If you’re looking for a side of adventure with your order of multi-million-dollar views, then the Riviera Nayarit is your go-to luxury vacation spot.
The alluring beaches of Punta Mita.
If you haven't heard of Punta Mita, then we guess you haven’t been keeping up with the Kardashians. They, along with other members of the rich and famous, keep returning to this fun, beach-y paradise. Punta Mita is filled with gourmet food, breathtaking luxury rental villas, fun, local events, and, of course, some of the best snorkeling and water activities in the world.
Whether your speed is more salsa dancing, tequila tasting, or just soaking up the sun on a perfect beach, Punta Mita has it all. For family friendly adventures, opt for horseback riding on the beach, or perhaps a jungle canopy tour. For the aquatically inclined, Punta Mita offers world-class scuba diving and swimming (with dolphins!). Punta Mita also boasts sea turtles that lounge on the beach, world-class golf courses, sailing, and sport fishing.
Sail by the dramatic coastline of the Riviera Nayarit.
The Riviera Nayarit is home to one of the world’s greatest and most magical creatures, the humpback whale. These incredible creatures come to Punta Mita to calve, and in season you can see baby humpbacks learning to swim by their mothers’ sides. See these magnificent creatures “breaching” the water with all manner of tail waves and fin salutes; it’s an incredible sight to behold.
A bit father south, Sayulita is a hidden gem that is fast becoming a happening destination. The little artsy village is a fiesta of vibrant Mexican culture, with modern introductions like yoga shops, health food cafes, and funky taco stands. This eclectic mixture of palm trees and sidewalk cafes paints an inviting and colorful picture.
The golden sands of Sayulita beach.
Sayulita is also home to some unexpected residents… Sea turtles and baby sea turtle releases have become a major attraction. Watch as hundreds of tiny turtles head down to the sea on the most perilous journey of their young lives.
Take some time to visit Monkey Mountain near Sayulita. It is considered sacred to the Huichol Indians and is one of the most distinctive features of the surrounding landscape. Head south from Sayulita on the road to Punta Mita, and see the local monkeys gather.
A luxe golf course in Punta Mita.
The Marietas are a short jaunt from Punta Mita, where a neighborhood in between earned the nickname "Gringo Gulch" from Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’s scandalous behavior there during the filming of "The Night of the Iguana" in 1964. The Marieta Islands are also a natural landmark of Banderas Bay; they are one of the most important places for marine bird watching in México and the eastern Pacific tropics, as well as being a shelter for countless varieties of marine species. The beauty of these protected islands is difficult to convey through words; you simply have to see it.
For a more relaxed day, spend some time meandering around local village shops, where you can find handcrafted trinkets from all over Mexico. The local people, living high in the Sierra Madre Mountains, still maintain their same rituals and beliefs. They refer to themselves as “Wixáritari” which means, “the people,” in their native Huichol language. They consider themselves “mirrors of the Gods.” Their crafts are seeped in the local culture, and the shops that showcase them are well worth visiting.
A palm tree at sunset in Punta Mita.
Don’t just eat out in Punta Mita, although ‘Restaurant Row’ on the seafront is rather tempting with its endless options of authentic Mexican cuisine and open-air restaurants like Mariscos Tinos. Rather, don a chef’s apron, and take a cooking lesson at the Four Seasons Resort, where sous-chef Esther Sanchez will show you all the secrets to making delectable ceviche and tequila shrimp. It’s the perfect excuse to stay in and feast on the day’s catch.
At Puta Mita you will have a plethora of options to satisfy your every whim. The sportsman or the shopper, nobody will go unsatisfied. The Mexican Riviera has an abundance of luxury and beauty that permeates everyone who visits, and is the perfect location for any luxury traveler.
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