Punta Mita is a tropical beachfront village located at the north end of the Banderas Bay in the Mexican state of Nayarit, about a forty-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta (This is approximately a 3 hr flight from Southern California)
In 1973, a developer purchased the 1,500-acre peninsula and developed the coastal regional into a private, upscale travel destination.
In 2000, The Four Seasons resort was built on the property and gates were added to enclose the acreage creating a secured community called “Punta Mita”. All of the area outside of the gates is referred to as “Punta de Mita”. A few years later, the St. Regis was built along with several luxury homes all contained behind these gates. Punta Mita translates to “Gateway to Paradise”
High season is from November through April. Located on the same latitudinal line as the Hawaiian Islands the climate is warm most of the year. We traveled in late February, and the weather was high 70's/low 80's. The summer months of July and August are the hottest and many locals say to avoid this as a vacation spot during those months.
This development is centered between two golf courses and sits on ocean front property. Porta Fortuna is a gated community within the gates. The complex is next to the pier and overlooks the Banderas Bay. The community also is home to Sufi, one of my favorite restaurants in town, as well as the private beach club Playa Fortuna.
Kupuri Beach Club
There is no fee for guests residing anywhere within the gates. This modern beach club sits on the Litibu Bay and has lots of white sand beaches. The club is open daily from 10am- 9:30 pm. The club offers spa services and has recreation areas and pools for little ones. The upper level bar has those picture perfect chair swings so you can belly up to the bar all day long. Be sure to check out the Brava Beach shop while you are there. They had the cutest items in town.
Residents’ Beach Club: We didn’t have time to visit this club while we were in town, so I have included a link HERE
Sea Breeze Beach Club at The St. Regis
Open 11am-11pm and offers private cabana service. For guests not staying at the St. Regis, there is an $80/pp charge that can be applied with food and beverage consumption. This was one of our favorite beach clubs, so I highly recommend it for even just a day. Every Friday at 11:30am, they bring fresh catch into shore. The chef does a presentation on the fish and the various preparations that are available should you choose to purchase any of the fish.
This club also has some addicting cocktails served in coconuts and is home to the Bahia Cocktail.
Day Trip to Sayulita
A 30-minute drive from Punta Mita in our rental car, this beach town is small and quaint. Spanning only a few blocks in every direction you can walk everywhere. The town is decorated with bright pops of color, decorative pom garland and suspended flags overhead the streets. The shopping is a textile lover’s heaven with tons of great local artisans. I highly recommend the shop Evoke, which in my opinion captured the essence of Sayulita. The store is filled with one-of-a-kind hand woven coasters, skull heads with embroidered appliqués, and hand carved water jugs. Artefakto was another one of my favorite shops.
The dining here seemed to be limitless. We spotted tons of street taco stands, beachfront restaurants, food carts along the sand, and even a large assortment of fine dining. Spending only half a day in this surf town paradise, we didn’t have time to check out all of the restaurants. For a more detailed city guide with food and lodging recommendations check out the The Tig .
Las Mauritius Island Tour
This is a day trip, and according to several travel blogs, this is a must see. We didn’t have time for this excursion so, here is the link for everything you need to know according to Grind TV.
The St. Regis offers coastal and deep sea fishing along with kayak fishing in both half day and full day packages. If you fish here you get access to the beach club included in your price.
The Mita Mary chef prepared us some ceviche using the Spanish Mackerel (known as the Sierra in Mexico) the guys caught during their fishing trip.
Ketsi at the Four Seasons
For breakfast, they have an out of this world quesadilla bar that I highly recommend as part of their buffet brunch. If you are not guests of the resort, be sure to make reservations or you will not be allowed through their gates.
Located within the Porta Fortuna development in front of the pier. A self proclaimed “Mexiterranean” style restaurant, serving an exotic combination of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines. This al fumo dining does not disappoint.
(Outside the gates)
Located just outside of the Punta Mita Resort gates in Punta de Mita on Avenida de las Pangas. The entry is a blue stucco structure just past the reception desk at Hotel Meson de Mita. When you walk in through reception, you see that the entire restaurant is located under a canopy of lit palm trees with the surf splashing against the sand. They have the best table poured margaritas in beautiful hand blown Mexican glasses. The food is a mix of Mexican and seafood cuisines.
Other restaurants outside the gates that came highly recommended include:
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