Derek Butcher’s Punta Mita
Collected by Derek Butcher, AFAR Staff
Marietas Islands, Mexico
We took a boat to the Marieta Islands off the coast of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, with a great tour company by the name of Punta Mita Expeditions. Terrific snorkeling and paddle boarding with really warm water. We saw all sorts of...
Asia 6, 63734 San Francisco, Nay., Mexico
San Francisco is a quaint beach town about 20 minutes north of Sayulita. If you ask any locals from the Riviera Nayarit region about San Francisco, you will be met with confusion. The locals call it San Pancho. We wanted to veer a little further...
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Guadalajara visitors craving an escape from the city should know that the ocean breeze isn’t far away. The bohemian beach town of Sayulita is about a four-hour drive, and even closer by plane. Popular in the 1960s among American and Canadian...
Lote H-4 Carretera Federal 200, km 19.5, 63734 Punta de Mita, Nay., Mexico
There is an island (the island of the cross) a quarter of a mile from the St. Regis that I swam out to, climbed up on the volcanic rock and explored. An exhilarating adventure and not for everyone. But if you are a strong swimmer and not afraid of...
Calle Miramar 13B, Colonia Deportiva, 63732 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
We happened upon this taco stand (and butcher shop) as you enter the main street of the town. A freshly warmed tortilla is filled with hot el pastor (pork) and a slice of pineapple, covered in onions and cilantro. You chose from their different...
Ordering a flaming coffee is a must after dinner while dining at the Carolina restaurant. I am not much of a coffee drinker so I asked them if they could substitute the coffee for hot chocolate and they were so impressed with the outcome that they...
Calle Revolucion 37, Zona Centro, 63734 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
Along the busy stretch of Avenida Revolución, Sayulita Café is a sophisticated, unpretentious spot where chef-owner Miguel Muro turns out regional specialties such as molcajete azteca and mole. Nab a sidewalk table, start with a round of...
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