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Tasty Mexican-Style Tacos

When I tasted this Taco al Pastor, I felt that I needed to share my happiness with someone else. The intense mixture of flavours just ran through my mouth. I could feel the sweet pork meat with pineapple and the coriander hanging around in harmony. This perfect combination made me realize that I must inform … Continued

Sailing on Bandaras Bay

I’ve always loved the notion of sailing (especially sailing away), but severe seasickness has prevented this idea from ever becoming reality. For the past five years, I had outright refused to go aboard a boat, but this year I felt compelled to try again. Equipped with an anti-nausea bracelet, and some ginger candies, I joined … Continued

5 Must-try Mexican Wines

¿Algo de tomar? Something to drink? When we think about drinking in Mexico, we think of Tequila and cervezas – rarely do we consider wine. Mexico was the first country in the New World to make wine in 1524, but it is only in the last couple of decades that Mexican wine production has become … Continued

Mexican Textiles – Quality of Work vs Quality of Life

Walk through any Mexican market, or for that fact, many street markets in the USA, and colorful artesian goods that hail from remote parts of Mexico can generally be found. Typically, embroidered textiles find their way into bags, shirts, skirts, shawls, wraps and even carpets and felt toys.    Street markets have the reputation of … Continued

Friday Nights at Casa del Pintor Restaurant

With Live Music by David Lane Walsh Every Friday night, the sounds of flamenco and classical guitar drift over the bas-relief walls of Casa del Pintor. This open-air restaurant, located on the southern end of Punta de Mita, can bring in quite a crowd – those who come to listen to David Lane Walsh while feasting … Continued

The Best Surfing in Punta de Mita

  In and around Punta de Mita, we are fortunate to have fairly consistent waist-to-shoulder high waves throughout the year, on perfect point breaks. The best surf in this area, and just south of here in the Bay of Banderas, takes place during the winter months (December-April). Just north of us, Sayulita also works better … Continued

6 Sexy Ideas for Valentines Day

6 Sexy Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Mexico

The Pacific Coast of Mexico offers limitless virgin sandy beaches, unforgettable sunsets, and private places just waiting to transport you into romance mood. Whether dining al fresco with a lobster and champagne picnic under the stars or being seduced by the strains of a mariachi serenade in a historic building – the options for expressing … Continued

South Shore Beaches of Puerto Vallarta

Just south of Puerto Vallarta, there are a number of unique playas (beaches) waiting to be discovered. Each one has something distinct to offer – whether it be natural pools, an underwater sanctuary, a rare dining experience, an intimate experience or just time in nature. Playa Conchas Chinas – for proximity Located just minutes south … Continued

5 Reasons to Attend Festival Sayulita 2017

Festival Sayulita, now in its fourth year, will take place February 1-5 in Sayulita, Mexico. It’s not just a film festival, though – it’s a celebration of food, drinks, music, yoga, surfing, and much more. There will be lots of free activities, but also some high-end VIP experiences too. “Every year, the Festival has a … Continued

Happy 2017!

Well, just over a week into the New Year and things look like they’re going to go swimmingly well! The year started on the perfect high note as one of our guests so creatively said “Perfect house, fantastic beach, no alarm clock, no shoes, family all together, perfect weather! Absolute 10!” That’s how the year … Continued

Whale Watching in Punta Mita

Every year, between December and April, humpback whales can be seen in the waters around Punta de Mita. They leave their summer feeding grounds, migrating from Northern California (and even as far as Alaska), swimming hundreds of miles south to mate and give birth in the warm, calm waters of Banderas Bay. Their stays generally … Continued

Punta Mita Jogging / Walking Trail

Punta Mita Jogging / Walking Path

Commune with Nature Along the Punta Mita Jogging / Walking Trail Growing up in England in the 1980’s, I used to take off for an evening jog after school, tightly swathed in plastic dry cleaning bags (this was a quick weight loss fad that appealed to my teenage vanity) underneath shimmering lycra leggings, fluffy ankle … Continued

