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.
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.
Alaska Airlines Announces New Nonstop Flights to Puerto Vallarta Jul 14, 2014
Customers can now book travel on Alaska Airlines new nonstop flights from Portland, Ore., to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The airline plans to begin seasonal service between Portland and Los Cabos from Nov. 3 through April 27, 2015, and between Portland and Puerto Vallarta from Nov. 4 through April 26, 2015.
Los Muertos Pier Pedestrian Access Ready for Prime Time Jul 14, 2014
Folks spending time away from Puerto Vallarta during the Summer months will be pleasantly surprised with the new pedestrian access to Los Muertos Pier along Francisca Rodríguez St. Visitors and locals can now enjoy a broad promenade through which they can access one of Puerto Vallarta’s most beautiful landmarks.
Riviera Nayarit Takes the Lead in Clean Beach Certification Jul 1, 2014
Riviera Nayarit increased its number of certified clean beaches from six to ten during the Tenth Clean Beach Conference that recently took place in Puerto Vallarta. The event was organized by Mexico’s National Water Commission (Conagua).
International Sailors Compete in Nuevo Vallarta Jul 1, 2014
The Vallarta Yacht Club will host the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) North American Championships. Teams from 19 countries will meet in Nuevo Vallarta. The North American Championships, called “OptiNAM”, is one of the most important regattas in the world for this class.
British Authorities Visit Vallarta-Nayarit Jul 1, 2014
Diego Gómez Pickering, Mexican Ambassador in the United Kingdom, will spend a few days in Vallarta-Nayarit as part of a fam trip. Gómez Pickering is joined by Milko Rivera Hope, Director of the Mexican Tourism Board in the United Kingdom, along with several media representatives from the UK.
First Traditional Mexican Food Festival Announced Jun 25, 2014
The first ever Traditional Mexican Food Festival will take place in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, June 29 starting at 10 am in Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas in Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Its goal is to preserve the knowledge and enjoyment of local traditional foods and beverages.
A Rainy Day at the Botanical Gardens Jun 25, 2014
We are not suggesting that a maiden visit to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens should take place on a rainy day. For starters, you will not be able to enjoy the many hiking paths in the property—one of Puerto Vallarta’s finest attractions. But there are some advantages to a rainy visit. Explore them here!
Interjet Announces Seasonal Flights to Leon Jun 25, 2014
Internet officials recently announced new seasonal direct flights from Puerto Vallarta to León, Guanajuato, providing new options for Mexican families looking to explore our destination during the summer months, and expats looking to explore other Mexican cities, such as Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.
CANIRAC Vallarta Launches Restaurant Guide App Jun 25, 2014
CANIRAC Vallarta, the local chapter of Mexico’s national restaurant chamber of commerce, has announced a new iOS/Android application, “Restaurantes Vallarta | Nayarit,” a convenient guide to many of the region’s eateries.
Riviera Nayarit To Host The IX Pacific Alliance Summit Jun 18, 2014
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St Regis Punta Mita Resort will host 500 dignitaries and leaders from Peru, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico—along with 150 international press representatives— during the Ninth Pacific Alliance Summit, June 19-20.