Punta Mita’s Active Pursuits
Considered one of the world’s best spots for year-round surfing, five distinct breaks give all levels of surfers the opportunity to catch a wave. Because access to several breaks is only by boat, these are blissfully uncrowded. Year-round, the peninsula’s warm ocean waters are calm enough for swimming, standup paddle-boarding, and kayaking, while seasonal breezes create compelling kite-surfing conditions. About a year ago we opened “ El Surf Club “ on La Lancha beach which was without doubt a game changer for the destination which the recent sell out The Surf Residences attests to. I personally tried to revive my surfing career however felt a little bottom back pains so decided to stick with my golf and 5K every day duo !
The depth and calmness of Banderas Bay make it one of the best locations in the world for sportfishing and spearfishing, with regular catches including swordfish, marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, grouper and snapper. Punta Mita’s pier provides easy access to the bay and surrounding waters – and my friends and I love hanging out on its floating dock on a sunny day, where the sea breezes – or a jump in the ocean – will quickly cool you off.
Golf is my passion today ………….the beauty of the two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses in Punta Mita makes it without doubt one of the most sought after golf destinations. Over the years we have created a number of wonderful Golf events none more special then the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf which recently celebrated its 10th Edition …………………..other include our Pacific Cups , Food Wine & Golf , Golf Kitchen and many more. Having Mexicos 2 leading players as Punta Mita Ambassadors speaks of the prestige the brand has today . Gaby Lopez & Abraham Ancer carry the Punta Mita brand on their bags today. I have had the chance to meet so many wonderful golfers in the decade in Punta Mita – my dear friend Lorena Ochoa , the Walrus Craig Stadler, Carlos Ortiz PGA winner , his brother Alvaro, Johnny Miller, Rich Beem, Corey Pavin , Natalie Glublis and more.
When Nicklaus set out to design the first golf course in Punta Mita, the direction he was given was to make the most spectacular course possible – with no real restriction on the use of land. The resulting Signature Pacifico course has eight holes directly facing or playing alongside the Pacific Ocean, and water views from every hole on the course – along with its main attraction: the world’s only natural island golf green.
“3B at Punta Mita” is what Nicklaus replied when asked by reporter Rick Reilly what the best hole he ever designed was. (Sports Illustrated, May 4, 2003). An inspired design by golf’s most legendary champion, I heard Nicklaus himself tell the story of how it came to be: after Pacifico’s design was already complete, he was having lunch with Punta Mita’s executive team at the Residents’ Beach Club and found himself looking out to the island. He asked them: “Can we put an extra hole on that island?” The response was ‘absolutely’, and the hole he nicknamed the “Tail of the Whale” was conceived – and added.
Bahía, Nicklaus’ second Signature course in Punta Mita, has five ocean-view holes and offers a complementary experience to its sister course with rolling terrain and complex, undulating greens. It gives golfers more of a challenge – or, as Jack said, “it adds a little spice”. Nicklaus was the honored guest for the course’s inauguration in November 2009 – on a spectacular day in which Punta Mita’s residents followed along as he and his sons golfed Bahía, detailing their playing strategy while doing so.
Beyond golf and watersports, there are many more ways to play in Punta Mita. The Punta Mita Tennis Center, managed by Peter Burwash International (PBI), has been named “One of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the World”. Pickleball has recently made a splash in Punta Mita, with a devoted group of residents organizing regular play and tournaments over the winter months. Nearby, an equestrian center provides Punta Mita residents with a place to ride, train, and stable their horses.
Our community of bird-watchers have identified 92 species of migratory and native birds around the peninsula. The most notable is the blue-footed booby bird, rare to spot in the world, but abundant in their home on the Marietas Islands, situated just offshore of Punta Mita. The only other place in the world you’ll see one is in the Galapagos Islands.