Blue Flag designation (about cleanliness and services) is very difficult to get and we are proud of the beaches that have attained and maintained that!

The Puerto Vallarta continues to invest in our environment and to maximize the enjoyment of our natural resources, for both owners and visitors.


On Monday, July 15, 2019, Blue Flag certificates were awarded to the beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit during a ceremony headed by Miguel Torruco Marqués, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, and Antonio Echeverría García, Governor of the State of Nayarit. Both venues are in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas in the Riviera Nayarit. The Lagoon at Santa María del Oro (municipality of Santa María del Oro), and the Marina Fonatur San Blas (municipality of San Blas) are also within the Riviera Nayarit.

The event took place at the Marina Fonatur in the Historic Port of San Blas, where they raised the corresponding flag. This occasion marked the first time the marina received this international certification.

Thanks to these credentials, the state of Nayarit has become an example for the nation. According to Torruco Marqués, this “speaks to the commitment the tourism service providers and the community have with the environment.”

He stated that over the next three decades, people would have more free time and more income. Therefore, “those nations that best preserve their environment and, above all, conserve their historical, cultural, and culinary identity, will be the ones who will participate fully in the extraordinary economic revenue generated by tourism.”

Ana Cecilia Llanos Guzmán, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Nayarit, also made a distinguished appearance at the event, along with the municipal presidents of Bahía de Banderas, Jaime Cuevas Tello, and Candy Yescas, from San Blas.

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) sets the protocols for Blue Flag certifications. Joaquín Díaz Ríos, executive director for the entity’s Mexico chapter, offered the explanatory statements: The main criteria taken into account for this award are water quality, environmental education and management, safety, and services.

Of note is the fact the certification is valid for one year. Because of this, at the end of every summer the beaches are up for recertification after an exhaustive evaluation.


+ According to statistics offered by the Ministry of Tourism, Mexico is first in line in Latin America as to the number of Blue Flags received and in 13th place worldwide.

+ Currently, 54 beaches and three marinas in 13 municipalities and six states in Mexico have the certification: Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Jalisco, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo.

+ The Riviera Nayarit received its first Blue Flag for the beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte in 2013, which has maintained its certification since then.

+ The Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle received its Blue Flag in 2015, the first of its kind to receive this international award.

+ The lagoon at Santa María del Oro raised its first Blue Flag in August of 2016.



The perception of insecurity increased in the municipalities of Guadalajara and Zapopan, while Puerto Vallarta, Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, and Tonalá, came out better qualified during the second quarter of the year, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety of the National Institute of Geography and Statistics.

The highest percentage of people who feel safe in their Jalisco city was Puerto Vallarta. The perception of insecurity decreased from 57.4 to 43.1%, meaning 56.9% of the population consider Puerta Vallarta as a safe place to live. This is Puerto Vallarta’s highest ranking since the quarterly surveys started.

According to INEGI data, during the first quarter Guadalajara had a perception of 80.2 percent, while last June, the perception of insecurity increased to 85.0%. In Zapopan, the perception rose from 68.6 to 70.6 percent.

Tonalá had a perception of insecurity in 85.1% of the population during the first three months of the year and dropped to 76.6 in the second quarter.

Tlajomulco decreased from 72.8 to 65.0 percent. In Tlaquepaque, the perception of insecurity was also reduced from 80.2 to 72.6 percent.

According to the most recent National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), seven out of 10 people perceive the city where they live as insecure, at a percentage of 73.9% of Mexicans feel insecure.

The cities in Mexico where people consider that living is more insecure are: Ecatepec (State of Mexico) 97%; Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz) 94%; Naucalpan (State of Mexico) 94%; Villahermosa (Tabasco) 92%, and Tapachula (Chiapas) with 92.3%.

On the other hand, the cities with the least perception of insecurity were: San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León (18.9), Mérida, Yucatán (30.2), San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León (31.5), Los Cabos, Baja California Sur ( 36.1), Durango (40.8) and Puerto Vallarta (43.1%).

The survey does not take into account actual crime statistics and is not a guide to determine the security or insecurity of any destination in Mexico.

From simple hotels to luxurious resorts the Vallarta Tribune has collected many of the available daypass details so you can relax poolside from Punta Mita to Mismaloya

Hi to all of our readers!

As a person that lives here year round, I have over-looked the amazing opportunities that exist here for a stay-cation or something a little more or even just a day trip to a local resort for much earned rest and relaxation.

