With its whitish rocks, its stony reefs and sheer outcrops, the Marietas Islands ensure that the traveller will live a spectacular adventure while visiting mysterious caverns and gloomy cliffs, performing immersions in clear waters and having many close encounters with a great variety of wildlife.
While diving in the waters that surround the Marietas, you will discover some strange lava patterns and submarine cavities. An isolated place is located within these islands, whose entrance can only be accomplished by the most daring sportsmen. The so called Playa del Amor or Love Beach remains only accessible by swimming or diving through a cave that is also the dwelling place for hundreds of sea birds.
Every year, between December and March, groups of Humpback Whales arrive to the neighbouring areas of the Islands to mate or to give birth to their siblings among its warm waters. Most of the time the cetaceans keep themselves out of view while being underwater, but as the small calves are born, their caring mothers will rise more frequently to the surface of the water.
It is a formidable sight which can be beheld within a very close range. To achieve this, it will be necessary to board any of the many motorboats which come near to the rocky outcrops known as El Morro and Corbeteña, located at 18 kilometres to the West of the Islands.
The Archipelago of the Marietas, considered as a National Ecological Reserve, is composed by the islands of La Redonda, 54 metres high and with an approximate length of one kilometre, and the Larga, with its 43 metres of height and more than one kilometre long.
The archipelago is located at ten kilometres distance from Punta Mita. During the trip, the boat is usually escorted by packs of curious dolphins and turtles.
-Rincón de Guayabitos, is a beautiful inlet, caressed by the soft rocking fluttering of the waves. It is entitled as 'the largest swimming pool of the world', for in its waters the visitor will be able to swim with an absolute confidence, along with the possibility of practicing many other water sports, as sailing on boats with transparent bottoms in the search of some untouched beaches, and diving beneath crystal clear waters strewn with colourful and lively species.
The area has a modern infrastructure for hosting tourists, with magnificent hotels, exclusive shopping centres and a great variety of restaurants, all of which had been designed to allow the guest to make the best out of his vacations. Besides all these commodities, in Rincón de Guayabitos the traveller can rest at ease, leaving all of his daily worries behind while stretching upon the golden sands or while being a privileged witness to some spectacular sunsets, which will make him grab the notion that only nature is capable of bestowing men with such a wonderful spectacle.
During your stay, take a moment to make a visit to the Lagoons of San Pedro Lagunillas and Tepetiltic. And if your stay happens to be during November, you could be a privileged witness to the Fly In, an airborne festival in which participate pilots from the United States and Mexico.
To come to Rincón de Guayabitos you must take the Roadway 200.
its golden sandy beaches are, as many
people is willing to sustain, the most beautiful of its kind all
around Mexico, it may be due to the fact that its transparent waters
are like an open window within which is possible to unravel some
of the mysteries of the submarine world, or it may also be due to
its challenging waves or even to the richness that are treasured
by its waters.
The beaches of Punta Mita are filled with many tempting marvels for the traveller to see. It is not only a matter of laying on the sand or bathing in its warm waters, it is also the possibility of submerging into them and getting overwhelmed by its coral reefs and the abundant animal wildlife of the Pacific Ocean, notwithstanding the possibility of suddenly becoming facing an impassive turtle or ray.
A delicious adventure not only for those diving and snorkel lovers, but for all those who share a passion for nature.
Another interesting alternative is to climb on a boat and sail to the nearby islets, which are populated by thousands of sea birds. In this islets it will be possible to practise sport fishing and, on a lucky day, to capture some of the magnificent specimens of sail fishes, dorados, marlins or robalos.
But the options do not end there. From December to March the visitor will be allowed to watch the whales from the shores (if he is lucky), but if you do not want to be in the hands of fortune and are aiming to ensure a close encounter, then take one of the many tourist vessels that make to sea every day and you will greatly improve your odds in that matter.
And if by any chance you are one of those fans of water sports, in Punta Mita you will be able to practise all year long some activities as bodysurf (sliding freely among the waves without any gear) or to climb on one of those boogie boards (small surfing boards), among many other adrenaline rising activities.
The story tells that some fishermen of the zone were committed to retrieving seashells from the bottom of the sea during ancient times, which they then employed as exchange currency with the neighbouring communities, thus establishing a commercial network that reached as far as Ecuador, the South American country which in turn provided them with turquoise stones.
Punta Mita has achieved a great deal of tourist development, with luxury hotels, condos, apartments, golf clubs, restaurants and exclusive shops. It is located 22 kilometres to the West of Bucerias. To reach Punta Mita from Nuevo Vallarta you have to drive through the Roadway 200.