According to Wikipedia: the Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its stringent standards. This year Palmares, Camarones, Playa de Oro, Garza Blanca, Sheraton, Amapas, Conchas Chinas I and Conchas Chinas 2 were recertified.
Upon receiving the Blue Flag re-certification of 8 beaches, Puerto Vallarta has become one of the tourist destinations with the largest number of beaches that enjoy this distinction, which were received on Thursday by the interim municipal president Rodolfo Domínguez Monroy, during the XIII National Meeting of Clean Beaches.
After the ceremony headed by federal authorities, the interim mayor celebrated the achievement of all the Vallartenses, because it is thanks to teamwork among the municipal government, private initiative, tourism service providers, citizens and other authorities, which continue to give good results to this city, giving it greater competitiveness compared to other beach destinations and guaranteeing the care and preservation of its natural resources and its environment.
Puerto Vallarta has a total of 8 beaches with Blue Flag recognition, some of them also with national certification, as well as 2 more beaches with the distinction of Sustainable Clean Beaches.
Source: Vallarta Daily
The Municipality's Tourism Secretariat has reported Puerto Vallarta is estimated to have an 80% hotel occupancy for this summer season and bringing approximately 730 million pesos in economic income.
According to the numbers throughout this year and the tourist flow seen during 2017's summer season, hotel occupancy is expected to fluctuate between 77.50% and 80%, couple with the number of hotel reservations already in place.
This report pointed out that the highest point of the summer season will be between July 07th and August 20th, and according to occupancy estimations, the daily percentaje will reach up to 85% with some days seeing upwards of 90%, specially in July.
The Secretariat informs that both authorities and toursim related services are prepared to receive and attend the thousands of visitors that will arrive in Puerto Vallarta during the summer. There are also tourist info booths in several spots around the city and in some beaches, with properly trained staff to deal with any guidance visitors may need.
Original Source: Diario de Vallarta (Spanish)
The VI Festival of the Sea Turtle will take place on July 21st and 22nd, 2018, in Playa Platanitos.
The heavenly Platanitos beach will be hosting the VI Festival of the Marine Turtle, which aims to raise awareness about conservation of this endangered species as well as its environment. The festival also features cultural and recreational activities, with the destination’s beautiful scenery as the backdrop.
The event is focused on promoting the care of the environment and the conservation of the sea turtle, as well as driving tourism to a community of less than 100 inhabitants, most of whom are dedicated to commerce, fishing and sustainable tourism.
You can click here to check the entire schedule.
Source: Vallarta Nayarit Blog
Summer is here and it’s time for a vacation! You’ll want to indulge in some rest and relaxation—and there’s no better place to do it than on the beach, where the sun, sand, and sea conspire to offer the best views and unique moments.
According to research by Mexican travel agencies, 4 out of every 10 Mexicans plan on taking their vacation between July and August, coinciding with the school holidays. Even though the country has plenty of tourism destinations to choose from, there’s one that stands out for it luxury and exclusivity: the Riviera Nayarit. With a hotel offer of nearly 15 thousand rooms, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is ready to welcome its best tourism season this summer. Its infrastructure, gorgeous beaches, the warmth of its people, and its excellent gastronomy make the destination a favorite of domestic travelers.
When visiting the Riviera Nayarit, travelers will find themselves in Mexico’s youngest destination, one that in just a little over 10 years has become a favorite with Mexicans and foreigners alike. An important asset is its 23 traditional villages, each one with its own essence and identity. It has 308 km/192 mi of Pacific coastline that extends through the municipalities of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago, and Tecuala. It also has iconic spots to enjoy within the destination as well as multidimensional attractions such as Nuevo Vallarta, Islas Marietas, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita and Sayulita, to mention just a few.
The Riviera Nayarit is located about 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport; its northernmost point is 40 minutes west of the Tepic International Airport. The climate is mainly warm and sub-humid, with an average annual temperature of 25 C (77 F).
Source: Vallarta Daily
The 2nd Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival will be held at Lazaro Cardenas Park on Saturday, July 7th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. The event and entertainment is free. Tickets will be sold for 25 pesos to sample your favorite dish or mango drink.
Join the Jay Sadler Project A.C., Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta A.C. and Sister City Highland Park, Il. as they raise money for various charities, the three organizations present the juiciest event: The 2nd Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival. Come out and celebrate the sweetest produce of the summer - mangoes! - while enjoying various dishes made with the 'King of Tropical Fruit' provided by local restaurants and vendors, complemented by free live entertainment that starts with 5:00 Orquesta Escuela de Puerto Vallarta, 6:00 Hired Guns, 7:00 Da Crew, 8:00 Jose Carlos Olvera and 9:00 Alan Vallejo Garcia
If you think "THOSE dishes" you know a thing or two about this delicious fruit, think again. A visit to the festival will heighten your appreciation for what can be done in the name of mangoes. Try many dessert treats incorporating this Puerto Vallarta staple. See if you agree with who dishes out the best Mango cobbler, a dessert typical of the region.
So far, participating vendors include: Bahia de Banderas, Bar La Playa, El Torito, Escondida’s Sports Bar, Gringo Loco, Horizonte de Paz, India Gate, La Sanderia, Los Muertos Brewing, Mama Sirena, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Nacho Daddy, PV Cup Cakes, R.I.S.E., Savvy & Well, The Green Place, Tomatlan and Vallarta Botanical Gardens. More are expected. Some of the more than 20 dishes wings and draft beer, Pizza and draft beer, Cupcakes, Baked goods, Popsicles with and without vodka, Empanadas and chicken with mango as tasters
Did you know? Ask any Mexican to name his or her favorite fruit, and chances are the answer will be el mango. From very early spring until late summer, mangos are everywhere: stacked into symmetrical monotones ("mountains") in the markets, sold in the street on sticks, with the flesh cut to resemble flower petals, or in large glass jars in a spicy vinaigrette. Additionally, mangos are also used in cooking, especially in la nueva cocina, Mexican nouvelle cuisine. In the months from October to February, when fresh mangos are largely unavailable, they are well represented by a huge variety of prepared juices and drink mixes, gelatin, candy, fruit leather, sauces and pickles, both bottled and canned.
But such was not always the case. Mangos, like another Mexican favorite, rice, are indigenous to Asia, especially India, where they have been so basic a part of the diet for 4,000 years that the Sanskrit word for mango, am, means "provisions." From India, the fruit spread throughout the Far East, and was first brought to Mexico in 1775 by the Spanish galleons that regularly crossed back and forth from the Philippines to Acapulco. A century later, they were introduced to the Gulf coast area from the British Antilles through the port of Veracruz, an area that is famous for the mango variety most prized by Mexicans, the manila. The word mango is an adaptation of the Tamil name for the fruit, mang-kay.
Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Veracruz and Chiapas are Mexico's most important mango growing and exporting states. Mexico has been the biggest exporter of mangos worldwide for several years, being only slightly edged out by China some years. (India is the world's largest producer of the fruit, but consumes a great deal of it nationally.) The most widely grown varieties in Mexico are the manila, a small, flat, green-to-yellow mango with a point called a beak at one end; the criollo or petacon, a large, sweet, round, reddish-orange version of the fruit; the Tommy Atkins and the Kent, very large, highly perfumed fruit, sometimes growing nearly to the size of small melons. These last two are called "Floridas" by Mexican mango growers, after the US state where they were first developed.