I have attached a day pass guide, created by the Vallarta Tribune.

The costs run from as little to 5 USD to much, much more, but the options are numerous.

Please share this with your friends and family.



Todd Bates


Puerto Vallarta RE/MAX


Arturo Dávalos, has been chosen as the thirty-third best Mayor evaluated in Mexico

Arturo Dávalos, has been chosen as the thirty-third mayor best evaluated in Mexico
July 10, 2019

The mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Arturo Dávalos Peña, is the thirty-third mayor best evaluated, among 2 thousand 400 municipalities that exist in Mexico, with an approval rate of 38.9 percent.

Qualification according to the Massive Caller survey, which located Puerto Vallarta within the top 100 municipalities in the country.

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Arturo Dávalos, trigésimo tercer alcalde mejor evaluado en México


El primer edil de Puerto Vallarta, Arturo Dávalos Peña, es el trigésimo tercer alcalde mejor evaluado, de entre 2 mil 400 municipios que existen en México, con un índice de aprobación del 38.9 por ciento.


Calificación de acuerdo a la encuesta Massive Caller, que ubicó a Puerto Vallarta dentro de los principales 100 municipios del país.

Por su parte, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, se encuentra en la posición 41; obtuvo una aprobación del 34.4 por ciento; el presidente de Guadalajara en encuentra en la posición número 55 de los 100 evaluados y Tonalá en la posición 95, lo que le sitúa entre los peores municipios calificados del país.

Tanto la alcaldesa de San Pedro Tlaquepaque, como el presidente de Zapopan, tuvieron una aprobación del 39.7 por ciento. Se encuentran en el lugar 28 y 29, respectivamente.

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Le compartimos nuestra medición de . Evaluamos la aprobación de los 100 principales de . Resaltamos los 20 municipios con mayor aprobación y los 20 con menor aprobación, así como, el listado ordenado de los 100.

Los municipios mejor evaluados de todo el país fueron: Parral, Chihuahua; Santa Catarina y Apodaca, Nuevo León; Veracruz, Veracruz y Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Los que estuvieron en el último lugar fueron: Victoria, Tamaulipas; Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México; Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca; Ensenada, Baja California y Villahermosa, Tabasco.

La encuesta se realizó el pasado 29 de junio; en total fueron 600 consultas en cada municipio. Tiene un margen de error del 4.3 por ciento.




Downtown Vallarta Food Tour announced it has been recognized as the fifth place winner in the Food Experiences category of the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice awards for Experiences, ranking #5 out of over 2,200 global food experiences.

The second annual Travelers’ Choice awards for Experiences highlight the world’s top bookable experiences on TripAdvisor, by category and country, based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings by travelers worldwide.

With more than 200,000 experiences on TripAdvisor, these winners are in an extremely competitive field and represent the best-of-the-best with only 1% receiving this award.

Back in 2011, Paul Mayer and Lindsay Prime Mayer started Puerto Vallarta Food Tours with the tag “Become a local in 3 hours”. Thousands of “new locals” later, Vallarta Food Tour’s Original Downtown Tour has been recognized as a top ten food experience (#5) in the world by Trip Advisor and #1 tour in Puerto Vallarta out of 255.

Food tours have become a favorite among travelers who are eager to learn and enjoy the best the city has to offer in a short time. With more than 8 tours on the roster, travelers can enjoy a variety of regional dishes including mole, fresh ceviche, birria tacos, refreshing tuba, succulent coconut, and a tortilla straight out of the conveyer belt! All with a good smattering of the city’s sights, history, and people.

Co-founder Lindsay Prime started the tour after realizing that many people were stuck in tourist traps, missing the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

“People often ask us ‘where do the locals go to eat?’ We wanted to create an experience for people to learn not only where locals eat, but also the history of the dishes and their importance in Mexican culture,” Lindsay enthusiastically explains, “We love living here and wanted to showcase the food, the culture, the families, the history. Vallarta Food Tours allows us to do just that!”




Policeman saves choking child in Puerto Vallarta

The prompt intervention of a police officer in Puerto Vallarta saved a child who was choking on an object. Last night, a woman, with her son in arms, ran out to the street screaming for help on Agustín Melgar street in Ixtapa. where fortunately the police from the PV-284 unit was passing.

