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How about Visiting Mexico for Thanksgiving?

Choosing Mexico: A Thanksgiving Celebration Beyond Borders Despite differing views on North America’s colonization, Thanksgiving’s gratitude message unites people regardless of faith or philosophy. While Mexico lacks its own Thanksgiving holiday, there are numerous reasons to celebrate an unforgettable Thanksgiving south of the border. Read on to see why you should choose Mexico for your … Continued

Los Cabos Art Walk: Unveiling the Best Free Experience

Exploring San Jose del Cabo’s Artistic Charms In the heart of San Jose del Cabo lies a hidden gem for unique cultural experiences. It’s a charming Mexican town with cobblestone streets and adobe houses, adorned by vibrant jacaranda trees. From November to June, Tripwix’s top Mexican Luxury villa rental destination transforms into a captivating Los … Continued

Beers of Mexico

The Connaisseur’s Corner – Beers of Mexico

From Coca-Cola to ice cold beer  Coming from Portugal, I consider Mexico to be a strong beer-swilling nation. Certainly the parties I go to offer endless buckets of ice-cold beer that have no shortage of takers. I was quite surprised, in fact, to learn that this is not an exceptionally heavy beer-consuming nation. Maybe it … Continued

best restaurants in bucerias

Best restaurants in Bucerias – Bahia de Banderas

What do we all look for when taking a vacation –  experiencing interesting places, savouring unusual flavours, meeting new friends and embracing different cultures. And the best way to achieve all these new destination goals is through food. As a local, I’m happy to share my favourite spots and best restaurants in Bucerias, and hope … Continued

Hotel or Villa? Why Not Both?

Revel in the benefits of staying at The 5 Star St. Regis Punta Mita Resort with all the safety, seclusion and comfort of a private villa. Can’t make up your mind between a 5-star hotel experience and the safety and comfort of a private villa rental? Now you don’t have to! As a preferred partner … Continued

Arrive by Private Jet to Enjoy Punta Mita Villas

Tailor-made arrivals for 100% privacy! Enjoy a tailor-made Tripwix experience from start to finish. Contact us today to find out more about our personalized services that include luxury villa rental and private jet transportation.    Imagine arriving by private jet to an exclusive villa that has been selected and inspected by our professional curation team. Upon arrival to the private airstrip, you’ll be whisked away in a luxury car … Continued

Guided Photo Safari – Pacific West Coast, Mexico

Just imagine the scene. You wake up as the butler carries in the freshly-ground coffee you scheduled the night before while a warm breeze caresses your face in sync with the sounds of waves lapping the shore. You hear a commotion outside and rush to your terrace to see what all the fuss is about. … Continued

Saving the Sea Turtles

Saving the Sea Turtles

Saludos! September is the month of Mexican Independence, an event which is celebrated widely and boisterously throughout the country. On Mexican beaches along the Pacific Coast, however, there is another kind of independence ritual going on from June until January – the independence or “liberation” of thousands of baby sea turtles. Our beaches are prime … Continued

Great Ways to Look Younger When Traveling

Looking and feeling great when traveling for leisure is often a given. We tend to get better quality sleep, relax more and have time to attend to those beauty routines that fall to the wayside in our daily lives. Regardless, both men and women can help nature along with some simple tips to look younger … Continued

2019 Punta Mita Beach Festival, Mexico

Each year in August, the exclusive Punta Mita development hosts its celebrated Punta Mita Beach Festival. And 2019 will be no exception! The gated community welcomes families to take part in the most wholesome outdoor event of the year. Kupuri Beach Club Coming up this weekend, August 3rd and 4th, 2019, once again Kupuri Beach … Continued

Punta Mita Treats for the Modern Woman

Treating that special woman in your life comes easy with the help of Punta de Mita Rentals. Whether surprising your wife for your anniversary, your best friend for her birthday, your dear mum for Mother’s Day or a bride-to-be with a hen/bachelorette getaway somewhere special, our local expert and host can help you create an … Continued

