Punta de Mita, Mexico
Punta de Mita From Outer
(Note that the Coastline on the Southern Side is Full of
and that the Normal Northwest Breeze Blows Directly
Punta Mita (or Punta de Mita as it is
known locally) resides at the very northern tip of
Banderos Bay, which is famous because it is the home of
the city of Puerto Vallarta. It is a huge bay that
delves deep into the country of Mexico and at its depth
almost reaches the Sierra Madre. It is known for its
lush jungle, beautiful beaches and quaint Mexican
culture. The very tip of the peninsula was owned by the
Mexican Federal Government, but was settled by locals
who found the environment much to their liking. Over
decades the settlement grew to become a village of well
over 1,000 inhabitants. Surfers discovered Punta de Mita
in the 1960s and many chose to live in this
settlement, as the surf break of Bahia and El Faro
(among others) were then considered to be world class.
It was the best of all worlds...cheap living, excellent
surf, friendly people and Puerto Vallarta International
Airport was only about an hour away.
When a developer
approached the Mexican Government to purchase the entire
area of Punta de Mita they agreed that it would be an
excellent idea. The government relocated the population
of the village to the villages of Emiliano Zapata and
Corral del Risco where they were given ownership of
their property. Many people view this occurrence as an
affront to the population of the village, but they all
knew that they were residing on "ejido (or government
owned)" land as squatters and had no rights of
ownership. As it turns out, many of these individuals
have done quite well with their property given the
following chain of events.
The Four Seasons Hotel started
construction along with the Punta Mita Golf Club. The
hotel was an immediate success and quickly became the
flagship property of the Four Seasons Chain. The golf
course, became an instant "must play" for every serious
golfer. Its eight ocean front holes and par 3, "3b" hole
of 197 yards that requires the golfer to tee off from
the mainland and find the green on an offshore island.
It is the only hole of its kind in the world. At high
tide, the golfers must travel to the island in an
amphibious vehicle to complete the hole.
One of the Many Pools at
the Four Seasons Hotel
Overlooking the Beaches of Punta Mita and the famous
"3b" green on the island
The Four Seasons Hotel started
construction along with the
Punta Mita Golf Club. The hotel was an immediate success
and quickly became the flagship property of the Four
Seasons Chain. The golf course, became an instant "must
play" for every serious golfer. Its eight ocean front
holes and par 3, "3b" hole of 197 yards that requires
the golfer to tee off from the mainland and find the
green on an offshore island. It is the only hole of its
kind in the world. At high tide, the golfers must travel
to the island in an amphibious vehicle to complete the
While the Four Seasons Hotel chain had
visions of developing the Punta de Mita property for
condominiums, other hotel sites and private residences,
Fonatur, the Mexican Government Tourism development
bureau decided that the Punta de Mita area would be the
perfect place to create a "super luxury tourism
district" in Mexico. Its master plans called for luxury
hotels. The St. Regis opened in November of 2008.
Overnight, Punta de Mita became the focus of
International investment. Fonatur constructed a highway
from Sayulita to Punta Mita where there was once only a
dirt trail. The road into Punta Mita that was once a
little over a lane and a half and took almost an hour to
traverse is now a major highway. Plans call for an
airport in Punta Mita and several luxury hotels,
condominiums, shopping centers and private residences.
Who knows where it will all go? But the reason for all
the hoopla hasn't changed. Punta Mita has its own magic
that has captivated everyone who has visited its
fabulous beaches, charming people, excellent surf,
fishing, snorkeling and diving.
Fortunately for my wife and I (and for
you) we acquired our condominiums before the real estate
prices went through the roof and we are able to offer
you the opportunity to enjoy Punta Mita at affordable
prices, yet still enjoy luxurious surroundings and the
"real" Punta Mita experience.
OK, Where is
Mita is on the very northwestern tip of Banderas Bay in
the Mexican state of Nayarit. It is located some 40
miles northwest of downtown Puerto Vallarta and on 30
miles or so from the Puerto Vallarta International
Punta Mita Sunset
What is the
Mita is blessed with perfect weather. It is located in
the jungle north of Jalisco, Mexico and has 345 days of
sunshine every year. It is the exact same latitude as
Hawaii and its weather has been said to be like Hawaii's
only much better. While June through September are
considered the rainy months, only August and September
have 15 days of rain each. The summer months are blessed
with nice mornings that turn into rain in the late
afternoon and tropical storms during the evening. The
balance of the year sees consistent sunshine and dry
weather. The average temperature during the daytime
averages in the mid 80s and the water temperature is around
the mid 70s in the winter and mid 80s in the summer. The
average number of days with any rainfall at all during
the winter months is 2 days per month.
How Do I Get to
It all depends on your vacation strategy.
Sometimes we rent a car but most of the time we take the
The Punta Mita Bus
Buses leave El Anclote every 10 minutes
for Puerto Vallarta and stop everywhere along the way.
The local bus fare all the way to downtown Puerto
Vallarta is a measly 25 pesos (about $1.90) each way.
They are very efficient and somewhat comfortable. Since
El Anclote is the last stop on the bus route, there are
always buses to catch. A short walk up the street takes
you to the bus stop and you are on your way. You can
pick the bus up at the airport by simply walking over
the overpass to the northbound side of the road and look
for the bus that says "Punta Mita" on it. Just stay on
the bus until its final stop. Exit the bus and walk down
the street toward the ocean and El Anclote is about a 4-minute walk on your left
right before the beach. You will see the signs on the
entrance that say Condominios El Anclote in bright blue.
Just check in with the security guard at the entrance.
You can take your luggage onto the bus (but surfboards
from the airport are going to be difficult).
experience renting cars has been basically dismal. While
all of the name brands are here in Puerto Vallarta, they
just don't offer the same service. Unless you have a
specificreason fro renting a car, it is my opinion that
you are much better off using the bus and taxis to get
A car is
handy to have if you want to explore all of Nayarit's
wonderful surf spots, but be aware, roads are not up to
U.S. standards and driving in this part of Mexico is
much different than anywhere else. See the "Mexico
Driving Tips" page for
What is There
to Do From Punta Mita?
One of the really wonderful things about
Punta Mita is its location to many wonderful spots to
visit. Following are some of the more obvious things
that you can do;
Take a Day Trip to Puerto Vallarta:
This one is a natural, especially if you have not been
to Puerto Vallarta before. This article tells you
exactly how to do it and what to see.
Take a Short Day Trip to Bucerias:
If you want to go shopping for Mexican souvenirs and
products, don't waste your time going to Puerto Vallarta
(unless you have not been before) just hit Bucerias'
"Flea Market". Bucerias offers a lot to visitors in a
small and compact package.
If you are
planning on doing any grilling and eating in, you will
want to make a stop a Carnes Del Mundo in Bucerias. If
you need directions you can phone them at 329-298-2000
or just click here to see a
map and directions Their address is The selection of
beef, chicken, ribs and much, much more is the finest we
have tasted. We prefer this meat market to any we have
found in our home-town of San Diego. The owners are
Gringos and absolutely delightful
people. The ribs are to die for!
Take a Day Trip to Sayulita:
Next to going to Puerto Vallarta for the day, taking a
trip to Sayulita is something you should consider.
Sayulita is becoming a destination upon itself and after
spending some time here, you will find out why. It is
quite possible to do Sayulita in the earlier part of the
day and then hit the flea market in Bucerias on your way
home. This is killing two birds with one stone.
Vist the La Cruz Market on Sunday
Mornings: Nothing beats shopping at the
La Cruz Market on Sunday mornings. Here is what it is
all about and how to do it.
Whale Watching & Snorkeling:
If you would like a whale
watching or snorkeling trip to the Marietas or a Bay of
Banderas sightseeing excursion, just head to the fishing
cooperative to arrange for an excursion