Punta Mita is not a fishing village. There are plenty of fishing villages in Mexico, but Punta Mita is not one of them. It almost certainly was at one time, and you may read somewhere that it still is. In fact, Punta Mita is an exclusive luxury beach resort, or collection of resorts, on a peninsula on the Riviera Nayarit, about forty-five minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. With some of the most beautiful beaches and mountain landscapes that you are likely to find, Punta Mita sits at the northern tip of the Bay of Banderas, and has nine and a half miles of pristine private beaches.
Luxury is the key word at Punta Mita – luxury hotels, luxury vacation villas, luxury amenities, luxury everything, and really good golf courses. Punta Mita has it all (well, except for the ‘fishing village’ thing) and is bound to satisfy if you’re after luxury and exclusivity in gorgeous tropical surroundings.
If you’re backpacking down the Pacific coast of Mexico looking for cool, inexpensive places to stay, Punta Mita is not for you; there are plenty of great cheap places along the coast, but Punta Mita is not one of them. This is serious luxury in seriously luxurious surroundings, with serious prices. Thankfully, in this case, Punta Mita has been developed without taking anything away from the surrounding natural beauty. At Punta Mita, you’re paying top prices for top accommodations in a superb location with the best amenities – nothing more, nothing less.
Of course, an important part of all these luxury services are the restaurants and cuisine. Not surprisingly, seafood plays a big role, and you’ll find it all over. Sí Señor offers some delicious seafood dishes, including the smoked blue grilled shrimp and fresh Dorado in caper butter, seasoned with great ocean views and excellent service. For international cuisine you won’t get much better than Casa Teresa Ristorante Italiana – not much seafood, but the ambience is extremely friendly and the food is top-notch Italian fare. Boasting the freshest ingredients and spectacular 15-layer lasagna, this charming restaurant is definitely worth checking out. For some really good authentic Mexican cuisine, visit Rosa Mexicana where you’ll find truly tasty regional dishes and excellent service.
Try the guacamole, they prepare it at your table so you can see what’s really going on, and they seem to pour wonderful sauces over everything that comes out of the kitchen. I ordered the lobster and blue shrimp with olive oil and garlic, and wasn’t disappointed. The Four Seasons Resort and the St. Regis Resort also have their own very luxurious restaurants, and the Carolina restaurant at the latter is really quite something. First off, it has lovely beach and ocean views, then the décor is simply fabulously luxurious, and, most importantly, the food is superb.
The Caribbean lobster seasoned with all sorts of creative stuff and the artichoke stuffed with lobster, truffle, and foie gras really got my palate’s attention. It may not be the cheapest place you’ve ever dined at (I’m still missing an arm and a leg), but it didn’t get the AAA Five Diamond Award for nothing, and if you stay all-inclusive you’re definitely onto a winner.