How to Embrace, Navigate or Avoid Easter Madness in Mexico

Experience Easter in Mexico Easter in Mexico is an experience you will never forget. For some, it’s a colourful medley of unique cultural experiences or an excuse to party hard. For others, it’s the perfect location to exercise religious beliefs among multitudes of faithful followers in one of the world’s most Catholic countries. However, many … Continued

Luxury Vacations with Kids in Punta de Mita, Mexico

Is there such a thing as luxury vacations when traveling with the youngest members of your family? For many of us, luxury vacations with kids is a contradiction. Understandably, you might well wonder whether it’s worth taking your kids on a 5-star getaway if they are not likely to remember the experience. Here’s what we think about luxury vacations with kids …   Benefits of Taking Your Children on a … Continued

Selene Soucy’s Corazon Sagrado in Punta de Mita

Saying Selene Soucy puts her heart and soul into Corazon Sagrado Boutique in Punta de Mita might seem like a cliché. However, when you see how this Mexican artist, designer and businesswoman inspires others and supports the livelihoods of local artisans while doing what she loves, it’s clear she’s got her heart in the right … Continued

Fairy Tale Destination Weddings in Punta de Mita

So, the search is on for a unique wedding that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime and beyond. A destination wedding in Punta de Mita, Mexico could be just the right answer.   Destination Weddings in Punta de Mita, Mexico Destination weddings have grown in popularity over the last two decades for a variety of reasons. Not least because they are … Continued

Punta de Mita Wellness, Travel and Luxury

For many of us, what we want from a vacation is changing. Or, perhaps, our preferences are coming full circle. Since recreational travel evolved from being a luxury reserved for nobility to becoming a necessity for our sanity in the modern world, the travel industry has seen many developments. In the ’80s, ’90s and early … Continued

A Whale of a Time in Punta de Mita

You’ve guessed it! Whale season is in full swing on Banderas Bay, Mexico! Expect to see one of nature’s greatest shows! This is the time of year when pods of humpback whales and other hefty breeds head south from Alaska in search of warmer waters for feeding, breeding and birthing.     Party Tricks No … Continued

Punta de Mita – Dates for your Diary for 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wondering when the best time to visit Punta de Mita would be this year? Besides the obvious answer (any time!), you might wish to plan your Mexican getaway around some of the main events scheduled for 2019. Don’t worry if you can’t make these dates. Our Punta de Mita Rentals team have … Continued

December – A Punta Mita Christmas

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat.” – English rhyme as sung by Bing Crosby What does that have to do with celebrating the most peaceful time of the year in Mexico, you ask? Well, actually nothing at all, its just that I wanted to … Continued

The Truth About Tequila

In my nine years living and working in Mexico, I have been to more than a few tequila tastings — some a tad more elegant than others. If there was one message I got from all of them, it would have to be that good tequila is for sipping, just like a fine brandy from … Continued

Holidays, Vacations and Thanksgiving – Do you know the difference?

First and foremost, let’s start by wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all our US friends wherever you may be celebrating in the world. Most of you don’t need reminding that the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving in the United States while the second Monday in October is when Canadians celebrate. However, do you know what makes Thanksgiving a … Continued

Punta de Mita Rentals and Tripwix International Rentals

After many years of Punta de Mita Rentals providing elite services for both owners of luxury homes in the area and people looking for a fabulous place to stay in Banderas Bay, in 2015, we decided it was time to also offer these services on an international scale. Thus, Tripwix, an international luxury rental agency … Continued

Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Mexico

Round 8 of Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf

Photo credits: João Peleteiro   Love gourmet cuisine? Love golf? Love both? Head to Mexico this fall for Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf 2018. Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf 2018 Take part in the 8th edition of the leading gourmet and golf event in Punta Mita, Mexico. It’s your chance to indulge in the very best … Continued

Not Mexican Halloween, Day of the Dead!

