New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Mexico. Thousands of tourists from Mexico and all over the world meet in Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit to celebrate at the hottest street and boat parties! Read on to find about fireworks and other special events you won’t want to miss!
Celebrate at Colourful and Lively Street Parties
A great way to start your night is with some drinks in the Olas Atlas neighbourhood in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. Garbo Piano Bar, popular with both locals and tourists, is one of the many lively bars where you can soak up the festive atmosphere.
The city closes the streets to cars, which means lots of space for talented musicians and street performers. It is the perfect place to catch Mexico’s well-known impromptu dance parties.
A stroll along the Malecón is the perfect way to welcome in the New Year in Mexico. The bay hosts the biggest fireworks display in town that can be seen from all over the city. The largest street party takes place here, an experience of true Mexican tradition!
After you feast your eyes on fireworks the feast continues with tacos, tamales, frutas, elote, crepes and hot dogs offered by an abundance of food carts. You will also find street vendors selling you all the New Year’s Eve paraphernalia you could hope for.
Discover Tropical Forests with Rhythms New Year’s Show
If you are looking for a unique way to spend New Year’s Eve, a boat ride to the hidden paradise at Las Caletas is a great option. You will find a pyramid deep within the tropical forest and experience the culture and traditions of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic ancestors.
A candlelit buffet dinner is served and you won’t need to worry about drinks - a premium open bar is also included!
As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta you will get a privileged view of the famous fireworks display at the Malecón without the crowds!
For more information and to book visit Vallarta Adventures.
Get Festive in Boho-chic Sayulita or San Pancho in Riviera Nayarit
As a truly multicultural town, Sayulita celebrates an array of Christmas traditions shared among both local and foreign residents. You will find everyone coming together in the beautiful posadas, traditional Mexican Christmas parties.
The town transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours with Mexican streamers, piñatas and Christmas decorations hanging above the streets and in the windows. As a less commercialised town, Sayulita is perfect for those wanting a flavour of seasonal traditions.
Just 5 km north of Sayulita lies San Pancho, considered the cultural capital of Riviera Nayarit, thanks to the many initiatives promoting Mexican culture and education. Many artists and art-lovers flock to the San Pancho to see paintings and galleries scattered across the town.
During December, the already colourful streets raise the bar even higher. From 16th December, posadas take place in nearly every neighbourhood for nine nights filling the streets with vibrant crafts and festive joy. For New Year’s Eve, head to a special organic dinner at the Bistro of the boutique hotel Cielo Rojo and late enjoy the lively street parties.
Dinner reservations recommended : http://www.hotelcielorojo.com/english/reservations.html
Treat yourself to a New Year’s Luxury Cruise Exploring Banderas Bay
Leave the exclusive Punta Mita area in Riviera Nayarit on board the luxurious Neptuno yacht to explore more of Mexico’s Pacific treasures. Discover remote unspoiled beaches, incredible snorkelling spots, great surf locations, and all the wonders the bay has to offer. All this comes with a luxury stay and excursion to meet the resident dolphins up-close in their natural environment.
For more information and to book visit Punta Mita Expeditions.