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 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.
Vallarta Nayarit Paint Out and Plein-Air Festival Announced Sep 23, 2014
Tierra Alta, an ecological cabin development near the town of El Tuito, has just announced the date for the first ever Paint Out and Plein-Air Festival
, to take place on the weekend of January 17, 2015. Paint outs or plein-airs originated in France, with artists capturing the essence of a landscape incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.
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.