Mexico’s Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos as it is called in Spanish, is often mistaken for Mexican Halloween by people who’ve not witnessed the celebration firsthand. While death is the central theme and it takes place around the same time of year as Halloween, there are a number of key differences. Geography … Continued

Why You Should Book Well in Advance

“The early bird catches the worm!” This old adage has stood the test of time, and for good reason. When finding the perfect luxury rental to suit your style, dates and budget, booking well ahead of time remains the best advice. Of course, finding an amazing last-minute bargain is always a possibility. But, do you … Continued

Independence, Chiles and El Grito!

September 16th is Independence Day in Mexico, one of the most important national holidays in the country. Contrary to the common misconception amongst foreigners, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day. Celebrations actually begin at night on September 15th with the re-enactment of El Grito and continue well into the early hours … Continued

Luxury Temptations for Gents in Banderas Bay

With Father’s Day just around the corner for many countries around the world, including North America and parts of Europe, we thought it only right to share ways Punta de Mita Rentals could help you spoil that special man in your life. But, let’s not limit pampering Dad to Father’s Day; everyday provides the perfect … Continued

The History of Tequila

If you were to play a word association game and had to think of words connected to Mexico, most probably one of the first words to cross your lips would be “tequila”! Mexico certainly has many fabulous attractions, and tequila is but a drop in the ocean of all the wonderful experiences you can have … Continued

Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos

Even when beach-basking all day long with a cocktail in hand is the full extent of your vacation goals when you visit top Mexico Pacific Coast destinations such as Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, a cultural day or two away from your leisurely poolside routine is highly recommended. While the Mexican Caribbean offers … Continued

Tasty Mexican-Style Tacos

When I tasted this Taco al Pastor, I felt that I needed to share my happiness with someone else. The intense mixture of flavours just ran through my mouth. I could feel the sweet pork meat with pineapple and the coriander hanging around in harmony. This perfect combination made me realize that I must inform … Continued

Sailing on Bandaras Bay

I’ve always loved the notion of sailing (especially sailing away), but severe seasickness has prevented this idea from ever becoming reality. For the past five years, I had outright refused to go aboard a boat, but this year I felt compelled to try again. Equipped with an anti-nausea bracelet, and some ginger candies, I joined … Continued

5 Must-try Mexican Wines

¿Algo de tomar? Something to drink? When we think about drinking in Mexico, we think of Tequila and cervezas – rarely do we consider wine. Mexico was the first country in the New World to make wine in 1524, but it is only in the last couple of decades that Mexican wine production has become … Continued

Mexican Textiles – Quality of Work vs Quality of Life

Walk through any Mexican market, or for that fact, many street markets in the USA, and colorful artesian goods that hail from remote parts of Mexico can generally be found. Typically, embroidered textiles find their way into bags, shirts, skirts, shawls, wraps and even carpets and felt toys.    Street markets have the reputation of … Continued

Friday Nights at Casa del Pintor Restaurant

With Live Music by David Lane Walsh Every Friday night, the sounds of flamenco and classical guitar drift over the bas-relief walls of Casa del Pintor. This open-air restaurant, located on the southern end of Punta de Mita, can bring in quite a crowd – those who come to listen to David Lane Walsh while feasting … Continued

The Best Surfing in Punta de Mita

In and around Punta de Mita, we are fortunate to have fairly consistent waist-to-shoulder high waves throughout the year, on perfect point breaks. The best surf in this area, and just south of here in the Bay of Banderas, takes place during the winter months (December-April). Just north of us, Sayulita also works better during … Continued

6 Sexy Ideas for Valentines Day

6 Sexy Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Mexico

The Pacific Coast of Mexico offers limitless virgin sandy beaches, unforgettable sunsets, and private places just waiting to transport you into romance mood. Whether dining al fresco with a lobster and champagne picnic under the stars or being seduced by the strains of a mariachi serenade in a historic building – the options for expressing … Continued

South Shore Beaches of Puerto Vallarta

Just south of Puerto Vallarta, there are a number of unique playas (beaches) waiting to be discovered. Each one has something distinct to offer – whether it be natural pools, an underwater sanctuary, a rare dining experience, an intimate experience or just time in nature. Playa Conchas Chinas – for proximity Located just minutes south … Continued

5 Reasons to Attend Festival Sayulita 2017

Festival Sayulita, now in its fourth year, will take place February 1-5 in Sayulita, Mexico. It’s not just a film festival, though – it’s a celebration of food, drinks, music, yoga, surfing, and much more. There will be lots of free activities, but also some high-end VIP experiences too. “Every year, the Festival has a … Continued

Happy 2017!

