Subregion: Punta de Mita
If you’ve ever explored a map of Banderas Bay, chances are you’ve identified Punta de Mita, Nayarit as the uppermost tip of the bay. This dramatically pretty peninsula with absolutely exquisite beaches and sweeping views of both the bay and open water has always been a popular weekend escape from Puerto Vallarta. But since the Four Seasons and St. Regis resorts opened a few years ago in the adjacent master-planned resort and residential community called Punta Mita, it is also attracting the attention of jet setters and those seeking the good life—many of whom arrive in their own planes. Next to Punta Mita, two contiguous villages, Emiliano Zapata y El Coral del Risco (also known as El Anclote), serve as contrast, with their traditional Mexican feel.
Punta de Mita is the northwesterly point of Banderas Bay, jutting out from the mainland as a peninsula that nearly becomes an island. Just off of its shores are the islands of Las Marietas, that are a recognized as a national park and bird sanctuary. One of the islands has the famous hidden beach that has become world-famous and is recognized as one of the prettiest beaches in the world. Most of the peninsula is taken up by the development of Punta Mita and is only access from the small towns of Zapata and El Coral.