The sun appears to be finally rising from a cloud of 2020 “dust”. Our light-at-the-end-of-a-tunnel is glowing ever more vibrant as each month passes. And, travel – YES, travel! – has started to re-appear as a calendar line item in bold for many of us. A return to normalcy (what’s that?) might be better stated as a return to freedom, to exploration, and to self-care. 

The yearning traveler be warned…make a move, and make it now. Bust out the bucket list, dust off the suitcase, and update the passport! The travel industry, worldwide, has hit PLAY, and the beach, the mountains, and everywhere in between are getting booked, fast. This is no place for the weary wanderer. The sun is shining and the opportunity to enjoy life again abounds!

Mexico’s sandy shores have been calling. The country reopened its doors to international travelers almost one year ago (June 2020), albeit slowly and with great care. As with most vacation destinations, Mexico has experienced some changes related to the pandemic occurrence. But, in this case, change is good…real good. Service has been finely tuned, personal space is ample (thank you!) and cleaning protocols have been ramped up to make each chair, table, doorknob “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building”. Gotta take the good with the bad!

And, as the beaches became marked, once again, by a familiar collection of footprints…resorts and restaurants, spas and shops have propped open their doors welcoming community and offering a transformation in offerings. Privacy prevails, and secluded rentals serve as the perfect escape for most. So, gather the family and call the friends: Mexico is prepped to provide the relief that our heads, and hearts, require.

Bienvenido de nuevo al paraíso…

Welcome back to paradise…

THINGS TO DO

Boat Tour  |  Marieta Islands

The Marietas Islands were originally formed many thousands of years ago by volcanic activity, and are completely uninhabited. Protection by the government has created an environment conducive to the development of the marine ecosystem, and is a popular location for snorkeling and scuba diving. Sea turtles, manta rays, octopus, wild dolphins, humpback whales and thousands of species of tropical fish can be found around the islands. Access by boat takes approximately 15 minutes from the resort area of Punta Mita. 

Surf  |  The Cove

Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit spans 100 miles of pristine coastline, from Nuevo Vallarta all the way to San Blas. The highest concentration of quality surf spots in this region is around the Northern tip of the Bay of Banderas; there are over a dozen pristine surf breaks with crystal clear tropical water within easy striking distance. La Bahia, or the Cove, is considered by many as the top surf spot in Punta Mita.

Hike  |  Monkey Mountain

Those who do the Monkey Mountain hike are rewarded with 360° panoramic views of Sayulita, Higuera Blanca, Punta Mita, Litibu, Banderas Bay, and the Riviera Nayarit. The hike has a few challenging sections, but it really is for any level. Expect to make a 3-hr commitment!

Golf  |  Punta Mita Golf Club

You’ll find no better place to work on your golf drive, your putting, your short game, and your long game than on these world-class Nayarit golf courses! Few golfing vacations can compare with the stunning views of Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean, plus pristine Mexico beaches and the amazing tropical rainforests of the Sierra Madre Mountains as a backdrop.

Relax  |  Away Spa

Boasting world-class luxury accommodations and endless options for fun in the sun, Punta Mita also happens to be a fabulous spa destination. When you’re looking for your next girls’ getaway or couples retreat, keep these three temples of relaxation in mind. With just five impeccably designed treatment pods, each perched just on the edge of a pond overlooking the outside jungle, the 4,000-square-foot haven at W Punta de Mita manages to do exactly as its name suggests: take you away.

PLACES TO VISIT

Shop  |  Sayulita

A charming fishing village, Sayulita is a hidden gem with picturesque beaches, charming restaurants and great food. Unlike some other Mexican towns, tourists mingle with locals in a relaxed atmosphere, without the hustle and bustle of major touristy resorts. Sayulita has so much to offer, from local artisans, craftsmen, jewelers, and Huichol art. There is a distinct style found in each Sayulita shop that can’t be found anywhere else. Many of the stores are located within 4 blocks of each other, making Sayulita a great day-trip shopping destination.

Culture  |  Tonalá & Tlaquepaque

There are two artisanal hotspots located one hour from Punta Mita: Tonalá and Tlaquepaque. Tonalá is an artisanal town famous for its hand-made crafts and the perfect place to pick-up a gift or two. Visit Tlaquepaque to dip in and out of artisanal stores, try typical Mexican cuisine, and sip tequila as a mariachi band plays in the background.

Dine  |  Tuna Blanca, Aramara, Dos Catrinas 

The elegant, yet relaxed, atmosphere of the seaside restaurant – Tuna Blanca – is the spot where locals and visitors gather to treat themselves to exceptional cuisine during the day, and to romantic settings and splendid sunsets in the evenings.

Aramara pays tribute to Asian cuisine at this unexpected jewel. Extensive study of Asian techniques in Hong Kong, Thailand and other countries, supported by local training with Asian chefs results in a stunning marriage of authentic craftsmanship and the freshest local ingredients. Located in the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.

In the heart of the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Dos Catrinas combines authentic Mexican fare with a contemporary twist. Bespoke craft cocktails created by the best mixologists in Mexico complete a truly memorable dining experience.

SIGHTS TO SEE

Whale Watching  |  Puerto Vallarta/Banderas Bay

The waters of Puerto Vallarta host one of the world’s most stunning mammals – the humpback whale. In the Bay of Banderas, this whale population reaches its peak in late December through January. Each winter, the humpbacks migrate from the arctic to breed and rear their young in the sheltered coasts of Banderas Bay.

Punta Mita Sunset  |  Luxury Sail

Set sail from Punta Mita’s pier on a luxurious French sailboat and trust the tropical winds to carry you to whatever you are looking for – turquoise waters, secluded bays, and picture-perfect beaches. Experience the beauty of Punta Mita, and its surrounding coastline, relax the day away on the deck with a glass of wine, paddleboard or snorkel, and even learn to sail!

Ancient Ruins  |  Altavista Site

The Altavista petroglyph complex is located near the village and beach-town of Chacala in Nayarit Mexico. This region was originally home to the largely unstudied Tecoxquin native culture dating from approximately 2000 BC to 2300 BCE. It contains 56 petroglyphs whose antiquity cannot be accurately determined. Aside from its cultural and archeological importance, the site remains an important religious center for the Huicholes who still leave offerings and perform ceremonies here.