Well, just over a week into the New Year and things look like they’re going to go swimmingly well! The year started on the perfect high note as one of our guests so creatively said “Perfect house, fantastic beach, no alarm clock, no shoes, family all together, perfect weather! Absolute 10!” That’s how the year … Continued

Whale Watching in Punta Mita

Every year, between December and April, humpback whales can be seen in the waters around Punta de Mita. They leave their summer feeding grounds, migrating from Northern California (and even as far as Alaska), swimming hundreds of miles south to mate and give birth in the warm, calm waters of Banderas Bay. Their stays generally … Continued

Punta Mita Jogging / Walking Trail

Punta Mita Jogging / Walking Path

Commune with Nature Along the Punta Mita Jogging / Walking Trail Growing up in England in the 1980’s, I used to take off for an evening jog after school, tightly swathed in plastic dry cleaning bags (this was a quick weight loss fad that appealed to my teenage vanity) underneath shimmering lycra leggings, fluffy ankle … Continued

Top 10 Reasons to Enjoy a Punta Mita Holiday

Make the most of your Punta Mita holiday. To ensure your stay is jam-packed with enjoyment, choose from a wide range of activities available during the holiday season. From off-roading to whale watching, there is something fun for everyone. 1. Special Holiday Celebrations at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Guests of the Four Seasons … Continued

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving…

Help Support our Punta Mita Fundraising Initiatives In 2007, the Fundacion de Punta de Mita was officially established by DINE, the developer of the impressive Punta Mita development (often referred to as “inside the gates”). The idea was to start a non-profit organization which would give back to the local communities surrounding Punta de Mita … Continued

Punta Mita 2016/17 Festive Calendar of Fun!

With 77 degrees, beautiful clear skies, gentle winds blowing and small waves lapping ashore… you have certainly found the perfect place to celebrate your family Christmas or ring in the New Year. There is a lot going on in Punta Mita. Here we have outlined the best of the best so you can plan ahead and make reservations where needed. … Continued

November – Month of Gratitude

Dear friends, November heralds the beginning of the winter season. We have been busy booking homes for the American Thanksgiving holidays, organizing great suppliers of organic, free-range turkeys and having our chefs test pecan pie recipes. Turkeys are available throughout the year here and often eaten with delicious rich mole sauces. We are suggesting some … Continued

Prepare to be Happy… The PuntaTini

This is a drink I first came up with 16 years ago when I first moved to Punta Mita. I had PuntaTini parties and everybody had “a lot of fun”. The brand of vodka can be any as the pineapple flavour overthrows any specific undertones. Lisa’s PuntaTini Ingredients 1 whole pineapple 1 bottle of vodka (maybe more!) 1 litre of … Continued

How Much Should I Tip - Tipping Advice

How Much Should I Tip? | Tipping Advice

Saludos! One Frequently Asked Question I get is “How much should I tip and who should I tip?“ This is a question I am constantly asking wherever I travel. There is nothing like saying a big “Thank you” to the smiling, cheery person who cooked you a beautiful breakfast every day, or the staff member … Continued

Day of the Dead in Mexico

Saludos! As I was cheering and dancing at the last Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Puerto Vallarta’s super fun Zona Romantica, (check for new listings soon in this destination), I could not stop wondering how people in Mexico came to celebrate this date and how a whole pop culture around … Continued

Soothing and Serene San Pancho Beach

If you are wild at heart and can do without the creature comforts of a private beach club, the Riviera Nayarit offers those options, too. Just take a short drive up to the quaint village of San Pancho and settle your towel, umbrella and cooler in a quiet location on the mile-long stretch of soft … Continued

