<div align="center">Punta Mita General Information<br /></div><br />Punta Mita is located approximately 45 minutes northwest of Puerto Vallarta in an exotic location rich with traditional Mexican history. Long stretches of pure white sand and the most gorgeous crystal blue sea surround the point of Punta Mita. Home to one of the most exclusive resorts in the world, Punta Mita has become a favorite among celebrities seeking a private, convenient getaway location. Some say this region of Mexico is one of the last unspoiled places on Earth. Yet, you will not find yourself lacking in things to do. A whole range of outdoor activities are available, such as sailing, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, volleyball, golf and tennis. Punta Mita is also considered one of the area’s best places for deep-sea diving, snorkeling and surfing. You’ll find your cares drifting away as you lounge on the beach listening to the soothing sounds of the surf, or indulge yourself with a massage. Visit the nearby Church of Guadalupe, the Marietes Islands Wildlife Reserve, or spend a day in Puerto Vallarta. In Punta Mita, you will find the world’s finest restaurants, where you can dine with ocean vistas or beneath the stars. Once you experience Punta Mita with its primitive beauty and world-class amenities, you may never want to vacation anyplace else ever again.<br /><br />Punta Mita is also a safe haven and popular destination of celebrities. Bill Gates, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, and Cindy Crawford are among some of the celebrities that vacation in Punta Mita.<br /><br />Summers are sunny, with an increase in humidity during the rainy season, between June and October. At that time, thunderstorms often make their way over the mountains from Puerto Vallarta, reaching Punta Mita in the late evening. The rain typically ends by early morning, permitting outdoor activities in the sun for the majority of the day.<br /><br />Winter months are generally warm, sunny and dry, with comfortable nights.<br />
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<div align="center">Punta Mita Restaurants<br /></div><br />Your villa staff is happy to accomodate all of your prestocking and dining request. Villas are provided with menus (when staff is available) and we welcome you to indulge the fine Mexican cuisine available. Those that wish to leave the boundaries of their luxury villa in the search of fine dining, will find a selection of restaurnants locateded in the beach and resort areas of Punta Mita. The dress is cascual and the seafood is excellent. Dining in Punta Mita is always informal. <br /><br />Villas Caribe Punta Mita Restaurant Selection<br /><br />El Dorado: <br />Seafood, $5 to $25. Although it doesn't look much different from its neighbors on Playa El Anclote, this beachside seafood shanty is recommended over the others for both service and food. Executives in ties and polished shoes climb wooden stairs to the open-air, second floor "conference room" overlooking the sand; all the others make their own sorts of deals barefoot in the sand. Seafood is pulled ashore within shouting distance of the kitchen, but you can also order a burger or chicken breast served with rice or fries. Bring your swimsuit and plan to stay a while. AE, MC, V. Address: Av. El Anclote s/n, Playa El Anclote, Mexico.<br />Phone: 329/291-6296
<div align="center">Punta Mita History<br /></div><br />Punta Mita was a fishermen´s village for many years, until it was discovered as a great place to surf, featuring an extensive beach and great waves. Punta De Mita (Punta Mita for short) is a relatively new resort area 30 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta. Previously a small fishing town, Dine, (developer of Punta Mita and its Four Seasons Golf Club and Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course), sought out the beautiful land and started to build.<br /><br />Along with desirable surf breaks and a laid-back, as-you-like-it lifestyle, Punta Mita has held its ground by insisting on staying environmentally sound with low-density developments. Neighbors feel as if no one is around for miles, visitors and locals still enjoy seeing wildlife, and the pristine shoreline remains relatively untouched. The 1,500-acre peninsula wins praise for its luxury and landscape, but also for environmental sensitivity. The Mexican government singled out Punta Mita for Ecological Excellence. In fact, DINE was the only tourism entity thus honored for sustainable development in 2004.