Important Travel Information for Punta Mita Vacations
Passports and Immigration
It is mandatory that all U.S. citizens travel with a valid passport whenever traveling to a destination outside the United States. For non-U.S. nationalities, please check with the respective Embassy to see if you need a special visa. (Note: If one of a honeymooning couple is a US Citizen and the other is not, a visa is still required by the non-US citizen) When bringing a nanny or babysitter, please be sure that they too have appropriate documentation.
Punta Mita offers you year-round warmth. The rainy season is May to October, but as with most monsoon areas, rains tend to be fierce and brief in the late afternoon, leaving the evenings dry and cooled off. September brings the highest levels of humidity and sees the heaviest of the rains. By late October / early November, temperatures cool significantly from the later summer high temperatures and humidity.
From the Airport - The airport serving Punta Mita is Puerto Vallarta Airport. Punta Mita is approximately a 45-60 minute drive from the airport. It is also just a 45-60 minute drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta as well. Taxis, limos, and other private transfers can be easily arranged to transport you between the Airport, Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta, and other points of interest along the Riviera Nayarit.
Taxis in Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta are not metered, so agree on your price before you get in. Hotels often post taxi rates on a board, and depending on how far you're going to travel (defined by zones), the price will vary. If you speak Spanish, you will have a distinct advantage and be able to negotiate a better price!
When staying in Punta Mita, we recommend renting a golf cart as opposed to a car. Beaches, Punta de Mita town, golf courses, the St. Regis and Four Seasons are all easily accessible by golf cart. Taxis can be arranged for excursions into Puerto Vallarta or along the Riviera Nayarit. If you would prefer to drive yourself, cars may be rented on a daily basis as needed. If you plan to drive into Puerto Vallarta, note that parking is not that easy (but is possible) in town.
There are some stunning areas just north and south of Puerto Vallarta that can be explored along the coast roads, and renting a car locally is an ideal and effective way to experience them. If you plan to explore the Costalegre as part of your visit to the region, a rental car will be essential, unless you plan to simply stay-put at one of the resorts at the Costalegre, in which case arranging for the resort to pick you up from Puerto Vallarta (or Punta de Mita) may be a better option.
Banks with ATM machines are found throughout the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta. Most hotels also have ATMs. During business hours, banks in town and the Casas de Cambio will cash traveler's checks and exchange your currency for Mexican Pesos.
We recommend that you are adequately covered with travel medical cover and/or travel assistance coverage when you are visiting Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta, Punta Mita and environs is extremely safe. You'll see local police dressed in white "safari type" uniforms; they are trained to provide assistance and directions if you need it as well as security.
Take care when crossing the roads on foot in Puerto Vallarta. The local drivers, especially busses, can be a bit on the aggressive side. If you're traveling with children, take extra care when you are near public roads.