Travel & Outdoors
A complete vacation destination, Puerto Vallarta has a bit of everything that adds up to a whole lot of fun. Beautiful beaches, excellent dining, accommodations for every budget, shopping galore and a wide variety of entertainment, activities and adventurous excursions have all made Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico's most popular resort towns.
But as those who share our passion for travel and adventure already know, once the travel bug bites it's almost impossible to contentedly remain only in one spot . . . no matter how wonderful. After all, why stick to one area — or even one country — when you can explore the entire world?
Travel can be a powerful force for tolerance and understanding, and at BanderasNews we want to share our never-ending passion for traveling to exotic lands and faraway places with you. Whether you are seeking an off-the-beaten-track destination around Puerto Vallarta, or want to learn more about some of the world's most intriguing places, we'll introduce you to some of the great destinations Mexico, and the world, have to offer.
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This Week's Featured Vallarta Vacation Rental at PVRPV
Paramount Bay 802 A
Enjoy your Puerto Vallarta vacation in Paramount Bay 802A, a stunning 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo, brought to you by PVRPV. Paramount Bay is situated in Amapas, one of PV's most exclusive areas, and features a spectacular infinity pool, lush green areas and panoramic views of Banderas Bay.
Celebrities Choreograph Wedding Dances at Velas Resorts
Offering unmatched experiences for destination weddings, Mexico's Velas Resorts are upping the ante once again – offering couples the opportunity to have their first dance choreographed by a dancer from the hit shows 'Dancing with The Stars' and 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
Puerto Vallarta On Track for Another Record Year
With an average hotel occupancy rate from January to June of close to 90 percent; 1,843,600 international air passenger arrivals and 189,324 cruise ship passengers visiting in the first half of the year, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is on track for another record year in visitor arrivals.
V National Playa Guayabitos Volleyball Festival 2017
Riviera Nayarit CVB
Rincón de Guayabitos, Nayarit is ready to host the V National Playa Guayabitos Youth Beach Volleyball Festival 2017 - the first of its kind held outside southwestern Mexico - which will take place from August 23-27. Teams from nearly every state in the Republic are expected to attend.
Alaska Airlines Launches LAX to Mexico City Flights
Alaska Airlines is returning to Mexico City with the launch of new service to Benito Juarez International Airport from two major California hubs: the San Francisco and Los Angeles International airports. This fall, Alaska will add service from San Diego International Airport to Mexico City.
Cruise Ship Arrivals Increase 78 Percent in Acapulco
Acapulco, Mexico is proud to announce a massive increase in the number of new cruise ship arrivals throughout 2017. With nine cruise lines making port calls, the city is expected to welcome 32 ships this year, versus 18 for 2016, a 78 percent increase.
PV is the Promised Land for 'Vallartazo' Participants
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
The 2017 edition of 'Vallartazo,' an annual motorsport event in which people from all over Mexico rev up their motorcycles, ATVs, jeeps and 4x4s for an off-road trip to Puerto Vallarta, begins this weekend and continues every weekend through the end of September.
The Fountain of Youth Rediscovered in Puerto Vallarta
Thousands of North Americans that visit Puerto Vallarta every year arrive looking pale, wrinkled, obese, and or with dental problems. But a week or two later they return home looking tan, younger, thinner, and/or with clean white and straight teeth!
Why Puerto Vallarta is the Gay Beach Capital of Mexico
Mónica Ramírez López
Puerto Vallarta is one of the LGBT community's favorite destinations. Due to its safety and welcoming environment it is the first city in Mexico to receive the 'Gay Travel Approved' distinction by GayTravel.com. Here's how and why PV became the Gay Capital of Mexico.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Single Parent Vacations.htm
Solo parenting isn't for the faint of heart. You wipe the tears and make the tough decisions. The upside is you get all the hugs and all the rewards that come with being a parent. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is offering those parents going it alone a vacation package just for them.
Volunteers Needed for 2018 WGC Mexico Championship
Following the successful debut of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, thanks in large part to our volunteers, the PGA TOUR has announced that volunteer registration is now open for the 2018 event, which is set to return to Mexico City, February 28-March 4, 2018.
