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.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Prepare To Welcome The 2nd Punta Mita Beach Festival!

  • St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, together with Punta Mita Expeditions and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, is preparing to celebrate this fun event that combines watersports with gastronomy from July 17-20, 2014.

Summertime is in full swing and with it comes the second edition of the Punta Mita Beach Festival to be celebrated at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort from July 17-20. This event is completely family-oriented and takes place in collaboration with Punta Mita Expeditions and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Surfing, stand up paddle (SUP), yoga, snorkel and scuba combined with great cuisine and luxury welcome participants to this top-shelf event. The competitions, clinics, expeditions, tastings and other adventures will all take place on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula. 

“We’re very excited to repeat this event after the success we had with the inaugural festival last year,” said Carl Emberson, General Manager of St. Regis. “We’re here to offer wellness and entertainment experiences in a unique setting. The event was created to attract all of our guests, from couples to families. The Punta Mita Beach Festival is a celebration like no other.”

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Beach Cleanup Continues In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Beach cleanups are now being slated for every second Saturday of the month in order to align the different efforts currently spearheaded by the beach towns of the Riviera Nayarit. Punta de Mita recently joined the group.

This Saturday, July 12th, cleanup crews will be visiting the beaches all along the Riviera Nayarit. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau coordinated this inclusive event, which is aimed at organizing the efforts of the different groups that all have the same objective.

This month, the Punta de Mita Foundation will be joining last month’s cleanup teams. The goal is to keep adding different groups to join in this activity, especially during the sea turtle nesting season.

Community leaders from San Pancho, Sayulita, Guayabitos and Platanitos are already aware of and interested in the project, which will be part of a campaign that’s currently underway to help the people of Nayarit identify with their destination.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Netflix Makes Sayulita An Object Of Desire In Latin America

  • The series Mi Vida En Sayulita (My Life in Sayulita) is now available to the thousands of Hispanic followers that are subscribed to this popular on-demand Internet streaming medium.

Sayulita, Surf Capital of the Riviera Nayarit—also known as the hippie chic village—is making the rounds of Latin America via Netflix, the popular, international on-demand Internet streaming medium.

The series Mi Vida En Sayulita (My Life In Sayulita) from Cisneros Media Distribution (CMD) and produced by Sayulita Life Productions, was launched in June to all the Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas.

The story revolves around a group of youths who experience an extraordinary vacation while visiting the marvelous beaches of Sayulita’s tropical paradise. It showcases the free spirit that pervades this coastal village and how it changed the life of the seven protagonists.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Buick Mexico Shoots Promotions In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Buick Mexico’s new campaign called “Re: Descrubre México” (“Re: Discover Mexico) seeks to promote the brand’s vehicles by transporting them to amazing locations. During this first phase they brought their cameras to San Blas and other areas of the Riviera Nayarit.

The Buick Mexico brand began an advertising campaign called “Re: Discover Mexico” in order to showcase its vehicles in fabulous locations. Thanks to the strong positioning of the destination as well as Chef Betty Vázquez’s popularity, Buick couldn’t resist including San Blas in its first phase of production.

This is a brand new campaign, which began with trips to Baja California, Guanajuato, Yucatán and now Nayarit. They shot four different spots in Nayarit: the area’s culture and nightlife, both shot in Tepic; and ecotourism with guide Francisco García as well as gastronomy with Chef Betty Vázquez in the area of San Blas.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pop Star Bella Thorne’s Riviera Nayarit Getaway

  • The popular young model/actress/dancer/singer Bella Thorne spent a week at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, generating plenty of publicity among her millions of followers.

The popular young star, Bella Thorne, spent her vacation days from July 3 – 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.
The actress, model, dancer and singer spent a few days in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure accompanied by her friend and her boyfriend, according to the many pictures they posted on their social media accounts.
The singer of “Call it Whatever” from her eponymous album is beloved among trendy US teens.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Matlali, The Riviera Nayarit’s Preferred Boutique Hotel

  • This new hotel offering an exceptionally high level of service is the only member of Preferred Boutique Hotels in the Riviera Nayarit and one of only six in the entire country of Mexico.

Matlali Ocean Front Villas is the newest hotel to open on the Riviera Nayarit positioned within the Premium Segment. These luxury villas are located in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and are the only ones in the area to belong to the exclusive Preferred Boutique group.

There are 650 Preferred hotels around the world, divided among six different brands. Matlali is part of the Preferred Boutique group, of which there are 162 on the planet and only six in Mexico.

“We belong to this category because we’re a small hotel with a very high level of service and excellent facilities,” said Raúl Núñez, General Manager of Matlali. “We believe and have faith the luxury market we cater to is ample enough to receive us and the destination and the property have the required amenities to reach it.”

Monday, July 7, 2014

Children Absorb Environmental Education Through Art

  • The younger generations are being encouraged to develop environmental awareness through drawing contests centered around the care and protection of marine turtles, as well as an invitation to participate in a contest to illustrate a storybook.

