Within Punta Mita, guests have a host of activities to enjoy, championship golf courses, some of the best surfing in Mexico, tennis and other water sports. Opportunities for adventures abound close by, including swimming with dolphins, deep-sea fishing, jeep safaris, horseback riding, and zip-lining through the jungle canopy of the Sierra Madres
Nine-and-a-half miles of coastline along the Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean make for the perfect aquatic playground. A variety of water sports here include surfing, sea kayaking, wind surfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and catamaran and yacht excursions. And, considered one of the world's best spots for big game fishing, the waters off Punta Mita place you in the heart of the action.
Surfing: With nine and a half miles of white sand beaches, there are several surf breaks to try at Punta Mita. And if you’re never surfed before, the Four Seasons Concierge can schedule lessons with one of the local surf schools, which have bilingual instructors. La Punta, Punta Burros and La Lancha are just some of the favorite local breaks around Punta Mita, with August and September being the best time to surf.
Whale watching is a popular activity as well from December to April when humpback whales return to the Banderas Bay. Around 300 individual whales, identified by distinctive markings on their tales, are known to migrate here. With so many whales in the bay, it easy to spot them from the shore, but for an up-close and personal encounter, whale-watching tours operate daily.
The Marieta Islands Marine Reserve, a marine life and bird sanctuary that has been studied by such acclaimed marine naturalists as Jean-Michel Cousteau, is a 20-minute boat ride from Punta Mita. These islands are a haven to numerous species of birds (many of them endemic), turtles, fish and dolphins. Visitors are not allowed onshore, but are guided around the islands by boat and may observe exotic and rare animals, including blue-footed boobies (found only here and in the Galapagos). The reserve is also a popular spot for divers and snorkeling.
Punta Mita still bears the powerful mark of its ancestry. Hike up Careyeros Hill at the center of the community and discover the Aztatlan ruins dating back some 800 to 1,200 years. This protected site is believed to have had great ceremonial significance, as well as use for astronomical observations and coastal navigation.
The Huichol Indians are also an important piece of Punta Mita’s history. Isolated high in the Sierra Madre Mountains behind Punta Mita, they are the most pure pre-Columbian culture in this hemisphere. A tribe of mystics dedicated to the balance of nature, the Huichol Indians have remained unspoiled by civilization. Their ecological wisdom has influenced the continuing journey of Punta Mita as a place of preservation and peace, and their artwork, history and philosophy are celebrated throughout Punta Mita.
Art & Culture
Punta Mita and the state of Nayarit are important centers for indigenous and native art works, especially those created by the neighboring Huichol Indians. Puerto Vallarta's fine art galleries are internationally acclaimed and present the work of renowned regional and international artists, including Alejandro Colunga, Sergio Bustamante, Ramiz Barquet and Rogelio Diaz.
Nearby Puerto Vallarta boasts fantastic shopping, numerous fine art galleries, and traditional treasures, concentrated along its charming cobblestone streets and Malecon (the city's waterfront walkway). In addition, the Four Seasons Resort has a luxury retail arcade, open to Punta Mita residents and guests. The nearby town of Sayulita has become a popular haven for shoppers, with its eclectic boutiques and whimsical shops.
Dining & Nightlife
The restaurants at both the Four Seasons Resort and St. Regis Resort in Punta Mita have set a new standard for fine dining, in both elegant and casual atmospheres, along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The nearby coastal communities of Sayulita, Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta offer dozens of restaurants that serve up a plethora of international cuisine, including Mexican, Italian, French, Argentine, Cajun and Japanese. Exotic settings are available from native beach palapas to elegant candlelit dinner houses. And when the sun sets, nearby nightclubs offer live music and dancing that rival any cosmopolitan city.
Right next to Punta Mita, the new Café des Artistes del Mar – opened by Puerto Vallarta’s star chef, Thierry Blouet – offers sophisticated fare in a relaxed, romantic beachfront setting. The adjoining piano bar is a delightful spot to enjoy a fine wine as the sun sets over the water. The original Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta is known throughout Mexico for its innovative menu, impressive artwork, collection of fine tequilas and celebrity clientele.
Guests and homeowners of Punta Mita can also enjoy upscale dining at the Residents’ Beach Clubs, and at Sufi, at the Playa Fortuna Beach Club at Porta Fortuna.
Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is a diverse region, dotted with quaint seaside villages and anchored by cosmopolitan Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta: Just 35 minutes by boat or one hour by vehicle, lies this energetic town filled with cobblestone streets, plazas, and historic landmarks. At the town’s center is the historic church of Guadalupe, topped by a crown held aloft by angels. Paralleling the cobalt Pacific Ocean is the charming boardwalk known as the malecon, lined with quirky bronze sculptures and sand artists building imaginative sculptures on the beach. The town houses the second largest art community in Mexico and is home to dozens of renowned galleries.
Sayulita: This bohemian village just 20 minutes from Punta Mita has a decidedly laidback vibe and thriving surf culture. The village is also known for its delicious fish tacos and is home to many art galleries and funky boutiques.