Past La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (a small fishing village with pier and fine beaches) and Destiladeras beach is the easy-to-miss entrance to the ultra-upscale Punta Mita development. Once a sacred Indian meeting site, Punta Mita is a jagged finger of land that juts seaward at the bay’s northern tip.
It straddles the Pacific Ocean and Banderas Bay, with rocky coves and gorgeous sandy beaches along the Pacific side (unfortunately, closed to the public). For now, Punta Mita is the exclusive home to the Punta Mita development, destined to become Mexico’s leading luxury enclave. Condo, resorts, and golf courses are springing up along what is one of Mexico’s prettiest coastal regions.
Access to the development is restricted to golfers with tee times at the two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses for guests at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and Punta Mita Golf Course were recently awarded the Mexican government’s Calidad Ambiental Turística award, an award that recognizes businesses that fully comply with Mexico’s environmental legislation to promote ecologically sustainable development.
St Regis Punta Mita opened in 2008. The 120 exquisitely appointed guestrooms and suites with captivating ocean or garden views offer a touch of rustic Provence combined with Mexican art and handcrafted furnishings. Sequestered on 22 lush acres on a tranquil isthmus with spectacular Pacific Ocean views, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers all the luxuries of a private, intimate hideaway.
Continuing past the Punta Mita entrance you’ll arrive at the village of Punta de Mita. This town lives by its fishing fleet of “pangas” that depart into Banderas Bay. A hillside condo development overlooks the sheltered harbor, with fine beaches stretching to the south. Several seaside, palm-shaded restaurants span the main cove (including the exquisite Hotel des Aristes), and weekends see an influx of Mexican tourists.