October – Month of Preperation

Saludos! Wherever you live in the Northern Hemisphere, October is a time of preparation. The children are back at school, the bathing suits are packed away and thoughts turn to Thanksgiving turkeys, the perfect festive gifts, party plans and how to stay warm. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere the kids have also returned … Continued

Litibu Grill Restaurant

Local Grilling Haven – the Litibu Grill

Restaurant Review: The Litibu Grill Let’s all go to the Litibu Grill! Often the simple things in life are the best! It’s the perfectly-seared piece of fresh-from-the-ocean tuna, expertly grilled and served with a tangy, subtly-spiced salsa. This is a memory that will stay with you when you are back at home in the depths … Continued

Miguel’s Cappequila Recipe – Capuccino with a Kick!

I suggest that you do not drink this alone, it’s a happy, sociable drink which is best prepared in a jug with the whipped cream or a cream/ ice cream mix added to each individual glass. Miguel’s Cappequila Recipe Serves 4 4 shots espresso coffee 4 shots tequila reposado (Don Julio is my recommendation) 1 tablespoon whipping … Continued

What to Wear in Punta Mita | Packing Advice

Saludos! We are often asked by our guests what they should pack for their vacation to Punta Mita. And how hot does it get? The first thing we say is – “Wear sunscreen!” The temperatures are actually very moderate where we live, ranging from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s from November to April. … Continued

Independence Day in Mexico

Saludos! September is the month of Mexican Independence – an occasion which is celebrated widely and boisterously throughout the country. On September 16, 1810, in Dolores, a beautiful village in Guanajuato state, a progressive priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became the father of Mexican independence with his historic proclamation urging his fellow Mexicans to … Continued

Miguel's Smoky Sangrita

Miguel’s Smoky Sangrita Recipe

Sangrita compliments tequila when sipped alternately – it makes for a wonderful balance of fresh and fruity flavours with strong and fiery ones. Sangrita by itself does not have any alcohol content. There are many recipes for Sangrita, but most of them contain these main ingredients: tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice and pepper sauce. … Continued

Sunny, Sultry Sayulita!

Saludos! I am still in vacation mode down here. July was definitely kick-back-and-have-fun. But, really, why shouldn’t August be the same? Long, hot days, cooling breezes, plenty of ocean and water sports to enjoy…the vacation is just continuing. The kids don’t have to be back at school until the end of the month, so more … Continued

Verdant Viper Cocktail

Verdant Viper Cocktail

Watch out for this one! The Verdant Viper Cocktail is one of those innocuous, healthy-looking drinks that will knock you on your… bottom! It does, however, contain lots of vitamins and goodness – so several are recommended to get the full effect! Verdant Viper Cocktail Makes 1 jug. Serves 4 1 litre of fresh pineapple … Continued

Best Sayulita Beaches

Sayulita Beaches for Swimming, Surf and Fun in the Sun

If you’re into a genuine, toes-in-the-sand beach vacation, sunny Sayulita ticks all the boxes. This seaside surfing Mecca is renowned for its beaches and its consistent river-mouth surf break. This brief guide will introduce you to some of the most popular and lesser-known beaches in and around Sayulita. Sayulita Beach One of the biggest draws … Continued

The Huichol of Jalisco and Nayarit

I find the ancient Huichol people to be most fascinating. I have marveled at their incredible handiwork for many years, trying to understand how spirit forms are represented by what they create. I have traveled extensively and have always been drawn to explore the history and native peoples of the countries I visit. We all … Continued

Sayulita Breakfast

Stop by Chocobanana for a Tasty Sayulita Breakfast!

Not all of our guests are staying in and around Punta Mita, many are up in Sayulita enjoying the exclusive enclave of Punta Sayulita with its own private beach club, or staying in homes situated on the magnificent San Pancho Beach. But wherever you are staying while on vacation, at some point I bet you’ll … Continued

Punta Sayulita Blog

What makes Punta Sayulita so special?