<br /><br />Punta Mita's reputation continues to soar, as the destination consistently ranks among the world's most desirable. Mexico's premier resort lies on the Pacific Coast, just north of the Puerto Vallarta International airport. With the variety of ownership options, posh vacation rentals, flourishing amenities of the top luxury resorts in the world (Four Seasons, St Regis, and Rosewood) Punta Mita takes paradise to a whole new level.<br /><br />Real estate sales are booming. Experts predict a 50 percent gain on 2004's record figures. The Four Seasons Private Villas – offered to you by Villas Caribe - sold out its first phase. Prices ranged from $1.8 - 4.5 million USD for the 15 hillside villas and the three elite oceanfront properties.<br /><br />Buyers also snapped up the first two phases of the La Punta sites on the ocean, priced between $2.6 - 3.1 million USD. Other neighborhoods of oceanfront home sites sold out, including the 20 Ranchos estate lots, and the 4 Signature Estates that feature views to the famed 3B island hole of the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Lagos del Mar has just two lots still available, among the 32 clustered around the golf course.<br /><br />Developer DINE just established a new company, concentrating on residential services. Owners can enjoy property management, rental services and a residential concierge. Soon a second golf course also bearing the Jack Nicklaus signature will begin construction (look forward to tee-times in mid-2007). <br />
<div align="center">Punta Mita Golf<br /></div><br />Four Seasons Golf Club Punta Mita<br /><br />The Nicklaus-designed course is set within vistas of white-sand beaches and the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains. Spread over 81 hectares (200 acres), it takes full advantage of its location. Eight holes border either the Pacific Ocean or Banderas Bay. One truly unique hole, a 194-yard, par-3, is located on a natural island in the ocean. The Punta Mita peninsula’s tropical landscape of palm trees and flowering trees add to the pleasure of playing this challenging course.<br />
<div align="center">Punta Mita Airport<br /></div><br />The closest airports in the area are the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International airport (PVR) located about 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Punta Mita in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and the Tepic airport (TPQ) located approximately 63 miles (101 km) northeast of Punta Mita in Tepic, Mexico. Please see the Villas Caribe Puerto Vallarta Airport information.<br /><br />*** PLEASE NOTE: Plan your departure carefully as Punta Mita is situated in the Mountain Time Zone, which is located one hour behind Puerto Vallarta. (Central Time Zone). Please be sure to reconfirm your depature with your airport transportation sevice, car rental agency or airline. <br /><br />Documents for Arrival at Puerto Vallarta Airport<br />A tourist card, easily attainable from any airline, and a valid passport are required for travelers entering Mexico from the United States or Cananda. Travelers from Europe are required to have a valid United States Visa. A Mexican Visa is not necessary.<br /><br />Approximate flight times<br />From Los Angeles: 3 hours<br />From Dallas: 2.5 hours<br /><br />Puerto Vallarta to Punta Mita Airport Transfers<br /><br />Car Rental: Car rental service is available at the the Puerto Vallarta airport. Directions to your villa will be provided to you prior to your departure to Punta Mita by the Villas Caribe concierge department. Upon arrival at Puerta Vallarta, you will be met by a car rental staff where you will receive VIP service to your villa.<br /> <br />Taxi: If you are not renting a car, a taxi is your best bet to get to Punta Mita, a taxi can hold four or five people and is fairly reasonable. The taxi and transfer service in Puerto Vallarta is excellent. Drivers are very knowledgeable and should have no trouble getting you to and from your villa or anywhere else you may want to go. The cab service is also very prompt; cabs usually come within 10 minutes of being called and are very professional. <br /><br />Limo: Limo service, for the ultimate way to travel to your villa can also be arranged by the Villas Caribe concierge department.<br /><br />Puerto Vallarta Airport Departure Tax<br />All travelers must pay a $23.00 departure tax before leaving Puerto Vallarta.
