The northern limit of the Banderas Bay culminates in a magnificent peninsula unlike any other on the Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific Coast. 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 (Club Punta Mita) and a luxury hotel resort was built; just so you don't confuse them.
Punta Mita peninsula is bounded by almost 9 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches on its three sides and includes Litibu Bay.
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The town is a quiet one, with El Anclote beach and Corral del Risco beach as the main attractions.
Here you can hire boats to visit the nearby Marietas 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 two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus; and two Five Diamond resorts: the St. Regis Punta Mita hotel 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 beach hotels, restaurants, beach clubs, gyms, spas (like the Remède Spa), bars and even cultural centers offering – for example – cooking and art appreciation courses.
Access to the peninsula's beaches is open to the public walking along the edge from El Anclote beach.
You can also enjoy eating at one of the restaurants within the real estate development, this is fine, as long as you make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance.
After enjoying the white sand beaches at El Anclote Beach, 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 brings to mind smaller towns in the Banderas Bay area or the Los Cabos península too, like Barriles or similar small villages in Mexico. Rustic dirt streets, half finished countryside homes mixed with more luxurious homes and bungalows.
One of the most famous villas in the area, south of Punta de Mita and not within the Punta Mita development is Casa Aramara, a private villa and luxury travel option for public figures and celebrities such as: Ashton Kutcher, Courtney Cox, Demi Moore, Eva Longoria, Farrah Fawcett, Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Orlando Bloom, Quincy Jones, Selena Gomez, Sheryl Crow, Vince Vaughn, among others.
There is also a small plaza in town, well kept, with the seemingly 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 above.
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