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With 8 Blue Flag certified beaches, the most of all tourist destinations in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta continues to demonstrate it is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to international tourism. The Blue Flag certified beaches in PV are: Palmares, Camarones, Playa de Oro, Amapas, Conchas Chinas I, Conchas Chinas II, Garza Blanca and Sheraton. 

Puerto Vallarta must maintain its efforts to continue to be the tourist destination with the highest number of certified beaches nationwide and extend the recognition to other areas, as these badges give greater prominence to the port, said the director of the Hotel Association and Motels (AHyM), Alejandro Torres Magaña.

The hotel executive praised the work that has been done by the municipal government, the private sector and the federal and state governments, for the certification of more beaches and the re-certifications, as well as the Blue Flag awards, which are an example for the destination to remain one of the favorites for national and foreign tourism.

He pointed out that Puerto Vallarta is the tourist destination with the most certified beaches nationwide “and we want to continue maintaining that commitment, not so much to continue being leaders, but simply because we have seen the benefit of having these recognitions and working with ecology in this case.”

Read more about the beaches of Puerto Vallarta and its sorroundings.

Source: Vallarta Daily

Tourism Police

According to a report published by the INEGI  (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía), surveys were conducted throughout the country among citizens age 18 and above, and Puerto Vallarta was among the safest cities in Mexico. For tourists from across the world, Puerto Vallarta is still considered the safest city all over in Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta has felt safe to us since we first began to come here over three decades ago. As the city has grown, we've watched many changes but some things have remained the same such as our ability to move around without fear; feel safe walking the streets of Puerto Vallarta after sunset; sleeping well at night, knowing we are secure in our home.

In surveys conducted throughout the country among citizens age 18 and above, reports about security at ATMs (including those located on public highways as well as secure bank lobbies) were very favorable for Puerto Vallarta. People also feel safe while visiting their bank, which can't be said for some global locations. The Municipal Tourism Directorate concurs with these findings, which simply confirms what most of us have long felt about Puerto Vallarta.

Safety comes at many levels; we have felt security in Puerto Vallarta for many years and have no expectations of this changing. We are so proud to live in a city that has been declared as the safest city by a very reputable publication.

Read more about safety in Puerto Vallarta

Source: Banderas News

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The Festival will mark its fifth edition on Sunday, January 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., it will  take place at park Lázaro Cárdenas, a few meters from Playa Los Muertos and home to the popular "Ándale Bernardo" statue. This edition will host five additional restaurants for a total of 10 local restaurants, two craft breweries, and artisanal ice cream with Bargelatto.

The most basic ingredients of land and sea are combined, fishermen learned that after cleaning the fish they had several options to cook it; however, at some point they tried to put it in lemon juice with the surprise of finding the cooked and marinated meat. Thus came the encounter between fish and lemon, which over time would give rise to two of the best known dishes of the cuisine of the Pacific Ocean: ceviche and a Mexican variant with chili and onion: aguachile.

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.

He commented that ceviche and aguachile are very traditional dishes in the region, prepared homemade by families from all walks of life and by chefs in restaurants of all kinds, in a sample of the versatility of these products.

Read more about Puerto Vallarta's local dishes and its restaurants.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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Banderas Bay is located on the west-central coast of the Mexican Pacific, between the southwest part of the state of Nayarit and western part of Jalisco. It is one of the largest bays in Mexico, after Sebastian Vizcaino Bay and the Bay of Campeche. The bay area is a very important for the local and Mexican tourism industry, with millions of visitors a year.

Due to its nature and the provision of infrastructure in services, this bay has everything necessary to meet the most demanding tourism, not for nothing, is part of the "Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World", based in France.

Puerto Vallarta is subject to protection measures, has a fauna and flora of interest, and remarkable and attractive natural spaces, as well as being known and appreciated locally and nationally. It is also emblematic for its population and has the economic potential which is why Bahía de Banderas forms part of this exclusive Club and you can enjoy it when you visit us.

Read more about Banderas Bay

Source: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Guide

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South America, United States and Europe are the main markets where airlines are looking to add direct flights to Guadalajara International Airport and the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta

Enrique Ramos Flores, Jalisco's Secretary of Tourism said, 'We're trying to add a direct flight from Panama to Puerto Vallarta; with Panama being a business distribution center in South America, we've already created a direct flight to Guadalajara, but we're expecting direct flights to PV soon.'

Another south american destination the Secretary of Tourism is aiming for is Bogota, Colombia, with 80-90% of colombian tourists going to Cancun or Riviera Maya, they're looking to create flights that will take them directly to Riviera-Nayarit. 'Jalisco provides an immense portfolio of opportunities for international tourists looking for cultural, culinary and natural attractions.' said Maritza Zúñiga, tourism researcher and specialist.

According to Ramos Flores, 'The north american market is incredibly important to us, so we want to keep increasing our influence on it. We're attempting to increase flight frequency from the states that bring the most business to PV, such as California, Texas and Atlanta.'

Among other locations in the works are Madrid, Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, La Habana and Santiago de Chile.

Source: Hoy Los Angeles (Spanish)



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