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Destinations
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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GAP Plans Another Expansion of Puerto Vallarta Airport
Ricardo Acerco

Construction of a new terminal at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, which will increase the facility's capacity for plane and passenger arrivals by almost 50%, will begin in 2020. According to the airport's administrator, the expansion is expected to be completed by 2024.

Garden-To-Glass Botanical Cocktails at Casa Velas
BanderasNews.com

Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta has launched a new garden to glass interactive culinary experience. Guests can pluck fruit and herbs for their cocktails from the adults-only boutique hotel's botanical garden. If you can't make it to Mexico, try this make-at-home recipe.

Riviera Nayarit Celebrates a Record-Breaking 2018
Analia Brache

In 2018, tourism remained a driving force behind the Riviera Nayarit's economy, representing more than $1.6 billion USD in revenue. Mexico's most luxurious destination reports continued growth, increased occupancy, and exciting new developments for 2019 and beyond.

Mexico Cruise Passenger Numbers Highest in a Decade
El Financiero

Cruise tourism hit a 10-year high in 2018, with more than 7.84 million passengers arriving at Mexican ports last year. Overall tourism numbers are expected to remain strong in 2019, with the federal government predicting that almost 45 million visitors will arrive this year.

Monarch Population in Mexico Increased by 144 Percent
Associated Press

The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico is up 144% over last year, experts said Wednesday. According to data presented by Mexican environmental authorities, this year, the butterflies cover 14.95 acres, up from 6.12 acres a year ago.

Southwest Airlines to Pull Plug on Mexico City Flights
BanderasNews.com

Southwest Airlines will stop flying to Mexico City March 30, saying its leisure markets are outperforming this business-heavy travel destination. The airline will continue service to Mexican vacation destinations, including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

Mexico Event Design: LGBT Weddings in Puerto Vallarta
Unique Destination Weddings & Events

With 45 years of combined experience in designing, organizing, producing and coordinating all kinds of special events, the wedding professionals at Mexico Event Design offer the international LGBT Community unique destination weddings and honeymoons in Puerto Vallarta.

Mexico #3 on 2019 World's Best Places to Retire List
BanderasNews.com

The editors of International Living recently released their picks for the Best Places in the World to Retire in 2019. Out of the top ten countries listed on this year's Global Retirement Index, Latin American destinations took the top three spots - and Mexico came in at #3!

19th Annual San Pancho Music Festival Set for Feb 22-24
Chris Parsons

The 2019 San Pancho Music Festival will be held Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 in San Francisco, Nayarit. This year the Music Festival will feature performing artists from the Riviera Nayarit region, as well as musicians from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

AeroMexico Discounts for Americans with Mexican DNA
CNN Travel

AeroMexico, Mexico's national carrier, has unveiled a program called 'DNA Discounts,' which offers discounts on flights to Americans who can show by taking a test that they have Mexican DNA. The amount of the discount depends on the percentage of Mexican ancestry.

Get Ready for the Sixth Annual Taste of Lo de Marcos
BanderasNews.com

The 6th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos, set to be held at the Centro de Fiestas Los Delfines on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 3-8 pm, will feature local restaurants, artisanal booths and live music, with proceeds benefiting Amigos de Lo de Marcos and Comite de Accion Ciudadana.

Canada Jetlines Plans Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun Flights
Travel Week

Canada Jetlines says it intends to provide future service to several sun destinations in Mexico including Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos & Cancun. The low-cost carrier says it has reached agreements with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico and is aiming for a summer 2019 launch.

Nine Day Festival Honors Patron Saint of Bucerías
Banderas News Team

The festival of Our Lady of Peace, the patron Saint of Bucerias, Nayarit, began January 16 and continues through the 24th. Besides a carnival in the town's main plaza, festivities include a boat parade, daily masses and processions, fireworks and entertainment nightly.

Five Reasons Why Mexico is a Fantastic Place to Live
MEXLend Mortgages for Mexico

Mexico very frequently tops 'best of' lists, like the 'Best Places to Honeymoon' or the 'Top 10 Beaches in the World,' etc. However, what many may not realize is that Mexico is much more than just the perfect place to vacation; it's also a marvelous place to live.

Mexico's Magical Towns Investing in Berry Production
Fresh Plaza

Mazamitla, one of Mexico's Magical Towns, is an important berry production hub in Jalisco. It has hundreds of hectares of raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry, and the sector employs thousands of people, not only from Mazamitla but also from surrounding communities.

Puerto Vallarta Welcomes New Service by Swoop Airlines
BanderasNews.com

Canadians in Hamilton and Abbotsford will have an easier way to reach Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this winter as Swoop, Canada's leading ultra-low-cost airline, has announced service into PV's Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) with the addition of two new routes.

2019 Bear Weekend in Puerto Vallarta Supports SETAC
Christian Serrano

A brand-new three day Bear Weekend is set to take place in Puerto Vallarta from January 31 through February 2, 2019. This series of events will be so hot that you won't want to miss them - especially since you'll be supporting SETAC, PV's LGBT Wellness & Community Center.

GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 10.4% in Mexican Airports
GlobeNewswire

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported total terminal passengers increased 10.4% in it's 13 airports during December 2018, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 13.2%, while international passenger traffic increased by 6.9%.

Monterrey Museum Exhibits Dinosaurs Made in Mexico
Mexico News Daily

For paleontologists, Mexico is fertile ground that has yet to achieve its full potential. But some of the discoveries that have been unearthed are on display in the 'Dinosaurs Made in Mexico' exhibition at the Planetario Alfa museum in Monterrey, Nuevo Léon.

Mexico to Erect World's Tallest Statue of Jesus Christ
aleteia.org

What will be the world's tallest statue of Jesus Christ is set to start construction in Tamaulipas, Mexico early this year. The project will dwarf the current record holder - the Cristo de la Concordia, in Bolivia, which stands just over 40 meters tall - by nearly twice its height.

Hotels Help Guests Take Vacation from Digital Devices
Natalie Dreier

A vacation should mean no distractions, but more and more often, we can't put our phones away for anything. But some hotels and resorts, like Mexico's Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, are challenging guests to cut the cord to technology and lock their devices up for at least a few hours.

Same-Sex Destination Weddings in Puerto Vallarta
BanderasNews.com

Mexico Event Design, a company specializing in destination weddings for the international LGBT Community, has completed its first year of operations in Puerto Vallarta. In addition to same-sex weddings, the company has designed several fabulous parties & events.

Mexico Expects the Best Holiday Season in 10 Years
El Financiero

Mexico's hotel sector is expecting average occupancy of 70 percent during the Christmas vacation season, which would be the highest level in the past decade. Booking websites, airlines and the timeshare industry are also expecting a strong winter holiday period.

Sunwing Launches Weekly Quebec to Vallarta Flights
BanderasNews.com

The first-ever Sunwing flight from Quebec City arrived at the PVR Airport on Dec 17, marking the beginning of the tour operator's seasonal weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta, one of Canadian's top winter destinations. Flights continue every Monday until April 15.

If you have a great travel destination that you would like to share with our readers, or would like to suggest a location for a future feature story, contact Destinations@BanderasNews.com.

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