Issue 1010, Aug 11 - 17, 2016

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riviera nayarit

Riviera Nayarit, An Ecotourism Destination With Environmental Accolades

Aug 11 - 17, 2016


In La Cruz By Cindy Bouchard


beach, a lagoon and a marina all boast the Blue Flag; the Riviera Nayarit leads the way in Mexico with 12 Certified Clean Beaches; Nuevo Vallarta is the first certified Clean Tourism Destination in Mexico and is poised to receive certification as an EarthCheck Community. The Riviera Nayarit is synonymous with nature, which is why it has been working hard to preserve these treasures, receiving environmental accolades along the way that strongly validate its commitment to ecotourism. “Our objective is to promote the Destination’s tourism but also to preserve the natural bounty of the region,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s our duty because these riches are the top attraction we have to offer our tourists.”

Three Blue Flags

Since 2015 the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle has been the first Marina in Mexico to obtain the International Blue Flag. The beach at Nuevo Vallarta Norte also boasts this accolade and has had it for the past several years. The Riviera Nayarit’s sister brand, Lagunas Encantadas, achieved this certification in 2016 when it added a third Blue Flag for the state with the Santa María del Oro lagoon.

National Leader in Certified Clean Beaches

The Riviera Nayarit is the national leader in Certified Clean Beaches with 12 beaches that comply with Regulation NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006: Nuevo Vallarta Sur, Nuevo Vallarta Norte, Nuevo Vallarta II, Bucerías, Los Muertos, Playa Palladium, Costa Capomo, Rincón de Guayabitos, Coral Island Beach, Chacala, Platanitos and El Borrego.

Nuevo Vallarta is the first certified Clean Tourism Destination in Mexico The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT by its acronym in Spanish) awarded Nayarit the recognition of “Clean Tourism Destination” for the Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico de Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood, making it the first in Mexico to receive this environmental certification.

Nuevo Vallarta poised to become an EarthCheck Community

Nuevo Vallarta has been working hard since back in December, 2014 to become the second tourism destination in Mexico to receive an EarthCheck Community certification. The process was put in motion by the Riviera Nayarit CVB and is set to conclude this year; the destination is expected to receive a Silver EarthCheck certificate.

ovin’ La Cruz, each other and their new adventure; meet Cirilo and Annette! La Cruz’s newest entrepreneurs purchased, cleaned up and opened… The La Cruz Inn is back in business. The epitome of love in all ways… Annette and Cirilo love each other, they love La Cruz, and they love serving others; they simply are filled to the brim with LOVE! Their blossoming love was evident when they met five years ago; Cirilo, the strong silent type courted vivacious Nettie, creating a life together that everyone admires. They shared, “We met in Mexico and were married a few years later. We worked on cruise ships, both together and separately.” After marrying they both had to keep working in other areas, sadly sometimes apart, but they spent as much time together as possible here… in paradise! They simply love La Cruz and every effort was to return here, live here, and retire here one day! Why? “The people, the weather, the affordability and the lifestyle. Living here is life at its fullest, every day!” They’re proudest about, “Living our dream! We’ve dreamed of owning and running the La Cruz Inn for many years, we used to sit in the plaza in front of the Inn dreaming of it and brainstorming over a cold cerveza. We moved to Canada for one year to work together and missed Mexico so much we made it our focus to save up and return to La Cruz and it happened!” Before moving back to La Cruz, Annette had worked on cruise ships for over fifteen years. Cirilo worked in the service industry on land and sea for most of his adult years. With their extensive backgrounds in hospitality, travel and tourism they are the absolute perfect, in my opinion, Innkeepers for the La Cruz Inn. They both intend to be fully immersed in all areas of the business; the hotel rooms, the restaurant, the administration, and more! Folks will be coming back for more once they visit the restaurant, that’s for sure! Annette loves

to cook and plans to create a wide variety; pasta and BBQ are some of our favorites. Cirilo chimed in, “Both of us love to eat!” Somehow I think I know who the #1 taster will be! Annette told me “In the restaurant we want to prepare and serve homemade food (and foods that expats miss from their home country) with great value. The menu will be varied based on seasonal options, the creations they come up with and what their clients most appreciate. They’re already getting expats, nationals and tourists and they’ve been open like, a minute! I’ve heard many rave about their hamburgers and Mediterranean flatbread! In serving

guests they’re most excited about “Seeing others enjoy our area and Inn as much as we do. Sharing our area of the bay with new visitors and new sights with return visitors. We know every guest is different, we may be new to running our own Inn but we have vast experience in similar roles and its always interesting to figure out peoples wants and preferences. We embrace challenges and try to turn any concerns into a positive outcome.” When in La Cruz, enjoy a bite to eat or just say hola; located beside the church and across from the town square La Cruz Inn is a quick taxi or bus ride from Bucerias and around 30 minutes from Puerto Vallarta.