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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8.7 Million Tourists Expected to Cruise to Mexico in 2019
A recent study by the Cruise Lines International Association revealed that, with ports around the country welcoming over 527,000 passengers in June alone, Mexico is the world's leading cruise destination. The 2019 numbers represent a 7.1% increase in cruise arrivals over 2018.
The Hollywood Travel Guide to Punta Mita, Mexico
Pick a name in Hollywood and chances are they've been to Punta Mita. Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, David Duchovny & Jennifer Aniston are all vets of this Mexican fishing village turned private luxury retreat.
Chapultepec Named the World's Best Urban Park in 2019
Mexico City's iconic Bosque de Chapultepec, has been awarded the gold medal in the World Urban Parks Association's 2019 International Large Urban Parks Awards. To celebrate, the city government said it will annex approximately 105 hectares to the fourth section of the park.
More Ships Will Sail from Southern California to Mexico
Some of the biggest cruise ships in the world will descend on Southern California later this year. And all of them want to take you to Mexico. Beginning in fall, three giant ships, including two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels and a Princess Cruises ship, will begin sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries.
North American Travelers are Flocking to Riviera Nayarit
With revenue and occupancy reaching new heights during the first half of 2019, it's an exciting time in Mexico's Pacific Treasure, the Riviera Nayarit. This upward trend is set to continue as more North American travelers discover the country's newest vacation destination.
Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, November 14-17
The Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic, an annual celebration of 'The Good Life,' returns to the Riviera Nayarit November 14-17, 2019. Combining the best of Mexico's food and drink with the chance to play on two Jack Nicklaus golf courses, this is one event you won't want to miss.
Why Everyone Should Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
When you hear about Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the first thing that may come to mind is an exotic, tropical vacation. While this popular tourist destination definitely has sparkling waters and luxurious beaches, the most exciting thing about this city may very well be its art and culture.
Escape Puerto Vallarta Summer's Heat in San Sebastian
With temperatures in Puerto Vallarta rising, summertime is a great time to visit San Sebastian del Oeste. Situated 4,500 feet above sea level in the heart of the Sierra Madre, the cool climate and historic appeal of this 16th century mountain village make it the perfect weekend getaway.
Should Mexico Run a Tourist Train Through the Yucatan?
Gabriel Diaz Montemayor - The Conversation
Mexico's president wants to build a train that will bring visitors from the beaches of Cancun to the colonial cities and archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. But the train must be designed in a way that respects the delicate ecology, indigenous history and social fabric of the region.
The Era of 'Yucatan Green Gold' in Merida, Mexico
Sotuta de Peón, once one of the largest hacienda plantations for the production of natural fiber rope, was established in the 1800s just outside of Merida, Mexico. Today, it is a living museum, having been restored from its abandoned state over 25 years ago.
Marriott to Build 4 New Hotels in the Riviera Nayarit
Riviera Nayarit CVB
Investment in tourism continues on the upswing in the Riviera Nayarit, this time with Marriott International. The company recently announced the opening of four new hotels in Mexico's Pacfic Treasure under the all-inclusive format, a first for the brand.
Vallarta-Nayarit Mexico's Pacific Coast LGBTQ+ Hotspots
Riviera Nayarit CVB
A wide variety of LGBT-friendly accommodations, activities, beaches and nightlife, along with a welcoming community, are just some of the reasons that Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are amongst the most popular LGBT destinations on Mexico's Pacific Coast.
Jalisco to Host 18th Traditional Mariachi Encounter
Jalisco, the birthplace of Mexico's Mariachi tradition, will host the 18th National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi from August 11-17. This year's event will feature 35 ensembles, music and dance performances and more, at 9 public venues in Guadalajara and surrounding areas.
GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 5.2% in Mexican Airports
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported that the number of terminal passengers in July 2019 increased by 5.2% at GAP's 13 airports, compared to the same period of 2018. Domestic traffic increased by 5.2%, while international traffic increased by 5.3%.
Summer Tourism in 4 States will Generate $2 Billion
This summer, the states that are home to Mexico's four main metropolitan areas, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Puebla, will welcome more than 9 million visitors, which will generate almost two billion dollars, according to the president of Concanaco Servytur.
Vallarta Wins TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, just released the results of their 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards, and Puerto Vallarta was named the 4th Best Destination in Mexico. Several of our city's exceptional offerings, such as hotels and restaurants were also awarded.
Aeromar Increases Mexico City - Puerto Vallarta Flights
Aeromar, the Mexico-based airline that started offering direct flights from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta for the summer vacation season, has announced that, due to customer demand, they'll be increasing flight frequencies from the capital city to this popular beach destination this winter.
Deciding What to Bring When Making the Move to Mexico
Furnished condos and single-family homes for sale in Puerto Vallarta are plentiful on the marketplace, but there are still personal items that you will want to bring with you when you relocate. Here are a few tips to help you decide what you really need to move.
Tourism Booms in Mexican Pacific, Falters in Caribbean
Best Day Travel Group CEO Julian Balbuena reports that for his agency, which is Mexico's largest, the number of bookings to Caribbean beach destinations are falling, while those to Mexican Pacific resorts, such as Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Acapulco, are growing at double digits.
Puerto Vallarta's Beaches Offer Fun in The Sun
When you're thinking 'Mexico beach vacation,' Puerto Vallarta comes to mind. Along this stretch of Mexico's Pacific Coast you'll find more than 40 distinctly different beaches to match your mood. Whether you want to surf, swim, snorkel, or just unwind, Puerto Vallarta has the beach for you.
Carnival Panorama Readies for Mexican Riviera Cruises
The final touches are being put on Carnival Cruise Line's brand-new, 3,960 passenger, Vista-class cruise ship, the Carnival Panorama, in preparation for the year-round, seven-night, Mexican Riviera cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan that start sailing in December.
Oaxaca a Microcosm of The Best of What Mexico Offers
Home to exquisite architecture, a living indigenous culture, spectacular Zapotec and Mixtec archaeological sites, diverse natural riches, world-famous cuisine and some of the country's most exceptional artisans, Oaxaca is a microcosm for the very best of what Mexico has to offer.
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