Welcome to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are two of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations - equally popular with both national and international visitors. Puerto Vallarta has been consistently voted by Conde Nast readers as one their top ten favorite international destinations for years and Riviera Nayarit consistently obtains some of the highest occupancy rates in Mexico. VirtualVallarta.com is your guide to this wonderful region and communities nearby - some within Banderas Bay and others a little farther away along what we refer to as Costa Vallarta.
We think you are going to enjoy this site and encourage you to visit frequently. There literally is more information here about Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, and their many communities, than you'll find anywhere else.
Here are the latest important news about our destination, along with upcoming events you will not want to miss! For our news archives, please visit the News section.
Vallarta Promoted Successfully as an Essential Golf Destination Aug 18, 2014
Several press-related promotional trips organized by Riviera Nayarit’s Convention and Visitors Bureau have produced excellent promotion of Banderas Bay as one of Mexico’s preferred golf destinations. Check out some of the articles!
Jaguar Monitoring Begins as Jala-Vallarta Highway Construction Continues Aug 13, 2014
Using special collars with GPS tracking information, researchers from Alianza Jaguar are now tracking migratory patterns of the jaguars that use the proposed highway path as their habitat. Monitoring their habits will allow for the construction of an environmentally responsible project.
South American Tourism to Vallarta Nayarit Increases Aug 13, 2014
An increase in South American tourism reflects the positive results of the promotion of the Vallarta-Nayarit brand undertaken by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus, as part of the joint campaign spearheaded Mexico’s Tourism Board.
Corazón de Niña Benefit Announced Aug 13, 2014
ACT II Entertainment has announced an evening of music, entertainment, fun and friendship to benefit Corazón de Niña, a local, non-profit children’s shelter. The event will take place Friday, August 15, at 6 pm
at the ACT II’s Stages.
Progress Reported in New Guadalajara - Vallarta Highway Aug 6, 2014
Several news outlets in the region recently reported advances in the new four-lane highway that will significantly reduce travel time between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. The project involves a 184 kilometer stretch between Jala, Nayarit, and Puerto Vallarta.
New Diver Sculpture Installed in Bucerías Aug 6, 2014
Looking for a new, iconic landmark, the town of Bucerías and the municipality of Bahía de Banderas announced a brand new bronze sculpture that was installed in the town’s oceanfront boardwalk on Saturday, August 2. The sculpture of a diver, celebrates the town’s humble origins.
Villa Mandarinas Announces Los Mangos Library Fundraiser Aug 6, 2014
A summer benefit for Los Mangos Public Library has just been announced, to take place Sunday, August 24, noon - 8 pm, at Villa Mandarinas, one of the many spectacular oceanfront villas in Puerto Vallarta’s scenic South Shore.
Optinam 2014 Concludes Successfully Jul 30, 2014
At the tenth and final race of the 2014 North American Optimist Sailing Championship (Optinam), all 175 young sailors returned to the shore to gather their equipment, change into their countries’ team uniforms and gathered in the Paradise Village Convention Center for the Awards ceremony.
Riviera Nayarit Organizes Latin Fest Jul 30, 2014
After two successful Salsa-Mambo annual events, Riviera Nayarit decided to complement with a new event, the first ever Latin Fest Riviera Nayarit, to take place this weekend, August 1-2, in the Nuevo Vallarta Marina.
Los Muertos Pier, One of Top Nine in the World Jul 29, 2014
CNN Español, the Spanish counterpart to the popular English news website, has singled out nine spectacular piers around the world, including Los Muertos Pier in the exclusive list. Read more to discover the other landmarks!
Puerto Vallarta Restructures its Conventions and Visitors Bureau Jul 23, 2014
Puerto Vallarta is stepping up its outreach to business travel by restructuring its Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The entity will be headed by executive director Miguel Andres Hernandez, who served as president of the Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Association Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012.
Nuevo Vallarta Seeks EarthCheck Certification Jul 23, 2014
Riviera Nayarit’s Conventions & Visitors Bureau has just announced that Nuevo Vallarta is seeking certification by EarthCheck, the international agency devoted to researching and developing the best solutions for conserving and caring for our planet.
Cartelera Escénica Announces Contemporary Dance Premiere Jul 22, 2014
Three years in the making, local choreographer Melissa Castillo premieres Escudriñando el Cielo
(or scouting the sky), a contemporary dance montage for two dancers, music and voice, this Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm at CECATUR Auditorium.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens Stairway Dedication Announced Jul 22, 2014
Saturday, July 26, will be a special day at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, with the dedication of the main stairway of the soon-to-be opened Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids, in memory of Mexican orchid researcher Roberto González Tamayo (1940-2014).
Beach Cleanup Efforts Continue in Riviera Nayarit Jul 14, 2014
Many towns in Riviera Nayarit are coordinating efforts to maintain their beaches clean through volunteer events slated for every second Saturday of the month. The initiative is being coordinated by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.