3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico

It was by accident that we first stumbled upon Punta de Mita, Mexico. We were driving south along the Riviera Nayarit coastline, on the lookout for hidden gems surrounding our temporary home in San Pancho and close to Puerto Vallarta. It was one of those days when we didn’t ask for any advice or directions, but instead just got on our motorcycle and drove, occasionally stopping at sandy strips along the way. At first nothing convinced us to stay for long, but that was only until we arrived at the idyllic beachfront village of Punta de Mita. We took one look at the beach and the fresh pineapple juice vendors before getting off the bike and on the sand, officially trading in our road trip for an extended afternoon siesta.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Punta de Mita Beach


Later when we returned to San Pancho singing praises of the ‘hidden gem’ we had just discovered, we learned that Punta de Mita isn’t exactly the top-secret Mexican destination we thought. Celebrities like Orlando Bloom and Demi Moore have vacationed there, while a handful of chain luxury resorts have set up accommodation nearby. But despite this brush with fame, Punta de Mita still feels like a small, authentic fishing village. And it was this authenticity that sparked our ongoing love affair with the beach town.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Punta de Mita Fisherman


Of course there are plenty of beautiful beaches and sleepy fishing villages around the world. But Punta de Mita boasts a few extra characteristics that are sure to charm. Here are 3 to get you interested—we’ll let you discover the rest for yourself.


3 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Punta de Mita Mexico


1. The Humpback Whales


It was our young Mexican neighbor in San Pancho who first asked us if we were interested in going whale watching nearby. Nearly immediately Dan and I replied in a chorus of ‘Yes!’ and ‘When?’ and ‘Can we go right now?!’ Little did we know that our whale watching expedition would take us back to Punta de Mita, the port for the boats that head out to witness the migrating humpback whales between December and March of each year.

A small group of us piled into a boat and set out. It took only a few moments to see the first massive whales jumping out of the water ahead of us. We stared in awe as the enormous mammals continued to make appearances around us, their deep braying reverberating across the ocean waves.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Humpback Whale

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Humpback Whale

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Humpback Whale Baby


Towards the end of our boating tour, after we had already turned around and started the short ride back to shore, we were putting our cameras away when the boat driver suddenly called out, “Look here!” Sure enough, an entire family of humpback whales (mother, father, and baby) was swimming gracefully alongside our boat. Their sheer size was humbling, as was the fact that they could easily flip our boat with a swish of their tail if they wanted. But the Humpbacks were as gentle as could be, swimming alongside our boat until eventually they decided it was time to continue on their way. It was a moment that we will not soon forget.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Humpback Whale


2. Casa de Mita


After our trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, we had to return to the Riviera Nayarit to catch our flight back to North Carolina. We only had two nights upon our return, but we knew exactly where we wanted to spend them: Punta de Mita. After a bit of research and navigating the myriad of indulgent options available, we decided specifically on Casa de Mita—and we’re so glad we did.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita Beach Chair


Casa de Mita is an elegant beachfront villa with only eight rooms, each uniquely decorated with hand-painted Mexican tiles and custom-carved furniture from various artisan regions around the country. From the outside the hotel is unassuming, but inside no detail has been left unaccounted for. We stayed in the penthouse junior suite, and to say it was magnificent would be a complete understatement. The beddings, the towels, and the robes were ultra-luxurious. The mini-fridge was equipped with top-notch beverages, including beer and wine, restocked each day. And the oversized ceilings and en-suite sitting area ensured the room was spacious and comfortable. But while all these details were appreciated, it was the private, ocean-facing terrace and balcony that left a lasting impression. This served as our ‘office’ for a few days, and I’m quite confident a better writing space does not exist.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita Room

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita


While it was difficult to tear ourselves away from our romantic quarters, we did find time to enjoy the oceanfront pool with swim-up bar. Though Casa de Mita is an all-inclusive, they serve only the highest quality food and beverages. The margaritas were a guilty indulgence of ours, though all the drinks were top-notch.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita Swim Up Bar


Each every one of our meals at Casa de Mita was phenomenal; the extra care that goes into ensuring each individual guest is getting exactly what they want is obvious. And while each meal was memorable, the highlight of our dining experience was the first night’s steak and lobster dinner—not something you’ll find on the menu at every all-inclusive hotel.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita Dinner Table


If you’ve ever wanted to sample a few Mexican tequilas, Casa de Mita has an open tasting room with plenty to choose from. It’s available any time you would like, but certainly the perfect post-dinner nightcap.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita Tequila Tasting Room


Even the most jaded of luxury travelers will find Casa de Mita a special treat, largely in part due to the staff. Many of the staff members have been working at Casa de Mita for over a decade, and their knowledge of the local area and how to pamper the guests is superb. For example: I ordered a set of contact lenses to be delivered to Puerto Vallarta, a large city about an hour away. When we asked the staff for directions on how to arrive at the eyewear store, they wouldn’t tell us. Instead, they insisted that they go pick-up the contacts and deliver them back to the hotel for us so we wouldn’t lose a few hours of precious vacation time running errands. With limited time to enjoy Punta de Mita, we couldn’t have been more grateful for this favor that went above and beyond any service we would have expected.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Casa de Mita Service


3. The Surrounding Area


In addition to the whale watching and luxury accommodation, Punta de Mita’s location is ideal. Whether you just want to relax on the beach or participate in a few nearby adventure activities, there’s a little something for everyone in the area. Here are a few of the major hotspots:


Sayulita: 15 minutes north of Punta de Mita is Sayulita. The town is world-renown for its surfing, but also one of our favorite places for paddle boarding, shopping, bar hopping, and going to the weekly farmer’s market.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Salulita, Mexico


San Pancho: Head another 15 minutes down the road past Sayuilta and you’ll arrive at San Pancho, a place we could see ourselves calling home one day.


