Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Are you hoping to jet away for a vacation down south over Christmas and New Year’s? Did you know that Christmas and New Year’s is one of the most popular times to visit Mexico due to the great weather that the country enjoys during the holidays. While many people are dealing with freezing temperatures and snow in the United States and Canada, vacationers or expats in Mexico enjoy warm weather and sunny skies that make the holiday even better. For Villa La Estancia residents who have a vacation home or second home in Mexico, the winter is a great time to travel to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy a comfortable holiday getaway with your loved ones.

Christmas in Mexico

In Puerto Vallarta, Villa La Estancia homeowners love the chance to spend time at the beach for Christmas and New Year’s. Who wouldn’t want to dip their toes in the warm sand or go swimming in the ocean while everyone else is bundled up back home? For Villa La Estancia residents that have a vacation home in Mexico, Christmas and New Year’s are peak times to visit and tourists visiting the area is at a high. As a result, many local restaurants including our award winning La Casona restaurant onsite at Villa La Estancia offer Christmas menus and special events to make the holiday season even more enjoyable. Don’t miss our special 4 course Christmas Eve Dinner menu that is available on Thursday, Dec. 24th from 6pm to 9:30pm at La Casona for $69 USD. Reservations are recommended. While the cold weather doesn’t come to visit Puerto Vallarta during the winter months, residents and visitors to Villa La Estancia will love the holiday decorations and festive spirit found around the property.

New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve in Mexico? Without a doubt there will be tons of opportunities to enjoy a special New Year’s dinner or party with loved ones in Banderas Bay. Whether you stick close to home in Riviera Nayarit, or decide to go to Puerto Vallarta to be in the heart of the action, New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta is guaranteed to be a party you won’t soon forget. There will be lots of activity down on the Malecon as well if you want to head into Puerto Vallarta to mingle amongst the tourists and residents sharing in the holiday cheer. Don’t feel like dealing with big crowds and traffic? That’s okay as many individuals and Villa La Estancia residents find that there is nothing better than ringing in the New Year’s Eve with loved ones at their vacation home in Mexico. If you want to ring in the New Year in style, plan to celebrate at La Casona where you can feast on a special New Year’s Eve 4-course dinner from 6:00pm to 9:30pm on December 31st for $89USD. Children are eligible for a 50% discount if they are part of one of our all-inclusive plans. You can enjoy New Year’s Eve fireworks from the privacy of your terrace, or even head down to the beach to watch the fireworks on the sand. There is something truly magical about ringing in the New Year’s Eve in Mexico. From the friendly locals to the blissfully perfect weather, you will be hard pressed to find a better place to start the New Year than at your vacation home in Mexico. Anything is possible in 2020!

Heading to Mexico soon for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Make sure to check with our friendly front desk concierge at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit to see what special events are going on during this holiday season. Order a bottle of champagne and cheers to a wonderful life and the many blessings to come in the New Year.

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A Romantic Evening in Riviera Nayarit

Will you be in the Riviera Nayarit area and interested in planning a romantic evening with your sweetheart? There are lots of wonderful activities that couples will enjoy in Riviera Nayarit. Looking to make the most of your time together? Here are a few suggestions on fun activities to enjoy as a couple looking for a romantic evening in Riviera Nayarit.

The Hacienda style Villa La Estancia situated in Riviera Nayarit is home to an excellent restaurant that is perfectly suited for a romantic evening meal that will impress. Our high end and elegant decor will create a romantic ambiance that will start your evening off right. Our excellent menu features high-quality cuts of meats include Kobe and New York cuts. Couples will be overjoyed with the soothing atmosphere and great service. If you can take your eyes off your loved one, make sure to enjoy the spectacular views of the lushly landscaped exterior and the Banderas Bay. Sit back and relax and cheers with a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your love and this magical moment together in paradise.

  • Tatewari Spa – Couples Massages and Beauty Treatments

Another great way to create a romantic experience is to book some spa time with your loved one. Why not pamper your sweetheart with a couples beauty or wellness treatment together? Villa La Estancia’s Tatewari Spa is elegantly designed with a Mexican-European inspired flair that is a wonderful place to relax and reconnect. An idyllic spot for a couples beauty or wellness treatment, it will be easy to reignite the flame with the help of the incredible treatments at Tatewari Spa as well as the natural beauty that surrounds you. The sparkling Banderas Bay waters and green Sierra Madre mountains will leave you breathless. Take the time to pamper each other and refresh yourself at the Tatewari Spa at Villa La Estancia. Using therapeutic and ancient traditional techniques from indigenous people that lived in the area years ago, there is no better place to soothe and reinvigorate your body, mind and soul.

