Understanding Banderas Bay

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Banderas Bay has long been a hit with highflying jet-setters looking for luxury experiences. Since the days when Hollywood’s first power couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton graced the streets of Puerto Vallarta to more recent times when the likes of Bill Gates and fellow Fortune 500 CEOs set up vacation homes and residences in the area, Banderas Bay has been (and still is) a honeypot for first-class getaways. However, what many people don’t fully understand are the distinct destinations that make up Banderas Bay.

Here’s our Tripwix guide to understanding Banderas Bay.

Banderas Bay from Punta to Punta

Banderas Bay Map
Image from Google maps

Geographically, Banderas Bay refers to the region that stretches from Punta de Mita to Cabo Corrientes, embracing La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Riviera Nayarit (Nuevo Vallarta), Puerto Vallarta and Mismaloya among other towns and villages along the way. However, for destination marketing purposes it often encompasses the towns of Sayulita and San Pancho to the north.

Tripwix’s Collection of Luxury Homes

Luxury seekers will be pleased to read that the Tripwix collection includes a variety of stunning homes throughout the bay. Therefore, read on to see our top recommendations in Banderas Bay from south to north.


Casa Fortuna, Puerto Vallarta

Banderas Bay South
Villa with ocean view on South Shore, Banderas Bay

Four levels cascade Puerto Vallarta’s south shore coastline in this understated modern villa with private infinity pool, large poolside terrace and palapa. The perfect choice for large groups of friends or extended families. You can expect luxury at your beck and call here.

Puerto Vallarta is a hub of restaurants, tours, beach fun and nightlife. Its quieter south shore plays host to the luxury homes where you can recharge and relax.


Dragonfly, Real Del Mar, La Cruz

La Cruz Banderas Bay
Beautiful home within the Real del Mar gated community

Nestled towards the rear of the Real del Mar gated community and flanked by lush, tropical mountains, this villa is both private and luxuriously proportioned. It offers comfort and a modern style for up to 10 guests near La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, about 10 minutes by car to Punta de Mita.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is as close to a traditional Mexican seaside town as you can get, except that it has a world-class marina and the best farmer’s market on the bay every Sunday.


Pelicanos, Four Seasons Punta Mita

Punta Mita Four Seasons Villas
Inside the gates of Punta Mita, this Four Season villa is a whole other level

With 8,000 sq.ft. of living space, you’ll find party places and cozy corners for all the family. Sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Marietta islands can be enjoyed whilst swinging from a hammock on the large terrace or sipping a chilled tequila in the outdoor living area.

If exclusivity and class are what you are after, there’s no beating Punta Mita. Home to the St Regis and Four Seasons hotels, the most exclusive residential complexes, two Jack Nicklaus golf courses and more.


Casa las Hijas, Punta Sayulita

Punta Sayulita Villas
Tropical treehouse in Punta Sayulita, the most luxurious community in Sayulita

Commanding a privileged spot camouflaged by tropical jungle within an exclusive beachfront community in Sayulita, this ocean-view home makes the perfect choice for a family of 8 or a group of friends who want to enjoy the lively bohemian ambience of Sayulita surf town nearby without compromising on luxury.

Sayulita is a hippy-chic surf town with a vibrant, forever young atmosphere. Spend the day or spend the week, you won’t be disappointed.


Casa Las Olas, San Pancho

A stunning beachfront home in the small town of San Pancho

Glamour, style, space, are all words that spring to mind when describing Casa Las Olas. Host the perfect party, enjoy your family, bring down the co-workers, feel the ocean spray and let go of all your worries in this truly captivating home.

San Pancho is just 10 minutes north of Sayulita and about a 30 minute drive from Punta Mita. It enjoys a slower pace than Sayulita and gives an insight into “real Mexico.”


Ready to book a vacation rental in Banderas Bay? Contact our luxury travel specialists today.

Deborah Buley

Originally from the UK and an avid globetrotter, Deborah has lived in Mexico for nearly 10 years, having honed a successful writing career that specializes in sassy travel, upscale interior design, classy hotels and high-end real estate. Among other projects, she collaborated with a renowned Mexican architect to pen a glossy book about the interior design and architecture of a local villa as well as produced a variety of promotional materials for luxury hotels and elite residences in Mexico.