Punta Mita is an inviting seaside playground, a natural magnet for aquatic adventures. The sparkling waters, pristine beaches, coral reef and occasionally rocky coast inspire a host of delightful experiences, above and below the surface: sport fishing, sea kayaking, whale watching, surfing, sailing, diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding and more
One delightful way to explore the area’s sea life and exciting natural wonders is by paddling a sea kayak in the waters around Punta Mita. You just might view humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles or some of the ocean’s other delights. After a day of discovery along the Pacific and Bay of Banderas, ride the waves back to the Punta Mita beach.
PACIFIC COAST SAILING
Scan the glimmering horizon from the deck of a luxury sailboat (or the edge of your windsurfer). Navigate around the rocky landscape of the Marietas Islands. Enjoy views of migrating humpback whales (December-April), dolphins, sea turtles and more.
SPORT FISHING – ABUNDANT NAYARIT COAST
Banderas Bay, with uncharted depths of over two miles and a circumference of 60 miles (diameter is 25 miles), provides some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world. Within and outside of the bay in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, sport fishing enthusiasts can do battle with marlin, amberjack, sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi and tuna—just a sampling of the dozens of varieties of fish roaming these waters. Charted boats and expert captains are available to guide both experienced fishers and novices to the best spots in the area.
DIVING – UNDERWATER EXPLORATIONS
The waters off the coast of Punta Mita are replete with colorful marine life, ensuring that your underwater experience will be nothing less than extraordinary. As you glide through the water, you may see turtles and dolphins, lobsters and mantas, and plenty of tropical fish, even pods of visiting humpback whales (December-April).
SURFING – TAME THE WAVES
Dating back at least to the 1970s, the waves off Punta Mita’s peninsula were a serious surfer magnet. It’s easy to see why: Punta Mita provides more than a dozen year-round spots to climb atop a board and ride the waves. There are both long, easy-going breaks and more demanding reef breaks with faster waves—challenging to both novices and accomplished surfers. Nearby beach towns such as Sayulita offer alternate sites for surfing, as well as a mellow surf culture.
WHALE WATCHING – GIANTS OF THE DEEP
Every year from December to April, Punta Mita residents and guests can see migrating humpback whales in Banderas Bay. These magnificent mammals, which can reach a length of 55 feet, often breach the water, their massive tails flapping, before splashing below in a magical water ballet. They may be sounding their mating song, and they may come close to a watching boat, even rub against it and gaze at the people on board. These are unforgettable moments, a reason to savor Punta Mita’s seaside sanctuary.
EQUESTRIAN – ROMANCE OF ANOTHER ERA
For hundreds of years, charros (cowboys) have been riding along this area’s hillsides and valleys, beaches and forests. Horse enthusiasts are still doing that today. Not only can guides help navigate an exciting path, they can share their knowledge about the exotic natural environment and diverse history of this Mexican region. Punta Mita’s planned equestrian center will cater to the needs of horse lovers. La Patrona Polo Club in nearby San Pancho features weekly matches, tournaments and lessons for riding enthusiasts – there is even a polo school for beginners.
ECO-EXPLORATION – PURE NATURE
Explore Punta Mita and the surrounding area and enter a natural wonderland, a place of discovery and enchantment. Sea exploration reveals pods of wild dolphins and giant manta rays, the kaleidoscope of coral reef, home to tropical fish in every color and migrating humpback whales. The bird sanctuary at the Marietas Island is home to 92 species of aquatic and sub-aquatic birds. By land, ride horseback through lush, unspoiled Sierra Madre forest, or explore Punta Mita’s diverse landscape along one of the community’s hiking trails.