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Much of the fun of a holiday is to soak in the local flavor of a destination by enjoying an assortment of festivities and events. In fact, many travelers select their travel date so they can participate in these activities.
For those planning a getaway to Riviera Nayarit, they’ll get more than their share of opportunities to dive right into the festivities and traditions. Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s newest travel destination, stretching along 100 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by spectacular mountains to the north of renowned Puerto Vallarta. Mostly undeveloped, the destination extends from the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta to the historic colonial town of San Blas along Banderas Bay.
The region features world-renowned surfing, four professional golf courses, rare native wildlife, mountain and island adventures, shopping, charming fishing towns and miles of serene beaches. And its calendar of events highlights this diversity throughout the year.
“We feel Riviera Nayarit offers authentic experiences because our events showcase what this destination has to offer its visitors,” said Richard Zarkin, public relations manager for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau. “For example, the Surf Classic in Sayulita draws people from all over the world to this major surfing destination. Golf tournaments and professional tours are held at world-class courses in the area, and Restaurant Week allows visitors to sample some of the best local cuisine from the region’s top restaurants.”
Following are activities scheduled in Riviera Nayarit in 2008.
Sept. 26-Oct. 4San Francisco de Asís (Assisi) Celebrating saint's day of San Francisco (San Pancho) with a pilgrimage, charro parade, street fair and fireworks.
September-DecemberTurtle Release Many local hotels participate in the program to release recently hatched baby turtles during the hatching season. Participating hotels include Presidente InterContinental Puerto Vallarta Resort, Samba Vallarta All-Inclusive by Pueblo Bonito and Casa De Mita. www.rivieranayarit.com
November-MayPolo Season Held at the polo fields in nearby San Pancho (San Francisco), Nayarit and Costa Careyes in Costalegre. www.mexicopolo.com, www.equestrian-vacations.net
NovemberCopa Vallarta (Vallarta Cup) Golf Tournament Annual pro-am golf event held at El Tigre and Vista Vallarta golf courses. www.vallartagolf.com
NovemberSailfish & Marlin International Tournament Banderas Bay competition with cash prizes for those hauling in the big ones. www.fishvallarta.com
Nov. 1-2Todos los Santos, Dia de los Muertos (All Saints’ Day, Day of the Dead) Traditional pre-Hispanic celebrations of a time when the spirits of the dead are welcomed back by altars decorated with favorites of the departed.
Nov. 3-4Antique Automobile Event Rincon de Guayabitos
Nov. 13 -23Gourmet Festival Tasteful festival celebrating the cuisine of the best restaurants in the bay area. www.festivalgourmet.com
Nov. 20Mexican Revolution & Sports Day National holiday celebrating the Mexican revolution of 1910 when Francisco I. Madero denounced Dictator General Porfirio Díaz. Sports Day is also celebrated with parades featuring schools, activities, seniors and more.
DecemberSeventh Annual Cruisers Great Chili Cook-Off Sponsored by the Vallarta Yacht Club. www.vallartayachtclub.com
DecemberSurf Classic in Sayulita Board riders from all over the world gather in the major surfing destination of Sayulita. www.sayulitalife.com
Pilgrimages for the Virgin of Guadalupe Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta celebrate the twelve days with processions and floats, Aztec dancers, folklore groups and military bands.
Dec. 15-March 31Whale-watching Season Humpback Whales visit their winter habitat.
Dec. 16Desfile de Alegria (Happiness Parade) Colorful parade with attractive floats in Tepic.
Dec. 16-24Posadas Commemorating the Biblical story (brought here by the Spanish) of Joseph and Mary searching for posada as the birth date of the child nears.