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To get to Riviera Nayarit, you simply fly into Puerto Vallarta's international airport and take a taxi, bus, shuttle, or rental car to your destination. According to aeropuertosgap.com.mx the company that runs the Puerto Vallarta airport, there are approximately 33,000 flights to choose from every year, from over a dozen different airlines. In addition to this tens of thousands of people arrive via Cruise Ship into Puerto Vallarta, or drive from Canada, the USA, and other areas of Mexico.
There are well over 50,000 North American expats in the Puerto Vallarta area (more Americans on the South Shore of the Bay, more Canadians on the North Shore of the Bay but both areas have a nice mix of people from many places). Many people are surprised how friendly, and welcoming these communities are.
The Mexican culture is about family, good food, and enjoying your life. I've found the people this area attracts from all corners of the globe seem to be fun loving, happy, adventurous people which makes it very enjoyable to get to know your neighbors!
WORLD CLASS ACTIVITIES & AMENITIES
This area has 7 world-class golf courses, 3 marinas, a water park, the Russian Ballet, our convention center hosted the largest Tourism conference in the world this year the Tianguis Turistico where people from dozens of countries attended. There are museums (Naval Museum, Tequila & Mariachi Museum), over 30 community organizations from SPCA to Rotary, to Amigos de La Cruz that have recycling programs, fundraising for eye surgeries for those less fortunate, cleft pallet's, etc.
There are hundreds of restaurants and venues for live music (amazing musicians from all over the globe like Andrea and Latcho Latino music, Philo from California, etc). There are hot springs 45 minutes away, you can swim with the dolphins, explore colonial towns, petro glyphs, etc. There are dozens of festivals each year to honor culture, art, patron saints, and significant moments in history.
The Bay of Bandera's is home to hundreds of dolphins that keep the sharks out, and makes it a safe haven where the Humpback Whales come each year to birth their calves. There are 2 species of endangered sea turtles that nest in our protected beaches. According to Vallarta Adventures there are over 300 species of orchids, 400 varieties of butterflies, and over 400 species of birds.
There is a Marine Park just 20 minutes by boat from La Cruz or Punta Mita called the Marietta Islands. There is great snorkeling, diving, swimming, etc. Just 20 minutes down the road there is a surf town called Sayulita, outside of the protected arms of the Bay where the surf is perfect for the many competitions they have there.