One of the elements that distinguish the Vallarta-Nayarit area from other tourism destinations is the amount of events that take place here during the year, and December is chock full of headliners that will end 2016 with a flourish. And don’t forget: this last month of the year brings with it the festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which are held just about everywhere.
Virgen de Guadalupe Pilgrimages (December 1 – 12)
During the first days of December, Puerto Vallarta invites you a celebration in honor of la Virgen de Guadalupe. Learn more about Mexican culture celebrating with us this magnificent event. Begin the show on Juárez and 31 de Octubre streets. On December 11th around 11:30 pm people sing “Las Mañanitas”. Also, you can enjoy typical Mexican Food, during these days.
Whale Watching in the Bay of Banderas (December – March)
Humpback whales are one of the biggest animal species in the world, and they visit Puerto Vallarta for their mating season! These beautiful animals travel all around the ocean. During December and until March, they migrate to tropical waters like Jalisco’s coasts, where they can be watched swimming out through our seas in Puerto Vallarta.
4th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 16th Chili Cook-Off (December 3)
These two events take place in the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, both showcasing the culinary pleasures of the Riviera Nayarit. On Saturday, December 3rd in the afternoon attendees will be able to sample all kinds of dishes and cooking styles. Both events are fundraisers for the Families of the Dump charity.
2nd Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit (December 4)
The Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit is the most important long-distance bicycle race event in the region. Now in its second year, it offers a challenging route from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to Sayulita and back.
XXIII Baja Ha-Ha / 5th Sailors’ Splash (December 9)
For the fifth year in a row the Destination will host the Riviera Nayarit Sailors’ Splash 2016, a nautical rally that coincidentally takes place on the XXIII anniversary of the Baja Ha-Ha. Between 120 and 150 boats will be arriving at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for this impressive show of sails.
27th Anniversary of Banderas Bay (December 11)
Banderas Bay celebrates its founding as a municipality with all kinds of events civic, sports, artistic and cultural to commemorate the history of this beautiful seaside town in the Riviera Nayarit.
V World Beach Polo Cup (December 16-19)
The success of the World Beach Polo Cup has made it one of the Riviera Nayarit’s signature events and it’s here to stay. This year they moved the date to December, much to the delight of the high season visitors.
11th Sinergiarte Festival (December 16-18)
The Colectivo San Pancho in the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit organizes this grand artistic and cultural festival around a theme that changes from year to year.
Pee Wee League (December 17)
The 2016 Pee Wee League Surf Circuit has begun in the Riviera Nayarit. After stops in San San Pancho it returns to Sayulita to end the year in a search for new surfing talent.
New Year’s Eve on the Malecon (December 31)
There’s no better way to start a New Year than celebrating by the sea of Puerto Vallarta. Join the thousands of tourists from Mexico and around the world that meet in Puerto Vallarta in New Year’s Eve. On the night of December 31st, as midnight approaches everyone gets ready, looking for the best place to enjoy the fireworks that are launched from the Malecon, so the night sky is full of light.