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Local authorities have confirmed the second edition of Down Puerto Vallarta, it will take place in downtown Puerto Vallarta (along Aldama street) on Sunday, May 13.

Mountain Bike professional athletes and enthusiasts have long known Puerto Vallarta as a destination beyond its beaches, with multiple providers in the city offering numerous MTB adventures across the Sierra Madre and surrounding towns. But the secret is out as the second edition of the urban cycling competition, Down Puerto Vallarta, is set to position Puerto Vallarta, celebrating its centennial this year, on the international stage of extreme and urban sports this May 13th.

Produced by the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board and Altius Event, Down Puerto Vallarta will feature three categories: Downhill, Slopestyle y Freestyle and take participants from the Sierra Madre’s La Cruz hilltop, downhill and across the historic center to the Malecon in a panoramic 3,000-foot-long speedway. Puerto Vallarta is expecting thousands of visitors to travel to the city to attend the race and cheer on competitors.

Participants will have the opportunity to test the track on May 12 before taking on the race on the 13. Both events will start at 4:30 PM, right before sunsets.

The city of Puerto Vallarta is nestled between the mountainous jungle of the Sierra Madre and the sandy beaches along the Bay of Banderas; a natural environment of varying terrain and majestic views offering ideal conditions for outdoor adventures and sports and Mountain Biking are noticing.

Read more about sports and other activities in and around PV!
 

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Puerto Vallarta started introducing a completely new and modern public bus system late last month, aiming to provide passengers a comprehensive and high-quality service.

The new buses are being produced by DINA, a Mexican automotive producer of heavy duty and specialty vehicles, and will have air conditioning, security cameras, information screens and a payment system for prepaid cards. Eight buses went into operation earlier this month as an introduction to the local population with an additional 90 buses being added gradually until December of this year when 332 new units will make up Puerto Vallarta’s only public bus system in operation.

During the implementation phase, Puerto Vallarta ’s public transportation system will be hosting an introduction period to local authorities, hoteliers, and members of the local population to introduce the service. Presentations will also be done at schools and brochures will be distributed to bus riders using the current system to ensure maximum exposure of the new routes and payment system.

The new public buses will run on gas, lowering pollution in the city. Drivers will also be trained to meet all the requirements of Jalisco’s Department of Transportation and to ensure that drivers no longer speed to pick up passengers. In addition, a new night service with a transportation starting at midnight will be added to provide service industry workers with safe transportation during the hours that many locals travel to work at hotels, restaurants, tours, etc. The Buho (owl in Spanish) will operate the main routes of Puerto Vallarta.

You can read more about PV's transport in our How To Move section.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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A new tourist and residential complex, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, is coming to Punta de Mita in late 2019. It will overlook the Banderas Bay and be comprised of an ultra-luxury boutique hotel and 30 oceanfront private residences.

Susurros del Corazón, a new destination from Auberge Resorts Collection, might be opening its doors in Punta de Mita in late 2019, as announced by local real estate agency Riviera Partners Realty. This will be a tourist and residential complex overlooking the Banderas Bay and comprised of an ultra-luxury boutique hotel and 30 oceanfront private residences (3, 4 and 5 bedroom units). The latter will be marketed by the aforementioned real estate company based in Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit.

“Susurros del Corazón means Whispers of the Heart, and our guiding ethos is to create a retreat with intimacy and a sense of individuality that resonates with guests on a quiet and personal level,” said Dan Friedkin, Owner and Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “It will be a resort unlike any other in the area – exquisitely crafted and purposely relaxed in the style of an enchanting private beach house. We are excited to bring Auberge’s signature soft-spoken luxury to this jewel of a setting.”

Situated on the Riviera Nayarit, Susurros del Corazón will introduce a “bungalow by the beach experience” with both indoor and outdoor spaces that bow to the inherent beauty of the land. It will join Auberge’s impressive group of award-winning beach escapes, including Esperanza and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences in Los Cabos, Mexico, Malliouhana in Anguilla, Nanuku in Fiji, and Mukul Resort in Nicaragua.

Read more about Punta de Mita here.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit All-Inclusive Resort, located in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit -15 minutes north of Marina Vallarta, 25 minutes to historic downtown Puerto Vallarta and El Malecón, and 15 minutes from the airport-,  has been selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the properties reinventing the all-inclusive experience.

The concept of the all-inclusive resort has come a long way since the days of bottom-shelf liquor, all-you-can-eat buffets and party pools. Today, many resorts are delivering authentic local experiences with fine dining and superb spa facilities typically reserved for à la carte guests. The editors at  Forbes Travel Guide  have selected six sophisticated properties reinventing the all-inclusive experience.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

The Four-Star Riviera Nayarit property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, above, takes its leave-everything-to-us mantra to heart. In addition to all-you-can-manage water aerobics classes and daily-refilled minibars, the nightly rate includes five dining options, rooms with creative touches (wellness suites come with an exercise bike) and exceptional service, with a 24-hour personal concierge.

You can check out our hotel guide here.

Source: Forbes Travel Guide

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Vallarta Pride 2018 will bring a new level of camp to the city’s centennial celebrations with a “100 Reasons to Celebrate” theme, culminating on Saturday, May 26 with a grand nighttime shindig worthy of any carnival.

Taking place in Puerto Vallarta from May 20 to 27, Vallarta Pride has grown yearly, with its 2017 edition attracting more than 17,000 visitors. The event has become a staple in the international Pride calendar, and now drives a considerable influx of visitors during what used to be the end of Puerto Vallarta’s traditional high season for tourism. This year, Puerto Vallarta has enjoyed one of its most active seasons for the LGBT market, with multiple events taking place across town and entertainment headliners such as Hedda Lettuce, Mama Titis, Miss Conception and Kim Kuzma taking up residency across the Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta’s “gayborhood.”

This year, Vallarta Pride’s annual parade will take place on Thursday, May 24. It will start at the Hotel Sheraton Buganvilias, flow into the oceanfront Malecón promenade and culminate on Lázaro Cárdenas Street, where thousands will join a block party with “circuit” music, multicolor light shows, go-go dancers and fireworks hosted by Fiesta Bar, La Noche, Mr. Flamingo, Los Muertos Brewing, CC Slaughters and La Margarita. The Vallarta Pride International Film Festival will hold a Women’s Film Festival Screening on Wednesday, May 23; Pink & Proud will present the Official Women Only Party on Friday, May 25; and an Only Girls Cocktail event takes place at the Verona Bistro Bar on Saturday, May 26.

Celebrities such as country singer Steve Grand, transgender Mexican singer Morgana Love and Mexican actress and singer Lorena Herrera will be performing this year, with Herrera performing double duty as this year’s Grand Marshal and the star of the free concert offered by Vallarta Pride on Friday, May 25 at Teatro Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta is renowned as the premier LGBT vacation destination in Mexico. The country’s first IGLTA member, since 2014, it was also honored as the first city in Mexico to be granted Gay Travel Approved status by GayTravel.com. GayCities.com users named Puerto Vallarta their “Fun in the Sun Destination” in the site’s 2016 “Best of Gay Cities” poll. Puerto Vallarta was also named an International LGBTQ Destination at tourism industry awards Travvy Awards 2017 and listed as a top beach destination by Passport magazine in April 2017.

You can keep up with our coverage of Vallarta Pride 2018 news here, and read more about the event at their official site.

Source: Vallarta Daily