June 28, 2021

How to get to Punta Mita ? (COVID-19 Update)

Punta Mita: Your accessible paradise

Pristine white sandy beaches, crystal turquoise oceans and breathtaking sunsets provide a quick glimpse into the wonders of Punta Mita. This luxurious 1,500-acre private peninsula houses more than 50 multimillion-dollar villas and two five-star hotels. Situated on one of the most exclusive stretches of the Pacific coast, Punta Mita boasts a sunny year-round climate, making it the perfect destination for affluent travelers. The resort magically blends state-of-the-art amenities like infinity pools and lavish golf courses with buildings inspired by traditional indigenous architecture, creating an idyllic dreamlike retreat.

Aside from its undeniable beauty and charm, what really makes this resort stand out is its dynamism. Punta Mita has it all: unspoiled beaches, rainforest excursions, diving and snorkeling spots, surfing, golfing, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, sailing, fine dining and divine spa treatments. So whether you’re a beach lounger, adventure lover, sport enthusiast, thrill seeker or history buff, Punta Mita has you covered!

Luckily, getting to this tropical paradise is fairly straightforward and accessible. The two most popular means of travel, by air and sea, offer regular journeys no matter the season.

Arriving By Air

The majority of travelers choose to arrive in Punta Mita by plane. The closest airports are the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (in Puerto Vallarta, 19 miles away) and Tepic Airport (about 60 miles away). Numerous major airlines fly to these airports and direct flights can be taken from many key cities in both the US and Canada.

Upon arrival at the airport, there are a few options available to cover the remaining route to Punta Mita:

Shuttle
You can reserve a shuttle service that offers both a VIP option (direct transportation exclusively for your party and luggage) and a standard option (shared spacious van for up to ten people and their belongings).

Car Rental
Many visitors opt to rent a car, which is the perfect choice for those wanting more flexibility to explore the local towns and beaches of Riviera Nayarit. The car rental agencies are situated within the airports and the service can be pre-booked or arranged on the spot. Remember to consult your insurance provider for advice about renting a vehicle abroad.

Taxi
There are reliable taxi services available at both airports and in Punta Mita. Local drivers are knowledgeable about the resort and won’t have any difficulty finding your villa. Just remember to agree on a price beforehand as the taxis don’t have meters.


Arriving By Sea

For more adventurous travelers it’s possible to arrive by sea to the large marina in Puerto Vallarta. The coastline here is home to some of the most stunning waters in Mexico and many take the opportunity to explore the curvaceous shores in luxury yachts. This relaxing option is perfect for sailing enthusiasts and those wanting to soak up the beautiful sights. Whatever your reason, there’s no better way to arrive in style!

Once docked in Puerto Vallarta, you will need to travel to reach Punta Mita. This route is most commonly done by taxi, rental car or bus.


Covid-19 Travel Updates - Punta Mita

When planning your trip to Punta Mita please consult your government’s website for specific travel advice as regulations vary from country to country. We also advise you to stay updated on Mexico’s Covid-19 travel restrictions to know what is expected of foreigners entering the country.

Throughout the pandemic, Mexico has kept its borders open to North Americans travelling by air for leisure purposes. Land crossings via the United States border, on the other hand, have been reserved for essential travel only. Although there has been no requirement to quarantine or provide a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival, visitors have been urged to respect social distancing rules and safety measures. This includes regular hand washing, coughing or sneezing into the inner elbow, and airport temperature checks.

It is likely that hotels will continue to operate at a reduced occupancy rate of 50-60%. To ensure the health and safety of guests, hotels and restaurants must abide by the strict sanitation rules set in place by local authorities. Beaches across Mexico are open as normal but encourage social distancing. Personal Villas has put in place robust safety and cleaning protocols to ensure your safety when renting a luxury villa in Punta Mita .

Please note that restrictions surrounding the Coronavirus change frequently and may differ from those stated in this article at time of writing.


What Can You Do In Punta Mita?

Now that you know how to get to Punta Mita, what kind of activities can you expect to find in this tropical retreat? Here is a brief overview of some all-time traveller favorites:

Golfing

Punta Mita is a paradise for golf lovers. The resort is home to two world-famous courses designed by legendary US golfer, Jack Nicklaus. The Bahia, aimed at more experienced players, is a lush green course offering spectacular panoramic views of the shimmering ocean and includes five holes that play right along the coastline.

Opened in 1999, the 200-acre Pacífico course features spacious fairways and ample greens. However, its most distinctive hallmark is the optional par-three 19th hole located on the renowned “Tail of the Whale”, the world’s only natural island green. This hole can only be accessed at low tide, so make sure to plan in advance for this bucket-list experience!

Surfing

Surfing is one of the many water sports available at Punta Mita. The unique geography and diverse array of beaches means the tides cater to all levels of surfers, from the absolute novice to the seasoned expert. La Lancha, for example, is the up-and-coming hub of surf schools and its waters make for easy practice for beginners or those looking to improve their technique. Bahia is one of the most consistent spots in terms of waves and offers a fun challenge for intermediate surfers. With turquoise waters, palm trees and high cliffs, surfing in Punta Mita is a guaranteed pleasure!

Beaches

It goes without saying that Punta Mita is a haven for sun worshippers. The resort is surrounded by flawless pearl-white beaches and sparkling aquamarine waters which manage to maintain everlasting serenity, even during peak season. The tropical climate is perfectly balanced with the gentle sea breeze, allowing for long and comfortable sunbathing sessions. Those looking for a little more action can enjoy an aquatic adventure, such as scuba diving, paddle-boarding or snorkeling. Back on dry land, the beachfront in town is lined with upmarket restaurants so travelers can relish the epic sunsets during a delicious evening meal.

Hiking

Thanks to the region’s incredible topography, holiday-goers can easily embark on fun micro-adventures and immerse themselves in nature by foot. One of the most popular hikes is the Monkey Mountain jungle trail, as it provides an excellent introduction to the local flora and fauna whilst you head to the top of the area’s landmark mountain. Although generally suited for all fitness levels, the few challenging sections make the 360-degree panoramic views at the top even more rewarding.