Top 10 Reasons to Enjoy a Punta Mita Holiday

Make the most of your Punta Mita holiday. To ensure your stay is jam-packed with enjoyment, choose from a wide range of activities available during the holiday season. From off-roading to whale watching, there is something fun for everyone. 1. Special Holiday Celebrations at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Guests of the Four Seasons … Continued

December – A Punta Mita Christmas

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat.” – English rhyme as sung by Bing Crosby What does that have to do with celebrating the most peaceful time of the year in Mexico, you ask? Well, actually nothing at all, its just that I wanted to … Continued

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving…

Help Support our Punta Mita Fundraising Initiatives In 2007, the Fundacion de Punta de Mita was officially established by DINE, the developer of the impressive Punta Mita development (often referred to as “inside the gates”). The idea was to start a non-profit organization which would give back to the local communities surrounding Punta de Mita … Continued

Punta Mita 2016/17 Festive Calendar of Fun!

With 77 degrees, beautiful clear skies, gentle winds blowing and small waves lapping ashore… you have certainly found the perfect place to celebrate your family Christmas or ring in the New Year. There is a lot going on in Punta Mita. Here we have outlined the best of the best so you can plan ahead and make reservations where needed. … Continued

November – Month of Gratitude

Dear friends, November heralds the beginning of the winter season. We have been busy booking homes for the American Thanksgiving holidays, organizing great suppliers of organic, free-range turkeys and having our chefs test pecan pie recipes. Turkeys are available throughout the year here and often eaten with delicious rich mole sauces. We are suggesting some … Continued

Prepare to be Happy… The PuntaTini

This is a drink I first came up with 16 years ago when I first moved to Punta Mita. I had PuntaTini parties and everybody had “a lot of fun”. The brand of vodka can be any as the pineapple flavour overthrows any specific undertones. Lisa’s PuntaTini Ingredients 1 whole pineapple 1 bottle of vodka (maybe more!) 1 litre of … Continued

How Much Should I Tip - Tipping Advice

How Much Should I Tip? | Tipping Advice

Saludos! One Frequently Asked Question I get is “How much should I tip and who should I tip?“ This is a question I am constantly asking wherever I travel. There is nothing like saying a big “Thank you” to the smiling, cheery person who cooked you a beautiful breakfast every day, or the staff member … Continued

Day of the Dead in Mexico

Saludos! As I was cheering and dancing at the last Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Puerto Vallarta’s super fun Zona Romantica, (check for new listings soon in this destination), I could not stop wondering how people in Mexico came to celebrate this date and how a whole pop culture around … Continued

Soothing and Serene San Pancho Beach

If you are wild at heart and can do without the creature comforts of a private beach club, the Riviera Nayarit offers those options, too. Just take a short drive up to the quaint village of San Pancho and settle your towel, umbrella and cooler in a quiet location on the mile-long stretch of soft … Continued

October – Month of Preperation

Saludos! Wherever you live in the Northern Hemisphere, October is a time of preparation. The children are back at school, the bathing suits are packed away and thoughts turn to Thanksgiving turkeys, the perfect festive gifts, party plans and how to stay warm. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere the kids have also returned … Continued

Litibu Grill Restaurant

Local Grilling Haven – the Litibu Grill

Restaurant Review: The Litibu Grill Let’s all go to the Litibu Grill! Often the simple things in life are the best! It’s the perfectly-seared piece of fresh-from-the-ocean tuna, expertly grilled and served with a tangy, subtly-spiced salsa. This is a memory that will stay with you when you are back at home in the depths … Continued

Miguel’s Cappequila Recipe – Capuccino with a Kick!

