Friday, October 20, 2017

10 Exotic Fruits Of The Riviera Nayarit

Fruit is one of the wonderful gifts that Mother Nature gives us every day. It’s delicious, healthy and helps keep us in shape. Many are common and are part of our daily diet, but others are fairly unknown, with strange names from far away lands, which is why they’re called Exotic Fruit.

You may have seen them or even tasted them, been surprised by their appearance, their bright colors and unique flavor. Moreover, some of them have medicinal properties, which makes them even more attractive.

Did you know the state of Nayarit, with its tourism corridor of the Riviera Nayarit, is one of the most fertile places for the cultivation of this type of fruit? According to Sagarpa (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Nutrition), the coastal municipalities have approximately 500 hectares and over 250 producers in Nayarit dedicated to the planting, harvest and commercialization of this type of crop.

Below is a list of 10 Exotic Fruits from the Riviera Nayarit. A trip to this tourism destination would be a fantastic opportunity for a taste: try them all!


Viewing Humpback Whales during their Mating and Birth Cycles in Banderas Bay and Sighting 80% of N.A. Migratory Birds Make Winter an Exciting Season

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – Riviera Nayarit is not only home to nearly 200 miles of beautiful beaches along the Pacific Ocean framed by the rainforest covered Sierra Madre Mountains, its natural wonders are brimming with carefully protected wildlife. From sea turtles and whales to crocodiles and over 500 species of birds, getting a look at the beautiful creatures that have made a home throughout the region is a must when visiting the destination.    

Whale watching in Banderas Bay and coastline of Riviera Nayarit
Hundreds of Humpbacked whales visit Banderas Bay each year from mid-December through April on their annual migration from Alaska to Hawaii. Vallarta Adventures’ Whale Watching Tours helps visitors get up close and personal with the humpback whales.  Have your cameras reason to capture the thrilling moments in December when the massive males leap out of the water and butt heads to attract the female during mating season. By March, the majestic giants raise their calves in the protected waters of the Banderas Bay and Pacific coastline of Riviera Nayarit, where they swim amongst friendly wild dolphins that inhabit the waters year-round.

Vallarta Adventures’ Whale Watching Tours helps visitors get up close and personal with the humpback whales. Vallarta Adventures is the only company that use aircraft that seek the whales and relay their location to the boat captains to increase sightings of whales and dolphins. For more information, visit:

Bird watching & Crocodile Reserve in La Tovara National Park in San Blas
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the La Tovara National Park and mangrove eco-region in San Blas is “one of the most important winter habitats for birds in the Pacific, home to 80% of the Pacific migratory shore bird populations.” A paradise for bird enthusiasts, this ecoregion has the highest concentration of migratory birds and features over 500 species, including the black-bellied tree duck, great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, and endemic birds, like the bumblebee hummingbird and the Mexican woodnymph.

Visitors to La Tovara National Park can explore the park by boat to see a variety of mangroves, brown pelicans, glass snakes, Kemp’s ridley turtles and whale sharks. Along the boat ride, travelers come across floating wood homes that were occupied by the area’s first settlers, and then recreated for the filming of the movie, Cabeza de Vaca. Toward the end of the river is a community crocodile sanctuary where important wildlife research and protection efforts are discovered.

Banderas Bay Tours & Travel offers a special tour package of San Blas with experienced guides who can point out the amazing birds during a boat trip through the tangled mangroves and flat wetlands. The tour also visits the Crocodile Reserve in El Manantial of La Camelota. For more information, visit:  

Festival of Migratory Birds, San Blas
Each January/February, the Festival of Migratory Birds celebrates the abundance of wildlife and species of birds in Riviera Nayarit. During this Festival, special seminars on birds, bird watching and environmental conservation are offered as well as boat tours of La Tovara National Park. For more information, visit:

Riviera Nayarit’s Island Sanctuaries Protect Indigenous Wildlife
Isla Isabel, created by underwater volcanic activity, was declared a National Park and Biosphere Reserve due to the rare and beautiful birds that live on the island. Isla Isabel is a hilly island that features dramatic rugged cliffs, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and coral reef, which is uncommon for this area of the world. Eco-tourists can have a fully immersive experience and enjoy hours of birdwatching by sleeping in tents overnight on the island.          

Islas Marietas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an area made famous by Jacques Cousteau.  A cluster of islands rich with wildlife is home to 103 registered species of reef fish and thousands of birds including the rare Blue-footed Booby who inhabit an entire section of the islands. Wild dolphins, sunbathing sea turtles and giant manta rays also await the travelers who visit these islands. It is also renowned for the spectacular Hidden Beach and when the tides are low, visitors can swim through a cave to a beach in the island’s interior with an oval opening to the skies above.

