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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Expats: Safeguard Visa Status When Leaving Mexico
The Guadalajara Reporter
Foreign citizens who have obtained residency visas in Mexico may run the risk of losing that legal status whenever they travel beyond the country's borders. All it takes is a minor clerical error committed when going through immigrations to get switched from resident to visitor status.
San Miguel de Allende Launches Food and Art Festival
An ambitious new Mexican food and art festival, that is expected to become an annual event, is being launched July 13-16, 2017 in San Miguel de Allende. According to event organizers, the 'Market of Arts & Gastronomy' will be the grandest and most dynamic food and art festival in Mexico.
New Customs Procedures Simplify Entering Mexico by Air
In an effort to improve service to air travelers, a pilot program has been launched at the Mexico City airport that includes elimination of the 'traffic lights' that randomly select people for a baggage search at Customs and the the elimination of Customs declarations forms.
Promotion of Puerto Vallarta in Finland is Reinforced
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust recently invited Mr. Tero Norvio, who owns a luxury travel and adventure tour agency in Finland, to visit our city. He is the second tour operator from the Northern European nation to visit since the new Helsinki-Puerto Vallarta weekly flight was announced.
Two New Convention Centers Coming to Riviera Nayarit
International Meetings Review
Riviera Nayarit is set to open two new convention centers this year that will aim to grow the destination's meetings and events scene. The Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Convention Center will open in April and the Bel Air Unique Resort & Convention Center is scheduled to open in June.
State Department Pursues Biometric System for Mexico
The U.S. State Department is conducting market research for a biometric system for the government of Mexico that could interact with those of several United States government agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
Celebrating Semana Santa & Pascua in Puerto Vallarta
In Mexico, the Easter holidays, known as 'Semana Santa,' are a time of pageantry, reverence and celebration. But Semana Santa is much more than a religious occasion. Like all holidays in Mexico, it is also a festive occasion, a time to hit Banderas Bay beaches for a few days of fun in the sun.
Why You Should Vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Florida News Line
Why choose Puerto Vallarta for a vacation? Easy: Vallarta, as the locals call it, brings tourists something different - authentic Mexico with a friendly flair. Plus, Mexico is inexpensive compared to other beach vacation destinations, and airline flights are numerous.
Stretch of New Highway to Open in Time for Semana Santa
Oseas Lorenzo Bravo
According to the North Coast Regional Director of Tourism, José Ludwig Estrada Virgen, the Secretary of Communication and Transport has announced that the first stretch of the Jala-Compostela highway, in the state of Nayarit, will open in time for the Semana Santa holidays.
Top Beach Retirement Spots on Mexico's Pacific Coast
U.S. News & World Report
Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán are two of the best-known beach retirement options on Mexico's Pacific coast. According to Live and Invest Overseas, if you want to spend your retirement years relaxing on a Pacific Ocean beach, these two cities should be at the top of your list.
U.S. Travel Agents Report Mexico Sales Are Solid
Travel Market Report
Despite concerns expressed in consumer and trade press that US travel to Mexico might be hurt this year, a survey of travel professionals, conducted on March 21 and 22 by Travel Market Report, shows sales over the past year have gone up, rather than down.
Expedia and TripAdvisor Showcase Nuevo Vallarta
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The Riviera Nayarit - more specifically, Nuevo Vallarta - is giving the tourism world even more to talk about now that two of the most important companies in the industry, Expedia.mx and TripAdvisor Mexico, have placed the micro-destination squarely on its popularity lists.
Uruapan: THE Place to Spend Semana Santa in Mexico
The city of Uruapan, Mexico, has numerous cultural events during the year. But, the premiere event takes place during Semana Santa, when more than 1,300 artisans from 47 villages come to sell their wares in the four block long main plaza. This year's dates are April 8th to 23rd.
Why Traveling to Vallarta is More Important Than Ever
Despite what may be happening in Washington, traveling to Puerto Vallarta is more important than ever because we have the power to make a statement with where we choose to frequent. A visit to Mexico is a statement of support and friendship in a time when projecting kindness is vital.
How Much Money Do You Need To Retire in Mexico?
More and more North Americans are retiring South of the Border to enjoy better weather, new experiences, relaxed lifestyles, access to affordable healthcare and a lower cost of living. Here, we take a quick look at how much money a couple might need to retire comfortably in Mexico.
U.S. Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico
With spring break underway, the US State Department and media have been reminding students that a travel warning for Mexico remains in place. And while it's true that parts of Mexico are in turmoil, what's lost in the uproar is that many Mexican resort areas haven't been affected.
3rd Edition of Bike Fest Guayabitos, March 17-19
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The third edition of Bike Fest Guayabitos kicks off today, Friday, March 17th, in the Riviera Nayarit, offering cycling enthusiasts 3 days of bike rides and cycling competitions, talks on bicycles as a means of transportation, exhibitions, food, music, and contests.
GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 10.9% in Mexican Airports
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported total terminal passengers increased 10.9% in it's 13 airports during February 2017, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 14.9%, while international passenger traffic increased by 6.3%.
Mexico Welcomed 35 Million Int'l Tourists in 2016
Mexico Tourism Board
A record-breaking 35 million international visitors traveled to Mexico in 2016, representing a growth of 9 percent compared to 2015. This growth is more than twice the global industry average, most recently reported at 3.9 percent by the World Tourism Organization in January 2017.
4th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos Ready To Take Flight
Due to an untimely February storm, the 4th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos had to be rescheduled. Just like the Phoenix, the event regrouped, reorganized and set the new date for March 12. From 3-8 pm, you'll enjoy great food, live music by Caravane and The Blonde Gypsies & more!
Puerto Vallarta Expects Another Record Tourism Year
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has announced that preliminary hotel occupancy rates show a 4% increase in tourism arrivals as compared to 2016 when the destination had its most successful year in hotel occupancy since 2008 with an 80% room occupation rate.
Circo de los Niños de San Pancho 2017 Performances
The Circo de los Niños de San Pancho, (San Pancho Children's Circus) a social and artistic program founded by the co-creator of Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Gilles St. Croix, will present their new show from March 22nd through 25th at 7:30 pm in the Circo Bodega in San Francisco, Nayarit.
Magic Town Music Festival, March 9th and 11th, 2017
Magic Town Music Festival is back for the fourth annual weekend of concerts, bringing folk, rock, soul, jazz fusion, latin funk, blues, and reggae to the Spanish colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, to benefit Casa de los Ángeles, a local organization that supports working mothers.
March Brings Food, Fastballs and Film to Guadalajara
Modern, elegant, and refreshingly authentic, Guadalajara is considered to be the quintessential Mexican destination. This March, Guadalajara is bringing together the best in the worlds of film, sports, and culinary arts to offer travelers the ideal experience for a late winter getaway.
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.
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