AGrand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers an incredible dining scene with several unique restaurants and bars throughout the resort. Reservations are required at our three upscale restaurants - Piaf, Lucca, Frida and Sen Lin - where you can enjoy globally-inspired cuisine and beautiful views. You do not need to make advanced reservations at our more casual eateries, including Azul, Koi Sports Bat or Selva del Mar.
AThe resort is designed to be a family-friendly destination. With the exception of the Piaf Restaurant and Koi Sport Bar, kids are welcome in all of our casual and gourmet restaurants, including Frida, Lucca, Sen Lin and Azul. You must be 18 years old and over to enter Koi or to order drinks at Aqua Bar. You must be 12 years old and over to enter Piaf.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is the place to play in paradise in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy swimming in the infinity pool and sandy beach on Banderas Bay. Hit the gym and take fitness classes, like yoga, Zumba and Pilates. Head to the Activity Desk for Puerto Vallarta adventures and tours. Our Activities Program offers snorkeling and kayaking, bike tours, and cooking classes. Guests can also enjoy beach volleyball, Bocce ball, tennis, ping pong, water aerobics, bingo, and dance classes.
The resort also features evening entertainment, live music in the open-air amphitheater, fiestas, DJs, karaoke, and theme nights that celebrate the spirit of Puerto Vallarta.
Designed for young vacationers, the Kids' Club offers daily beach and pool games, nature discovery and arts and crafts, and the Teens' Club offers a lounge for hanging out and playing video games and billiards.
Yes. Kids are welcome. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a family-friendly resort with daily activities for all ages. The resort offers kid-friendly restaurants, a Kids' Club with pool and beach games and arts and crafts, and a Teens' Club with a video game lounge and karaoke.
Our tour agent is happy to arrange snorkeling and scuba diving adventures, whale watching and dolphin encounters, and bay cruises for your family and kids. Check the Daily Activities schedule for fun kid-friendly recreation, from bike tours to scuba clinics and Spanish classes.
Yes, at an additional charge. Our resort offers transportation to and from the airport, as well as private VIP service. The service may be reserved with drinks and help with your luggage, and is perfect for families and groups of friends. Taxi service is also available.
The approximate driving time from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) is 20 minutes with normal traffic. The airport is just 11.8 km, or 7.3 miles, from the resort.
ASorry, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit does not allow pets. Our passion is to deliver all-inclusive luxury that is beyond compare for every guest, and often that means being exclusive. Service animals are welcome.
AThe beaches surrounding Nuevo Vallarta has a fabulous beach, wide, clean, nice sand, soft waves depending the year. The hotels also put up flags when it is not safe to swim, or if there are jellyfish in the water.
Puerto Vallarta International Airport is located 11.8 kms or 7.3 miles away and is only a short 15-minute drive from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. You can take a taxi service to or from the resort, or call us in advance for VIP reservations that include to and from transport in a private suburban, drinks of your choice, luggage assistance, and a greeting sign with your name on it at the exit gate.
All of our gourmet restaurants, sports bars, poolside swim up bar, and room service are offered in the all-inclusive package at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Whether you are in the mood for a romantic beachfront dinner, creative Mexican and Italian, a cold beer while watching sports, or cocktails in the sun, you will enjoy a taste of paradise with our all-inclusive dining concept. Our all-inclusive plan also offers daily drinks and snacks in your suite's minibar.
AYes. Located in beautiful Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is only a 25-minute drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta and El Malecón, where you'll find lively markets, restaurants, bars, shopping, and the city's natural and cultural landmarks. The resort offers VIP shuttle service for an additional fee and the concierge can arrange a taxi, private van, or rental car so it's easy to explore.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is located in Nuevo Vallarta, only 25 minutes from Downtown Puerto Vallarta. A resort community on Mexico's Pacific coast, Nuevo Vallarta is just north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay. Nuevo Vallarta is a breathtaking destination loved for championship golf courses, 3,000 slip marina, and 5 miles of white sandy beach.