Plan your next vacation to experience nature and sights that can only be seen in Riviera Nayait.For more information, see


About Riviera Nayarit                   
In 2017, Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier destination of Mexico. Renowned for its matchless luxury and protected natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.       

Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year, and Flight Network ranked Riviera Nayarit the fourth of 22 best luxury honeymoon destinations in the world. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination is home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants.

For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit. Check out #RivieraNayarit10 throughout the year for special anniversary deals and information.  
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Toronto Travel Agents Fall In Love With The Riviera Nayait

  • This was the first visit these agents made to the region, which surprised them with the richness of its nature, its tourism infrastructure and its gastronomy; the destination hopes to receive an excellent response from the Canadian market.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust welcomed a group of travel agents from Toronto, Canada to the region from October 1-6.

This was made possible thanks to the support of the Mexico Tourism Board’s Toronto office, as well as the transportation provided by Aeromexico Airlines. The Canadian interest in a destination that offers culture, nature and luxury is high, and Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit is one of the areas in most demand within the Mexican Pacific.

According to Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB: “These FAM trips are an important milestone in the promotion of the Riviera Nayarit in North America; this region continues to be strategically crucial for the destination.”

The visit began in Puerto Vallarta, where the agents remained from October 1-3 before traveling to the Riviera Nayarit, where a varied itinerary awaited them with several activities led by the CVB’s promotions manager, Lucero Guerrero.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pink October In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The hotels in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure actively participate in the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with sporting events, gastronomy and special promotions.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—celebrated around the world thanks to the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO)—is focused on increasing recognition and support for early detection, treatment and palliative care for this disease.

During this time period, the Riviera Nayarit and its hotels are on board with the “Pink October” campaign, contributing on their end to raise awareness among visitors and even among residents and locals through events that serve to educate, raise funds and support breast cancer research.

Sporting activities, gastronomy, health and wellness, and special promotions are all a part of the events that will take place in the destination over the course of the month; this movement grows each year, touching minds and hearts to get inspired and take action.

Here are some of the properties that will be participating in Pink October.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10th International Latin American Golf Championship In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The largest amateur circuit in Latin America celebrates its tenth year and held the final at the exclusive Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta compound from October 8-13.

The Riviera Nayarit hosted the Grand Finale for the International Latin American Golf Championship with the participation of 150 amateur players; the event is now in its 10th year and took place from October 8-13 in the exclusive Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta development. The winning team was from Argentina.

This circuit is considered the largest of its kind in Latin America, as 70 thousand aficionados had to participate in elimination rounds in 13 participating countries to reach the grand finale, which not only determined the Latin American champion in each category. The players also make up a “team” representing their respective countries, which adds to its value as a competition among nations.

The golf courses, designed by the world’s top names—Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman—, welcomed teams from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Paraguay was defending the title it won in Punta Cana in 2016.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Doubles Down On Promotions In The East Coast For The Winter

  • Information was shared with over 250 travel and sales agents about the attractions, services and infrastructure in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta for the next Winter Season.

A joint promotional tour organized by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) and with the support of the New York office of the Mexico Tourism Board took place from October 3-6 in the cities of New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore with the purpose of reinforcing tourism promotion on the East Coast of the United States.

Both offices and their Promotions and Sales desks led three training seminars and trade shows with the participation of over 15 hotels from both destinations as well as wholesalers Apple Vacations, Delta Vacations, Travel Impressions, GoGo Vacations and Interjet airlines.

The tour began in New York City, where they held a seminar and trained 50 travel agents, several of which belong to Virtuoso Agencies such as Alltour, American Express, Protravel, Tzell, as well as Valerie Wilson; these agencies are located in the Big Apple and the neighboring state of New Jersey.

Holland “Flies” To The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta

  • The Riviera Nayarit is seducing the Netherlands along with the MTB and Aeromexico with their campaign: “Fall in love with the warm beaches of the Mexican Pacific.”

The campaign “Fall in love with the warm beaches of the Mexican Pacific” was created to increase the presence of the Riviera Nayarit in the Netherlands; it ran from October 2-15 in different parts of the city of Amsterdam.

This is part of the efforts the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) and the Mexico Tourism Board (CPTM), and it is expected to generate an excellent response thanks to its 2,730,000 media impressions.

Friday, October 13, 2017

5th Annual De La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament

The event is organized by the Tepic Sport Fishing Club and backed by the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Secretary of Tourism, as well as the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB.

  • From October 18-21, 2017 in the Marina Riviera Nayarit. This year they will be giving away more than 2.5 million pesos in prizes and it’s expected to generate more than 11 million pesos in revenue.

The Sport Fishing Club of Tepic announced the 5th De La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament to be held October 18-20, 2017 at the Marina Riviera Nayarit, considered the most modern marina in Latin America.

