Punta de Mita, Nayarit: luxury, golf and relaxation
The northern limit of the Banderas Bay culminates in a magnificent peninsula unlike any other on the Riviera Nayarit. A distinction should be made about the name: in the area known as Punta de Mita, which is also the name of the town there, the Punta Mita private residential community was built; be careful not to confuse them.
Punta Mita peninsula is bounded by almost 9 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches on its three sides and includes Litibu Bay.
The town is a quiet one, with El Anclote and Corral del Risco beaches as the main attractions.
Here you can hire boats to visit the nearby Marieta Islands (15-minute boat ride), a Mexican national park and sanctuary for birds and marine animals that includes the now world-famous "hidden beach" inside what looks like a crater and which can only be accessed swimming through a cave carved out by the sea.
At Punta de Mita you can also take advantage of the abundance of sailfish, marlin and dorado on this part of the coast and spend a day sportfishing out in the open sea. If you don't catch anything, don't worry, the beach itself has resorts and restaurants with cool thatch-roofed palapas on the sand that serve deliciously fresh seafood.
A few minutes drive on the highway takes you to Punta Mita, one of the more luxurious residential and tourist developments in all of Mexico.
Extending over 700 hectares (2.7 sq. mi.), this development is a private peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific waves and exuberant tropical vegetation that shelters exotic birds.
Currently, Punta Mita has 2 signature golf courses designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus; and two Five Diamond resorts: the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.
In constant evolution, the master plans include two more hotels of the same category, as well as hundreds of houses, villas and condominiums.
Just as you'd expect on this idyllic peninsula, there are restaurants, beach clubs, gyms, spas, bars and even cultural centers offering – for example – cooking and art appreciation courses.
Access to the peninsula's beaches is open to the public through El Anclote beach.
You can also enjoy eating at one of the restaurants within the development, this is fine, as long as you make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance.
While in El Anclote, we suggest you stop by the Café des Artistes restaurant. There you will savor the artistic cuisine of Gerardo Sandoval, one of the best chefs of Riviera Nayarit.
The town itself is very rustic and makes you think of smaller towns in the Cabo península too, like Barriles or similar smaller populations in Mexico. Small dirt streets, half finished countryside homes mixed with more luxurious condos and bungalows.
There is also a small plaza, well kept, with the standard Emiliano Zapata sculpture (you'll find him in all small towns of the area, don't know why... ;-)) and enjoyed by the locals - see photo below.