Punta Sayulita – an Eco-friendly, Jungle Fantasyland Peace, tranquility, and exclusivity are all yours in this beautiful gated development covering a breathtaking 33-acre, oceanfront peninsula. At Punta Sayulita, Hawaii-based architect Mark de Reus has created a special space that simulates an Old-world Pacific (as in the entire Pacific basin) fishing village with the central meeting … Continued

Punta Mita Beach Newsletter

Beat the heat… Beat it to the Beach

Hola Amigos! I do not care where you are in the world, if you were born and raised in the Northern Hemisphere you will always equate July with summer. This is the month you were meant to be by a body of water enjoying long, sunny days of laziness, water sports, beachcombing, suntans and tropical … Continued

Call our Concierge for Surf Lessons in Punta Mita

Let’s go surfin’ now

Super chic images of 1960’s California dudes and babes came to mind when I first thought about taking surf lessons in Punta Mita. I had lived here for several years but couldn’t tear myself away from the golf course long enough to indulge in other sports. Yes, I loved the ocean and swam daily but … Continued

Litibu Beaches

Litibu Beaches for Sensational Seaside Satisfaction

The Riviera Nayarit offers many fabulous beaches where you can surf, swim and snorkel. Or just sit back, relax, catch a few rays and people watch. Two of my favorite Litibu beaches are the incredibly beautiful stretches of miles-long golden sand located on nearby Litibu Bay. Kupuri Beach This beach is one of the best … Continued

Punta Mita Pina Colada

Punta Mita Pina Colada

The quintessential beach cocktail made with ingredients that are literally falling off the trees here. Punta Mita Pina Colada Basic (skinny) recipe – Ingredients 1 1/2 oz Light or gold rum 2 oz Coconut milk or cream of coconut 2 oz Fresh Pineapple juice The fuller bodied version can include: 1/2 oz heavy whipping cream … Continued

A Guide to Coconut Food Products

Going Loco for the Coco!

Coconuts are clearly a handy, easily accessible ingredient around here and deliver quite a few useful options: coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream, cream of coconut, coconut oil etc. The potential for coconut food products are endless. Looking at a coconut, it’s hard to figure out how that hairy brown bowling ball makes its way into … Continued

Savouring the Flavours of Mexico

Hola Amigos! June – some say we experience “June gloom”. A few little rain showers may pass by, but it’s hardly gloomy. In fact, it’s absolutely beautiful! June is one of the quieter months on the Punta Mita area calendar. For much of the month, school will still be in session in the USA. So, it’s … Continued

Celebrate Summer at the Punta Mita Beach Festival!

Here in Punta Mita, we have no shortage of fun events going on throughout the year. Usually, they include a first-class food, wine and beverage aspect – which could be one reason why I am always at the forefront to participate! When things start to heat up here, the locals head for the beach! Lucky … Continued

Carolina St Regis Punta Mita

Fine Dining at the St Regis Punta Mita

Nothing Could be Finer than to Eat at Carolina! Looking for a great place to go for a “date” night? A place where you can dress up, your loved one can put on heels and you can be treated like kings? Carolina, located at the St. Regis Punta Mita Hotel, is a three-diamond award-winning restaurant. … Continued

Mexican White Wine

Ah! What could be better than a frosty glass of white wine at sunset on a hot day? A frosty glass of white wine at sunset on the beautiful tropical beaches of the Riviera Nayarit! Directions Find a great bottle of your favourite Mexican white. Put it in the fridge to chill. When it reaches between … Continued

Mexican Wine – The Forgotten Libation

When you think about Mexico’s heritage, it makes sense that wine would be as popular here as it has been for centuries in Europe. When the first Spanish settlers came to New Spain in the 16th century, they brought vines from Europe with them. Even before the Spanish conquest, Mexico had its own indigenous grapes. … Continued

Punta Mita Breakfast

Naef Cuisine Café & Deli, Punta Mita

Naef Cuisine has more choices for your Punta Mita Breakfast Naef Cuisine is the brainchild of two very amiable brothers, Mathiew and Pierre. They hail from Switzerland but have been in the Punta Mita area for many years now. The Swiss seem to have a knack for all things dairy and these two are certainly … Continued

