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 Nayarit Promoted in Las Vegas Luxury Travel Event Aug 27, 2014
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau participated in the twenty-sixth edition of Virtuoso Travel Week held in Las Vegas, Nevada this past August 11-14. The event whose slogan is "insider access to luxury travel" was framed with the highest attendance to date, with active participation from 92 countries and 4,420 agents.
El Arrayán Announces Seasonal Cooking Classes Aug 27, 2014
Acclaimed restaurant El Arrayán has just announced that the will resume their popular traditional Mexican cooking classes on October 6. Owner/Chef Carmen Porras and Chef Alfonso Corona have planned over 35 recipes from diverse regions throughout Mexico for classes this season.
San Pancho’s Sinergiarte Announces Festival, Fundraising Campaign Aug 22, 2014
Sinergiarte, the annual San Pancho art festival organized every December by Colectivo San Pancho (their art collective) has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure that their upcoming festival will take place successfully. This year’s dates are December 20 - 28.
Two Popular Puerto Vallarta Street Parties Announce 2014-15 Dates Aug 20, 2014
Looking to set the upcoming Fall/Winter season in motion, organizers of the South Side Shuffle and the Historic Center Art Walk have announced their dates for the coming months. Both event provide excellent reasons to explore their surrounding neighborhoods on foot.
Puerto Vallarta Athlete on the International Spotlight Aug 20, 2014
Local stand up paddle boarding (SUP) athlete Karen Jacobson is gaining international recognition as the CBS Sports Network has announced it will broadcast the upcoming Ultimate SUP Showdown taking place mid-August on the surfer-favorite beaches of Waikiki.
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!