The event is organized by the Tepic Sport Fishing Club and backed by the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Secretary of Tourism, as well as the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), thanks to its relevance to the area’s tourism and sports segments.

The official presentation of the “Best Fishing Tournament in the Mexican Pacific” took place on Wednesday during a press conference led by Nemesio Castañeda Coppel, Nayarit’s Deputy Secretary of Tourism; together with Marc Murphy, the Managing Director of the CVB; as well Miguel Angel Sierra Quintana, the President of the Board of the Tepic Sport Fishing Club. Rocio Martinez Ocegueda, Tourism Director for the Bahía de Banderas, was also present.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

10 Artisanal Markets In The Riviera Nayarit

The tradition of buying and selling in seasonal markets that open weekly or monthly is typical of Mexico’s culture and has a history that reaches far back into the pre-Hispanic period. It was the most important form of commerce in that era and, after the Spanish Conquest, the Europeans kept the tradition intact.

Today, these artisanal and organic tianguis (markets) are attractive shopping alternatives for national and foreign tourists visiting the Riviera Nayarit during the Winter Season. These markets pop up in towns along the coast—from Nuevo Vallarta to Chacala—, showcasing the best local and regional products. Almost all these small markets start in November and end in April or early May of the following year.

Here is a list of the Top Ten Artisanal Markets in the Riviera Nayarit:

1st San Pancho Bird Diversity Festival

  • The Riviera Nayarit is on the western migratory route for the birds that fly from North to South. Some of these species are particular to the region and are a big draw for international tourism.

The first edition of the San Pancho Bird Diversity Festival will take place on October 14, 2017, in San Francisco, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, with the slogan “Let’s All Celebrate the Diversity of Our Birds.”

The San Pancho Bird Observatory (OASP, by its acronym in Spanish) organized this event, sponsored by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. It unites the local public with local guides specialized in bird watching for free treks. Local businesses, international conservation organizations, and civil and private associations are also lending their support.

Attendees will be able to participate in cultural and educational activities celebrating birds, including painting, poetry, photography, music and film; this will all take place in the Plaza del Sol in this coastal village, also known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AHMBB Members Complete Management Development Certification Program

  • The certification program is part of the professionalization endeavors led by the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Over twenty people who work with the Riviera Nayarit hotels satisfactorily completed the Management Development and Decision Making Certification Program held over the past eight months under the guidance of instructors from the ITESO Jesuit University.

This is part of the commitment the Bahia de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) has with its associates in coordination with the Partner Services and Tourism Development Programs desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, via its Safety and Human Resources committees.

Twenty-one managers and assistant managers received their diplomas during an event held on Saturday, October 7 at the Villa del Palmar Flamingos hotel. Each of them had satisfactorily finished the seven modules in the Certification Program, which was held Fridays and Saturdays from March through October of 2017.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunwing Promotes The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta As Destinations Of The Month

  • The number of tourists from Canada to the region was excellent during the summer season, so promotions were stepped up in order to prompt an increase for the 2017-2018 winter season.

Canadian wholesaler Sunwing Vacations has named the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta as their “Partners of the Month,” which is why both tourism destinations will be part of an intense promotional campaign across their main marketing platforms during the entire month of October.

Sunwing Vacations has in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta two partners that sell very well, which is why the included the marketing offices of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur), along with several of the region’s hotels.

The number of incoming tourists from Canada to the area was excellent during the summertime, so promotions are being stepped up in order to prompt an increase for the 2017-2018 Winter season.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sofia Richie And Scott Disick Reveal Their Romance In The Riviera Nayarit

Sofia Richie and Scott Disick enjoyed a few days of R&R in Punta Mita, the Glamour Peninsula, staying at Casa Aramara.

  • Over the past 10 years, the Riviera Nayarit has positioned itself as a destination that offers luxury, privacy and beautiful natural surroundings, three elements celebrities seek when planning a vacation.

And the celebrities keep coming to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure… Not a month or even nearly a week goes by without a visit from an actor or actress or socialites like the famous Kardashian sisters—or someone associated with them.

Last weekend Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-husband, was on the radar, well accompanied by no one less than young model Sofia Richie, daughter of musician Lionel Richie.

Both enjoyed a few days of R&R in Punta Mita, the Glamour Peninsula, staying at Casa Aramara, the magnificent residence owned by producer Joe Francis, creator of Girls Gone Wild.

Aeromexico Brings Back Overnight Flight To Puerto Vallarta And The Riviera Nayarit

  • The new route offers travelers increased connectivity through Aeromexico’s network within the country, as well as to North, Central and South America.

Starting on November 2nd, Aeromexico will once again deliver their daily 6 a.m. flights on the PVR-MEX route, and the 7 a.m. flights on their MEX-PVR route with arrivals and departures at Puerto Vallarta’s “Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” International Airport, which connects travelers to the Riviera Nayarit.

