Location and Directions

Punta Mita is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit at the northern tip of Banderas Bay just a short drive from Puerto Vallarta. Punta Mita is just a few hours by air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Denver and other major cities in the United States. Direct regularly scheduled air service is available from numerous gateways in the U.S. and in Mexico into the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport, located 28 miles southeast of Punta Mita, along a coastal highway.

This stunning 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 Resort and Jack Nicklaus signature golf course opened a few years ago in the master-planned resort and residential community called Punta Mita, it is also attracting the attention of jet setters, celebrities, CEO's and those seeking the good life - many of whom arrive in their own planes.

At the northern entrance to Banderas Bay, the 1600-acre very private and exclusive resort offers 9.5 miles of beach front and uninterrupted views. Other prestigious hotels will open here soon, the beach clubs, villas and services are superb and getting better and better as more high-end boutique hotels and residences come on stream. If you are not a guest of Punta Mita or hold a reservation at one of its restaurants you will not be permitted access to the resort itself, security is top-notch.

Everyone can enjoy the public beach El Anclote; however, this small, Mexican fishing village is now getting a makeover as a result of the recent infusion of sophistication and wealth into the area. There are some really great authentic restaurants to eat at with palapas and lounges on the beach available for your use at no cost. From this beach you can clearly see the nearby Las Marietas islands and arrange sightseeing trips by boat, rent a kayak, catamaran and snorkeling gear, or hire a panga with a guide to take you out whale watching.

  • 25 miles north of the airport
  • Reached by public bus, private car and taxi
  • Small boats can be rented at El Anclote
  • Don't miss the chance to visit the nearby Las Marietas nature reserve, home to the amusing blue-footed bobby

Directions to Punta Mita from Puerto Vallarta Airport

From the Puerto Vallarta airport, the drive should take approximately 30 minutes.

  • Exit the airport and follow the signs for "Tepic" which will take you beneath an overpass, bearing to the left, and heading north.
  • Continue on this main road north, past several small villages.
  • After driving approximately 12 miles, watch for a sign for "Punta Mita" and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle - the turnoff is on the right hand side, and will take you on an overpass above the main road, heading west.
  • Keep driving on this road another 13 miles.
  • Almost at the end of the road to the right are the two entrances to Punta Mita - the first is the main entrance, and the second is the service entrance.
  • You will turn right into the Punta Mita Resort development, and the gate agent will give you futher directions to your destination within Punta Mita.


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