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On July 15, 2019, Nuevo Vallarta Norte, the Marina Riviera Nayarit, the Lagoon at Santa María del Oro and Marina Fonatur San Blas -all within the Riviera Nayarit- were certified Blue Flag during an event held at the Marina Fonatur.

On Monday, July 15, 2019, Blue Flag certificates were awarded to the beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit during a ceremony headed by Miguel Torruco Marqués, Mexico's Secretary of Tourism, and Antonio Echeverría García, Governor of the State of Nayarit. Both venues are in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas in the Riviera Nayarit. The Lagoon at Santa María del Oro (municipality of Santa María del Oro), and the Marina Fonatur San Blas (municipality of San Blas) are also within the Riviera Nayarit.

The event took place at the Marina Fonatur in the Historic Port of San Blas, where they raised the corresponding flag. This occasion marked the first time the marina received this international certification. Thanks to these credentials, the state of Nayarit has become an example for the nation.  According to Torruco Marqués, this "speaks to the commitment the tourism service providers and the community have with the environment."

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) sets the protocols for Blue Flag certifications. Joaquín Díaz Ríos, executive director for the entity's Mexico chapter, offered the explanatory statements: The main criteria taken into account for this award are water quality, environmental education and management, safety, and services. Of note is the fact the certification is valid for one year. Because of this, at the end of every summer the beaches are up for recertification after an exhaustive evaluation.

Source: Riviera Nayarit Mexico Blog

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Puerto Vallarta has, once again, positioned itself as one of the safest cities in the country, landing in sixth place.

This is according to the results of the National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), which took place between April and June, and was applied in 21,800 homes in 71 cities of the 32 entities in the country.

The safest cities according to the report are: San Pedro Garza García, 18.9% - Mérida, 30.2% - San Nicolás de los Garza, 31.5% - Los Cabos, 36.1% - Durango, 40.8% - Puerto Vallarta, 43.1%

The survey does not look at actual crime statistics in each city and is only the opinions about security among full-time national residents.

Source: Vallarta Banderas (Spanish)


Vallarta’s Municipal government and the business sector of the region met with representatives of the INAH regarding the construction of Puerto Vallarta’s National Archeological Museum, the first in the country outside of Mexico City.

To add to the city’s cultural attractions, Alicia García Vázquez, director of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) of Jalisco, met with representatives of the business sector and the municipal government to define the details regarding the construction of Puerto Vallarta’s National Archeological Museum.

It is expected that this cultural facility becomes an educational venue that allows residents and visitors to obtain documentary information about Vallarta · Nayarit’s history and identity, thanks to the diverse pieces and expositions that will be held at this place.

This space will be unique for the region, as it is expected to become the first museum of its kind outside of Mexico City.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles


Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the world’s most popular cruise destinations – as well as the best cruise lines to visit each region – based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic.

Puerto Vallarta was recognized as one of the best cruise destinations in the world, winning Top-Rated Mexican Riviera Cruise Destination.

Destinations awarded in this year’s awards received the highest ratings among cruisers who cruised to the destination in the past year and shared their experiences on Cruise Critic.

“For most travelers, the decision of where to cruise is made before they think about all the other pieces of the cruise planning process,” explains Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic. “And for those looking for incredible cruise destinations, there’s no better way to narrow your options than by seeing which destinations are rated most highly by cruisers who have already been there, done that.”

 For full details on this year’s winners, visit the 2019 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards


This is the last week of the Mita Culinary Month, a gastronomic festival where four Punta Mita restaurants joined forces to celebrate the community’s culinary offerings.

Four restaurants located in Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit have joined together to participate in the first edition of the Mita Culinary Month, created by chefs Héctor Leyva and Iván Bautista, chef and sous chef at Hector’s Kitchen.

Babela’s, Hector’s Kitchen, Pacífico Grill Latino, and Punta Mercedes will present their culinary proposals from June 15 through July 15, 2019, with three-course menus brimming with texture, color, and flavor—a hallmark culinary offer from Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit, one of the most recognized and awarded destinations in the world.

Chef Héctor Leyva commented that Mita Culinary Month celebrates the haute cuisine offered in the destination, ergo its importance. “The intent is to reach more palates and for people to know why Punta Mita in the Riviera Nayarit is a world leader. It’s not for nothing that gastronomy has always been one of the pillars of tourism promotion,” he said.

Meanwhile, Marc Murphy, director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), said: “We should celebrate that a restaurant encourages the development of the culinary communities that surround it and that it’s also an experience well worth enjoying as far as price-quality is concerned.”

Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog

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