Immediately the woman, named Lucia “N” (23 years old), told him that her one-year-old son was semi-conscious because he had choked on something.

Police Officer Jaime Mayrén Reyes provided first aid to the child, performing the Heimlich Maneuver, making the child project the object that obstructed his respiratory tract and recovered consciousness.

The mother said that the child was eating cereal when suddenly he began to choke. The B-71 unit of the fire paramedics arrived, but the minor did not require any further medical attention. Paramedics observed the minor, Adrián, in the arms of his mother, consciously alert and reactive, with a good coloration of the skin.





Due to preventive maintenance work at El Mangal, 35 neighborhoods in the upper part of El Pitillal will have water supply cut off and low pressure next Tuesday, July 2, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and until 10:00 at night.

Personnel of the Production Department of Drinking Water of SEAPAL (System of the Services of Drinkable Water, Drainage and Sewage) will carry out works in the line that will generate an improvement in the hydraulic efficiency of an electric valve located in the pipe.

“Due to the turbulence in the pipe that was the amount and pressure of the water, the valve had normal wear.

With these works, we are preventing a more serious failure and at the same time we are going to extend the useful life of this important device “, explained Ramírez Rodríguez.

SEAPAL Vallarta appreciates the understanding and support of the citizenship for the affectations that this entails and invites the public to prepare by having bottled water available for the basic needs during the day of July 2.

The colonies affected in the supply are listed below:

• Lomas Del Coapinole

• Héroes De La Patria

• Loma Bonita

• El Calvario

• Lomas del Calvario • El Coapinole

• Lomas de Enmedio • San Esteban

• Villa de Guadalupe

• Brisas del Pacifico

• Vista Dorada

• Vista Dorada II

• Ampliación Vista Dorada • Vista Océano

• Vista del Mar

• Joyas del Pedregal

• La Trinidad

• San Miguel

• Brisas del Pacífico

• Brisas del Pacífico II

• Vista Puesta del Sol

• Vista Bahía

• Lomas de San Nicolás

• Volcanes

• Ampliación Volcanes

• Carboneras

• Palma Real

• Palma Real II

• 12 de Octubre

• El Progreso

• Palmar del Progreso

• Palmar del Progreso II

• Lomas del Progreso

• Volcanes de la Montaña



Estefanía Montes

Jun. 19, 2019

Vallarta · Nayarit offers diverse places for demanding travelers with a like for exploring new natural environments, without losing style and comfort, through ecological spaces which promote glamping.

Glamping is an experience that combines glamour + camping, so you can reconnect with yourself in a more private and personalized environment, all while in harmony with Mother Earth. For this reason, we bring you a selection of 5 glamping spots in the region.


This place is located south of Puerto Vallarta, in the picturesque town of Yelapa, where the only access is through the ocean. Due to this, it has the privilege of being immersed in the mountains, and having its own private beach.

There, you will find your personal refuge which will allow you to breath in pure air, witness the most spectacular sunsets, and illuminate your nights with stars, while you listen to the murmur of the sea.

Verana has 10 rustic installations made of different materials, each one with its own unique style, and all the necessary features to make your stay most pleasant. To complement this, you may savor the culinary delicacies that the chef of the place offers, so you can then walk along the edge of the beach, and end your day in the relaxing spa.

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Vereda Palapa

 North of Yelapa, you will find Vereda Palapa, a place that offers a revitalizing experience through an ecological stay which combines the sound of the channel where the river flows, and the soft breeze of the wind.

Vereda Palapa is composed of four palapas with very tropical names, as well as a garden which shelters flowers and fruits representative of the region, a gallery (where you may find different art pieces like paintings and sculptures inspired on animals and the human body), a kitchen, and a very peculiar pool, through which a small creek flows.

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Xinalani Retreat

 Between Las Ánimas and Yelapa is Xinalani Retreat, an intimate natural sanctuary which serves to delight the senses, and at the same time helps you enter a state of peace.

This site offers luxurious houses and palapas walled on three sides, with a palm ceiling, and in front of each room, there is a large window which is always open to be able to observe everything around you. It permits the moon to light your nights, and for you to awaken with the first rays of sunshine. Let yourself be spoiled at the spa, stretch, and strengthen your body in the diverse yoga rooms, enjoy the beach club, and try the delicious treats offered at the restaurant and bar.