Just off the coast, the Marieta Islands is a biodiverse sanctuary for dolphins, turtles and humpback whales, and an amazing place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Northwest is the village of Sayulita, known for its surfing culture. Allow our resort concierge to arrange for a taxi ride to Puerto Vallarta, or rent a car and spend the day exploring this beautiful coastline.
In general, there are two main seasons in Riviera Nayarit. The rainy season runs from May through mid-October. The dry season runs from mid-October through April. During the rainy season, guests can expect frequent heavy rain showers on most days, with showers typically in the late afternoon and lasting only a few hours. If you are visiting during the summer, afternoon showers cool down this 200-mile Pacific coastline, giving travelers a break from average temperatures of 90ºF.
The best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit is between April and June when the weather is pleasant. During these months, the rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists and crowds. If you're interested in whale watching trips, the best time to see these amazing creatures is from January to March.
AGrand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers a diversity of activities at the resort and a concierge to help you book Puerto Vallarta tours and adventures. You can book local excursions through our Activities Desk, including scuba diving and snorkeling tours, whale watching adventures, golf outings, bay cruises, boat trips to remote beaches and coves, and sightseeing tours to mountain villages.We also offer complimentary kayak, snorkel and boogie board rentals so you can explore the beautiful bay right from our beach.
Our wedding experts are ready to assist you through every step of the most important decision; from defining the budget or the number of guests to choosing the ideal setting, type of banquet and your Premium open bar selection. Contact us at https://www.velasweddings.com/contact.aspx or by dialing 1 866 868 0922.
The wedding collections of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit have pre-established benefits however everything is customized according to your tastes and needs.
The natural setting of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, located on the Mexican Pacific, offers beautiful areas for unforgettable weddings, from terraces and majestic gardens facing the sea, to arrangements on the beach or in elegant lounges, which can accommodate up to 300 guests. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit does not have a chapel within the facilities, but we can design an enchanting symbolic ceremony with a minister.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit provides exceptional attention to every detail that this special day requires, therefore, we schedule only one wedding per day at our resort. Each All-Inclusive wedding collection ensures that your day will unforgettable, from the selection of dishes, to the decor.
Regardless of the location you choose, every ceremony we design is symbolic and is conducted by a minister. Civil ceremony marriages require additional services for the official legal procedures with the corresponding authorities.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers All Inclusive collections that can be customized according to your needs. They include the location to celebrate the wedding, the bouquet for the bride, minister and wedding cake. Additional available services include hi-tech sound equipment, dance floor, decorations and special furniture, DJ, live music, Spa services, beauty salon and private transportation. For more information contact our specialists at +52 (322) 176 0060 or via email at:email@example.com.
ABeing a hotel and commercial community, you can find several shopping centers in Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta, such as Paradise Village (5 min), Plaza Marina (15 min), Galerías Vallarta (20 min), Plaza La Isla (25 min), Plaza Peninsula (25 min) and Plaza Caracol (25 min).
ASome of the favorite places among visitors and locals are: El Andariego, Café de olla, Las Adelitas, El Arrayán and Tacos Pepes. Local specialties as well as dishes from different regions of Mexico can be found in theses restaurants.
ABirth season takes often place between August and December and different turtle camps offer the opportunity to be spectators of their liberation. Bahía del Sol beach, at just 3 minutes walk from the resort, organizes this activity at 18:00 hrs. Average cost $35 pesos per person. Please be sure to confirm schedules and availability with your Concierge.
AThe "Magical Town" San Sebastian is a great local attraction. What used to be a mining town, today is a very important cultural and historical treasure. Talpa de Allende, -a Magical Town as well- is a must-see when visiting the surroundings. Parishes, temples and chapels are an architectural reference of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
AJalisco and Nayarit are dotted with beaches everywhere. The most charming and close to the resort are:
Sayulita, this picturesque village by the sea has been included in the Magic Towns list and it is located 45 minutes from the resort. The relaxed style and sidewalk cafes combine with the artistic display of galleries and graffiti. Sayulita is known among surfers for the challenging waves found in this spot.