I suggest that you do not drink this alone, it’s a happy, sociable drink which is best prepared in a jug with the whipped cream or a cream/ ice cream mix added to each individual glass. Miguel’s Cappequila Recipe Serves 4 4 shots espresso coffee 4 shots tequila reposado (Don Julio is my recommendation) 1 tablespoon whipping … Continued

What to Wear in Punta Mita | Packing Advice

Saludos! We are often asked by our guests what they should pack for their vacation to Punta Mita. And how hot does it get? The first thing we say is – “Wear sunscreen!” The temperatures are actually very moderate where we live, ranging from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s from November to April. … Continued

Independence Day in Mexico

Saludos! September is the month of Mexican Independence – an occasion which is celebrated widely and boisterously throughout the country. On September 16, 1810, in Dolores, a beautiful village in Guanajuato state, a progressive priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became the father of Mexican independence with his historic proclamation urging his fellow Mexicans to … Continued

Miguel's Smoky Sangrita

Miguel’s Smoky Sangrita Recipe

Sangrita compliments tequila when sipped alternately – it makes for a wonderful balance of fresh and fruity flavours with strong and fiery ones. Sangrita by itself does not have any alcohol content. There are many recipes for Sangrita, but most of them contain these main ingredients: tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice and pepper sauce. … Continued

Saving the Sea Turtles

Saving the Sea Turtles

Saludos! September is the month of Mexican Independence, an event which is celebrated widely and boisterously throughout the country. On Mexican beaches along the Pacific Coast, however, there is another kind of independence ritual going on from June until January – the independence or “liberation” of thousands of baby sea turtles. Our beaches are prime … Continued

Sunny, Sultry Sayulita!

Saludos! I am still in vacation mode down here. July was definitely kick-back-and-have-fun. But, really, why shouldn’t August be the same? Long, hot days, cooling breezes, plenty of ocean and water sports to enjoy…the vacation is just continuing. The kids don’t have to be back at school until the end of the month, so more … Continued

Verdant Viper Cocktail

Verdant Viper Cocktail

Watch out for this one! The Verdant Viper Cocktail is one of those innocuous, healthy-looking drinks that will knock you on your… bottom! It does, however, contain lots of vitamins and goodness – so several are recommended to get the full effect! Verdant Viper Cocktail Makes 1 jug. Serves 4 1 litre of fresh pineapple … Continued

Best Sayulita Beaches

Sayulita Beaches for Swimming, Surf and Fun in the Sun

If you’re into a genuine, toes-in-the-sand beach vacation, sunny Sayulita ticks all the boxes. This seaside surfing Mecca is renowned for its beaches and its consistent river-mouth surf break. This brief guide will introduce you to some of the most popular and lesser-known beaches in and around Sayulita. Sayulita Beach One of the biggest draws … Continued

The Huichol of Jalisco and Nayarit

I find the ancient Huichol people to be most fascinating. I have marveled at their incredible handiwork for many years, trying to understand how spirit forms are represented by what they create. I have traveled extensively and have always been drawn to explore the history and native peoples of the countries I visit. We all … Continued

Sayulita Breakfast

Stop by Chocobanana for a Tasty Sayulita Breakfast!

Not all of our guests are staying in and around Punta Mita, many are up in Sayulita enjoying the exclusive enclave of Punta Sayulita with its own private beach club, or staying in homes situated on the magnificent San Pancho Beach. But wherever you are staying while on vacation, at some point I bet you’ll … Continued

Punta Sayulita Blog

What makes Punta Sayulita so special?

Punta Sayulita – an Eco-friendly, Jungle Fantasyland Peace, tranquility, and exclusivity are all yours in this beautiful gated development covering a breathtaking 33-acre, oceanfront peninsula. At Punta Sayulita, Hawaii-based architect Mark de Reus has created a special space that simulates an Old-world Pacific (as in the entire Pacific basin) fishing village with the central meeting … Continued

Punta Mita Beach Newsletter

Beat the heat… Beat it to the Beach

Hola Amigos! I do not care where you are in the world, if you were born and raised in the Northern Hemisphere you will always equate July with summer. This is the month you were meant to be by a body of water enjoying long, sunny days of laziness, water sports, beachcombing, suntans and tropical … Continued

Call our Concierge for Surf Lessons in Punta Mita

Let’s go surfin’ now

Super chic images of 1960’s California dudes and babes came to mind when I first thought about taking surf lessons in Punta Mita. I had lived here for several years but couldn’t tear myself away from the golf course long enough to indulge in other sports. Yes, I loved the ocean and swam daily but … Continued