Punta Mita Rentals – The Year in Review

Dear Friends, This month marks the departure of the majority of our “snowbird” friends. Many of the local residents who call Punta Mita home for the winter season head back to their other homes to beat the heat. Those of us who stay behind can now relax a little. Suddenly, we find we have some … Continued

Restaurant Week 2016 In Punta Mita

If you are looking for an excuse to get away from your humdrum reality, here is a good one. For some eleven years now, around the middle of May, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group promotes a two-week food fest called Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week features some of the finest restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera … Continued

Ferias de San Isidro – Rodeo, Mexican-Style

Forget Cinco de mayo, the real May fiestas around here are the rodeo events at the Ferias de San Isidro. This patron Saint is known for protecting many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, the most famous being the capital city of Madrid, but more locally, the nearby village of Higuera Blanca. Last month, I was … Continued

End-of-Season Event at Vista Paraiso Ranch

Special Event at Vista Paraiso Ranch in Higuera Blanca

Hola Amigos! This month, I want to bring your attention to a wonderful party that is about to happen on the 23rd of April! The event is the fabulous End-of-Season Party and the venue is my beloved Vista Paraiso Ranch in Higuera Blanca. The first week I moved to this spectacular area eight years ago, I … Continued

Mezcaltini Cocktail

Delicious Mezcal Cocktail Recipes: Miguel’s Mezcaltini

My recipe for the month of April is one of my favorite Mezcal cocktail recipes: the marvelous, smoking hot, kicks-like-a-mule, Mezcaltini! I first met this spirit on a trip to Oaxaca in the south of Mexico, where it hails from. Mezcal is definitely an acquired taste. It has been described as having a nose akin … Continued

Girls on Horseback at Vista Paraiso Ranch

Visit Vista Paraiso Ranch for an Unforgettable Outdoor Adventure

Vista Paraiso Ranch is a lovely, authentic ranch nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. Open daily, this 500-hectare ranch boasts miles of trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and ATV adventures. Here, you sense the peace, tranquility and calmness of the natural surroundings. This is a wonderful venue to spend a few hours or … Continued

Andrew Ormsby catering services in Punta Mita

Ormsby Catering: First-Class Food for Fabulous Festivities

The world is a very small place, indeed… Some 16 years ago in Dallas, where I used to reside, I was introduced to a new chef who was making quite a name for himself. It was in a super-funky restaurant in a cool, then off-the-beaten-track part of town called Deep Ellum. The restaurant was named … Continued

March Madness

This month, I am on a diet… which means no alcohol. So, I think I will cancel the newsletter! Dieting is actually pretty miserable, especially when you live in a place where everybody else is on Vacation and off THEIR diets. Luckily, this month is so incredibly busy that I hardly have time to eat … Continued

Tequila Tales

Maybe it is an age old question or maybe it is something that is only discussed amongst my “bon vivant” friends. Have you ever asked yourself which comes first… “being mad for tequila” or “tequila making you mad”? This is where you have to understand the nuances of language. (Coming from Portugal, who am I … Continued

Hotel Casa de Mita Restaurant

March 2016 Restaurant Review What makes travel so exciting? The new experiences, the local people you meet whilst away, the unfamiliar, embracing new traditions, learning a smattering of another language. There are many reasons we yearn to get away from our own homes. Hotel Casa de Mita, to me, is like taking a trip to … Continued

The Marvelous Margarita

Our visitors from other parts have a tendency to want to shoot tequila… now this is madness in any language! A better option is to drink a Margarita – the wonderful limey, tangy, cold, refreshing cocktail synonymous with Mexico. But don’t be fooled! The strong taste of the tequila may be disguised, but a good … Continued

Letter from Luis

Dear Friends, As you know, I am always looking for better ways to serve my clients and keep building my business services. I love what I do and hope I am bringing the very best assistance I can to all of my valued clients. The rental market this season has been incredible and it seems … Continued

Suffering from Post-Party Depression? Read This!

