By Susannah Rigg
This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler.
The gated community of Punta Mita, found in the Bay of Banderas in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, is one of Mexico’s most exclusive and luxurious vacation destinations. World-class hotels and villas, upscale restaurants, cutting-edge spas and two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses attract celebrities, politicians and business people who return year after year. Punta Mita offers a combination of Pacific surf beaches and tranquil bays, as well as hundreds of acres of protected tropical forest, rich with palm trees and native plants, making the destination as beautiful as it is opulent. Residents and guests of Punta Mita have access to four beach clubs, a variety of water sports and cultural activities—all within the gates. Beyond the limits into the wider Punta de Mita area, the luxury continues with great restaurants in Punta de Mita town and stunning hotels tucked away among the trees. It’s an easy 30-minute drive from the airport in Puerto Vallarta, so you can be relaxing in a hammock on the beach in no time.