Punta Mita courses combine mountains, tropical forests and beaches with masterful course design. // © 2011 Mexico Tourist Board
The up-and-coming destination of Riviera Nayarit, which stretches along 192 miles of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, is a good choice for a group of guys looking to enjoy a “mancation.” With the wild success of the girlfriend getaway concept, a similar marketing effort targeting males is in full swing. While most girlfriend getaways focus on sophisticated pursuits such as enjoying spa treatments or sipping cocktails by the pool, a mancation encourages grown men to embrace some of the simple things that they might have done as boys, from fishing to zipping around on ATVs. Ideal for most men is an active day spent outdoors that ends with the group enjoying a high-end resort’s comfort and great dining options.
Riviera Nayarit has signature golf courses, surf towns, ATVs, ziplining, hiking and biking trails, tequila tours, marinas and big game, deep-sea fishing – making the destination a perfect guys’ getaway.
Riviera Nayarit is easily accessible via the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. It’s also a relatively safe destination in Mexico. For clients looking for an added measure of peace of mind, suggest they book a resort in Punta Mita, a peninsula of land that has an even greater degree of security.
Guys will find a diverse selection of accommodation styles to choose from, ranging from small hotels and B&Bs to world renowned luxury hotel brands such as St. Regis and Four Seasons. There’s a similar range of dining options, from beach shacks serving up a mean fish taco to five-diamond restaurants. There are also a string of lively bars in such towns as Bucerias, Sayulita and Rincon de Guayabitos.
Riviera Nayarit Activities
Riviera Nayarit has high-quality point surf and reef breaks that provide variety as well as a premier experience for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Seven different breaks circle the Punta Mita southern peninsula, from Anclote to Sayulita, providing surfers with the options of zippy reefs, perfect point breaks and fun beach breaks. Other breaks line the coastline north to Chacala and San Blas. Traditional shortboard as well as longboard and stand-up paddleboard surfing are all available at reasonable rates, with the additional option of signing up for lessons.
If your clients are looking for a thrill, point them toward Canopy Adventure Park. There, they can zipline across the jungle canopy from treetop to treetop. The half-day adventure combines short hikes on jungle paths with ziplining experiences overseen by trained guides utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.
Mexico’s Pacific Coast has long been a mecca for sports fisherman, from Los Cabos to Acapulco. In the last decade, Riviera Nayarit has begun to establish itself as a major deep sea fishing destination, with world class catches of blue and black marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, Wahoo and Dorado. Fishing boats from can be rented by the hour or for half or full days. Sport fishing charters throughout the region, including Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz, Punta Mita, Sayulita, San Francisco and Lo de Marcos. In addition to an extensive fishing fleet available for charter, Riviera Nayarit hosts the International Marlin & Tuna Fishing Tournament each year in July.
Riviera Nayarit has become known as a premier golfing destination in Mexico and is one of the preferred destinations for golfers from around the world. The secret to these courses’ success resides in the combination of magnificent surroundings including mountains, tropical forests and beaches, with the incredible course design of masters such as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jim Lipe, Robert von Hagge and Percy Clifford. The centerpiece of Punta Mita is the private Punta Mita Club de Golf, with its two Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses, the 19-hole Pacifico Golf Course and the Bahia Golf Course. The 18-hole Litibu Golf Course opened last year. The challenging par-72 course was designed by Greg Norman. Seven holes are links style holes, eight others are surrounded by jungle and the final three holes offer spectacular Pacific Ocean views.