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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NatGeo Ranks Playa del Amor Among World's Top Beaches
National Geographic recently published its 2017 list of the 'Top 21 Beaches in the World' and Playa del Amor, the 'Hidden Beach' located off the coast of Vallarta-Nayarit at Las Islas Marietas Marine Reserve, was not only featured in the article, but topped the chart.
Cruise Ships Give Year-Round Boost to Vallarta Tourism
Cruise Industry News
Puerto Vallarta has been gaining ground in the international cruise industry in recent years and, after receiving several awards from cruise industry associations for exceeding expectations and getting high passengers satisfaction ratings, 2017 will be no exception.
17th San Pancho Music Festival Set for February 24-26
What began in 2001 as a backyard jam session has since grown into one of the most popular music events in the region - the San Pancho Music Festival. Now in its 17th year, the festival, which will be held Feb 24-26th, will feature well over 25 groups covering the gamut of musical genres.
Five Airlines Are Competing to Grow in Mexico City
Late last year, Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City's highly congested airport as a condition of forming a joint venture in the U.S.-Mexico market. The DOT will allocate 14 of these Mexico City slot pairs to low-fare airlines this year.
2017 AAA Five Diamond Hotels and Restaurants in Mexico
The Mexico Report
AAA has officially released its list of AAA Five Diamond Hotels and Restaurants for 2017, which includes inventory in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. This year, seventeen hotels and seven restaurants in Mexico made the list - six of which are in Vallarta-Nayarit.
XIII San Blas International Migratory Birds Festival
The XIII International Migratory Birds Festival will be celebrated in San Blas from January 29 to February 5, 2017. This year's program offers a variety of activities aimed at encouraging culture, the arts and, above all, the preservation of the environment with a special focus on birds.
An Affordable Coastal Retirement in Puerto Vallarta
A top choice for a second home in the sun or full-time retirement, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers beautiful beaches, an iconic boardwalk, and excellent fine dining and entertainment. It's also one of the best markets for a vacation rental property to provide extra income and cash flow.
MITA TechTalks: LatAm's Premier Tech & Venture Capital Event
A distinguished group of investors, corporations with global venture initiatives, and startups with international ambitions will gather in Punta de Mita, Mexico next month with the goal of bringing together leadership in cross-boarder tech innovation at the 2017 MITA TechTalks.
Finnair to Offer Direct Flights from Helsinki to Vallarta
The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) announced the first direct nonstop flight from Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta between November 19, 2017 and March 18, 2018. The upcoming weekly service follows almost two years of close cooperation and partnership between Finnair and the MTB.
Top Three Reasons to Make the Move to Puerto Vallarta
Thinking about moving to Mexico? Want to know why people choose Puerto Vallarta? The affordable cost of living is the number one reason. Then there's the friendliness of the people, amazing year-round temperatures, and a beautiful locale that supports an active lifestyle.
4th Festival Sayulita: Movies, Music, Drink & Life
Banderas News Team
The fourth annual Festival Sayulita, a unique gathering for lovers of Mexico, Movies, Music, Drink and Life, is set to be held February 1-5, 2017. Sayulita is ideal for this celebration, because this Magical Town on the Riviera Nayarit is a place where life is lived to its fullest.
Hilton Hotels Plans Nine New Properties in Mexico
Citing an 'impressive growth of tourism,' Hilton Worldwide last week announced that between now and 2019 it will open nine new hotels in Mexico. The new properties, which will operate under five Hilton brands, will collectively have nearly 1,200 rooms.
Let Superior Tours Vallarta Show You Mexico City
Astrid van Dam
Mexico City has enough attractions to keep first-time visitors occupied for weeks. But who wants to spend that much time away from Puerto Vallarta? Fortunately, Superior Tours offers a 5 day/4 night tour of Mexico City led by an experienced guide who knows the best places to visit.
GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 16.8% in Mexican Airports
Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacífico has reported total terminal passengers increased 16.8% in it's 13 airports during December 2016, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 19.0%, while international passenger traffic increased by 13.7%.
Dinner in the Sky Coming to Casa Velas in Vallarta
Forget bunging jumping and camping on the side of a cliff, eating your dinner in the sky is the latest extreme travel experience. One of the world's most exhilarating dining experiences, Dinner in the Sky, comes to Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico January 28-February 28, 2017.
Mexico Knocks Panama Out of Top Spot for Retirement
There's a new best country in the world for retirement, according to the experts at International Living, an authority on retirement opportunities. In its Annual Global Retirement Index, Mexico - one of the most popular countries among U.S. expats - has edged out 2016's No. 1, Panama.
Renovated Punta Mita Resort a Magnet for Tech Execs
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, an ocean-front property on the Riviera Nayarit purchased by Bill Gates in 2014, is close to completing a multi-million dollar renovation that will turn the secluded and exclusive property into a magnet for executives from high-profile technology firms.
The Top 10 Events in The Riviera Nayarit for 2017
The Riviera Nayarit is and always will be a destination offering a great variety of cultural, sports and artistic events. This year the destination celebrates its 10th anniversary and, in order to kick off the party, we'd like to share with you a chronological list of the Top 10 Events of 2017.
Puerto Vallarta Cruise Season Off to a Good Start
The three cruise ships that were welcomed to the API Maritime Terminal on January 3, and the 3,500 visitors they brought with them, were a sign of more to come for Puerto Vallarta. In 2017, 144 cruises carrying 202,100 passengers are expected to visit this popular tourism destination.
El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary Updates Tourism Offerings
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary, nestled between the El Quelele, La Cortada and La Vejiga lagoons to one side of the Flamingos Golf Club, is a natural area that has been upgraded with new experiences and services for Vallarta-Nayarit locals and visitors alike.
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