Contrary to popular belief, Mexican food does not traditionally consist of refried beans, hard shell tacos and frozen margaritas. True Mexican cuisine consists of fresh seafood, spicy soups and sauces, and quality tequila, served neat. Few Mexican private jet destinations are as fit for foodies as the Banderas Bay region in Riviera Nayarit, where fresh seabass and grouper dominate dishes and award-winning mole recipes are carefully guarded. One of the largest bays in the world, this paradise of sun, sand and sea offers a plethora of dining options from refined international establishments to sandy fish shacks, all offering some of the most delicious provisions south of the border.
Here are some of our favorites:
Located on a popular beach in Bucerias, a charming seaside pueblo in the heart of the bay, this Italian restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening or special occasion that calls for candlelight and hours spent lingering over a bottle of vino. If you’ve grown sick of seafood, this is also a great spot for a classic steak and pasta comfort meal.
For a high quality meal with a casual, yet elegant, atmosphere, head to Karen’s Place where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner under a thatched palapa while watching for migrating dolphins and humpback whales.
Although the Carolina showcases flavorful combinations of Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines, the exquisite sunsets are what make this epicurean destination stand out. Self described as “luxurious, sophisticated and seductive” the Carolina is one of three outstanding eateries hosted by the St. Regis Resort located at the very tip of the Punta de Mita peninsula, and the only restaurant in the Mexican state of Nayarit to hold the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating.
A newcomer to the bahia’s dining scene, Sandzibar is named after the storied African spice island and features a blend of Mediterranean, African and Mexican flavors. The restaurant offers four different atmospheres in which to enjoy its fantastic ocean views. Whether you’re looking for a casual bar-top meal or a romantic evening, Sandzibar is great for families and couples alike.
Located in the Four Seasons Resort on the northern side of the Punta Mita peninsula, Bahia is one of esteemed Mexican chef Richard Sandoval’s newest gems. This seaside grill features simply prepared albeit creatively enhanced dishes that change with the tides, such as scallops ceviche, wood-grilled avocado and buttered crab mashed potatoes. Bahia also hosts four-hour cooking classes taught by Sandoval himself every Thursday.
If you find yourself sweaty, sandy, salty and starving after a day of beach activity, shuffle your flip-flopped feet into this open-air fish shack. The menu offers mouth-watering eats such as shrimp empanadas, tropical fish brochettes with mango salsa and whole red snapper platters, not to mention a nice array of local tequila and margarita offerings.
Visit the Inspirato Punta de Mita Destination Guide for more information about luxury dining in Punta de Mita and Puerto Vallarta.
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