The Native Huichol people are known for referring to Punta Mita in Nayarit, Mexico as the “place for spiritual renewal” which is a great description for this “almost” island which is surrounded on 3 sides by turquoise waters from the Pacific Ocean. Punta Mita is a place where you will find adventure, relaxation along with numerous ways to enjoy your time outdoors.
The ideal time to book a vacation in Punta Mita is December, where the weather is still dry and warm, yet the room rates are a lot more affordable. In the month of December, the cost for accommodation for two people is around $215, which is about $15 less compared to average rates in the month of February. The temperatures in December are in the higher part of the 70s, a couple of degrees warmer than the 75°F average you can expect during the peak seasons.
Tourism peaks in Punta Mita between January and March which is accompanied by an increase in accommodation rates. If you visit Punta Mita between the months of July and September, expect a bit of rain as there are approximately 23 days linked with precipitation every month. The weather in Punta Mita is favorable throughout the years and shares the same latitude compared to the Hawaiian Islands. In the months of summer, average temperatures are around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the winter months the temperatures hover around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are looking to avoid the crowds, then the best month to visit this scenic destination is September. If you don’t mind all the tourists, then February is the most crowded month. If you are looking to save money, then you will definitely want to visit in the month of July. Here are 10 things to see and do on your next trip to Punta Mita.
Beach Weather- Year-Round
On the same latitude as Hawaii, Punta Mita is dry and warm for just about the entire year. Even in the rainy seasons that run from June through to September, still offers sunny days along with thunderstorms in the evening that typically clear up by the morning. The sea breezes keep this tropical-climate very comfortable even in the hotter months.
Local And Fresh Seafood
Visit Aramara where you get to dine on local freshly caught fish or pay a visit to the most-loved and oldest beachside restaurants where you can enjoy authentic seafood Mexican dishes. In Sayulita, a nearby fishing-village you will find fresh juices and taco stands which attracts the surfer crowds. For a midday snack or breakfast, try one of the delectable smoothies from Orangy.
World-Class Snorkeling And Scuba Diving
In Punta Mita you will find a variety of rays, tropical fish, dolphins and sea turtles on any one of the snorkeling or diving expeditions on offer. You can choose between a swim to the coral reefs off the Punta Mita shores, or an adventure on a luxury yacht to explore the underwater caves close to the Marieta Islands.
The diverse ecosystem in Punta Mita allow for a number of wildlife sightings which include many migratory and indigenous birds. If you visit this destination from December through to March you are able to catch a glimpse of the humpback whale annual-winter migration, along with the Pacific bottlenose dolphins that swim off this coast throughout the year.
Great Opportunities To Surf
Whether you are an experienced surfer, or you are just starting out, there are ample opportunities to catch great waves from the Punta Mita coast. A company by the name of Tropicsurf guides boat trips on a regular basis to these top spots, yet you can also find a few by simply walking along nearby beaches. La Lancha and El Faro attract the experienced surfers, while breaks you will find at El Anclote are ideal for beginners or long-boarders.
It comes as no surprise that golfers from across the globe enjoy the 2 Jack Nicklaus designed golf-courses found at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita. The Pacifico runs along the coast which offers outstanding whale-spotting vistas between the holes. The Bahia course offers undulating greens and fairways.
The location of Punta Mita offers access to world-renowned deep-sea fishing. If you choose to fish inshore, you can expect to reel in mahi mahi, roosterfish, grouper and snapper. If you decide to sail out you can expect to catch yellowfin tuna, sailfish and marlin in the big-game season which starts in June through to January, while September and October are the prime months. If you are looking for a unique ocean-to-table experience, feel free to ask a local restaurant to cook what you caught.
Quaint Beachside Towns
While in Punta Mita, you will find the beachfront promenade, notable and authentic restaurants and the new pier. But just 20 minutes away in Sayulita you will find a quiet surf town which is well-known for its family-friendly and laid-back vibe. If you are looking for more action, travel to San Pancho which is just 10 minutes away. Regardless on where you decide to venture you can expect live music, seaside dinners and famous margaritas.
Fun For The Whole Family
At Kids For All Seasons, you will find activities like inner-tube rides around the lazy-river, a massive game-room, eco-friendly crafts, along with encounters with a variety of wildlife, Punta Mita is the ideal destination for children.
Close-By City Excitement
Nearby Puerto Vallarta has managed to retain its seaside colonial charm which is now enhanced by designer shops, art galleries, markets along with an adventurous culinary scene. This city attracts visitors from around the world with its vibrant nightlife. Other nearby attractions include the church of Our Lady based in Guadalupe which is one of the more distinctive landmarks, while the Malecón promenade is one of the best places to watch all the people walking by. If you want to plan an action filled day with the family, travel to Rio Cuale where you will find botanical gardens, the archaeological museum, a kid’s park and a host of restaurants and interesting boutiques.