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Playa Escondida

Towards the north of the Banderas Bay, in Sayulita, you can find Playa Escondida, a spot which will seduce you with its incredible view. At the beach you can have long walks while you listen to the relaxing sound of the waves and birds. You can conclude your day tasting the gourmet flavors which are offered at the site’s restaurant.

This place has different palapas distributed along a jungle-like terrain, close to a private beach. Due to its distribution, depending on the cabin that you choose, you can be a few steps away from the ocean, or contemplate it from the heights, among a natural green curtain. Furthermore, you will find amenities such as a bar, restaurant, pool, spa, yoga room, and even, a jacuzzi and hammocks in certain cabins.

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Aldea Bamboo

In San Pancho, you may leave your worries behind as you near Aldea Bamboo, a spot immersed in a paradise in the middle of the jungle. Let yourself strengthen your ties with Mother Earth, as you are surrounded by abundant foliage.

The three octagonal wooden cabins that this site offers are integrally equipped so your stay is as comfortable, and peaceful as possible. At night, you may contemplate the starlight, and the moon from a small dome located in the center of the upper cover.

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Without a doubt, in any of these spots you will live a unique experience to get a breather, enjoy nature, and reconnect with yourself.



Each year, readers of the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveler vote for their favorite destinations, as well as hotels, resorts, islands, cruises, airlines, and airports, highlighting the best of each category that guides many travelers in the world.

It is with great pride that the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust informs that this destination, once again, is nominated in the Best City category. Also included are 17 hotels located in Vallarta, which stand out for the excellence of their lodging services.

The voting is simple, an email is registered and a basic profile is completed. Then select the category in which you want to vote, and in the online voting platform, you put the name of the destination or hotel, by selecting it, in the brief survey.

More than 400 thousand readers around the world participate year after year in the survey leaving tens of thousands of comments; This is the 32nd edition of the survey (the first was conducted in 1987).

The magazine is designed for the discerning and frequent experienced travelers with a wide variety of travel experiences and information covering frequent flyer programs, art, fashion, architecture, culture, gastronomy, and shopping in a variety of destinations around the world.

It is a publication for the sophisticated person who travels regularly with a strong interest in leisure activities. It has specialized content for the sophisticated traveler from the latest in hotels, the best tourist destinations in the world, the most innovative restaurants, and exclusive spas, to the most fascinating adventure trips.

The printed circulation of the magazine is 807,873 in the United States; Eight editions a year are published.

The complete results will be in the print and online edition in the month of November.

Voting is open until June 30.


The Riviera Nayarit put its tourism offer on display once again at the Sunwing Vacations trade shows; this wholesaler has become one of the main commercial allies for the destination in Canada.

The promotional events were held in three cities of the Canadian Midwest: Winnipeg, in the province of Manitoba; and Regina and Saskatoon, both in the province of Saskatchewan.

With the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, Sunwing Vacations has two destinations that sell very well, which is why they invited the Sales and Marketing teams to participate in the events and contact to over 300 travel agents.

The destinations’ presence in the region was highlighted even more thanks to the support of associated hotels—in the case of Riviera Nayarit, the Riu, Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Iberostar Playa Mita, and Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa properties showcased not only the high quality of their infrastructure but also their vast culinary offer and the gamut of activities that delight their guests.

The possibility of bringing a 200-guest Hindu destination wedding to the Riviera Nayarit was among the achievements of this promotional trip; it’s an event that could result in a major economic spillover for the hotel or venue that hosts it. There were also negotiations with a wholesale agency in Winnipeg that every year moves a group of about 100 people together with a local radio station that then transmits live shows from the host hotel. There’s a very big chance the group will stay in a Riviera Nayarit hotel this year.

This type of actions encourage more Canadians to visit the region and reinforces the presence of the Riviera Nayarit in one of the most important markets in North America, said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

“The resulting influx of tourists from Canada to the region has been outstanding, especially during the winter season,” he added. “In this sense, we’re reinforcing our promotion so we can likewise increase the influx of visitors during the summer season.”

Riviera Nayarit is connected to Canada during the winter season via Sunwing Airlines with more than 11 weekly flights from airports in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton on the West coast; and from Quebec, Ottaway, and Toronto on that country’s East coast. During the summer, Sunwing Airlines maintains weekly flights from Vancouver and Toronto.

Sunwing Airlines is a subsidiary of parent company Sunwing Travel Group, which operates as the largest travel agency in Canada.