February…the hangover month! I always think of it that way as it’s often cold, bleak and miserable outside…unless, of course, you live in the Punta Mita area where the climate is absolutely perfect! Clear blue skies, low humidity, gentle breezes, daytime temps around 78 degrees, swaying palms, waves that are perfect for swimming, surfing, snorkeling…anyway, … Continued

RECIPE: Michelada

A Michelada is a cerveza preparada — Spanish for “beer with some other business going on” — with a hazy past. One legend tells of General Don Augusto Michel, who roused his troops for the 1910 Mexican Revolution by fortifying their beers with lime and hot sauce. A less epic tale credits Michel Ésper, a … Continued

From Punta Mita with Love

One reason you might want to give me a call and book a week in the sun is to bring your loved one away for some reconnecting, relaxation and well…love. Isn’t that also what February is famous for…Valentine’s Day or El Día del Amor y la Amistad? Since pre-Columbian times, Mexicans regard friendship very highly, considering … Continued

Lupita Flores

Rosa Mexicano

February 2016 Restaurant Review People are always asking me for restaurant recommendations. Maybe because I am always waxing lyrical about food, or because I take hundreds of photos of food (I have photographic documentation of just about every calorie consumed in Peru last year) and because I like to cook. It is, however, a dangerous … Continued

New Punta Mita Property Management Service

Many of my friends and a number of local property owners ask me to manage their properties.  I take this as a compliment, but my expertise lies in the “hospitality” side of the luxury rental business. I believe we all have different strengths.  Mine is helping my clients find the perfect home, chef, activity etc. and … Continued

Champagne Cocktail

Come to Punta Mita – The Land of Champagne Problems

Happy New Year to All! It’s one of those phrases I never get tired of hearing or saying. The ultimate new beginning, a fresh start every 12 months, time again to re-enter the diet, the detox, all the great resolutions that we so resolutely give up on over the course of the next few months…the … Continued

Ocean Grill Vallarta Restaurant: Live, Love, Grill.

Restaurant Review: The Ocean Grill Restaurant Location! Location! Location! It’s the key phrase in real estate. Does it apply to restaurants, too? Most would say the best business will be had on the main drag: it’s easy to get to, the locations are good, there’s ample parking, street visibility…etc. Well, here in Mexico things are … Continued

Adventures in Golf

In his last newsletter Miguel alluded to the fact that he had a new passion…golf. He also has several other passions, the sports amongst them being fast-paced, strenuous and energy consuming. Golf is none of these. It has taken me several years to convince Miguel that he is extremely privileged to be a member of … Continued

Champagne “Sparkler” Cocktail

We all start the New Year with plenty of “Sparkle”. But, by mid-month, we start to “fizzle out” a little. I’ve always found a “hair of the dog” to be the best path back to sizzle and sparkle. The shot of tequila that is added to the champagne is guaranteed to chase away any January … Continued

Punta Mita – What could be sweet-ah?

Many of you are familiar with who we are; old friends, returning clients, colleagues and acquaintances from prior visits to Punta Mita and Sayulita. I feel we have grown sufficiently in the past year to warrant a regular update on what we are doing here at PuntaMita-Rentals.  I will endeavor to bring you a monthly … Continued

Punta Mita Golf and Gourmet 2016

Our next big event, the 6th annual Punta Mita Golf and Gourmet runs from January 28th to the 31st, 2016. Almost 20 renowned chefs from around the world come to the event to promote their best recipes and adapt their styles using our freshest, most fabulous local ingredients. You have a unique opportunity to play our 2 … Continued

Ponche: the perfect potion to spread holiday cheer

Mexican Christmas Punch We all remember the “pot luck” punches of college days. Well, the traditional Christmas libation of choice in Mexico is ponche, a warm, tropical fruit punch. Its preparation is taken much more seriously in these parts than the concoctions we’d throw together back then. Families throughout Mexico have their own guarded recipes … Continued