<div align="center">Punta Mita Communications<br /></div><br />Villa Phones: <br />Punta Mita Villas will come with their own phones. <br />This number will be given to you prior to your trip. <br />Long distance calls using any major credit card will usually be possible from these house phones.<br /> <br />Cell Phones: <br />Most cell phones will not work in Punta Mita. Phones with international roaming may work in Punta Mita, but it is always advisable to check with your cell phone provider before you depart. Should you need a cell phone while in Punta Mita, cell phone rentals are widely available in the town and can even be reserved in advance.<br /><br />Electricty: <br />Electrical current is the same as in the United States, 110 volts. <br /><br />Currency: <br />Please exchange your currency to Pesos at the airport or other official locations while in Puerto Vallarta. Punta Mita does not have banks and travelers may need to anticapate a long wait at one of the few bank machines that exist in Punta Mita. It is important to tip the villa staff and pay for your prestocking in Pesos. Also, please note that most establishments accept credit cards. <br />
<div align="center">Punta Mita Nightlife<br /></div><br />For villa vacationers, Punta Mita is on the quite side for nighlife. Thoese seeking privacy, relaxation, and traquility lapped in luxury seek the serenity of a Punta Mita villa. The Bucerias area is well known for its foreign musicians. Panchans in Bucerias offers an open mic night for those that want to share their talent or enjoy the many accomplished artiests. Ask your villa staff for the best local night spots to unwind or head to Puerto Vallarta for a more robust selection of stimulating nightlife activities.
<div align="center">Punta Mita Car Rental & Transportation<br /></div><br />Car Rental<br />Car rental service is available at the the Puerto Vallarta airport. Directions to your villa will be provided to you prior to your departure to Punta Mita by the Villas Caribe concierge department. Upon arrival at Puerta Vallarta, you will be met by a car rental staff where you will receive VIP service to your villa.<br /> <br />Guests may find that there is a use to renting a car in Puerto Vallarta if you are staying at a hillside villa. Villas located in uppper Conchas Chinas (or farther locales) or one that are not within walking distance to the beach may be villas you would like to have a rental car for. If you are staying in one of these villas and plan to spend a great deal of time at the beach, renting a car may be advisable. However, be sure to check on the parking situation at the villa.<br /><br />Taxi<br />Taxis service is available for your trip to your villa and around the Punta Mita area. The taxi and transfer service in Puerto Vallarta-Punta Mita is excellent. Drivers are very knowledgeable and should have no trouble getting you to and from your villa or anywhere else you may want to go. The cab service is also very prompt; cabs usually come within 10 minutes of being called and are very professional. Taxi service around Punta Mita is also very reliable. <br /><br />Driving<br />Driving is on the right side in Punta Mita.
<div align="center">Punta Mita Weddings<br /></div><br />Punta Mita, an unrivalled luxury Mexican vacation experience, edged in pristine white-sand beaches, natural islands and the turquoise Pacific. Ask your Villas Caribe concierge department for information and assistance in planning you big day.<br /><br />There are certain Mexican regulations that must be adhered to in order to make a Punta Mita wedding legal, so it is highly advisable to contact the office of the Mexican Registrar to get up to date information on all necessary paperwork and other requirements. The most important thing to note is that in order to be recognized as legal, a civil ceremony is required. Religious ceremonies are common and in many cases encouraged by Mexican officials, but will not be recognized as legal unions.<br />
<div align="center">Punta Mita Shopping<br /></div><br />For shopping, take the 1 hour bus ride to Puerto Vallarta, which will also offer a truly cultural experience. Puerto Vallarta offers a wide variety of stores and shopping malls for every budget and every taste. From the typical Mexican handicraft to silver and jewelry, or the Mexican traditional drink: Tequila.<br /><br />Puerto Vallarta has several Malls where you will find everything from silver (Mexico is the world largest silver producer) and gold, to the economical T-Shirt and souvenirs. You will also find some designers store (Gucci, Luis Vuitton, etc…) and the typical handicraft. Don’t miss the great bead work of the Huichol Indians, typical from the area. There are other places to shop, such as Isla Cuale Market (Right in downtown), where you will find yourself in the typical small Mexican market, with lots of little stores offering souvenirs from Puerto Vallarta. Pay a visit to the City Market (Mercado Municipal, between Av. Libertad and Mirarmar) to get the best piñatas! Great memories for your children and so typical from Mexico.<br /><br />Information: Prices are normally negotiable at the market but not in the stores, where you will see the price tag on almost every item. Most of the stores in the malls accept credit cards and US Dollars, but be aware that the exchange rate may not always be the best one. At the market, only cash is accepted.