The luscious panorama around Punta Mita is an eco/surfer/explorer’s dream, so prepare for close encounters with nature. Four protected species of turtles come back every year to Nayarit to lay their eggs, humpback season lets you sidle up to these gentle giants in a kayak, birds fill the skies above the Marietas and there are ecosphere reserves that just might give up a glimpse of a jaguar.
Punta de Mita is part of the Riviera Nayarit, a 100-mile long stretch of coastline starting in Nuevo Vallarta and ending in the port of San Blas. This pristine area is an eco-conscious region with protected species, nature reserves and offers up close and personal encounters with wildlife.
Punta de Mita offers a winning combination of land and sea, with civilized golf courses and luxury resorts vying for attention with waves of all shapes and sizes running on a 10-mile coastline along the Pacific Coast.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Considered one of the world’s best spots for big gamefishing, the waters off Punta de Mita place you in the heart of the action. Anglers from around the globe return for Punta de Mita fishing each year to see if they can beat last year’s big catch. The 40-mile-wide bay has depths up to two miles, which makes it a perfect place to find sailfish, mahi-mahi, marlin, tuna, rooster tail and red snapper. Numerous charters are available year-round – on small pangas to large trawlers with fly bridges. Arrangements can be made by the CINCO Concierge for parties of one to a dozen for half- or full-day fishing. Bass and other freshwater fishing is also available at lakes in the Puerto Vallarta area.
From January through May you can enjoy Riviera Nayarit’s dry season with an exciting and intense cycling . The hills surrounding Punta de Mita, provide the perfect scenery to start this adventure and discover the wonders of Pacific Mexico.
Whale watching is a popular activity as well from December to April when humpback whales return to the Banderas Bay. Around 300 individual whales, identified by distinctive markings on their tales, are known to migrate here. With so many whales in the bay, it easy to spot them from the shore, but for an up-close and personal encounter, whale-watching tours operate daily.
Scuba at the Marieta Islands
The Marieta Islands Marine Reserve, a marine life and bird sanctuary that has been studied by such acclaimed marine naturalists as Jean-Michel Cousteau, is a 40-minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta. These islands are a haven to numerous species of birds (many of them endemic), turtles, fish and dolphins. Visitors are guided around the islands by boat and may observe exotic and rare animals, including blue-footed boobies–found only here and in the Galapagos.
Experience a spectacular eco-adventure – feel feel the rush of adrenalin and enjoy the stunning views while you traverse from treetop to treetop through the tropical forest along a series of zip lines.
Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding region is a birder’s paradise, offering numerous locations to observe a great variety of birds, surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation
Whether riding through the Sierra Madre foothills, or along a pristine beach at sunset, experienced guides will take you along the trails for a memorable ride, while they share their knowledge of the indeginous plants and wildlife of the region.
Golf is booming in popularity in Puerto Vallarta and the Mexican Riviera, with an ample offering of excellent courses to choose from. Condo-side courses, beachside courses, resort courses, private courses, public courses are what make golf in Puerto Vallarta.
Tel: (322) 221-0545
Flamingos Golf Club
Tel: (329) 296-5006
Mayan Palace Golf Club
Tel: (322) 226-4000
Punta Mita Golf Club (managed by Four Seasons)
Punta Mita (Private Golf Course)
Tel: (329) 291-6000
El Tigre Golf Club
Tel: (322) 297-0773