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Marietas Islands, a must-see in Nayarit

Enjoy this treasure which is part of the protected natural areas, UNESCO biosphere reserve and RAMSAR site. The access to the islands is limited, but it doesn’t prevent you from visiting them and enjoy La Nopalera beach, go kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving or paddling.

Its diverse ecosystem allows you to see different marine species from fish to humpback whales in the winter season. It’s the house of more than 44 flora and fauna species, like the charismatic blue-footed booby bird, which population is the largest worldwide in its own specie. And besides whales, you can also see some dolphins and sea turtles having fun in the surroundings of the islands.
The only way you can access its hidden beach is by swimming through a natural rocky tunnel that reaches this secretly private beach.

There are different spots to check on during the tour, such as The Hidden Beach (The main attraction of the area), La Nopalera Beach, the rock bridge, and do things like snorkeling in its beautiful clear waters that allows you to see a great amount of sea life variety.


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Sometimes it is impossible to reach it, since the tide gets high and the tunnel gets flooded, but if you’re lucky enough, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular beaches you can meet in Mexico. This beach, like the whole place, is also a protected natural area, so we must help to preserve it so that it can continue to be a sanctuary open to all, in fact, even taking sand from it is prohibited.

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Festival del Viento (Wind Festival), the biggest Kiteboarding event in America!

“El Festival del Viento” (The Wind Festival) sponsors the International Kiteboarding Championship in Mexico that takes place this year, being this the ninth consecutive Championship. It aims to raise the quality of water sports, supporting riders to grow professionally by improving competitiveness and promoting the Riviera de Nayarit as one of the best tourist destinations for sailing in Mexico.

This year, the festival achieved a new record of the biggest number of Kiteboarding participants along the 9th. Edition, with 300 kiters signed up, being the biggest Kiteboarding event in America.All the different Kiteboarding categories and its variations takes place in the Festival: Freestyle, Downwind, Slalom, Big Air, and Long Distance.

Mexico has thousands of attractions and tourist destinations to live unforgettable experiences. El Festival del Viento has been recognized as one of the “100 Must-see” among all the things to see in this beautiful country, in the category Moments & Events and it’s one of the biggest national events.

The event is affiliated to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), Federación Mexicana de Vela (Mexican Sail Federation), Asociación Mexicana de Kiteboard (Kiteboard Mexican Association), it’s supported by the government and Riviera Nayarit Tourism.

If you want to experience the excitement of being part of this huge Mexican event, you should definitely get your board ready for the next year. The festival normally takes place from May 18th to May 20th. All the information that you need to know is in the next link: Festival del Viento


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Bucerías To Celebrate Our Lady Of Peace Patron Saint Festival

Bucerías will celebrate the traditional Our Lady of Peace Patron Saint Festival from January 16th through the 24th of the month. This is a religious celebration that has been observed for many years in the Riviera Nayarit.

The most symbolic act of the tradition is the Maritime Pilgrimage with the Peace Torch, which is escorted by boats that place themselves in the shape of a cross on January 24th.

The fishermen leave from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and once they arrive in Bucerías attend a Mass offered for the Virgin in the Church of Our Lady of Peace. Men from all over the southern coast of Nayarit come together to pray for a year of good fishing, tourism, health and prosperity for the area’s families.

During the week there are masses held for the faithful, vibrant fireworks displays and, of course, the crowning of a new Queen of the Patron Saint Festival. All of these activities take place in the main plaza in Bucerías.

Another aspect of the festivities is the sports, artistic and cultural events, which are an important part of the community development of the Riviera Nayarit.


 

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The Our Lady of Peace Patron Saint Festival not only welcomes the residents of Bucerías, but also those of nearby towns and is a favorite of the many Canadian expats that live in the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, as well as visitors from the US and other Mexican nationals.

The bazaar, the dances, the festivities and the general rejoicing that takes over Bucerías is one more reason for the increase in tourism and income from sales, which together represents a strong revenue for the locals who welcome visitors with open arms.

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Nuevo Vallarta’s Bike Path: A Must In The Riviera Nayarit

Since its inauguration in March 2015, the Nuevo Vallarta Bike Path has become a welcome attraction to enjoy in the Riviera Nayarit. Every day, tourists and locals come to run, skate or cycle along this recreational trail.

The Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood is home to many of the Destination’s hotels, which is why building the bike path was an excellent decision on the part of the Nayarit State Government for continued development of this microdestination.

The bike path is nearly two miles long and follows the Avenida Paseo de los Cocoteros, just a few yards from the beach. As they meander down the trail visitors can enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the area, especially the birdlife.

Bicycles have recently grown in popularity in Mexico, with both families and cyclists as a community always seeking safety, which is something the bike path offers with its well-placed street and transit signage.

It’s a known fact that North Americans love to run, and here they’ll find a great space to indulge their pastime when they visit Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit hosts several races during the year, including a 5K, 10K and even a Tourism Half Marathon; thus the bike path has become an ideal spot for training and preparing for the competitions.

Brazil, one of the Emerging Markets of interest to the Riviera Nayarit, is also known for its runners. In fact, Brazilian journalists in town for a FAM trip participated in the last Tourism Half Marathon.


Connecting Flamingos With Bucerías

In case two miles isn’t quite long enough, the bike path connects with the Maestro Flamingos Condominium walkway, which extends another nearly two- and-a-quarter miles until it connects with the road. This segment also offers a chance to get on the road to Bucerías via a path that begins where the hotel zone ends, by Flamingos.

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Bucerías: The Best Place To Learn How To Jetsurf

Bucerías has long been known as the best spot for kitesurfing, but now it’s also the ideal destination for Banderas Bay’s newest extreme watersport: Jetsurfing.

Juan Carlos de Urquidi, Manager of the Jalisco-Nayarit Jetsurf Club, explained the reasons why they chose the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit in an interview held just a couple of weeks from the launch of this new area attraction.

“After analyzing the bay area we found that the best point to demonstrate and teach Jetsurf was by Bucerías—the waves here are calmer for a longer period of time plus there’s the sand bar, making this area less dangerous for falls,” said Juan Carlos de Urquidi.


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The PR and Promotions department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau will bring international press and travel agents to experience this new activity, which they can them promote after the fact as an additional attraction offered by the Destination.

“The idea is to position Banderas Bay as an international hotspot to come learn to Jetsurf. The first school was started six months ago in Cancun and it was very successful; now we have the world’s second Jetsurf school here in the Riviera Nayarit,” he added.

There will be competitions held around the sport and it will be included in several of the Destination’s events. For example, the upcoming Punta Mita Beach Festival will include a Jetsurf exhibition.

The club is located on Playa Destiladeras in the Playas de Huanacaxtle neighborhood of Bucerías, Nayarit. Among their services they offer half-hour and one-hour classes, as well as 10-lesson packages; they also sell boards and accessories. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/JetSurfJaliscoNayarit?ref=br_rs.

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