If you’ve ever explored a map of Banderas Bay, chances are you’ve identified Punta de Mita 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, three contiguous villages, Emiliano Zapata, Corral del Risco and El Anclote serve as contrast, with their traditional Mexican feel.
The interesting tidbit is how Mita got its name. It comes from the town of Emiliano Zapata, the first actual town in this region, and it’s just a shortened version of its name. I guess people got tired of the seven syllable version of the name and cut it down to just two and came up with “Mita”.
Driving to El Anclote from Puerto Vallarta takes approximately an hour along Carr. 200 Norte, taking the Punta de Mita/La Cruz exit right after Bucerias. Public transportation is also available from Walmart across from the Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal.
Neighborhoods & Neighboring Regions
The largest town of any consequence south of Punta de Mita is La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Northbound, the road through Litibú provides easy access to Sayulita and San Pancho.
Punta Mita Area Photos
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