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Vallarta’s Botanical Garden has placed 5th in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice 2019 as one os the best botanical gardens in North America.

Although the list has been dominated by gardens in the U.S., the Vallarta Botanical Garden has placed twice, first in 2018 when it became the third international botanical garden to place on the list, ranking in at number 4 and this year when it placed at number 5. Montreal’s Botanical Garden also placed in this year’s list coming in at number 10.

“We congratulate the Vallarta Botanical Garden on this honor as it represents part of the grand flora and fauna found in Puerto Vallarta,” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Puerto Vallarta is a lush destination, green, where we respect the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Bay of Banderas. We invite our visitors to experience the many ecological adventures offered in Puerto Vallarta, including the Estero el Salado and Los Arcos National Park.”

USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019 Best Botanical Gardens in North America are initially selected by a panel of experts who voted on the top 20 botanical gardens, and then the final top 10 were determined by popular vote at the 10Best website — including Sherry Boswell (Travel Plans in Mom Hands), Cindy Brockway (The Trustees), Abby Meyer (Botanic Gardens Conservation International-U.S.), Nicky Omohundro (Little Family Adventure) and Katy Moss Warner (American Horticultural Society) Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) who has worked with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board to promote the destination’s offering previously.

For the complete list of 10Best botanical garden winners, visit: 10Best

For more information on Vallarta Botanical Garden, please visit their official website.

Source: ENroute

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The Reader’s Choice Awards by Condé Nast Traveler have nominated Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway as best hotel.

Condé Nast Traveler is an award-winning publication that focuses on luxury travel and lifestyle, they recently opened a poll to find the winners of their Reader’s Choice Awards 2019. Each year, the publication asks travelers to share their thoughts on the main destinations and travel agencies, awarding the best in the world. Readers can participate voting in every category, from hotels and airlines to cities and cruises, and the results will be published both online and in their print edition.

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway, located right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, is constantly named and recognized internationally by both the public and the industry thanks to its attention to detail and personalized service.

Anyone interested in supporting Villa Premiere in obtaining a recognition by one of the most respected voices in the industry can visit:https://www.cntraveler.com/rca/vote and rate the hotel.

For residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, you have a chance to participate in a lottery for a trip valued at over $5,500 USD. The contest’s rules are posted over at Condé Nast’s website.

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)

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Down Puerto Vallarta, an extreme cycling event, is back for its third edition on May 18 ad 19, starting at 4:00 pm and will be broadcasted internationally by ESPN.

On May the 18th and 19th 2019, starting at 4:00 pm, Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown will witness the Third Edition of this event that will bring once again the Downhill, Slope style and Freestyle to the fans of this extreme sport, who will fuel themselves with adrenaline while watching only from a few meters apart, the jumps, the pirouettes and bicycle tricks preformed by 36 of the best athletes from all over the world.

This time the French Remy Metailler (Downhill category) and Antoine Bizet (“Best Trick” category) will return to defend their first place position obtained in 2018.

The starting point for the cyclists will be the Mirador de la Cruz, and conclude at the Malecon, place where the Freestyle competition will take place. And every athlete will show their talent with their best tricks.

Competitions will be open for the public. Click here for more information.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Riviera Nayarit is hosting the 10th edition of the Wind Festival, which will take place in Marítima, Nuevo Vallarta from May 17th to 19th, 2019.

This area offers exceptional climatic conditions for water sports such a strong and constant winds, long waves and a 5-kilometer-long beach, making it the perfect setting for high level competitions.

The Wind Festival aims to improve the quality of water sports in our country and promote Riviera Nayarit as the perfect place to practice them. It will take place on the entire coast of Nuevo Vallarta – La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, approximately 20 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

The event sponsors the International Kiteboarding Championship in Mexico and is organized by the Mexican Association of Kiteboarding. It will have four competitions in different modalities of kitesurfing: Down Wind, Free Style, Course Racing and Big Air.  

In addition to being a highly anticipated competition for participants and fans, the Wind Festival will offer two exciting parties starting at 8:00pm at Marítima Nuevo Vallarta.

For more info and the event's full schedule visit their official website.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Puerto Vallarta will be the host of the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship, taking place on May 13-19, as previously announced by Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) and Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW).

The 2019 edition of the biannual Concacaf event, which will be held with the support of the Municipal Government of Puerto Vallarta, will have the participation of the 16 best national beach soccer teams in the region. The two best-ranked teams in the competition will also ensure qualification for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.

Soccer fans are encouraged to come cheer Mexico on at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship games, which will be held on the IPEJAL grounds in front of Puerto Vallarta's Agustin Flores Contreras Municipal Stadium, an area typically used for world-class beach volleyball competitions, from May 13-19, 2019.

Participating teams include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States and US Virgin Islands. These 16 teams will be sorted into four groups of four teams. After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers of each group will advance to the quarterfinals. Quarterfinals winners will advance to the semifinals. Semifinal winners will automatically qualify for the tournament's final, as well as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.

The public is invited to come watch the competitions, which promise to be full of surprises and adrenaline for athletes and spectators alike.

Source: Banderas News