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.
Colectika Launches Season with Day of the Day Art Oct 29, 2014
Galeria Colectika has just announced a special exhibition this week, showcasing art inspired by Day of the Dead. They have erected a traditional Day of the Dead altar in the gallery, which will be complemented with outstanding selections of Mexican folk art with the traditional Catrina
as subject matter.
Benefit Breakfast Announced Oct 29, 2014
Bravos Restaurant Bar, a relatively new restaurant in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, has just announced a Breakfast for a Good Cause to take place on Friday, November 7 at 10 am. The suggested donation is $250 pesos per person, and 60% of all proceeds will be donated to Corazón de Niña.
Kickoff for Vallarta-Nayarit Regional Markets, Around the Corner Oct 29, 2014
Kickoff is around the corner for two of Riviera Nayarit’s seasonal markets and a third one, in Lo de Marcos, is opening for the first time. Known locally as mercados
these weekly "shopportunities" are a must for newcomers and residents alike.
El Arrayán Celebrates Sor Juana for Day of the Dead Oct 22, 2014
If you’ve wondered about the identity of the Mexican icon that graces our country’s $200 peso bills, you can learn about her at El Arrayán during Mexico’s upcoming Day of the Dead celebration, October 30 - November 2.
Taste of La Cruz Announces Dates for Upcoming Event Oct 22, 2014
Taste of La Cruz event organizers have just announced that their Fourth Annual event will take place once again on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle’s boardwalk and amphitheater.
Puerto Vallarta Hotels Renovate to Remain Competitive Oct 22, 2014
Several Puerto Vallarta hotels are looking to remain competitive, and re-inventing themselves, hoping to attract new travelers to what many expect will be the best Fall/Winter season in years. Where should you book your next vacation in Puerto Vallarta? Great new choices abound!
Vallarta Botanical Gardens Receives Prestigious International Award Oct 8, 2014
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens, one of the most iconic attractions in Puerto Vallarta, has just been awarded the 2014 International Garden Tourism Award, Initiative of the Year. The award wasbestowed by the Gardens Without Limits Conference and the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Metz, France last week.
Act II’s La Voz de Vallarta Returns for a Second Season Oct 8, 2014La Voz de Vallarta
, a local singing talent competition, has just announced auditions for its second annual edition, to take place at the Stages theater in Colonia Emiliano Zapata. La Voz de Vallarta drew local and expat contestants and an equally diverse audience to attend weekly installments after which finalist winners were announced.
Westin Puerto Vallarta Announces Mysore Yoga Classes Oct 8, 2014
As part of its wellness programs, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta has just announced a series of Mysore-style yoga classes, featuring internationally acclaimed instructor Wayne Krassner. The classes are open to resort guests and the general public.
San Pancho Celebrates Patron Saint Feasts Oct 1, 2014
The annual patron saint fiestas in San Pancho kicked off on Friday, September 26 and continue through October 4. As in past years, the festivities take place in the town’s main plaza, known as Plaza del Sol
, and will include a broad range of events from sports to religious, artistic and cultural happenings.
Petr Myska Publishes Digital Book Showcasing Pacific Riviera Villas Oct 1, 2014
Local photographer, zoologist and conservationist Petr Myska has just self-published a digital book, Facing West—Homes of the Mexican Pacific
, a 105-page tome in which he shares spectacular photographs of one-of-a-kind villas throughout Mexico’s Pacific Riviera.
Galería Contempo Reopens for the Fall Season Sep 29, 2014
Galería Contempo, located in the popular shopping district along Puerto Vallarta’s Basilio Badillo St., reopens for the Fall season on October 1, introducing two new artists to its select talent roster: Gabriela Epstein and María Bayardo.
Vista Vallarta Golf Club Announces Friday Skins Games Sep 24, 2014
Vista Vallarta Golf Club has just announced their October Friday Skins Game series. For five weeks, the club will be hosting a Shot-Gun Skins game on Fridays at 2 pm.
Bird Conservation Workshops Begin In Riviera Nayarit Sep 24, 2014
The San Pancho Bird Observatory (SPBO), a non-profit grassroots organization based in San Pancho, Riviera Nayarit, is collaborating with Rotary Clubs and other like-minded agencies to begin conservation workshops for youths and adults in different communities within the destination.
Met Opera Broadcasts Return to Teatro Vallarta Sep 24, 2014
New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced the 2014-15 season of Live in HD
, the Met’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, with ten feature presentations. For the third consecutive year, Teatro Vallarta will be presenting the transmissions, which take place on Saturday afternoons.