For whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling and amazing boat trips, Ty at Drifting Seas is your gal. Her wealth of knowledge about the sea life and the area is impressive, and she is lovely, gorgeous girl to spend the day with. www.driftingseas.com
Local dress designers, baskets, art and bags at Nina Caterina, on the ground floor of the plaza on Avendia Redes.
European and South American designer beachwear including Etro at Mar de Suen in Plaza Ollin
The boutique at Four Seasons is excellent and carries amazing kaftans, hats and beach wear from all over the world. Not your ordinary hotel boutique.
Our favorites in the little village of Punta Mita are Si Sushi, Blue Shrimp, Rosa Mexicana and Si Senor. Table-side guacamole and salsa preparation=heaven.
Café Emiliano Zapata on 5 Febrero Street mixes up unusual ice cream flavors like black pepper-strawberry, fig and goat cheese and gazpacho. It’s the perfect all in one meal!
Further afield and worth trying is the fabulous beach shack Kilometro Cinco, referred to by locals as "the surfer's bar" in the village of Higuera Blanca.
We also love the fish tacos at the Mita Mary beachside at St. Regis. Pared with some seaside margaritas, it makes the perfect sandy lunch.
Sufi- Gorgeous setting out on the point. Perfect for a romantic dinner.
Casa Mita- an eight room boutique hotel overlooking the sea with excellent food and a great vibe.
Hacienda de Mita has amazing condos on the beach with pools and concierge services who can arrange dinners, babysitting and everything in between. A great option for families, and right on one of the best surfing beaches in the area.
Book restaurants during the busy months, as they tend to fill up fast.
Best months are November – April.
Make sure to do a side trip to Sayluita, a bohemian surfing town with great waves and shopping:
- Panino’s for thick, rich coffee and pastries worth every calorie.
- Quivering surf board shop
- Naty’s make your own tacos- line up like a local
- Les Gazelles has the most sublime linen beach dresses, jewelry and clothing. With another shop in St. Barth’s, you can be sure that Nathalie has the pulse on all that is chic. If you are looking for an incredibly vibrant, cool apartment above the hustle and bustle that sleeps 10, check it out.