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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New Requirements for Bringing Your Pet into Mexico
Bringing your pet into Mexico is not as simple as it once was. A new, more stringent law regarding cats and dogs entering Mexico went into effect on January 1, 2017. Mexico started enforcing the new requirements, which include two additional health certifications, in February 2017.
Holland America Line Expands Mexican Riviera Cruises
For the 2017-18 Mexico cruise season, Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam is joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego. From Sept. 2017 through Feb. 2018, the 1,964-guest ships will sail 11 seven-day cruises calling at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
Riviera Nayarit Celebrates 10 Years, Readies for Next 10
For years Riviera Nayarit lived in the shadow of nearby, booming Puerto Vallarta. Sharing one airport, Riviera Nayarit was considered an add-on destination, or a day trip from the more developed, cruise-ready, coastal city. But now it seems 'Mexico's Pacific Treasure' is doing fine on its own.
RHA Electronic Music Festival Comes to Riviera Nayarit
More than 15 DJs from around the world will spin their house music at the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina during the first-ever RHA Festival, June 30-July 1. The Festival was organized by DJs from Mexico and the US who saw the Riviera Nayarit as the ideal place to unveil this new project.
Vegas-Style Pool Parties Coming to Vallarta This Summer
La Coleccion Resorts introduces 'Hot Summer Extravaganza,' two months of themed pool parties that feature a lineup of six Mexican artists including DJs and fashion designers. They're set to take place in July and August at its all-inclusive Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta.
Interjet Announces New Canada-Mexico Nonstop Flights
Interjet is introducing service from Canada to Mexico this summer. Starting July 13, Interjet will fly nonstop between Montréal's–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Mexico City's Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez as well as between Montréal and Cancun International Airport.
Mexico Marks Record Number of Foreign Tourists in 2017
Mexico edged out Turkey last year to become the eighth most popular tourist destination in the world. The record run has continued for the first quarter of 2017. According to the latest figures, some 9.3 million visitors to Mexico have been recorded for the first three months of 2017.
Airbnb to Collect and Remit Taxes in Mexico City
As Airbnb Inc. turns its attention to Latin America, the company is taking an unusual approach. It's giving local governments what they want. The home and apartment-rental company said it will collect and remit taxes in Mexico City, the first such arrangement in Latin America.
Riviera Nayarit's Top 10 Environmental Achievements
Riviera Nayarit is fully committed to the new era of sustainable tourism with its excellent environmental and ecological practices, and the pursuit of domestic and international certifications that endorse the destination. Here, we list its Top 10 environmental achievements.
Five Places to Live in Mexico... and Three to Avoid
Mexico is not only the nearest destination abroad for U.S. and Canadian expats, it is also one of the most popular among North Americans. International Living has identified five specific locations that make great retirement destinations - and three that don't.
GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 19.0% in Mexican Airports
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) has announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of April 2017, compared to traffic figures for April 2016. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 18.9%, while international passenger traffic increased by 19.2%.
The Population of Americans in Mexico is Rising
In 2017, for the first time in twenty years, Mexico topped the list of International Living's annual ranking of the best places for U.S. citizens to retire. The population of Americans in Mexico is rising, in size as well as in age. Yet most of them may be there illegally.
Mariachi Institute Returns to Chacala, Nayarit in June
Chacala Cultural Foundation
The 2017 Chacala Mariachi Institute is set to take place June 11-17 in Chacala, Nayarit. Directed by Jeff Nevin, Ph.D, this intensive 6-day course provides both the hands-on experience performing mariachi music and the training and materials necessary to become successful educators.
The Eagles Are Suing 'Hotel California' in Mexico
In a complaint filed Monday with the Central District of California court, the Eagles claimed that the owners of the Hotel California in Baja California Sur lead customers to believe it is associated with the band and that the hotel served as an inspiration for the lyrics in the song.
Guadalajara Int'l Hot Air Balloon Festival, May 5-7
The Guadalajara metropolitan area will be filled with color during the first 'GDL AIR 2017' International Hot Air Balloon Festival. Set to be held from May 5 to 7 at El Atorón Ranch in Cajititlán, Jalisco, the event will feature more than 45 hot air balloons, music, food and lots of family fun.
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.
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