Bucerías is located 18 minutes away from the resort. This coastal town offers water sports such as sailing, jet ski or kayak, as well as local cuisine restaurants and art corners.
To discover the natural beauty of this privileged destination, the most recommended beaches are Punta de Mita and Punta Negra (40 min), Mismaloya (1 hr) as well as Las Ánimas and Quimixto (1 hr 15 min).
APuerto Vallarta's center has a nice number of arts and crafts in display; art objects, galleries and jewelries can be found almost in every corner. The island at Cuale River and the Flea Market are other great places to find authentic silver.
AThe shortest route is taking Tepic-Puerto Vallarta highway. Urban buses make stop just in front of the resort; taxis are also available upon request as well as private taxis. Or you can request an Uber or rent a car at the car rental desk located in the lobby.
ATransportation within Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit area is very safe. A Bellboy can call a public taxi upon request, or private transportation service can be arranged by your Concierge, at a cost of $ 45 per hour.
APuerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit is a golf destination par excellence. Best courses are at a short distance from the resort:
El Tigre (8 min), Flamingos (13 min), Marina Vallarta (20 min) and Vista Vallarta (28 min).
Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful year-round destination, boasting an average of 300 sunny days per year. The "high season" in Puerto Vallarta is from October to May with average daily temperatures reaching around 86°F (30°C). Puerto Vallarta has a typical tropical rainy season from July to November but some travelers prefer the rainy season to take advantage of lower rates on flights and travel. If you're looking to catch a glimpse of the migrating humpback whales, you'll want to visit between December and March.
If you enjoy the warm, tropical weather and don't mind occasional rain, June and July can be a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta. The weather in the summer can reach 90°F (32°C) in the day with refreshing showers typically in the night and early morning hours. Another advantage to travelling to Puerto Vallarta in the summer months is to escape the crowds and enjoy the beaches.
Puerto Vallarta is a warm all year round mainly consisting of two primary seasons: The rainy season from July to November, and the dry season from December to May. During the rainy season, temperatures can soar to 90°F (32°C) during the day and can bring tropical showers later in the day and throughout the evening. In the dry season, it's unlikely to encounter a rainy day for months at time, the humidity levels drop and its common to feel a cool, tropical breeze.
The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are calm and the water is warm, you'll want to get in and stay a while! Protected within the the limits of one of the largest bays in the world, the beaches in Banderas Bay are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and many other watersports and activities. There are some rock-reef beaches, but for the most part, the beaches are soft-sand stretches of beach paradise.
Puerto Vallarta translates to mean, "Vallarta Port" and it's one of Mexico's many Cruise Ship Ports. The Port was named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of the Mexican state of Jalisco where Puerto Vallarta resides.
Puerto Vallarta offers many things to do for free. From its historical downtown area to the famous Malecon boardwalk to Los Muertos Beach and the Pier, you can stroll for hours taking in the culture, pre-colonial architecture, open-air art walk, the front-row seat to the gorgeous sunsets and even a daily pirate ship fireworks show - all the views are free! You can also visit the Our Lady Guadalupe Church and the Rio Cuale Museum.
Many tourists and travelers living in other parts of Mexico drive to Puerto Vallarta. It's only about a 6-hour drive from the beach town of Mazatlan, or about 8 hours from the northern border. If traveling from Phoenix, Arizona add about 3 hours. You'll pass the town of Tepic on Highway 200 as well as Guadalajara before reaching Punta Mita, Nuevo Vallarta, and finally Puerto Vallarta. Highway 200 is two lane until you get close to Vallarta, and you will share this steep road with many buses and trucks. Drive carefully on the winding roads, be alert to changing traffic conditions and enjoy the countryside as well as the beautiful mountainous terrain on the way.
