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Hot Spot: El Anclote

Published May 23, 2008 - (Updated Dec 5, 2012)


Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Spring/Summer 2008 issue.

El Anclote means “the small anchor,” and this special neighborhood at the entrance to Bahía de Banderas on the exclusive Punta de Mita peninsula does indeed fulfill its name, serving as the “town” and focal point for activities and dining outside the nearby fashionable hotels and estates. Easily accessible to everyone, most of this typical Mexican fishing village is found along a broad avenue running parallel to the bay and beaches, a block to the east. A magnet for surfing aficionados, El Anclote features reliable beach and point breaks, perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers, along with several companies that offer equipment rental and instruction.

Have lunch in a lounge under a palapa and spend the day at one of many seaside restaurants. Most serve everything from succulent seafood to hamburgers in a tropical setting. The more adventurous can arrange for boats to go whale watching, sightseeing or snorkeling at the temptingly close Islas Marietas. A few paces and you can rent a kayak, buy a bikini, visit an art gallery or investigate real estate opportunities.


1. Agro Gourmet
3. Art & Philanthropy


15. Acción Tropical Surf Shop
16. Mictlan Surf School
17. Punta Mita Expeditions
19. Oscar’s Surf Shop
20. Cooperativa Tours


2. Pink Bonzai
4. Swimmers
5. Café des Artistes del Mar
6. El Anclote
7. Rocío
8. El Dorada
9. El Acuario
10. La Pecera
11. Cuatro Vientos
12. Mariscos Tino's
13. Mesón de Mita
14. Margaritas
18. Blue Water Grill
21. Punta Mita Time
22. Debo's
23. La Villa Bella

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