  • Banderas Bay Evening Cruise

A classic and always pleasing option for couples is to take a cruise around the Banderas Bay at sunset. If you are staying or own property with us at Villa La Estancia, the front desk concierge will be glad to help you arrange a getaway that will be perfect for couple. Many include a gourmet dinner and drinks as you cruise the bay in style with the incredible PV sunsets in the distance. If you find yourself in the area during the months of December through April, you may be lucky enough to do some whale watching as well. Humpback whales return each year to Banderas Bay to birth and raise their young, and it is likely your romantic sunset cruise will include a whale sighting or two. Enjoy the incredible views and relax as the ocean breezes caress your skin and tousle your hair during your cruise. Take a deep breath, hold your sweetie’s hand tightly, and find yourself inspired and refreshed by the amazing surroundings.

Next time you find yourself at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit, we hope you have the chance to enjoy many romantic and special evenings and experiences with your loved one.

Where to dine in Riviera Nayarit

Are you staying in Riviera Nayarit and wondering what are the best restaurants to try? Check out some of the best restaurants in the area. You will not be disappointed! Here are a few of our top picks to try:

La Casona:

Take your pick of indoor or outdoor dining at La Casona, the eclectic Mexican steakhouse at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, which boasts a variety of exquisite flavors and an extensive selection of Prime Cuts, such as Kobe beef and New York Strips. As one of the best fine dining restaurants in Nuevo Vallarta, La Casona is known for its wide variety of eggs benedict and other breakfast favorites in the morning and its scrumptious dinner platters in the evening. As if the mouthwatering cuisine wasn’t enough, La Casona also lays claim to some of the best seats in the house, which feature the breathtaking scenery of Banderas Bay that stretches beyond our beautiful fountains and resort grounds.

La Parrilla:

La Parrilla Restaurant offers casual poolside dining with a choice of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Mexican ceviches and seafood specialties. The exquisite flavor combinations, which include traditional and contemporary options, will satisfy your cravings with each delicious bite. Those choosing the La Parrilla for lunch will truly have a feast for the senses any day of the week. While dining poolside, guests can enjoy the gentle ocean breeze, the beautiful gardens, and the sound of birds chirping as they dine in the truly serene ambiance of this Nuevo Vallarta restaurant.

Sunset Dinner

Your private table at the ocean’s edge is yours for the asking. Enjoy cool glasses of wine and the glow of surrounding tiki torches with a sunset deluxe dinner prepared by the experienced chefs at La Parrilla Restaurant.

Mi Lola

An eclectic and colorful restaurant located just north of Nuevo Vallarta right off the main road in the town of Bucerias, Mi Lola is an interesting mix of menu options and funky decor. From its colorful tables and chairs to unique decorations, Mi Lola offers everything from pizzas, fine cuts of meat, and pastas. The staff is courteous and attentive and service is fast. Prices are economical for the large portions and you can be assured of fast service and a well kept, clean restaurant.  A good time for the whole family as the many decorations will keep kids entertained and happy during the entire meal.

INSU Sky Lounge

Located on the top floor of the Marival Residences Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, INSU Sky Lounge is a small restaurant with amazing views of the Banderas Bay. Dinner service starts at 6pm and it is recommended to arrive early as there is limited seating. The menu is organized by continent, and all plates are tapas size portions so it is perfect for sharing. Don’t miss the roasted duck spring roll with Hoisin sauce, warm lobster rolls, grilled lamb chop with mint jelly, Napoleon de foie gras on brioche bread, or crab cakes with lemon confit aioli. If you have room for dessert, you will love their dessert tasting tray which includes macaroons, chocolate cream cheesecake lollipops and lime cream tarts. In weekends, they often have live music or a DJ well into the morning hours so you can dance off those calories after your meal.

Luna Luna

A quaint Mexican style restaurant located in Bucerias, Luna Luna is an excellent choice if you are in the mood for a delicious, hearty breakfast. They offer a variety of healthy fresh squeezed juices and many Mexican speciality breakfast items such as chilaquiles, sopes, and egg dishes. Don’t miss the Banana Sopes with Black Beans! Everything is fresh and made to order, so service is sometimes slow, but the food is so tasty it will be worth the wait. Take a peek into the huge trees in the front yard as you dine, you can often spot large iguanas resting amongst the tree branches.

La Postal

Another Bucerias gem, La Postal is situated on a corner property a block inland from the beach with lots of lovely trees offering a shady escape from the hot Mexican sun. Here you can find everything from wood fired pizzas, to homemade pastas to delicious sandwiches and salads. Don’t miss the giant calzone and try their tasty chimichurri salsa, too. The service is friendly and fast, and the prices are excellent. In the mood for wine? They serve a tasty house red wine in a carafe that equals out to two typical pours. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to try the gelato at the Buonissimo shop on the corner of the restaurant. The peanut butter chocolate flavor is a favorite with local expats and sells out fast!

La Dolce Vita

Located in the 3.14 shopping center near the second main Nuevo Vallarta entrance, La Dolce Vita is an Italian restaurant with its original location on the Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Gluten free pasta is available for those with allergies, and they have a lovely outdoor patio if the weather is nice. They also offer fresh, homemade pastas as well as chicken, fish and salads so that there is something for every taste.