As a former fishing village, Puerto Vallarta has always been known for its fresh seafood and ceviche. For those who don't know about this Latin American delicacy, ceviche is a seafood dish made from fresh raw fish, shrimp or a mixture of seafood, cured in citrus juices and spiced with chilis, onions, salt and cilantro served on a hard tostada. The best restaurants to find delicious ceviche in Puerto Vallarta are 8 Tostadas, Cevicheria El Guero, and LAMARA. Probably the most recognizable ceviche restaurant in Puerto Vallarta is 8 Tostadas. You can find numerous locations of 8 Tostadas all over Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. Each location has an open-air, local feel with mouth-watering ceviche creations served fresh daily. Cevicheria El Guero is also among the top-rated ceviche restaurants in PV. Cevicheria El Guero is located in the downtown Romantic Zone, just a few blocks from the Malecon and the ocean, and it's a favorite among locals and tourists alike. LAMARA is located in Centro just down the street from the HSBC bank and is a more funky atmosphere with vegan options as well as delicious, gourmet ceviche. The ceviche at LAMARA is innovative and unique - definitely worth trying for those who love ceviche.
The best resorts to stay in Puerto Vallarta are Velas Vallarta and Casa Velas in Marina Vallarta. Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and rated four stars by the Forbes Travel Guide, Casa Velas is an adults-only all-inclusive resort with an estate-like feel situated alongside the fairways of the Marina Vallarta golf course and only minutes from the beach. Velas Vallarta is located nearby with over 10 acres of beachfront bliss as well as 3 large swimming pools, a cascading waterfall, and variety of activities for all ages that makes Velas Vallarta perfect for the entire family.
If you're planning to stay in Nuevo Vallarta, the best place to stay is Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Grand Velas is the recipient of the Condé Nast "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" award for its famous SE Spa. It's oceanfront location on a stretch of gorgeous, soft-sand beach is a paradise location for a beach getaway in Mexico!
Puerto Vallarta is a foodie paradise! Long famous for its local and international cuisine, some of the most famous local restaurants include: La Palapa (made famous by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor), Vista Grill, La Leche, Cafe de Artistes for authentic French cuisine, and Sonora Sur. There are expats from all over the world living in Puerto Vallarta and so our town enjoys authentic gourmet cuisine from all over the world, not to mention the delicious Mexican food.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the best places in Mexico to enjoy a vacation full of fun in the sun. With more than 300 sunny days per year, and a variety of unique activities and eco-tours to enjoy, it's hard not to love this tropical paradise.
August is in the middle of the tropical rainy season (June - October) in Puerto Vallarta. Despite it being summertime, the hours of sunshine are shorter than the rest of the year and days are characterised by short, tropical showers and varied hot temperatures reaching as high as 95F°.
Puerto Vallarta was named, "the friendliest city in the world" by Condé Nast magazine. In recent years, the Tourism Board of Puerto Vallarta's hired a leading global security firm, Thomas Dales and Associates, to validate the safety of the area. TDA stated that Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest destinations in Mexico for international visitors and is also the safest and preferred destination to live in for expats as well.
The international airport in Puerto Vallarta - airport code (PVR) is centrally located, situated between the cultural downtown area of Old Town and "Centro" in Puerto Vallarta and the more modern hotel zone in Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to reach most hotels from the airport in Puerto Vallarta.
This is an easy answer! Puerto Vallarta gives tourists something different - authentic Mexico with a friendly flair! It also has a cultural charm that can sometimes get lost in the rush of other touristic destinations in Mexico. In addition to being famous for its soft-sand beaches, Puerto Vallarta also offers many fun activities and eco-tours for all ages and activity levels such as boating, fishing, ziplining, cultural tours and don't forget, the excellent Mexican cuisine!