When we were in Belize, there was this woman who was braiding hair at the cruise ship's terminal. There were children in line for their hair braided for $10! My daughter Sierra was envious of the other children and also wanted her hair done. However, the braider was braiding too long and we didn't have time. My daughter Sierra was so sad that I...more
I rented a boat for about two hours and head down to the Islas Marietas. On our way back, I saw this guy fishing. According from the owner of the boat that I rented, this guy had been there overnight and there's a lot of big fish here. Some rent boats for fishing here. Not sure about the rent for overnight, but my rent was $100 for two hours - but...more
This must be one of the surfers' paradise because I saw a lot of surfers in the area. However, I didn't see a lot of rentals for surf boards (so make sure to bring your own!). There are local surfers here who are amazing. The waves are not that big but good enough for average surfers and learners.One great thing about the beach here ( I went only...more
Huga the boat capitano took us around the island after snorkeling... we got to see all types of bird species and crabs and rock formations. The island was used as a bombing target years ago, and you could see where parts of the island were torn or chunks missing, it's sooo beautiful, we went thru a few open holes and snorkeled in and around it.more
You all know what an Alaskan outdoorsey gal I am and how much I love to fish, well fish for anything, and that I did. We did a 4hr fishing snorkelig adventure off of punta de mita to the Isle's, it's beautiful over there! I would recommend this to anyone. And although there were no fish other then red snappers to be caught it was stil FUN to me...more
You know how much I love love people, and this little guy stayed in the hotel, I think his father was a worker from out of town, brought his family and vallentin was happy to see and talk to strangers under the watchful eye of his mother... she was very attentive to him, I see that they ate dinner every night together. Vallentin drew pics of...more
Lote H-4, Cond Maestro Ramal, Carr. Federal 200, km 19.5, Punta de Mita, Nayarit, 63734, Mexico
Good for: Couples
Carretera Punta de Mita Km. 11.5, Bahia de Banderas, Punta de Mita, Nayarit, 63734, Mexico
Good for: Business
#5 Avenida El Anclote, Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
Good for: Solo
Before heading out to the bus stop, my daughter and I stopped by Brenda's Restaurant on our way. Thinking that we might get hungry for the bus ride. The restaurant looked like a bar at night. It has some tables outside where we opted to sit down. There are plants and trees shading where we sat. The weather in Punta De Mita was hot at the time we...more
The owner of the boat that I rented hangs out here. The restaurant is this huge nipa hut with lots of dining tables fronting the ocean. It has excellent view!We did not eat here because we had chosen El Coral Restaurant, which, I thought has mediocre and expensive food! Looking at the menu of the restaurant, this could have been a better choice....more
There are many buses that goes to Punta De Mita. However, make sure to hop in a bus that has a window that you can slide open. This way you can have fresh air coming in from the beach. It's a two hour ride and being cooped up in a bus without windows that open will be a miserable ride what with the warm weather!
Moreover, it is nicer so you can take pictures - that is if you brought a camera that has a stability option in it.
The bus fare to Punta De Mita is 24 Mexican pesos.
Travelling with children is really difficult because we have to make sure that they are safe at all times. When I went to Punta de Mita and I wanted to see the Blue Footed Boobies at the Islas Marietas, my daughter was scared to get into the boat because she does not know how to swim and scared with the big waves. But, with a little bit of coaxing,...more
Just a heads up for those travellers wishing a quiet time on your rental deck. We are staying at the El Anclote condominiums building #1. The condo itself is everything the write-up said they just forgot or omitted to tell us about the construction between us and the ocean. It is excrutiatingly loud all day long, with chainsaws, sanders,...more
We stayed in one of La Punta Realty's villas after we heard they were the most luxe in the Puerto Vallarta area. They were fantastic and by far exceeded our expectations- however... we were pulled over a number of times by the local police and later found out we could have avoided this by not paying the initial "fine" requested by the officer....more
It was a hassle to go swimming without a place to change clothes or a shower. However, my daughter and I camped in front of a hotel and used their bathroom to change.
We actually bought our drinks there and our lunch so the staff kind of recognize us that they allowed us to go and use their bathrooms. The shower are outside.
Unique Suggestions: Don't forget to bring a towel from your hotel. I always bring a sarong because it is very light to carry and I can use it for everything - in this case, I used it as a towel.
Fun Alternatives: Buy some food or drinks at a restaurant close to the beach and you can use their facilities. There is one shower at the beach at the last hotel close to the boats and you can use this without asking permission. However, it is very close to tables where people are eating.
Luggage and bags:
A light backpack, sunscreen bottled water, towels
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bathing suit, towels, flip-flops, VT Flag (He! He! He!)
Photo Equipment: Under water camera, camera with zoom lense, cyber shot, and a protection for your photo equipment like a plastic bag.
I compared the beaches of Punta de Mita to the beaches at the "Hoteles" in Puerto Vallarta, the sand in Punta de Mita is much softer and whiter. Also, the beach is cleaner with fewer people and tourists. The water is mint green instead of brownish color!In Puerto Vallarta, there are three rivers that flow to the ocean so that when it rains in the...more
For about 45 minutes boat ride, you can experience swimming at the Marietas Islands- a sanctuary of the Blue-footed boobies!My daughter and I went swimming at the Islas Marietas. Besides us, there is also one family in the island swimming with us. The only huddle we had going there was the presence of strong waves hitting the rocks and getting to...more
The stunning Jack Nicklaus golf course with a special over-the-water hole to provide unforgettable drives makes golfing here like taking a day trip to Heaven. This course is fabulous and impecibally maintained. My friends and I were pampered from the moment we arrived. We especially enjoyed the staff bringing us cooling off facial cloths several times during our game.
If you have plenty of peso's or US dollars (because it's pricy) to spend and you are out early and find yourself hungry, order breakfast burritos from the gal's making rounds on the refreshment cart. They will call in the order to the restaurant at the Four Seasons, make them fresh and deliver them to you on the course, YUM! They go great with a Pacifico :-)
The golfers here tend to be very relaxed and very friendly, non pushy. I like that.
One very unique hole is 3-B, it's a 194-yard, par-3, is located on a natural island in the ocean. Make sure you play it before leaving! Accessable only during low tide, so go back after your game if it's unaccessable the first time through.
Equipment: The course offers great Callaway clubs as well as decent shoes for rental. Just rent your clubs there, don't bother hauling yours, bring balls and shoes though if you want to save some cash.