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 Lifestyles Publishing Group Announces Vallarta Nautica Sep 17, 2014
Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group has just announced the ninth edition of Vallarta Nautica, its annual resource guide focusing on sailing, yachting and other water-related activities in and around Banderas Bay. A specialized publication, Vallarta Nautica features important information, useful to those that arrive in Banderas Bay by boat.
Los Mangos Library Reports Successful Fundraiser Sep 17, 2014
Los Mangos Public Library exceeded their own expectations, reporting that a total of $39,700 pesos were raised during a recent fundraising celebration. An open house at Villa Mandarinas in Mismaloya drew over 200 people to enjoy a festive Sunday by the pool.
New Nayarit Cookbook Showcases Regional Cuisine Sep 17, 2014
Sabores de Nayarit, a new cookbook that celebrates the state’s culinary legacy, was recently announced. The 480-page, Spanish-only tome was penned by chef Alondra Maldonado Rodriguera, and it features 150 recipes from 20 different municipalities.
Call of the Sea Announces 2015 Journey to Banderas Bay Sep 10, 2014Seaward
, the 82-foot schooner operated by Call of the Sea, an educational nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to the sea and maritime traditions, will set sail in 2015, with scheduled stops in Banderas Bay during February and March.
Vallarta Gallery Owner Featured in Prestigious Art Publication Sep 10, 2014
Kevin Simpson, owner of two important Mexican folk art galleries in Puerto Vallarta, was recently featured in the prestigious First American Art Magazine. In their Summer, 2014, the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based publication devoted eight pages to Wixáritari Yarn Painting, an article penned by Simpson about the intricate art of Huichol yarn painting.
Teatro Vallarta Announces Free History of Opera Lecture Sep 10, 2014
Teatro Vallarta has just announced a free Introduction and History of Opera
lecture, to take place on its premises on Saturday, October 4. The 90-minute event, presented by Vallarta Lifestyles
Managing Editor, Paco Ojeda, will be offered at 4 pm in Spanish and 5:30 in English.
Riviera Nayarit Celebrates Tourism Increase Sep 3, 2014
According to official statistics announced by Riviera Nayarit’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, the arrival of international tourists to the destination increased by 21% during the first half of 2014, as compared to the same period in 2013. The income to the destination grew by 27%, and an increase in occupation stats and hotel room nights was also registered.
Teatro Vallarta Showcased Performing Arts Students Sep 3, 2014
Teatro Vallarta opened its doors to the public this past Sunday, August 31, to showcase twenty students that, over the course of five months, have participated in the venue’s performing arts workshops with full scholarships, as part of an initiative spearheaded by Teatro Vallarta Director, Manuel Díaz Preciado.
Puerto Vallarta Cruise Ship Arrivals Resume Sep 3, 2014
The Carnival Legend docked in Puerto Vallarta’s Maritime Terminal this past Tuesday, September 2, launching the the upcoming 2014-15 cruise arrival season. Ludwign Estrada Virgen, of Jalisco’s Tourism office, was present during a small ceremony in which he ratified the state’s commitment to promote Puerto Vallarta as a destination in Mexico’s Pacific Riviera.
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!