Nuevo Vallarta - Mexico's Riviera Nayarit
Nestled between the tranquil Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de Vallejo mountains, Nuevo Vallarta, one of the most visited and exclusive beach destinations of Mexico, brings together luxury and the abundance of nature to offer each visitor an enchanting escape with excellent hospitality, comfort and entertainment.
This entryway into the Riviera Nayarit also has the second highest number of hotels in the country, with a first class infrastructure easily seen in the impeccable and vast golf courses, luxurious condominiums, exclusive restaurants and two of the country’s most important marinas.
Nuevo Vallarta is a lively destination with it five kilometer (three-mile) shoreline of golden beaches, where visitors can delight in the turquoise-blue ocean and fine sands as well as the various activities offered in this unbeatable climate.And of course, there is no better way to enjoy the late afternoon than by taking in a breathtaking sunset accompanied by the crashing waves as you read a great book.
A destination with notable real estate developments, whether set beachside, among beautiful trees or near exclusive golf clubs, Nuevo Vallarta is an irresistible invitation to establish this tropical paradise as your home away from home.
The hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta are listed among the most exclusive and luxurious of beach destinations on an international scale. Some of these palace-like establishments have received the Five Diamond distinction, awarded by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels that offer the finest and most luxurious of lodging, ambiance and hospitality. Hanging gardens, endless pools that visually meld into the ocean and luxurious suites are just some of the tempting delights tucked away in these buildings with elegant architecture and surrounded by the natural wonders of the tropics and the beauty of the Pacific coast.
Nuevo Vallarta is also home to the most exclusive restaurants of the Riviera Nayarit —most of which are located inside and outside of hotel complexes—with menus offering everything from the intense tastes of Mexican and regional cuisine to a la carte gourmet delicacies that guarantee a unique culinary experience and are sure to please even the most demanding of palates. Some of the restaurants participate in the renowned International Gourmet Festival, and the delectable dishes served are as varied as the intricate flavors of Italian, Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisine themselves. Among the restaurants to receive international praise for their excellent creations and service is Piaf, named a Michelin restaurant and located inside the Grand Velas Hotel. Nuevo Vallarta is blessed with an impressive variety of options that will leave even the most knowledgeable of connoisseurs contented.
The hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, in addition to luxury and comfort, also offer a variety of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy their stay to the fullest.
Options include beach sports, golf, scuba diving, surfing, yoga classes, gym equipment and sports fields and courts.
Also worthy of praise are the sophisticated spas where you can enjoy revitalizing treatments for mind, body and spirit such as hydrotherapy, sauna treatments, and hydro-reflexology, among others.
These spas have also received important recognition for their world-class quality. And if you are of an adventurous spirit, in most hotels you will find tour packages that will take you by boat down one of the nearby canals surrounded by white mangroves where you can admire the region’s variety of wild flora and fauna.
And what can be more romantic than declaring your everlasting love on the ocean shore? With its impressive natural scenery and exceptional infrastructure, Nuevo Vallarta is the ideal place for couples who wish to enter into marriage or enjoy a luxurious honeymoon. With these guests in mind, most hotels offer package deals to ensure the perfect organization of this important ceremony.
The happy couple can choose to celebrate their union in a beautiful garden, an elegant ballroom or along the seashore with their loved ones looking on. The main event will then be followed by an exquisite reception.
Impeccable and surrounded by beautiful natural wonders, the golf courses of Nuevo Vallarta are yet another stunning attraction.
Named among the most challenging of Mexico, the El Tigre course opened its doors in 2002 to offer its visitors one of this game’s most exhilarating experiences.
After passing under the stone portico and admiring the impressive Bengal tigers housed in a secure habitat enclosure, you will delight in practicing your swing at this enchanting course.
El Tigre was designed by Texan Robert von Hagge, and is comprised of 18 holes, par 72 with 144 sand traps distributed over 7,329 yards of Bermuda 419-covered terrain. It is a course that also includes nine artificial lakes, challenging for even the most experienced of golfers.
The par-three sixth hole is a marvelous treat as it is comprised of a green inside a Scottish pot bunker on an island, a true challenge. Open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, this course also has an exclusive 45,000-squarefoot Spanish-style clubhouse complete with an exclusive restaurant, lockers, a break room, boutiques and a spa.
Equally spectacular is the Nayar Golf Club, located inside the Gran Mayan development.
The course was designed by Jim Lipe and is currently being redesigned by famous golfer Jack Nicklaus. The course covers 6,936 yards and includes nine holes covering 6,400 meters (20,997 feet) of fine Bermuda 417 grass where players can practice their best shots in a beachfront environment sheltered by the Western Sierra Madre Mountains. And what better way to relax after a round of golf than by enjoying a delicious meal in the clubhouse restaurant where you will be tempted by the finest in Mediterranean cuisine.
You can also unwind in the pristine spa, where you can enjoy a well deserved spa treatment to round out your day at this course, which is open practically all day from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Nuevo Vallarta is home to two of the most important marinas in the country: Nuevo Vallarta Marina and Paradise Village Marina, which can accommodate close to 500 vessels and offer numerous services such as drinking water, security, pump out stations, concierge…in short, everything you need to enjoy a pleasant stay in this tropical paradise.
In the Paradise Village Marina, certified as Mexico’s cleanest, ships are docked in a protected natural area alongside luxurious properties.
Adventurous visitors can admire an important variety of flora and fauna of the region such as white herons, iguanas and a variety of fish species. When touring the piers, you can observe beautiful ships displaying flags from remote countries and foreign sailors milling about. These visitors have discovered this paradise, and deemed it one of the most glorious of destinations on their globetrotting itinerary.
The natural wealth of Nuevo Vallarta is one of its most appealing treasures. With a warm, sub-humid tropical climate, Nuevo Vallarta is located where the fresh water of the Ameca River meets the salty waves of the Pacific, thus providing the ideal environment for a variety of bird species such as herons, ducks, pelicans and seagulls as well as numerous impressive reptiles that choose to make this their home.
With the Sierra de Vallejo —inhabited by the jaguar and belonging to the State Biosphere Reserve— as another natural boundary of the area of Nuevo Vallarta, a variety of mangrove swamps and more than a dozen navigable canals are found in the region.
These natural wonders allow tourists to appreciate the local beauty of nature up close. And as if that weren’t enough, true nature lovers will rejoice with the arrival year after year of hawksbill, Olive Ridley and leatherback turtles on the shores of Nuevo Vallarta. These incredible animals come to these golden sands to lay their eggs and in turn, preserve their species. For this reason, a turtle sanctuary has been established to guarantee protection for these turtles and their young from the dangers that they may encounter on their way back to the ocean.
And as the sun sinks below the horizon and paints the skies with luminous tones of orange, pink and purple, the festive nightlife calls to those visitors eager to continue their adventures in one of the exclusive bars and restaurants located in area hotels or fashionable independent establishments.
Dance to the rhythms of Latin classics or pop music as you sip a delicious drink or enjoy friendly conversation with your friends and family.
There is something for everyone. And if a party atmosphere is not your choice for the evening, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the beach as you take in a breathtaking sunset and the intensely shining stars, the best way to conclude your day filled with sun, sand, waves and lots of fun!
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