Independence Day celebrations are deeply rooted in Mexicans, and Riviera Nayarit is one of the best places when it comes to celebrating.

The Fiestas Patrias (lit. National Holidays) are the perfect excuse to spend a few days in the Mexican Pacific Treasure, especially since this year the holiday lands on a weekend; here you can enjoy the celebrations in a beach setting that differs from the rest of the country.

The hotels in Nayarit have prepared plenty of activities and parties themed around Independence Day, like the traditional “Mexican Night,” which can include tequila, mariachi, snacks and a lot of fun. Also, there are some spectacular dinners made by the most prestigious chefs in the region which are surely going to make you yell: Viva Mexico!

Hotels like Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, W Punta de Mita, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Samba Vallarta and Paradise Village offer themed parties, mexican dinners, buffets with typical mexican dishes, free bar for national drinks, mariachis, traditional dance ballet, contests, live performances, live broadcasts of “El Grito” from the National Palace and, most important of all, fun!

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)

Viva La Independencia

The Hidalgo Park, the Plaza de Armas, the Arches of the Malecon, and all Puerto Vallarta gets in party mood to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. Dont miss the September events.

September is El Mes de la Patria in Mexico, the month of the country, when Mexico celebrates its Independence from Spain on September 16th. And in true Mexican style, we celebrate the entire month. The streets are decked out in green, white and red, which are the national colors of Mexico, and street vendors sell flags, streamers, balloons and other things to celebrate the event. Although the holiday is the 16th of September the festivities actually begin a couple of days before.

On the 13th of September, Mexico remembers the fallen young soldiers who died in the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847 in Mexico's war with the United States. El Dia de los Niños Heroes celebrates the slain cadets that fought so bravely for their country.

The 14th of September is known as El Dia del Charro, or Day of the Cowboy. The 15th of September is Noche del Grito, or Night of the Yell. At 11 pm all over Mexico, people gather in the main plazas of their towns and the mayor, together with the President of Mexico from the National Palace in Mexico City, gives "El Grito" (literally the yell or shout) of independence.

The 16th of September is the National Holiday, and it's a patriotic celebration marked by civic ceremonies, parades, concerts and lively parties in the downtown area.

Sources: Banderas News & Visit Puerto Vallarta


Five large-format sculptures created by international artists have been donated to Puerto Vallarta and now grace public spaces throughout the municipality.

In a ceremony led by interim mayor Rodolfo Domínguez Monroy and CUCosta rector Marco Antonio Cortés Guardado, the new art works were entrusted to residents of the La Aurora, Infonavit CTM, and Los Sauces neighborhoods, as well as users of the El Pitillal linear park and the road to Las Palmas.

The municipal president celebrated this collective effort between his government and "those who find culture a source of inspiration for constructing projects that fortify our city," saying that art is a platform for social transformation. For that reason he recognized the rector of El Centro Universitario de la Costa and all those who made the 2017 Forum of Sculptors possible, as well as the artists who donated their work to the people of Vallarta.

"On this occasion, the sculptures are being delivered to different colonias for the enjoyment of the local people and the beautification of their environment. We want to build a relationship of civic pride and identity in these neighborhoods of the municipality and, at the same time, encourage art and creativity in our children and young people," he explained, adding that public art also strengthens the tourism attractions in this destination.

Source: Banderas News



With the participation of chefs totaling 14 Michelin stars and 18 Repsol Suns, the tenth edition of the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2018 will take place from October 14 to 18.

The event is framed as part of a series of celebrations: the centennial of Puerto Vallarta and the tenth anniversary of Riviera Nayarit, that’s why it will be celebrated in style with 48 of the most important international chefs, some of them featured in the 50th Best Latin America.

Consuelo Elipe and Carlos Elizondo, creators of the event, expressed their excitement to get a poster with the best chefs of today, and their thanks to Mexico for being the country that has hosted this event for 10 years. “The event will be full of surprises and unique moments for all those who love gastronomy,” they said.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have distinguished themselves as one of the places with the greatest gastronomic importance in Mexico. It is a kitchen always thriving, full of proposals and with great quality in the products they offer to delight the most demanding palates from around the world in any season of the year.

You can check the event's schedule here.

Source: Vallarta Daily



Six new patrol units were assigned to the State Tourism Police based in the Riviera Nayarit on August 24th, these are in addition to the 12 units already on the force for a total of 18 patrol units now in service along the tourism corridor.

This was possible thanks to an investment of $4 million pesos derived from the 3% Hospitality Tax and administered by the Nayarit State Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur). The former was obtained thanks to a formal request to the state government from the Riviera Nayarit business guild in response to the need for reinforcing security to prevent future criminal acts in the destination, which encompasses the municipalities of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela & San Blas.

Antonio Echeverría García, governor of the state of Nayarit; Javier Herrera Valle, secretary of the Department of Public Safety; and Jaime Alonso Cuevas, Bahía de Banderas' municipal president; were present on August 24 on the grounds of the Bahía de Banderas Tourism Trust Beach Club to hand over the keys to the agents who will be driving the patrol units, with representatives from the local business sector standing by. Afterwards, a starter flag signaled the activation of the new patrol cars.

Source: Banderas News