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - The Famous Sunsets of San Pancho, Mexico


Puerto Vallarta: About one hour south of Punta de Mita is Puerto Vallarta, a bustling hub for tourists, but also where the international airport is. The drive from the airport takes you along splendid coastline, with great views looking out into the Bay of Banderas.


Marietas Islands: A small group of uninhabited islands only 15 minutes off the coast. These islands boast an abundant amount of marine life, making them a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. You can also find the Blue Footed Booby here, amongst a large array of other birds.


We know we said we would let you discover for yourself all the other reasons to love Punta de Mita and the surrounding area. But, spoiler alert, we can’t resist from giving you a bit of a teaser right now. Think: sea turtle nestings, surf competitions, incredible sunsets, all the guacamole you could possibly consume, indigenous cultures, music/film/arts/tequila festivals, Cirque du Soleil style shows and so, so much more!


3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Punta de Mita, Mexico  - Baby Turtles Head to the Ocean


Which part of Punta de Mita most appeals to you? Have you ever heard of Punta de Mita before?

A huge thank you to Casa de Mita for inviting us into their hotel. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, our own.

Meet: Casey Siemasko

Casey Siemasko is a blogger, content marketer, and co-founder of A Cruising Couple. She has been living and traveling outside of the US full-time since 2011. She finds her life inspiration in exploring the world and seeks to find the magic in the most ordinary of places.


  1. It looks like you had a great time in Punta de Mita. And it sounds great! Would love to go on Whale Watching and see some whales :)
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    • The whales were breathtaking. An amazing experience for sure!

    • A lot of tourists don’t know about Punta de Mita, but it is such a great place!

  2. sounds identical to a beach I went to 2 hours south of Sayulita called Chalacatepec, except Chala hasn’t been developed at all (yet). We went out in a small fishing boat and a whale surfaced not too far from us! There were turtles too. The coast along there must be really similar :)
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    • Wow that sounds like an amazing place! We’ll have to remember it for the next time we get back to that area. Hopefully that will be sooner than later :)

    • Thanks! Sayulita is awesome, but quite touristy now. Punta de Mita feels very sleepy in comparison :) I would say if you want lots of beach bars, nightlife, festivals, etc. then Sayulita is the place to be. But to get away from it all, Punta de Mita. Luckily they are so close (along with San Pancho) it is easy to visit them all!

    • They are such massive, gentle creatures. A great reason to go!

    • Thanks Corinne! Yea it’s nice that you can mix a bit of wildlife with a luxury escape! :)

  3. Fantastic picture of the whales. To see them alone would enough reason to go here.

    Your accommodation looks fabulous too. I don’t think it is a case of why you should go but more reasons why you’d never leave!
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    • I like your title much better! It was definitely difficult to break ourselves away for our flight home!

  4. That sunset and those cute little sea turtles.
    Whales are incredibly impressive, I’ve never seen one in person but I have seen the skeleton in the natural history museum and it’s huge!
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    • Yea it’s amazing just how large – but gentle – they are. Absolutely beautiful creatures.

  5. Wow!!!!!!

  6. This is a real paradise, stunning! I’d go for the sea turtle nesting and the guacamole alone I can never get enough of it and love it :) Watching the whales is something pretty special too that I’d love to experience at some point.
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    • You have no idea how much I miss the guacamole haha!! Hope you guys are doing well!!

  7. We’ve never heard of Punta de Mita but you’ve totally sold it to us. When we do finally get to Mexico, we’ll be sure to check it out. The whale watching sounds fantastic.
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    • Awesome! Yea even though Punta de Mita has attracted a few from the celebrity crowd, it is still very much unheard of otherwise!

  8. Awesome post Casey! Puerto Vallarta was actually the first place Micki and I traveled to together. Of course, that was many years ago when we had first gotten together and lived “regular” lives.

    I can remember we went horseback riding near Sayulita. My horse was so tiny that my feet were dragging to the non stop amusement of the handlers while Micki got the most majestic horse they had. We made quite the pair that day. ;)

    I think we actually went whale watching out of Punta de Mita. Your post brought back memories and makes me think it’s about time we checked out the west coast of Mexico again. Thanks for the post!
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    • That’s so great that Puerto Vallarta was the first place you traveled to together! And I’m so happy we were able to bring back some of those wonderful memories! Hope you get back to Mexico soon- sounds like you deserve another go of horseback riding at Sayulita, too :-)

    • Thanks Mary! This was our first time to see humpback whales and we couldn’t believe how close they would come to us. Truly beautiful creatures.

    • How interesting! Yea we definitely didn’t expect them to be jumping like that! It made for some better photo opps for sure though :)



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