The overnight flight offers travelers increased connectivity through Aeromexico’s network within the country, as well as to select cities in North America such as New York, plus Bogotá, Colombia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Central and South America, respectively.

This is a very convenient flight for domestic travelers as well, as it allows them to fly to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit area early in the morning, enjoy a weekend stay and return on an another early flight to Mexico City, which is why company executives saw the possibilities of this operation.

Friday, October 6, 2017

10 Beach Hotels For The Perfect Vacation in Riviera Nayarit

The perfect vacation doesn’t just magically happen. Besides choosing a safe destination, making a reservation at a hotel in a beautiful location with comfortable facilities and a high level of service is a must for enjoying a unique experience.

Whether you’re planning to just lay on the beach or practice water sports as a couple, with family or with best friends, this Top 10 list will help you pick the right hotel.

So get ready to reserve the perfect vacation and have some fun!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Celebrating International Beach Cleanup Day

  • This year the call with the slogan “Put trash in its place, so the beach is a clean space!” went out to include the entire Bahía de Banderas Area: Two states, one ocean.

International Beach Cleanup Day was celebrated on September 23rd with a grand event that included the participation of personnel from hotels, schools, real estate agencies and civil associations in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

This year the call with the slogan “Put trash in its place, so the beach is a clean space!” went out to include the entire Bahía de Banderas Area: Two states, one ocean.

Several entities joined in, including the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the National Commission of Protected Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish), Sierra de Vallejo-Río Ameca, Bahía Unida, Islas Marietas National Park, the Deputy Directorate of Environmental Protection of the Puerto Vallarta Municipality, and the Municipality of Cabo Corrientes.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017 Is Making History

  • This is a “can’t miss” event on the world’s culinary calendar, bringing together a select group of renowned national and international chefs and showing that it’s possible to blend haute cuisine, tourism and academia.

The 2017 Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica is ready for its 9th edition with the tagline “From the roots to the stars: a personal and collective journey.” Spain is the guest country bringing 11 renowned chefs, Spaniards and residents of Spain, who altogether hold 13 Michelin Stars and 21 Soles Repsol, as well as the winner of the 2014 Top España.

The event, organized by Grupo E-Consulting, will take place from October 29 – November 1 in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, with the full support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur).

There will be four days of dinners and tasting and events on a nightly basis. The main host hotel is the Sheraton Buganvilias in Puerto Vallarta, where the show cooking conferences will be held along with premium tastings and gourmet workshops. There will be alternate venues including the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and Villa Premier, as well as Tintoque restaurant, where they will hold gala dinners on October 30th and November 1st.

A particular highlight is the welcome cocktail, organized by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, which will take place on October 29th at 8 p.m. at La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Peruvian Agents Discover The Riviera Nayarit

  • Aeroméxico, the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) invited the agents to the destination.

A group of Peruvian agents visited to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta from September 21 -25 on a FAM trip to get to know firsthand the destination’s attractions and novelties so they can better “sell” them back home.

Verónica Quiroz, representative of Aeroméxico in Peru, and the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, invited the agents. The Rivera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) hosted the travelers.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Welcomes October With A Variety Of Events

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure welcomes the month of October with a variety of sports, culinary and cultural activities.

The Riviera Nayarit is offering some great events for the month of October, including sports competitions both on land and in the water, as well as excellent culinary experiences—there’s something for everyone. The Groups and Events office of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) lends its support to over 80 national and international activities in the region per year, enhancing the destination’s reach, generating revenue for the communities and attracting very important media coverage.

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up:

Riviera Nayarit In Wild On Latino On E! Entertainment

  • The reality scenes, produced by One Luc, were taped from August 23 – 26 on location in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure; the premiere will be on October 29 at 10 p.m., Mexico CST.

Wild On Latino, TVs sexiest reality show, is back—and it’s chosen the Riviera Nayarit to tape some of the episodes that will be on the air starting on October 29th on E! Entertainment network.

Wild On Latino follows a “road movie” format and is hosted by actress and model Alejandra Guilmant. Together with her two best friends, Flor Capistrán and Chloé Amutio, they travel to different parts of Mexico to discover its many attractions while experiencing all types of situations and emotions along the way.

They stopped in the Riviera Nayarit from August 23-26 to tape scenes for the reality show with One Luc on location at the W Punta de Mita hotel and other locations including Litibú, Sayulita, San Pancho, Punta de Mita, and the beaches at El Anclote and La Lancha. The three ladies visited the trendy spots and restaurants and enjoyed the nightlife in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, all the while showcasing the many attractions of this destination.

Wild On Latino will premiere on October 29th at 10 p.m., Mexico CST.