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With a lineup filled with music and color is how Vallarta will say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the new year 2019.

Every year, thousands of tourists from Mexico and around the world meet in Puerto Vallarta to ring in the New Year in this beautiful city. As the sun starts to set on December 31st, thousands of people head downtown to enjoy the free entertainment that's performed on the stage that's set up near El Faro (the lighthouse) on the Malecón.

  • This year's lineup starts with Arcano at 8:00 pm, followed by Mariachi Real de America at 10:30 pm, and Grupo Versatil Ahi Ná Má at 11:30 pm.
  • As midnight approaches, everyone starts looking for the best place to enjoy the Espectacular Piromusical, a spectacular fireworks and musical presentation that welcomes the New Year - Vallarta Style!
  • Ahi Ná Má will return to the stage at 12:10 and, at 1:00 am, Lalo y Tigre y su Invasion Norteña will bring the celebrations to a close. 

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Hotel occupancy in destinations such as Cancún, coastal Nayarit, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are predicting occupancy rates between 85% and 90% for the holiday season.

The forecast comes from the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM) whose president, Rafael García, said that occupancy in the winter period last year was just 59%, with the September 2017 earthquakes and United States travel alerts both contributing to the low rate.

But this year is expected to be different. Hotels in destinations such as Cancún, coastal Nayarit, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are predicting even higher occupancy rates - 85% and 90% in the holiday season, while for New Year's they expect to be full. "Occupation will increase from December 20 when school holidays start and continue until January 6, but the best [period] is the end of the year when a 100% occupancy rate is expected at the beach. Already, there are very few spaces left," García said.

Beyond the hotel sector, booking websites, airlines and the timeshare industry are also expecting a strong winter holiday period. Ana Acevedo, Latin America vice-president for development at timeshare company RCI, said that vacation clubs in Mexico are expecting 80% occupancy over the break. "Timeshares generate higher occupancy of between 10% and 15% above traditional hotels," Acevedo said, explaining "the average stay is longer... timeshare owners stay on average seven nights."

Cancún, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán account for the greatest number of vacation properties, but San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato and Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California are attracting a growing number of holiday house owners.

Source: Banderas News

 

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As part of their New Year's Eve Festival, Almar Resort is celebrating the new year with a four-day event called NYE Festival. Every day starting on December 28 there's a different party to enjoy in this chic and trendy complex located on Playa Los Muertos next to the beautiful Banderas Bay

Say “adiós” to 2018 and start the new year right with four days of parties! We love it when you’re having a great time - so we’ve created the best New Year’s Eve line-up in Puerto Vallarta with eh White Party NYE festival and more! Enjoy four days of live music, pool parties, delicious food and refreshing drinks. Surround yourself with the most handsome, sculpted boys in PV on the best gay beach in the area - Muertos Beach. Close out 2018 and begin 2019 with a bang at one of the most exclusive parties around.

Friday, December 28: Join us at The Top Sky Bar, where besides enjoying the best view of Banderas Bay, the Dj Diego Alvarez will intice you to dance with his seductive beats.

Saturday, December 29: Jubilee (LuXXXury Edition) at Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Sushi. DJs Luis Vazquez and Angel Rios will create an unforgettable beach party.

Sunday, December 30: White Party Circus with Dj Joe Gauthreaux & Dj Isis Muretech at Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Sushi.

Tuesday, January 1: Scruff Pool Party with Dj Isis Muretech at Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Sushi.

We want to see you at the White Party NYE Festival in Puerto Vallarta!

Source:  Almar Resort

Rhythms Of The Night

Vallarta Adventures offers the opportunity to enjoy a very special night in a boat ride to the hidden paradise of Las Caletas. After the adventure you can delight yourselves with a candlelight dinner and later you'll be able to join the festivities and get a privileged view to the famous fireworks display at the Malecón! Ring in the new year with friends and family.

As night falls, the secluded cove of Las Caletas is transformed into a magical paradise, the ultimate backdrop for our exclusive event, Rhythms of the Night - an amazing voyage that will transport you to a mystical and spiritual land that time forgot.

Your adventure begins with a scenic ocean cruise across Banderas Bay to the isolated cove of Las Caletas. As the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean and darkness descends, you'll enjoy a privileged view of the shimmering lights scattered along the coastline. As the lights diminish, our journey continues beneath the stars - until a flicker of torches guides us to the secluded haven of Las Caletas.

 

You'll savor every moment of this unique dining experience whether you are with your special someone or with a group. While lingering over coffee and dessert, the pulsing beat of native drums summons you to our outdoor amphitheater. Here, hidden at the edge of the tropical jungle, a torch-lit pyramid sets the scene, creating the atmosphere for a mesmerizing and breathtaking theatrical performance.

You can read more about Rhythms of the Night HERE.

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The thirteenth edition of this festival will take place from December 26 through December 30 in San Pancho, Nayarit.
Sinergiarte is the annual San Pancho art festival organized every December by Colectivo San Pancho (the town's art collective). The festival was born thirteen years ago to display and share the art and culture coming out of San Pancho, now in its 13th edition, the event has evolved into an important multidisciplinary festival, live music, dance and theater performances, visual art exhibitions and much more.

The festival is the perfect celebration for lovers of the arts and culture. This year it will offer workshops in dance, theatre, music, cinema, literature, performance, photography, multimedia, painting, sculpting, martial arts, sports, and it will also feature craftssmen and experts in gastronomy and the region's typical dishes.

Source: El Diario de Turismo (Spanish)