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Punta Mita’s first skate bowl is under construction at the Shore Skatepark, on the highway to Punta de Mita KM 13.9.

Led by the DIY (Do It Yourself) skate community, this first skate bowl is possible, thanks to the effort of different sponsors and collaborators such as Dreamland Skateparks (developer), professional skaters from our bay and the United States, as well as the well known brand Vans Mexico, as anchor investor of this project.

It is expected that this first skate bowl is finished by March 2020 and turns into the preferred location for competitions that capture a new segment of visitors from Mexico and abroad.

Led by Emilio and Eduardo Fernández (owners of Acción Tropical Surf School in Punta de Mita), the construction of Shore Skatepark in Punta de Mita started in 2006 with the main purpose to create a suitable space to encourage skate fans to practice it.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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The San Pancho Music Festival is back for another year, this time celebrating its 20th anniversary from February 28th through March 1st, 2020.

The San Pancho Music Festival has grown from a small grassroots music festival in a residents backyard to one of the premiere music events in the region, helping San Pancho be recognized as the cultural heart of the Riviera Nayarit.  The Festival continues to be free to the public through the generosity of the artists, volunteers, donations from the public, and the local business community.

The San Pancho Music Festival presents 27 bands on two stages, over the last weekend of February, offering continuous music from 5pm until after 11pm. The Festival features a wide variety of genres from many of the talented performers in our region, and also artists from other parts of Mexico, the US, Canada, and Latin America.  Visit the website for more details on the performers, and information about the festival.                        

The Festival is held in the Plaza del Sol, across from the church in San Pancho, Nayarit.  There will be excellent food vendors on site, alcohol and non-alcohol beverage options, as well as many arts and crafts vendors.  A limited number of chairs are available on a first come first serve basis, so we recommend to bring your own chairs in order to settle in for a weekend of great music and fun!

Click here to check the entire schedule.

Source: Press Release

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The Annual Puerto Vallarta Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for February 22nd at Parque Parota (Hotel Zona Norte) in Puerto Vallarta.

This Chili Cook Off fundraiser was previously held at El Rio Bar BBQ on the River Cuale. Kurt Sinner, owner of the El Rio BBQ, has done a great job in promoting the Chili Cook Off over the past 7 years. The growth in attendance from 2018 to 2019 was so successful that PV Chili Cook-Off Host Committee Chairman Jim Sullivan decided it was time to look for another venue.

Parque Parota’s large open space will let us welcome even more attendees, more chili vendors each with more space, allow faster lines (for chili and beer), more activities, more vendors, more bands, etc. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased now online at www.PVChiliCookoff.com/tickets or at many participating bars/restaurants beginning January 10.

Demonstrating their continuing commitment to the Cook-Off and to the Jay Sadler Project, Hollis, Head BBQ Chef at the El Rio BBQ, will be one of the Cook-Off judges. Keep up with the latest news about the Cook-Off online at www.PVChiliCookoff.com, and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/vallartachili/.

Source: Press Release

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From January 28 to February 2, 2020, the best Charro teams in Mexico and the US will gather in Vallarta to compete in the Noveno Campeonato Internacional Charro (Ninth International Charro Championship) “Hacienda Serena 2020” at Arena Vallarta.

The Ninth International Charro Championships will be held from January 30th through February 2nd at Arena Vallarta. Charreadas (competitions) are held three times a day with each Charro team, made up of all men dressed in traditional clothing, competing in 9 different challenges to demonstrate their skills at horse training and commands, roping of horses and livestock, bulldogging, bull riding, forefooting, speed challenges and bareback bronc riding.

After each Charreada, there will be two Escaramuzas, which entail teams made up of 8 to 12 women dressed in ornate Adelita or Ranchera dresses performing a variety of precision horseback riding techniques while riding sidesaddle. Tere will also be several children’s (Infantil) Charro team exhibitions over the February 1-2 weekend.

Throughout the Championships, attendees will also enjoy live music, Folkloric ballet and Mariachi performances, Charro parades, traditional food, dance and more. For the full schedule of events, visit arenavallarta.com.

Source: The Yucatan times

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Puerto Vallarta closed the 2019 holidays with a hotel occupancy rate of 89%, this represents a 2% increase in tourism when compared to the previous year.

During the holiday period there was an economic benefit of more than $675 million pesos, only in hotel occupancy, with 123,000 tourists who visited the destination. The figure corresponds to the period from December 20, 2019, to January 5, 2020, with a general hotel occupancy rate of 89%, which represents an increase of 2 percentage points compared to the previous year.

The state official said that, although it was not possible to reach 100% occupancy in these vacations during the end of the year, the focus of tourism authorities is really to increase the cost of the average rate per person, meaning having visitors who spend more instead of full hotels with low rates.

The 2019 annual data for flights, the record number of the last years was 5-million passengers at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

While the Maritime Terminal in 2019 registered just over 482,000 cruise passengers who visited Puerto Vallarta, projecting an increase of 30 percent by 2020.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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