolade handed out by the Instituto Mexicano de Normalización y Certificación. This Pacific region has recently taken the lead in pristine coastline destinations in Mexico with 13 (3 in Puerto Vallarta & 10 in Riviera Nayarit) out of a total 31 certifications. And if that isn’t enough to persuade you that the coastline is getting attention for all the right reasons, Playa Palmares in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta North in Riviera Nayarit have both been awarded Blue Flag status. 

Alongside the epic beaches including Banderas Bay -the seventh largest bay in the world, where the two regions meet- the destination revels in natural wonders and is known for the teaming wildlife. From turtle hatching to learning about the 22 species of Mexican birds and whale watching, there’s plenty to discover.

Ready to visit? Check out the top beach destinations on the Pacific Coast, which are jam-packed full of activities, as well as offering breathtaking views across to the ocean.


Playa Palmares
Wander along the breathtaking stretch of sand at this Blue Flag-certified beach of Playa Palmares and bask under the palm tree-lined shade, all whilst gazing out to the vast ocean. It’s quite the view!

Los Camarones
Named after the abundance of crustaceans that inhabit the beach, certified Los Camarones beach stretches from the Rio Cuale north along the Malecon and boasts stunning views. The clean stretch of sandy beach is home to a sea turtle protective reservoir.

Garza Blanca
The pristine white sand is framed with palms and crystal clear water that lap the shoreline. With spectacular views out to Sierra Madre, the certified Garza Blanca beach offers spectacular natural landscape and a variety of water activities for those seeking to release their inner adrenaline junkie.


Nuevo Vallarta North
The Blue Flag beach destination in Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta North is a three mile stretch of pure white sand and clear waters. Lining the shore is luxurious 5* resorts and if you venture a little further afield, you’ll find world class golf courses and a beautiful marina.

Sayulita (Los Muertos)
Stay in one of the charming nearby boutique hotels for full-on pampering and spa treatments, before you enjoy a spot of surfing at this gorgeous beach of Riviera Nayarit´s hippie chic town.
Get your binoculars out and prepare to indulge in a spot of bird-watching at Chacala beach thanks to the large variety of birds such as pelicans and herons. In 2002, Chacala was named a Gallery Town and photographs of the 22 species of Mexican birds can be found here. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

8th Annual International Banderas Bay Fishing Tournament

  • On July 19th, the Riviera Nayarit’s Paradise Village Marina will welcome some 50 vessels coming in from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The 8th annual International Banderas Bay Fishing Tournament will take place on July 19th, hosted by the Paradise Village Nuevo Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit.

This competition expects to welcome about 50 vessels, 80 percent of them from the United States and Canada, with the balance made up of Mexican competitors from Tepic, Guadalajara and Tampico, among others.

“We’re trying to have the event promote the destination, since it has the best facilities for water sports and the nautical industry,” commented David Zaragoza Camacho, President of the Banderas Bay Fishing Club. “We have three marinas, excellent fishing, good wind, good hotel infrastructure—in fact, we have everything with which to compete against other destinations.”