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The United States Department of State issued an update for its travel advisory to Mexico by deeming all major tourism destinations safe.

The Mexico Tourism Board revealed that more than 40 of the country’s major international tourist destinations have no travel restrictions and exist in states where there are no special travel advisories for tourists.

Mexican officials cite the updated travel advisory to prove the vast majority of crimes in the country do not occur in areas frequented by international tourists. Even some of the areas with remaining warnings have resort areas free of the travel restrictions, including Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

In total, Mexico is the sixth-most visited country in the world, registering 39.3 million international visitors in 2017. The tourism industry in the country has also experienced a growth rate above industry-average levels for the last five years, thanks in part to the government’s focus on the safety of tourists.

Source: Travel Pulse

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The sixth edition of the Ceviche and Aguachile Festival will take place on Sunday, July 29, at the Lázaro Cárdenas park, a few meters from Playa Los Muertos.

So far there are 10 confirmed restaurants: Abulón, Maringo, Tuna Azul, Happy Burros, El Rey del Aguachile, Mamá Sirena, La Zarandería, Capitán Cajun, La Tostadería y Mundo. Prices range from 15 to 25 pesos, depending on the main ingredient (ie. tuna or shrimp.)

The organizer of the event, Edgar Cisneros, explained that ceviche is a dish consisting of fish or seafood marinated in citrus dressings, mainly lemon, lime or sour orange, is one of the delights most sought by tourists who visit the beach. He stressed that the aguachile followed a similar procedure but in this, as the name implies, generous portions of chopped chile are added, mainly serrano and abundant onion slices, as well as grain salt and some pepper, which produce an explosion of flavor.

Several noted chefs and personalities related to cultural and gastronomy will be attending the event.

Source: Vallarta Today

 

 

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The National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), which takes place during the first two weeks of March, June, September and December, revealed Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the safest cities in the country.

The five cities with the least perceptions of insecurity are San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León (33.5%), Saltillo, Coahuila (34.3%), Mérida, Yucatán (35.9%), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (36.6%). and San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León (40.1%). Puerto Vallarta slipped four spots compared to the same survey conducted in December 2017.

The survey, which takes place in the first fortnight of March, June, September and December, was applied in 20,400 homes in 68 cities of the 32 entities in the country. Mexico City was divided into four regions.

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 Daily

Boasting a pleasant tropical climate year-round, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit feature golden-sand beaches and showcase captivating views of the Sierra Madre Mountains and Bay of Banderas. Combining the best of exploration and relaxation with tranquil beach settings and a bustling Hotel Zone, this popular tropical destination offers travellers an array of experiences ranging from world-class golfing, to discovering the landscape on horseback or zipline, to exciting performances such as the popular pirate show that takes place on a real pirate galleon—perfect for families seeking entertainment.

Executive Vice President of Sunwing Travel Group Quebec, Sam Char, welcomed the news. “Saving customers time and money by enabling them to depart from their local airport is one of our key priorities, and we are delighted to be offering Quebecers even more choice this coming winter with the introduction of this new service. Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are consistently popular vacation destinations and we’re sure this new service will be well received.”

Source: Vallarta Daily

 

Carnival Miracle

World-renowned cruise line Carnival Cruise recently announced the return of its vessel Carnival Miracle to Puerto Vallarta.

After a seven-year break, the cruise ship will begin operations in December 2019, departing from the San Diego Port and with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and its final destination: Puerto Vallarta. Carnival Miracle is a 963-foot long ship with a capacity of 2,124 passengers and featuring cozy staterooms and varied onboard dining and entertainment options. Other cruise lines that connect San Diego and Puerto Vallarta include Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line.

“The Port of San Diego is thrilled to welcome Carnival Cruise Line back,” Rafael Castellanos, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, said. “The partnership between the Port and Carnival offers cruisers more travel options while providing even more economic benefit to the region.”

According to the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, calls to the destination are expected to increase annually. This year, a total of 144 cruise ships will make stops in Puerto Vallarta with 202,101 passengers onboard.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles