Punta Mita, the knockout little town at the northern tip of Banderas Bay has been a secret slice of paradise for the rich and famous that is rapidly becoming the talk of the travel world. The name comes from the Aztec word, “Mictlan” which means “gateway to paradise” And if paradise is on your quest list, this is the place for you.
The lush spike of natural wonder is surrounded on three sides by jade green Caribbean like water that is clearer and gentler than the Pacific it faces. If you’re a golfer, Punta Mita is a hole-in-one. Jack Nicholas has two here, The 36 hole Pacifico Course, with its famous ‘Whale Tale hole, the par 3 Club de Golf, Bahia Course, Litiba Gold Club and the one at Las Huertas Golf Club.
World-class cuisine and masterful chefs have discovered Punta Mita as well. We tried out Casa Tradicional the other night, a brightly painted, colorful restaurant that takes a neo-classical approach to gourmet Mexican cuisine, right from the table made and perfectly served guacamole, to chicken mole in a complex chocolaty sauce, to a Vera Cruz version of fresh caught fish.
Two top-tier resort hotels, the St. Regis and the Four Seasons grace the powdery white sands with numerous other choices for top accommodations for people of any budget to stay. Shopper or art collector? You will find plenty of places to find just what you’re looking for and a lot you didn’t even know you wanted. As always the people and staff you will meet will delight you. Like all Mexicans they are warm, friendly and helpful. It’s part of their DNA.
Punta Mita is just 25 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta Airport, easy to get to in a taxi, Uber or bus. The only problem comes when its time to leave. Our website, www.bestofbanderasbay.com will help you find the best of Punta Mita and all the towns around Banderas Bay.
There is no question in my mind that Punta Mita is THE next great place. Here you’ll find beauty, bounty and some of the best Mexican food and drinks you’ve ever had. That’s Pinta Mita. Get to know it better.