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2nd Annual Punta Mita Beach Festival concludes with great success!


Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of the hip and happening Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, in conjunction with Punta Mita Expeditions, the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau and Punta Mita Resorts, celebrated the second annual Punta Mita Beach Festival. As part of the three-day event held July 17 – 20 at the renowned beach resort, the celebratory summer festival offered a fun-filled weekend that was attended by 120 guests, with activities ranging from surfing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle, and yoga to sandcastle building for the kids and exceptional culinary offerings by prestigious international chefs .

“It gives us great pleasure to announce the success of this year’s Punta Mita Beach Festival, which welcomed new and returning families to this festive weekend that is quickly becoming an annual tradition for many guests,” said Carl Emberson, general manager of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. “Ideal for guests of all ages, the Beach Festival combines exhilarating activities led by prominent experts in surf, SUP, and yoga with superb cuisine by internationally-acclaimed chefs – all taking place with a backdrop of one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal locations.”

The second annual event kicked-off Thursday, July 17 with an opening cocktail featuring exquisite gourmet cuisine by renowned guest chefs Thierry Blouet, Tomas Bermudez, Franco Rivadeneyra, and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s Executive Chef Sylvain Desbois, complemented by savory cocktails, artisanal mezcal, Latin American wines, and a selection of tequilas by Patrón Tequila with live entertainment from DJ Mauricio Lemus. The three-day extravaganza began with an invigorating morning of surfing, stand up paddle, and yoga followed by a delectable awards lunch prepared by St. Regis’ Chef Tomas Bermudez, who presented guests the Chef’s Dozen Oyster Bar & Grill at the Mita Mary Boat Bistro on Sea Breeze Beach alongside Patrón Margaritas.

On Friday night, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort served guests authentic Peruvian cuisine on the tranquil Sea Breeze Beach, where guest chef Franco Rivadeneyra prepared an exotic dinner based on the most innovative trends and flavors of Peruvian food accompanied by innovative cocktails by Ciroc and the tunes of DJ Lemus.

On Saturday, Thierry Blouet, guest chef and owner of Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, prepared exquisite French Mexican cuisine for lunch at the Mita Mary Boat Bistro.  To conclude the exceptional weekend, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort hosted a celebratory beachfront conference by invited National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Kenny Broad, followed by a farewell dinner at Sea Breeze Beach by Chef Sylvain Desbois accompanied with Ciroc cocktails prepared by mixologist Ricardo Nava Mendoza, winner of the World Class Mexico contest, mixed to the tunes of local reggae group, Los Locos Mezcales.  To top off the three-day beach event, guests savored their last morning in paradise with a Farewell Brunch at Sea Breeze Restaurant and a final dip in the Pacific Ocean.

Several notable personalities and experts from various backgrounds participated in the three-day festival, including Dr. Kenny Broad, 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, who guided diving and snorkeling excursions around the caves of Las Marietas Islands National Park. Ana Paula Dominguez, one of the most recognized yogis in Mexico and an Adidas Ambassador, taught beach yoga and family yoga at Arecas Pool while paddle board yoga instructor Jessica Cichra lead SUP yoga lessons on the tranquil waters of Punta Mita. Beginners looking to surf the best waves in the bay participated in surfing clinics led by Mexican stand up paddle professional Javier Alvarez and Scott Chandler, one of the U.S.’s most recognized surfer.

This year, more than 60 participants competed in the annual 1, 2, and 5km stand up paddle races, including Javier Jimenez, member of the Mexico National Men’s Stand Up Paddle Team.  Winners of the 1, 2 and 5 Km SUP challenges received prizes from Vilebrequin, Tommy Hilfiger, LabSeries, Dakine, GoPro, Mafia Bags, Punta Mita Resorts, Patron Tequila and Mezcal Montelobos.

Among the participating guests, Punta Mita welcomed renowned personalities including HBO´s True Blood actor, Sam Trammell who participated together with his family in many of the festival activities during the entire weekend. Kim Kardashian, attended the Opening Cocktail of the Punta Mita Beach Festival and also dine with her entourage at Carolina; she also visited Remède Spa at St. Regis Punta Mita many times during her stay in Punta Mita. Mexican actress Dominika Paleta, had a wonderful time and participated in some of the yoga sessions.

With the continued success of the Punta Mita Beach Festival, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort announced the third annual event dates: July 9-12, 2015.  An “early bird” booking special will be announced soon.

Below a selection of some of the best moments of the Punta Mita Beach Festival.

Images by Maile Johnston.

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