The Mexican state of Nayarit is known for its breathtaking sunsets. The Riviera Nayarit has over 200 miles of coastline, with rich Mexican culture and unique fishing villas. But if you’re looking for a secluded environment to disconnect from your hectic schedule and reconnect with nature, Punta Mita is the place to go.
Punta Mita feels like an island in the middle of the Pacific, although it is a Peninsula. Located on the north end of Banderas Bay and about 10 miles from the famous Puerto Vallarta, this little piece of paradise holds 1500 acres of privacy and luxurious accommodation for you. Just imagine the sound of the waves, the wind moving the leaves of the surrounding palm trees, the smell of the ocean, and the sand embracing every step you take. There are no crowds, a warm temperature year-round, and the magic of Mexican culture and food surrounding your experience. It truly is a hidden gem of the Pacific, and we are about to find out which unique experiences have to offer for your perfect summer getaway.
Hike Monkey Mountain
The magnificent and lush tropical jungle is home to many species of animals and plants, here you will find the highest hill, named Monkey Mountain, in the South of Punta Mita. Enjoy the hike as you encounter and listen to some of the 350 endemic and migratory birds that live here. This hike is an activity for those who love challenges, enjoy peaceful places, and, most of all, for unbeatable views. You will watch from the top amazing views of the Riviera Nayarit, its beaches, and the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range system. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you should not miss.
Enjoy the Views From a Zipline
Continuing with more adventures, Punta Mita has a zipline with ten lines and jaw-dropping views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the ever-green tropical foliage. It is quite a unique experience since this destination, even during peak season, hardly ever sees crowds; in comparison with other zipline tours, you will be able to admire the magnificent landscape truly.
Take a Surf Lesson
White sand beaches, unpolluted water, and the energetic Pacific at your feet are a call for surfing, and the calm waters within Punta Mita are ideal for a beginner’s lesson. Playa La Lancha is one of the most popular beaches to learn how to surf due to its easy waves and white sand to rest after the class. You can surf for free at Playa La Lancha if you are an experienced surfer. Certified and professional instructors are available in many of the resorts; you will not enjoy learning a new skill, but you will be able to enjoy the magic of the Mexican coast at its finest.
Watching the sea from the coast in a comfortable beach bed must be nice, but how can you say you visited Punta Mita if you did not experience it from the water? Sailing is a unique experience you can find at this destination, and you can even include some adventures, like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and diving. Sailing is also an excellent option for those who want to relax; you can book a sunset sailing tour and watch the horizon as the sun dips into the ocean, an experience you should have at least once in your life, and why not while you are in paradise?
Visit the Marieta Islands
Uninhabited and protected islands, where a hidden beach waits for you to enjoy a unique experience in the world. Take a boat trip to these islands and swim your way into the open-sky enclave where only a handful of tourists are allowed to visit at the same time.
Grab a Bite at Downtown Punta Mita
If you want to experience authentic Mexican cuisine and culture, you must visit downtown. Here you can find casual eats in the streets with the essence of this coastal paradise. The marina is the perfect spot for some seafood. You can also find traditional Mexican tacos, French-inspired pastry, and delicious coffee.
Practice your Golfing
If you’re a golfer, Punta Mita is home to two spectacular Signature championship par-72 courses designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus; the astonishing views of the Pacific make them a must for those who enjoy this sport. Pacifico course is famous for having the world’s only natural ocean island green, named The Tale of the Whale.
Now you have seven reasons to visit Punta Mita and experience for yourself the beaches, sun, tropical flora and fauna, and of course, the Mexican people’s warmth and culture.
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