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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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New Stretch of Guadalajara-Vallarta Highway Opened
Mexico News Daily

President Peña Nieto led the official opening ceremony for a new four-lane, 54-kilometer stretch of the Guadalajara-Puerto Vallarta highway that, when completed, will reduce travel time between the two destinations. The new road runs between Jala and Compostela, Nayarit.

Airlines Complain About Mexico Arrival Fee Increase
Reuters

Aviation industry groups are pressing Mexico's government to reverse a January fee increase for international passengers arriving in Mexico City, claiming it is hurting the airlines' economic competitiveness. The fee was raised 25% to help finance construction of the new airport.

2017 Hotel Occupancy Sets New Record for Puerto Vallarta
Gustavo Rivas-Solís

Puerto Vallarta set a new record in hotel occupancy and international arrivals in 2017, receiving even more visitors than expected. The Tourism Board is now working on securing a successful 2018 as it will host its annual tourism trade show, Gala Vallarta - Riviera, Feb. 12-13.

Interjet Announces New US-Mexico Nonstop Flights
BanderasNews.com

Mexico-based airline Interjet recently announced new non-stop service from two U.S. airports - San Francisco and Chicago - to two popular Mexican destinations - Guadalajara and Cancun - in an effort to better serve both the international business and leisure traveler.

Baby Food Goes Gourmet at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
BanderasNews.com

Parents can now choose among many gourmet options for babies at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Presented with a menu upon arrival by the resort's Baby Concierge, parents can select from a list of gourmet purées for their babies, prepared by Executive Chef Guillaume Morance.

Frontier, Volaris Announce Expansion Agreement
Denver Business Journal

Frontier has reached an agreement with Mexican airline Volaris to offer a first-of-its-kind code-share partnership in which customers can book flights on one airline through the other - a move that is expected to reduce the headaches of flying between the United States and Mexico.

World's Largest Underwater Cave Discovered in Mexico
Newsweek

Divers in Mexico have discovered the largest known underwater, flooded cave in the world. The discovery could reveal more about the pre-Hispanic, ancient community that existed in the region. The Yucatan Peninsula, where the cave is located, still holds Mayan treasures.

Survey Says Puerto Vallarta is Mexico's Safest City
Boardwalk Realty PV

Despite the Mexico travel advisories issued by the United States, tourist areas in Jalisco are as safe, if not safer, as most any other city in North America. In fact, Puerto Vallarta was named the safest city in Mexico in the most recently published National Public Urban Security survey.

New US Travel Advisories Exempt Mexico Tourist Spots
Marie Callan

The US State Department has updated their safety and security information system for international travelers. New Travel Advisories, published January 10, give detailed reports on what to worry about and where. The good news is that most of Mexico's tourist areas were spared.

2018 Will Be a Spectacular Year for Vallarta Tourism
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

After a couple of record years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust is setting the bar higher as they strive to increase the number of national and international arrivals through pro-active promotional campaigns that focus on attracting different niche markets and new flights.

16th Sobriety Under the Sun Convention, January 19-21
Kathleen Phelps

The 16th annual Sobriety Under the Sun Convention, scheduled for Jan. 19-21, promises to be another memorable weekend in Puerto Vallarta. The Westin Hotel and Spa in Marina Vallarta will host the event, which features a great speaker line-up, workshops, and 12-Step meetings.

PVRPV Revamps Vallarta Vacation Rentals Website
Pablo Corona

Looking for an affordable Puerto Vallarta vacation rental? On January 1, 2018, PVRPV.com launched its newly revamped website, which offers quick and easy access to hundreds of home, villa and condo rental listings, as well as travel tips and essential information for your Mexico vacation.

VYC Announces Banderas Bay Regatta Season Schedule
Vallarta Yacht Club

The 2018 sailing season is going to be a very busy time around Banderas Bay. It all starts on January 6 with the Vallarta Cup Series, with races every Saturday throughout the month, the 'Tenacita Cruise Out' in February and the WesMex International Small Boat Regatta in March.

CMV to Offer Domestic Market Mexican Riviera Cruises
BanderasNews.com

Cruise & Maritime Voyages will deploy the Magellan to the Mexican Riviera for the winter 2019 cruise season, launching a new brand for the domestic market: Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales. The 7-day itinerary includes calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

2017 Could Be Another Record Year for Tourism to Mexico
Travel Pulse

Mexico is on pace for another record year for tourism. According to Mexico's Tourism Promotion Council, the arrival of international tourists increased 12.3 percent to 28.6 million from January to September. Those same visitors spent a healthy $16 billion USD.

12th Sinergiarte Festival Set for December 27-29, 2017
BanderasNews.com

Music, dance and theater performances; painting, sculpture, literature, audiovisual and photography presentations and workshops, and booths selling regional foods and handicrafts are all part of the 12th annual 'Sinergiarte Festival' in San Francisco, Nayarit from Dec. 27-29.

Puerto Vallarta Fireworks Festival, December 30-31
Marie Callan

The Christmas holidays are always an exciting time to visit Puerto Vallarta, but this year will be exceptionally entertaining as the city welcomes 2018 in an impressive way... with the II Festival de Pirotecnia 'Luminia Fest,' a world-class fireworks show to be held on Dec. 30 and 31.

Rocky Point Cruise Ship Port Gets a New Lifeline
BanderasNews.com

After being on hold for nearly two years, Sonora officials announced Friday that Mexico's federal government has set aside more than $13 million in its 2018 budget to finish the first phase of the cruise ship home port in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, with completion scheduled for 2020.

Choosing Where to Live in Mexico with Children
MEXlend Mortgages for Mexico

There are many things to consider when taking the leap and moving to Mexico, especially when there are or will be children in the future. The experts at MEXLend Mortages tell us about two Mexican cities that are particularly well-suited for raising a family.

Agua Azul Waterfall Recovers After River Diverted
Mexico News Daily

Efforts to divert the flow of the Agua Azul river in Chiapas and restore the popular waterfalls by the same name have been successful, federal and state officials said last week. Thousands of tourists visit the Agua Azul waterfalls each day, making it the main economic driver of the region.

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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