Art is the most holistic way to accomplish the science of communication: it’s informative, entertaining and educational. In the Riviera Nayarit, art and environmental education are coming together as local entities reach out to children.

On June 28th, the El Naranjo Turtle Camp held its 2nd Marine Turtle Drawing Contest organized by the Nayarit Ecologists Group. The group secretary, Ricardo Villaseñor, commented they received 1,100 drawings this year, 200 more than last year.

Some 20 elementary schools participated this time, spanning from Tepic all the way through the Riviera Nayarit to Puerto Vallarta. They designated two categories: from first grade through third was denominated “lower elementary,” and fourth through sixth “upper elementary,” There were 18 awards handed out in each category.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Alan X El Mundo Begins Production In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The video titled ¡Dios bendiga a Sayulita! (God Bless Sayulita!) is the first of four that will be published on his social networks, where he has a following of over 120 thousand fans. His videos already have nearly six million views.

Popular vlogger Alan x el Mundo visited the Riviera Nayarit to film and produce four videos about the destination. The first one, ¡Dios bendiga Sayulita! (God Bless Sayulita!) has already been posted on YouTube, logging over 10 thousand views just a few days after it first appeared.

The video highlights the areas of Bucerías, the Wind Capital; the Marina Riviera Nayarit in the Nautical Capital of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Punta de Mita on the Glamour Peninsula, though it focuses mainly on Sayulita, the Surf Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

Friday, July 4, 2014


The Riviera Nayarit has become one of the top golf destinations in the world. If you’ve already had the chance to enjoy these spectacular courses then you know just what we’re talking about. Otherwise, allow us to entice you with these great promotions—they’ll not only help you better your swing, but they’ll also allow you to explore each one of the famous greens located on the most modern, bio-diverse and authentic coast in all of Mexico: the Riviera Nayarit.

Play unlimited golf on both of our acclaimed Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, or indulge in a relaxing massage in the seclusion of our Apuane Spa – the choice is yours.

  • One 50-minute massage in the Spa or unlimited golf per person, per day
  • Full breakfast for two people per room, per day
  • Luxurious accommodations

All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract and do not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, vary by arrival date and/or length of stay, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, levies, resort fees, gratuities or surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply. Rates are subject to change.

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Riviera Nayarit Hosts 2014 OPTINAM

  • From July 9th through the 16th, Nuevo Vallarta is poised to welcome 227 young sailors along with 176 vessels from 19 countries, including trainers, judges and the news media. About 1,000 adults are expected during the competition, which is estimated to bring in an estimated 20 to 30 million Mexican pesos.
The 2014 Optimist North American Championship (OPTINAM) will be celebrated for the second time in the Riviera Nayarit from July 9-17. It will be hosted at the Vallarta Yacht Club located in Nuevo Vallarta.

This international competition—taking place in Mexico for the third time—has already registered 227 sailors aboard 176 vessels from 19 countries; together with their trainers, family members and news media, the total of participants in the event will be one thousand adults or more.

The Asociación Mexicana de Veleristas Clase Optimist (AMVCO, by its acronym in Spanish) organized the event along with the Federación Mexicana de Vela (FMV); their intent is to raise the event to the highest level in order to increase tourism.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Besides its remarkable biodiversity, its impeccable service, top-notch hotels, certified beaches and delectable cuisine, the Riviera Nayarit also offers some prett>y amazing marinas. If sailing along the Pacific coast is your thing, you’ll find an amazing diversity of fish to angle for, not to mention the incredible marine flora and fauna that will capture the imagination of any expert diver. Aboveboard, you’ll have awesome views of the mountains to enjoy while you hang out on the deck of your yacht…  

So prepare your buoys, your rods and take the helm! Our marinas are exceptional, with a variety of services that will allow your vessel to make stops at the many micro destinations that make up the Riviera Nayarit: Marina Nuevo Vallarta, Marina Paradise Village, certified as the cleanest in the country, Marina Riviera Nayarit la Cruz de Huanacaxtle, known as the largest marina on Mexico’s Pacific coast and host to multiple international-level nautical events, among them, the Mexico Cup Regatta, and the Marina San Blas. Each and every one of these can provide you with dry-dock facilities, drinking water, security, concierge service and yacht club amenities, among others. 

For more information, please contact the marinas directly:

Marina Riviera Nayarit
Marlin 39
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Tel. 52 (329) 29-555-26

Marina Paradise Village
Av. Paseo de los Cocoteros 1
Nuevo Vallarta
Tel. 52 (322) 22-667-28

Marina Nuevo Vallarta
Paseo de la Marina Lote 46. Manzana 8.
Nuevo Vallarta
Tel: 01 322 297 7000 Ext: 0 Fax: 105

Marina San Blas
Calle Cuauhtémoc No. 197 
San Blas, Nayarit, México 
CP. 63740
Teléfono Local: (323 285 1437 * (323) 285 0812