Hook the Cure Returns to Puerto Vallarta November 2
Fishing and golfing enthusiasts are already making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta from November 2-5, 2017 for a long weekend of friendship, fun and entertainment at the 12th edition of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's premiere fishing, golf and spa outing, 'Hook the Cure Powered by IOTEC.'
Mexico Grand Prix to Build on Day of The Dead Theme
Mexican Grand Prix organizers are planning to play up the Day of the Dead at the 2017 race, after previous reticence due to Formula One's inherent danger and tragic past. The Oct. 29 race precedes Mexico's 'Dia de Muertos' holidays, celebrated annually from October 31-November 2.
Mexico, Canada Boost Security for Laptops on US Flights
Laptops and tablets on US-bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures at the request of the US Dept. of Homeland Security. Canada also began enforcing enhanced security measures on 'electronics larger than a cellphone.'
Summer Savings on PVRPV Vallarta Vacation Rentals
PVRPV Puerto Vallarta Vacations is offering Special Summer Rates on two properties in the luxurious new V399 building in one of the best locations in the city due to its proximity to the Downtown and Old Town areas, Banderas Bay, and the Romantic Zone's restaurants, bars and shops.
Vallarta Wins PriceTravel Award for Tourism Marketing
At the PriceTravel Awards ceremony held last week in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta received an important recognition for the marketing strategy that made 2016 a historic year for tourism, largely due to the increase in hotel occupancy that maintains its upward trend this year.
New Tourism Director's 'Strong Plan' for Puerto Vallarta
The new director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust has big plans for the destination. His intention is to generate more visitors and attract younger travelers, which he said is possible thanks to the fact that PV not only offers fun in the sun, but also in the jungles and mountains.
5th Playa Platanitos Sea Turtle Festival, July 22-23
Set to be held July 22-23, the Riviera Nayarit's 5th annual Playa Platanitos Sea Turtle Festival is bigger than ever, as in addition to the usual activities - including an Environmental Tourism Fair - there will also be a volleyball tournament, a bicycle circuit and a swimming competition.
New Projects on the Horizon in The Riviera Nayarit
As it approaches its 10-year anniversary, the Riviera Nayarit has not only scheduled a year's worth of celebrations to honor the milestone, but is also looking forward with a bevy of new developments. New resorts are in the works, as are upgrades to the area's highway system.
Why Expat Retirees Feel Like They're in 1950s America
Chuck Bolotin - nextavenue.org
I'm seeing a yearning of many people around my age to return to a simpler time. If you long for the sense of community, respect and family you recall growing up, you'll find lots to appreciate and enjoy about life today in the popular expat destinations of Mexico, Panama and Nicaragua.
Jala & Xalisco, Nayarit Corn Festival, August 6–15
During the first two weeks of August, the annual Corn Festival in Jala & Xalisco, Nayarit, a region where the largest corncobs in the world are grown, gives everyone a chance to experience a very Mexican tradition. This year's Feria del Elote is set to take place from August 6–15.
It's Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Vallarta-Nayarit
It's not just tourists that like the beaches of Vallarta-Nayarit. Sea turtles love them, too. Puerto Vallarta is the birthplace of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles, and every summer they return to the Banderas Bay beach on which they were born to nest. Come witness this wonder of nature!
Mexico Consumer Agency Targets Airline Bag Fees
Mexico's federal consumer protection agency has fined five airlines for violating the rights of passengers. PROFECO explained that the sanctions were the result of charging travelers for their first checked bag, which should be free of charge, on flights from Mexico to the US & Canada.
Sunwing to Offer Abbotsford Vallarta Vacation Packages
Sunwing is excited to announce it will be offering vacation packages from Abbotsford for the first time this winter. Beginning December 17, and running weekly until April 8, 2018, travelers can look forward to convenient Sunday departures from the airport direct to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal Renovations Update
The modernization of Puerto Vallarta's cruise ship port is underway. Next year, it will resemble a traditional Mexican hacienda that, in addition to a new passenger terminal and tourist services area, will house a tequila museum, a shopping center and an aquarium.
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