In a mood for authentic Mexican food that is filling and reasonably priced? Definitely don’t miss Alcatraces which has been a local favorite in the area for years. A perfect place for a hearty breakfast or lunch, Alcatraces has an extensive menu with Mexican specialty plates at great prices. They have lots of options for kids as well so it is an ideal spot for the whole family.

Next time you are in Riviera Nayarit, why not stop in to try some of these top recommended restaurants. You won’t be disappointed!

Boat Excursions on Banderas Bay, Mexico

One of the great pastimes that homeowners at Villa La Estancia Residences can enjoy anytime of the year is exploring Banderas Bay on a boat tour. Boat excursions on Banderas Bay, Mexico are one of the best ways to get to know the beauty of Banderas Bay. There are many different boat cruises on offer for both day and night excursions on Banderas Bay, in addition to private yacht charters and fishing tours. With so many amazing boat tours, you could try something different each time your visit your home away from home.

Booking boat excursions on Banderas Bay, Mexico is easy, especially for Villa del Estancia residents who can use the services of the onsite tour agent. Alternatively you can make bookings via the internet. A lot of different activities await; dancing, singing, snorkeling, eating out and indulging in great music will make memories that last forever. Whether you are an adult, a child or a kid at heart, boat excursions on Banderas Bay will provide the time of your life.

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Marigalante Pirate Ship Day and Night Tours

Have you ever dreamed of being a pirate sailing the vastness of the ocean with reckless authority? The Marigalante Pirate Ship can make that dream come true as you sail aboard an authentic wooden pirate ship with staff that dress and act like real pirates. On both the day and night tour of Banderas Bay, a pirate show will leave you in awe as acrobatic stunts, pirate music and other live performances literally fill the deck of your boat.

During the Pirates of the Bay night tour, the show is the center of attention with a delicious three course meal and as much to drink as you are partial to. You will enjoy an award winning pirate battle as though you had been transported back in time to the Golden Age of Pirates, followed by fireworks. The focus of the pirate ship day tour is more towards outdoor pirate fun, and your day will be full of merry things like dancing, exciting games, water sports and even treasure hunting on the beach. It’s an all ideal Banderas Bay cruise for an all out family affair that will leave you breathless.

Rhythms of the Night Boat Cruise

If you are looking for romantic boat excursions on Banderas Bay, Mexico to share with your nearest and dearest, the Rhythms of the Night cruise is highly recommended for you. It promises a night full of romance as you start off cruising the scenic coastline of Banderas Bay en route to the remote beach cove of Las Caletas. The slow beat of ancient Aztec drums can be heard as your boat arrives to the shore and you are escorted to an amphitheatre in the jungle where you will enjoy an artistic representation of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic history through dance and music. All of this followed by a candlelit dinner under the moon and the bright, sparkling stars for a night to remember affair.

Las Marietas

A day jampacked with a host of activities is what you can expect of Las Marietas boat excursions in Banderas Bay. From the shore, you will make your way by boat to the famous Las Marietas islands which boast a unique location formed out of volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. While cruising your way, music and dancing will create a festive air, with an open bar and a full lunch provided to satisfy your hunger. You may be lucky enough to see a wide variety of marine life like manta rays, humpback whales and dolphins from the side of your boat.

When you reach Las Marietas, you can jump in for some snorkeling and discover the underwater riches that these remote islands offer. You can also access a hidden beach by swimming through a cave to discover the hidden gem that makes Las Marietas so famous on Banderas Bay.

Las Animas Boat Cruise

If you love exploring underwater and admiring the beauty down below, Las Animas boat excursions on Banderas Bay will fit you to a tee. Two destinations are the order of the day and awaiting discovery. First is the Los Arcos Underwater National Park, where snorkeling is at its best. A professional guide will accompany you and provide snorkels, fins and life jackets for your safety. Prepare yourself for close encounters with underwater creatures and colorful fish and corals that dominate the sea landscape. The Las Animas beach comes next on the agenda, and this is where facilities for beach volleyball, kayaking and banana boating are available. If you don’t feel like taking part in the action, you can simply lie on the sandy beach and enjoy the wonderful scenery surrounding you. As you head back, the fun never ceases. You can party, dance and drink all the way back to port.

Princess Sunset Cruise

The two and a half hours you will spend on the Princess Sunset Cruise on Banderas Bay will leave you enchanted. This elegant cruise offers simple luxury like drinking at an open bar with great snacks for company as you take in the spectacular views of the bay. If you want to let your hair down, you can dance and party the night away in the lower decks where you will be joined by others who are in the mood for a fiesta.

For more information about boat excursions on Banderas Bay, Villa la Estancia Residents should contact the onsite tour agents.