Where to Sip, Sun, Surf, and Shop in Punta de Mita

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

With the fall season upon us and winter just around the corner, our thoughts are drifting south of the border to our next sun-filled vacation to Punta de Mita, Mexico. One of the country’s most coveted resort and residential destinations, Punta de Mita is home to miles of varied shoreline, world-class resorts, a charming, traditional village and laid-back, coastal vibe. We checked in with The Agency Punta de Mita team on the ground for a round-up of the best places to dine, shop, explore, and unwind along the Riviera Nayarit.

EAT & DRINK HERE → The W Punta de Mita offers a range of dining experiences as fresh and contemporary as the design of the new resort and residences. Its signature restaurant, Spice Market, is a must, featuring a Southeast Asian-inspired menu by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Looking for something more casual? Try Chevicheria, which serves ceviche and craft beers oceanside from a converted 1950s Chevrolet 3800.

→ The restaurants of Four Seasons Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort are as popular and well-versed as ever, but several local favorites have risen to prominence nearby. Among them is Tuna Blanca, the seafood-focused, casually elegant restaurant at Hotel Cinco serving an à la carte bistro menu along El Anclote beach. For some of the best fresh-squeezed margaritas, carne asada tacos, and shrimp fajitas in town, try the authentic, beachside favorite, The Blue Shrimp.

SHOP HERE → Punta de Mita is home to a mix of chic and fashionable boutiques at Four Seasons and St. Regis, as well as eclectic, artful local favorites in Punta de Mita Village. Stroll the pedestrian promenade from El Anclote Beach to KM 33, which combines the best in Mexican and Latin American design with jewelry, women’s wear, and signature pieces rooted in culture and craftsmanship. For home furnishings and decor, visit de Maco by Hana Waxman Design, an international design company based in Punta de Mita.

EXPLORE HERE → The Marieta Islands wildlife sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just off the coast. Only a few local tour companies are permitted to bring guests to explore the famous Hidden Beach and waters teeming with sea life, including 100 species of fish.

SUN & SURF HERE → Unwind for the day at Playa Destiladeras, a lovely white-sand, swimmable beach on the north shore of Banderas Bay, featuring gentle surf and beachside dining. Always worth the 15-minute drive from Punta de Mita, the seaside town of Sayulita is a favorite among surfers, with great spots for wave riders of all levels, from the novice to the pro. After a day on the waves, refuel at La Rustica, which serves delicious wood-fired pizza and pasta in a warm, friendly setting overlooking town center.

TEE OFF HERE → Punta de Mita is known for its world-class, championship courses with rolling green fairways that drop off to the sea. Once rated by Condé Nast Traveler as the world’s #1 golf resort, the Pacifico Golf Course by Jack Nicklaus at Four Seasons Punta Mita is bordered by sandy beaches, majestic mountains, and a quiet lagoon. Just outside the gates of the exclusive Punta Mita community, the Litibú Golf Course by Greg Norman winds through native jungle to the ocean, capturing panoramic views of the peninsula.

View The Agency Punta de Mita team’s Travel Guide for more recommendations. Planning your next stay? The Agency Punta de Mita offers some of the finest vacation rentals in the area and can arrange every detail of your stay, from pre-stocking groceries to activity and event coordination, through its highly personalized concierge service. Visit TheAgency.com/PuntadeMita to learn more.

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