RIVIERA NAYARIT RENEWS ITS BLUE FLAG CERTIFICATIONS

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.

RIVIERA NAYARIT RENEWS ITS BLUE FLAG CERTIFICATIONS

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.

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+ 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.

 

PERCEPTION OF SECURITY IN PUERTO VALLARTA HAS INCREASED

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.

Gracias!

 

Todd Bates

Owner/Broker

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.

VALLARTA FOOD TOURS

VALLARTA FOOD TOURS

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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

POLICEMAN SAVES CHOKING CHILD IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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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.

35 NEIGHBORHOODS WILL BE WITHOUT WATER DURING MAINTENANCE WORK JULY 2

35 NEIGHBORHOODS WILL BE WITHOUT WATER DURING MAINTENANCE WORK JULY 2

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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

WALMART IN MEXICO LAUNCHES GROCERY ORDERS VIA WHATSAPP

WALMART IN MEXICO LAUNCHES GROCERY ORDERS VIA WHATSAPP

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WhatsApp, the free text-messaging service owned by social media platform Facebook, is ubiquitous throughout Mexico. Superama shoppers can text an order to a WhatsApp number run by Walmart, known in Mexico as Walmart de Mexico.

A Reuters reporter tried the service on Monday, sending a photo of a handwritten grocery list. A company

representative responded immediately, punctuating responses with smiley-face and winky-face emojis.

The representative said Superama charges 49 pesos ($2.55) for delivery within 90 minutes, or 39 pesos ($2.03) for a later delivery time, and would accept payment in cash or by card upon delivery.

Superama represents about 92 of Walmart’s 2,459 stores in Mexico, which is the U.S. retailer’s largest overseas market by store count. Superama already takes orders via its website and a Superama app, as well as through Cornershop, a third-party delivery app that sells goods for a variety of other stores.

Walmart’s plan to buy Cornershop, which operates in Mexico and Chile, for $225 million, was blocked earlier this month by Mexico’s competition regulator, which said that Walmart could not guarantee an even playing field for rivals also using the app.

($1 = 19.1885 Mexican pesos)

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Leslie Adler

DISCOVER 5 GLAMPING SPOTS IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT

DISCOVER 5 GLAMPING SPOTS IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT

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Jun. 19, 2019
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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.

Verana

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.

PUERTO VALLARTA IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE SARGASSUM INVASION OF THE CARIBBEAN

PUERTO VALLARTA IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE SARGASSUM INVASION OF THE CARIBBEAN

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Sargassum is a dark- colored seaweed that is dispersed by ocean currents through the Atlantic, which, when they reach the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, find the perfect opportunity for their waste to coagulate, forming what scholars call garbage patches, and which have invaded the Caribbean coast of Mexico and now threatens Africa and Europe.

The invasion of sargassum to the Caribbean coast of Mexico is motivating travelers to search for other destinations in Mexico.

In the Pacific, such as Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, you will find the perfect alternative. In addition to an extensive range of beaches, the area has activities for all tourist segments: family, LGBT, pet-friendly, weddings, adventures and foodies, among others.

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico, located in the State of Jalisco, the birthplace of Tequila, Mariachi and Charra culture, recognized as Heritage by UNESCO.

This destination harbors the tradition and colors of Mexico through its squares, streets and its people, named the friendliest city in the world by the magazine Conde Nast Traveler.

The place offers travelers natural, cultural, historical and gastronomic delights, thanks to its wide range of restaurants, and is considered the second mecca for foodies in Mexico for its cuisine of the sea, mountain, and international flavors.

The traveler will find a sea of ​​activities throughout the day, sophisticated amenities, a wide range of hotels, excellent weather, festivals celebrating music, and gastronomy.

The other jewel of the Mexican Pacific, Riviera Nayarit, is just 10 minutes from the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta. It is famous for its eclectic charm and luxury hotel, virtues that have given it international recognition.

Located in the Mexican state of Nayarit, the region offers 309 kilometers of beaches with crystal clear waters on the Pacific coast, the wonderful mountains of the Sierra Madre, the spectacular Bay of Banderas and endless protected natural wonders.

The Riviera Nayarit houses the tourist center of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic town of San Blas, the exclusive refuge of celebrities in Punta Mita, the “boho-chic” surfing mecca in Sayulita, and a variety of picturesque fishing villages.

There are plenty of activities that range from golf courses, zip lines, diving, and surfing, to bird watching, whale watching, and turtle release programs.

Accommodations range from luxury resorts and all-inclusive establishments that target families, to boutique hotels and all kinds of options.

Riviera Nayarit has four hotels that have the distinguished AAA rating of five diamonds, 11 AAA four-distinguished AAA rating of five diamonds, 11 AAA four- diamond hotels and 13 AAA three-diamond hotels.

The AAA Diamon Award is awarded by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and guarantees that the establishment offers the highest standards of luxury, quality and high-level service.

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