Punta Mita is to Puerto Vallarta what Tulum is to Cancun; a tranquil oasis that sits far enough away from the bustling tourist resort to retain a peaceful feel but close enough to make it easy to get to. Both Punta Mita and Tulum were once picturesque fishing villages that still boast white sands, turquoise seas and a laid-back vibe that transports you effortlessly into vacation mode. Punta Mita is the place to be on Mexico’s Pacific Shores and is firmly at the top of the travel ‘to-do’ lists for those with their finger on the pulse.
1. It has some of the world’s best hotels.
The world’s most luxurious hotel brands are located right in Punta Mita: St. Regis Punta Mita, Four Seasons Punta Mita, and W Punta Mita. The former two have an endless list of “best” awards stored in their accolades, while the W is the newest, opened recently just this year, and has already been noticed by some of travel’s biggest authorities. Punta Mita is the only beach destination in Mexico where you can find these particular five-star names. For travelers looking for a bit more privacy and intimacy, Imanta is just down the road.
2. Sayulita is right around the corner.
Nestled in the jungle, Sayulita is a seaside surfer town and funky fishing village just 30 minutes away from Punta Mita. Whether visiting at day or night, the colorful culture is always buzzing and the friendly locals welcome visitors with open arms. In just this past year, Sayulita was named as one of Mexico’s “Magical Towns” and was also included on Travel + Leisure’s list of “Best Mexico Beaches”
3. There’s a hidden beach waiting to be discovered.
Just off the coast of Punta Mita are a small group of islands called Islas Marietas and inside one of them, guarded behind a wall of rock and surging waves, is a hidden beach reachable to curious visitors. With a handful of iconic images that virally circulated the globe, Playa Escondida captured the attention of many and The Guardian listed it at number 10 on their “Top 50 Beaches in the World” list.
4. It has legendary golf.
Punta Mita boasts world-class golf, including two Jack Nickalaus Signature Courses: The Pacifico and The Bahia. It is here where golf pros have the opportunity to play on the acclaimed “Tail of the Whale”, a par-three hole on the largest natural island green in the world.
5. The Surf’SUP.
Punta Mita and its surrounding shore are dotted with consistent waves ideal for surfers of all skill levels, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is popular here too. There are a handful of surf and SUP schools to choose from for those who want to learn, but nothing quite beats lessons with a pro: Kalle Carranza, a professional surfer who now permanently lives in Mexico, teaches private lessons.
6. It has everything you’re looking for in a beach vacation.
Punta Mita really does have it all. The above highlights just scratch the surface of reasons to come to this premiere tropical destination. Beyond the sun, sand, beach, and pool, you’ll also find cool festivals, yoga, world-class spas, fresh seafood and delicious restaurants, shopping, artisans, hiking, biking tours, windsurfing, kite surfing, adventure sports, snorkeling, scuba, wildlife encounters, whale watching, bird watching, incredible fishing and yacht charters! Whew! Whether a retreat for relaxation, family getaway, romantic honeymoon, or adventurous exploration, Punta Mita is ideal year-round for all travelers.
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Photos provided by Vallarta-Nayarit OCV, Riviera Nayarit OCV, and Vallarta Adventures.