Beat the January Blues in these Lively Mexican Spots

Beat the January Blues in these Lively Mexican Spots

When there are no more presents left and all the mince pies have gone along with the festive spirit, it’s best to be prepared with an antidote! Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, are still in full swing throughout January - so avoid the January blues and continue celebrating on the dreamy Mexican Pacific Coast!

Continue Celebrating with Music, Art and Culture

Like the sound of homemade cuisine, crafts, local art and live music? Treat yourself with a visit to the Art Market at the Marina Malecon, in Puerto Vallarta. Take back a piece of Mexico with you - from Huichol art and sculptures to hand-knit clothes and artisanal jewellery, keep the sparkle alive in January. 

Check out the art exhibits and local paintings all accompanied with a background of live music and a buzzing atmosphere! The Art Market is on from 18:00 to 22:00 on Thursdays from November to March.

2020 also kicks off with a festival highlighting the best of Sayulita in Riviera Nayarit. Festival Sayulita brings the theme of community alive, integrating cinema, music, drink, life, and art events. 

This seventh year represents a renewed commitment to community vision, El Centro Creativo, where pop-up events will take place and also in other community venues. Enjoy movie nights, theatre productions, yoga, farm-to-table dining and live music under the stars!

Keep Taste Buds Tingling with Mexico’s Finest Delights

Want to get a local foodie’s insight knowledge of the best eateries in town? Vallarta Food Tours offer off-the-beaten-path food tours, such as The Original Downtown tour, where you’ll discover amazing locally-owned restaurants and street food stands, that would be hard to find on your own! Voted #5 Food Experience in the world by TripAdvisor, the 3.5 hours walking food tour will take you to 8 different tasting locations with mouthwatering regional cuisine. The tour runs each day from 10:30 am starting at Lazaro Cardenas Park.

Did you know that a tortilla has two distinct sides for two different uses? At My Mexican Kitchen, in the charming town of Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit, you can learn the secrets of Mexico’s rich culinary culture with a range of topics and classes. From seafood classes to Chef’s Choice classes where unique dishes such as pork in pumpkin seed sauce are taught, you’ll come back with impressive new skills.

Head chef Edgar brings his Puebla roots to class with twists on quintessential Mexican dishes. Immerse yourself in one of the rich components of Mexican culture with a delectable atmosphere of food and camaraderie! Visit for more information.

The Season for Mexican Wildlife

Forget all about the reindeer that never visit and discover the amazing animals of Mexico’s Pacific Coast! Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have amazing wildlife that can be seen all year round, but there are two types of creatures not to be missed in January!

Home to one of the world's greatest animals, Puerto Vallarta’s shores are filled with humpback whales from Mid-December through to March. During this period the humpbacks come here to calve and you’re most likely to catch wild dolphins then too! For an expert experience in the famous Bay of Banderas, book with Wild Life Connection, Vallarta Adventures or Eco Explorer.

From 27th January until 3rd February more than 1,500 birdwatchers come together to enjoy over 400 species of birds at the International Festival of Migratory Birds of San Blas, Nayarit. For over 13 years, routes for bird watching have been designed within the context of the festival. Visit for more information.

Getting There

Beat your January blues with a direct flight to Puerto Vallarta Airport here. Available via TUI from Manchester. Alternatively, AeroMexico offers flights to Mexico City from London Heathrow.

About Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta, located in the state of Jalisco, is well-known for the preservation of its authentic Mexican traditions. The Pacific Coast port features 40 miles of coastline and a diverse topography, including tropical jungles, river beds, steep mountain sides and arid flatlands.

Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast, framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of activities and accommodations, including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.