Author: Miguel Carvalho

Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Mexico

Round 8 of Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf

Photo credits: João Peleteiro   Love gourmet cuisine? Love golf? Love both? Head to Mexico this fall for Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf 2018. Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf 2018 Take part in the 8th edition of the leading gourmet and golf event in Punta Mita, Mexico. It’s your chance to indulge in the very best … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. The potential for coconut food products are endless. Looking at a coconut, it’s hard to figure out how that hairy brown bowling ball makes its way into … 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

Restaurant Week 2016 In Punta Mita

If you are looking for an excuse to get away from your humdrum reality, here is a good one. For some eleven years now, around the middle of May, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group promotes a two-week food fest called Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week features some of the finest restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera … Continued

Ferias de San Isidro – Rodeo, Mexican-Style

Forget Cinco de mayo, the real May fiestas around here are the rodeo events at the Ferias de San Isidro. This patron Saint is known for protecting many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, the most famous being the capital city of Madrid, but more locally, the nearby village of Higuera Blanca. Last month, I was … Continued

End-of-Season Event at Vista Paraiso Ranch

Special Event at Vista Paraiso Ranch in Higuera Blanca

Hola Amigos! This month, I want to bring your attention to a wonderful party that is about to happen on the 23rd of April! The event is the fabulous End-of-Season Party and the venue is my beloved Vista Paraiso Ranch in Higuera Blanca. The first week I moved to this spectacular area eight years ago, I … Continued

Mezcaltini Cocktail

Delicious Mezcal Cocktail Recipes: Miguel’s Mezcaltini

My recipe for the month of April is one of my favorite Mezcal cocktail recipes: the marvelous, smoking hot, kicks-like-a-mule, Mezcaltini! I first met this spirit on a trip to Oaxaca in the south of Mexico, where it hails from. Mezcal is definitely an acquired taste. It has been described as having a nose akin … Continued

March Madness

This month, I am on a diet… which means no alcohol. So, I think I will cancel the newsletter! Dieting is actually pretty miserable, especially when you live in a place where everybody else is on Vacation and off THEIR diets. Luckily, this month is so incredibly busy that I hardly have time to eat … Continued

Tequila Tales

Maybe it is an age old question or maybe it is something that is only discussed amongst my “bon vivant” friends. Have you ever asked yourself which comes first… “being mad for tequila” or “tequila making you mad”? This is where you have to understand the nuances of language. (Coming from Portugal, who am I … Continued

Hotel Casa de Mita Restaurant

March 2016 Restaurant Review What makes travel so exciting? The new experiences, the local people you meet whilst away, the unfamiliar, embracing new traditions, learning a smattering of another language. There are many reasons we yearn to get away from our own homes. Hotel Casa de Mita, to me, is like taking a trip to … Continued

The Marvelous Margarita

Our visitors from other parts have a tendency to want to shoot tequila… now this is madness in any language! A better option is to drink a Margarita – the wonderful limey, tangy, cold, refreshing cocktail synonymous with Mexico. But don’t be fooled! The strong taste of the tequila may be disguised, but a good … Continued

Suffering from Post-Party Depression? Read This!

February…the hangover month! I always think of it that way as it’s often cold, bleak and miserable outside…unless, of course, you live in the Punta Mita area where the climate is absolutely perfect! Clear blue skies, low humidity, gentle breezes, daytime temps around 78 degrees, swaying palms, waves that are perfect for swimming, surfing, snorkeling…anyway, … Continued

RECIPE: Michelada

A Michelada is a cerveza preparada — Spanish for “beer with some other business going on” — with a hazy past. One legend tells of General Don Augusto Michel, who roused his troops for the 1910 Mexican Revolution by fortifying their beers with lime and hot sauce. A less epic tale credits Michel Ésper, a … Continued

From Punta Mita with Love

One reason you might want to give me a call and book a week in the sun is to bring your loved one away for some reconnecting, relaxation and well…love. Isn’t that also what February is famous for…Valentine’s Day or El Día del Amor y la Amistad? Since pre-Columbian times, Mexicans regard friendship very highly, considering … Continued

Lupita Flores

Rosa Mexicano

February 2016 Restaurant Review People are always asking me for restaurant recommendations. Maybe because I am always waxing lyrical about food, or because I take hundreds of photos of food (I have photographic documentation of just about every calorie consumed in Peru last year) and because I like to cook. It is, however, a dangerous … Continued

New Punta Mita Property Management Service

Many of my friends and a number of local property owners ask me to manage their properties.  I take this as a compliment, but my expertise lies in the “hospitality” side of the luxury rental business. I believe we all have different strengths.  Mine is helping my clients find the perfect home, chef, activity etc. and … Continued

Champagne Cocktail

Come to Punta Mita – The Land of Champagne Problems

Happy New Year to All! It’s one of those phrases I never get tired of hearing or saying. The ultimate new beginning, a fresh start every 12 months, time again to re-enter the diet, the detox, all the great resolutions that we so resolutely give up on over the course of the next few months…the … Continued

Ocean Grill Vallarta Restaurant: Live, Love, Grill.

Restaurant Review: The Ocean Grill Restaurant Location! Location! Location! It’s the key phrase in real estate. Does it apply to restaurants, too? Most would say the best business will be had on the main drag: it’s easy to get to, the locations are good, there’s ample parking, street visibility…etc. Well, here in Mexico things are … Continued

Champagne “Sparkler” Cocktail

We all start the New Year with plenty of “Sparkle”. But, by mid-month, we start to “fizzle out” a little. I’ve always found a “hair of the dog” to be the best path back to sizzle and sparkle. The shot of tequila that is added to the champagne is guaranteed to chase away any January … Continued

Punta Mita – What could be sweet-ah?

Many of you are familiar with who we are; old friends, returning clients, colleagues and acquaintances from prior visits to Punta Mita and Sayulita. I feel we have grown sufficiently in the past year to warrant a regular update on what we are doing here at PuntaMita-Rentals.  I will endeavor to bring you a monthly … Continued

Punta Mita Golf and Gourmet 2016

Our next big event, the 6th annual Punta Mita Golf and Gourmet runs from January 28th to the 31st, 2016. Almost 20 renowned chefs from around the world come to the event to promote their best recipes and adapt their styles using our freshest, most fabulous local ingredients. You have a unique opportunity to play our 2 … Continued