Litibu Beaches

Litibu Beaches for Sensational Seaside Satisfaction

The Riviera Nayarit offers many fabulous beaches where you can surf, swim and snorkel. Or just sit back, relax, catch a few rays and people watch. Two of my favorite Litibu beaches are the incredibly beautiful stretches of miles-long golden sand located on nearby Litibu Bay. Kupuri Beach This beach is one of the best … Continued

Punta Mita Pina Colada

Punta Mita Pina Colada

The quintessential beach cocktail made with ingredients that are literally falling off the trees here. Punta Mita Pina Colada Basic (skinny) recipe – Ingredients 1 1/2 oz Light or gold rum 2 oz Coconut milk or cream of coconut 2 oz Fresh Pineapple juice The fuller bodied version can include: 1/2 oz heavy whipping cream … Continued

A Guide to Coconut Food Products

Going Loco for the Coco!

Coconuts are clearly a handy, easily accessible ingredient around here and deliver quite a few useful options: coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream, cream of coconut, coconut oil etc. Looking at a coconut, it’s hard to figure out how that hairy brown bowling ball makes its way into a Piña Colada or any other cocktail. Cream … Continued

Savouring the Flavours of Mexico

Hola Amigos! June – some say we experience “June gloom”. A few little rain showers may pass by, but it’s hardly gloomy. In fact, it’s absolutely beautiful! June is one of the quieter months on the Punta Mita area calendar. For much of the month, school will still be in session in the USA. So, it’s … Continued

Celebrate Summer at the Punta Mita Beach Festival!

Here in Punta Mita, we have no shortage of fun events going on throughout the year. Usually, they include a first-class food, wine and beverage aspect – which could be one reason why I am always at the forefront to participate! When things start to heat up here, the locals head for the beach! Lucky … Continued

Carolina St Regis Punta Mita

Fine Dining at the St Regis Punta Mita

Nothing Could be Finer than to Eat at Carolina! Looking for a great place to go for a “date” night? A place where you can dress up, your loved one can put on heels and you can be treated like kings? Carolina, located at the St. Regis Punta Mita Hotel, is a three-diamond award-winning restaurant. … Continued

Mexican White Wine

Ah! What could be better than a frosty glass of white wine at sunset on a hot day? A frosty glass of white wine at sunset on the beautiful tropical beaches of the Riviera Nayarit! Directions Find a great bottle of your favourite Mexican white. Put it in the fridge to chill. When it reaches between … Continued

Mexican Wine – The Forgotten Libation

When you think about Mexico’s heritage, it makes sense that wine would be as popular here as it has been for centuries in Europe. When the first Spanish settlers came to New Spain in the 16th century, they brought vines from Europe with them. Even before the Spanish conquest, Mexico had its own indigenous grapes. … Continued

Punta Mita Breakfast

Naef Cuisine Café & Deli, Punta Mita

Naef Cuisine has more choices for your Punta Mita Breakfast Naef Cuisine is the brainchild of two very amiable brothers, Mathiew and Pierre. They hail from Switzerland but have been in the Punta Mita area for many years now. The Swiss seem to have a knack for all things dairy and these two are certainly … Continued

Punta Mita Rentals – The Year in Review

Dear Friends, This month marks the departure of the majority of our “snowbird” friends. Many of the local residents who call Punta Mita home for the winter season head back to their other homes to beat the heat. Those of us who stay behind can now relax a little. Suddenly, we find we have some … Continued

Beers of Mexico

The Connaisseur’s Corner – Beers of Mexico

Coming from Portugal, I consider Mexico to be a strong beer-swilling nation. Certainly the parties I go to offer endless buckets of ice-cold beer that have no shortage of takers. I was quite surprised, in fact, to learn that this is not an exceptionally heavy beer-consuming nation. Maybe it used to be but, unfortunately, Coca-Cola … Continued