Located north of Puerto Vallarta in the Mexican state of Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita has quickly becoming Mexico’s premiere and exclusive luxury destination. While mostly known of it as a private community with luxury hotels and villas, Punta Mita is drumming up quite the reputation for its many offerings, beginning with its location. The community appears like an island, surrounded by water on three sides. Adding to Punta Mita’s appeal, tropical forests and the Sierra Madre Mountains provide the ultimate backdrop to the town’s waters.
The travel sector is starting to take note of Punta Mita’s charms. Travel expert Arthur Frommer named the area his top pick for a destination to visit in 2014. Celebrities frequently flock to Punta Mita, only adding to its popularity. Many even decide to honeymoon here, as Jessica Simpson recently did after her July 2014 nuptials. The picturesque fishing village is a luxurious dream wrapped up in its white sandy beaches, rocky coves and ocean waves.
What To Do
You come to Punta Mita to be immersed in nature. While lazy beach days are condoned on the area’s miles of white sandy coastline, Punta Mita lends itself to plenty of activities. Wildlife spotting is the name of Punta Mita’s activities game. Cruises can be arranged to go see the humpback whale migrations throughout the winter months along with the Pacific bottlenose dolphins that call the coast home year round. Birdwatchers can also expect to see hundreds of native and migratory birds flock to the area. Golfers will also appreciate the chance to hit the links at a golf course designed by golf great, Jack Nicklaus.
If you prefer to take to the water, Punta Mita is a good place to snorkel and scuba dive. Casual snorkeling usually presents visions of sea turtles and tropical fish. You can even hire a boat or yacht to reach the nearby Marietas Islands for more underwater exploration throughout its many caves. Deep-sea fishing is also possible from Punta Mita. If you are looking to take up surfing, Punta Mita presents a good place to begin, as the waves are just gentle enough for beginners. Even experts will appreciate the waves in and around Punta Mita.
What To Eat
If you don’t like seafood, Punta Mita’s finer dining might not be up your alley. Seafood fans on the other hand will appreciate fresh fish dishes centered on locally caught fish from the Bahía de Banderas. Outside of the resort restaurants in Punta Mita, you can explore more local options in the village where you won’t be hard press to find a taco or two. On balmier days, Punta Mita provides plenty of fruit juices and smoothies for refreshment.
Where To Stay
Punta Mita boasts a number of luxurious villas, resorts and vacation rentals within the exclusive community. To do the area justice, you have to join in on the luxury with your accommodations. Originally built by media entrepreneur Joe Francis, Casa Aramara is the epitome of Punta Mita luxury. The only five star private residence in Punta Mita boasts 12 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms within the Punta Mita community. Plenty of celebrities have vacationed at Casa Aramara, mostly due to its privacy and treasure chest of amenities.
Guests can expect to enjoy high thread count sheets, terry cloth bath towels, a fully equipped fitness center and even a 3D movie theater. In addition, Casa Aramara comes with 24-hour butler service, concierge and world-class onsite chefs to keep stomachs full and satisfied. The property also features stand-alone amenities such as a service in which anything is at your fingertips with the push of a button, access to luxury cars and Apple TVs in every guestroom. Casa Aramara rounds out its list of offerings with none other than a private white sand beach for guests to enjoy. Prying eyes are not a concern at Casa Aramara.
For a smaller abode but nonetheless luxurious, Casa Majani holds six bedrooms. The residence sits on the northernmost tip of Punta Mita. The space cannot only be used for a vacation rental but also for destination weddings, corporate retreats and family reunions. Casa Majani is the work of world-class architects Manolo Mestre and Juan Collignon who have made the residence a natural and contemporary fusion.
Punta Mita rests in an ideal position to explore the rest of the Riviera Nayarit. For more of a laid back attitude, the surf town of Sayulita sits just 20 minutes away from Punta Mita. The positioning of Punta Mita also makes it possible to visit Puerto Vallarta with ease. The main city in the area is only 45 minutes away by car. Travelers can stroll its idyllic cobblestone streets, all while popping in its fine art galleries, shops and markets. Puerto Vallarta has managed to retain its colonial seaside allure.
When To Go
While many destinations around the globe carry two faces, one for the season in which their weather is a dream and one for the season in which their weather is a nightmare, Punta Mita delights in its year-round appeal. Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, the climate is mostly temperate, meaning travelers can expect warm and dry conditions throughout most of the year. The rainy season is technically from June through September, but by rain, Punta Mita generally means the occasional evening thunderstorm. When the heat kicks up, Punta Mita even has a natural air conditioning system built in with its cool, sea breezes.
How To Get There
Punta Mita convenes on the southwest point of the Riviera Nayarit on Banderas Bay. In around 45 minutes, you can reach popular Puerto Vallarta. The easy connections to Puerto Vallarta make it possible to get to Punta Mita by plane quite simply. A number of airlines fly directly into Puerto Vallarta. A plane ride from Los Angeles lasts around two hours.
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