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 Resort will enjoy a number of special holiday season events including:
Christmas Morning – Skydiving Santa and his elves will descend upon the sands of Las Cuevas Beach to celebrate with Resort guests. Children will enjoy a traditional piñata and an abundance of seasonal treats and gifts.
New Year’s Eve – At Las Cuevas Beach, guests can partake in an authentic Mexican village festival, decorated to reflect the magic of charming local villages like nearby Sayulita. The fiesta will feature traditional Mexican art exhibits, live Latin music, dancing, fireworks, and an array of culinary experiences.

2. Beach Clubs

Family Fun Volleyball at Las Cuevas Beach – Photo: Courtesy of the Four Seasons

Residents’ Beach Club

  • When you book a rental in Punta Mita, the owner of the property extends their membership at the Private Residents’ Beach Club to you. The club offers an oceanfront pool, beach chairs, a separate pool for kids and a jungle gym. Special Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve dinner menus.

St. Regis Sea Breeze Beach Club

  • This club is located on a beautiful white sand beach, across from the golf club. There is a large pool, restaurant/bar and lounge chairs. Access is based on availability.

Kupuri Beach Club

  • This recently renovated club is reserved exclusively for guests staying at properties with a Premier Membership. Complete with an adult pool, kids’ pool, restaurant and changing facilities. New Year’s Eve dinner and party.

3. Oceanside golf

Golf at Punta Mita - Photo: Courtesy of Riviera Nayarit
Golf at Punta Mita – Photo: Courtesy of Riviera Nayarit


Golf enthusiasts have two world-famous Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses to choose from at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.

The Bahia course features undulating fairways and greens, while the Pacifico course runs along the seaside with vistas of white-sand beaches and the Sierra Madre Mountains.

If your ball doesn’t fall victim to the ocean, an amphibious cart will escort you to the “Tail of the Whale” – the world’s only natural island green – located in the ocean.


4. Snorkeling at the Marietta Islands

Family Snorkeling - Photo: Peter Vitale/The Four Seasons
Family Snorkeling – Photo: Peter Vitale/The Four Seasons


The Marietta Islands, just a 20-minute boat ride away, are home to over 90 species of aquatic birds – including the rare Blue-footed Booby bird.

The four uninhabited volcanic islands are a protected marine and wildlife sanctuary, recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.

Snorkel in these pristine waters for a chance to see manta rays, eels, octopus, and tropical fish. Swim under the natural rock arch and climb up onto the white sand beach called Playa del Amor.


5. Whale watching

Whale Tail
Whale Tail


Every year between December and April, Humpback whales come to mate and calve in the protected waters of Banderas Bay.

Join one of our captains for a brief 45-minute whale encounter in their calving grounds just off the coast of Punta de Mita.

Or, if you want to spend more time with these gentle giants, consider taking a 3 hour tour with our ocean naturalist – roaming the bay in search of the most exciting and intimate experiences, while listening to whalesong live on a hydrophone system.


6. Deep Sea Fishing

Photo: Courtesy of Riviera Nayarit
Photo: Courtesy of Riviera Nayarit


Some of the best deep-sea fishing in Mexico is located in the Bay of Banderas.

Depending on the time of year, your captain will take you to the hot spots for Mahi-Mahi, Red Snapper, Roosterfish, Sea Bass, Sierra Mackerel, and Tuna.

If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a large Sailfish or Marlin. Two world records have been set in the Bay, one for Wahoo and the other for a Marlin weighing 709 pounds (322 KG).


7. Surfing

Club Punta Mita
Photo: Courtesy Club Punta Mita

Whether you are an experienced surfer or this is your first time on a board, our local guides will find the best breaks suited to your level.

If you are a beginner, we will journey to a sand-bottom break where you will learn the basics on land before hitting the waves.

For those with more experience, a number of rocky reef breaks are accessible either by land or boat. Expect long rides.


8. ATVs

Photo: Courtesy Riviera Nayarit


Leave the beaten path behind. Charge through the jungle and head for the hills on this 2.5 hour ATV tour at Vista Paraiso Ranch.

Accelerate your senses as you speed through the jungle towards the mountaintop. Once there, stop a moment and take in the exceptional ocean views.

You’ll enjoy lots of photo opportunities on this off-road adventure.


9. Private Sailing/Boat Charters

Photo: Courtesy Club Punta Mita
Photo: Courtesy Club Punta Mita

Enjoy a private tour of the Bay of Banderas on a Catamaran/ Ocean cruiser or yacht.

From December to April, enjoy watching whales breaching and dolphins playing in the bay.

Travel to the Marietta Islands to swim and snorkel, or traverse the bay to the funky seaside village of Yelapa or our favorite restaurant, the Ocean Grill – accessible only by boat.


10. Friday night at Casa del Pintor Restaurant with Live Music

Also called Ropi’s, this open-air restaurant at the southern end of town hosts L.A. session musician David Lane Walsh on Friday nights from 7 PM – 10 PM. David is a singer/songwriter with a smooth collection of Latin and Flamenco-infused world beats. Featured menu items include BBQ ribs and chile relleno.

Please contact our concierge guide for more information about these activities, and more, at!

Desiree Bilon
Desiree Bilon is a writer, translator, and a surf tour guide. After traveling and living abroad on four continents she now calls Mexico home.

Desiree occasionally manages to use both of her Master’s degrees: International Relations and Translating/Interpreting. Her writing has appeared in surf and action sport magazines in English, Italian, and Spanish.

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