Culture

“Most fun and relaxing family vacation we’ve ever had…”

Jake W, Madrid Spain

With its rich culture, warm people and delicious cuisine, Mexico is quickly becoming the destination of choice for the well-traveled.

While at Casa Suspiro, you can enjoy a truly authentic cultural experience. Our concierge can help select restaurants, plan day trips, and other activities, which can enhance the cultural experience of your trip. You’re only a stone’s throw away from quaint towns like Sayulita, San Pancho, Punta de Mita, La Cruz or Bucerias. Or plan a full day of shopping, gallery hopping, dining and dancing in the bustling town of Puerto Vallarta.

Punta de Mita

Act - turtles (PUNTA DE MITA)

The Punta de Mita (PdM) Area has been frequently described as a pristine oasis, surrounded by the warm turquoise Pacific Ocean on three sides. The coral reef and surrounding jungle makes this one of the world’s best paradises for out-door and nature lovers.

PdM consists of a small town, a thriving pedestrian promenade and a gated community that houses the Four Seasons, St. Regis and a famous Jack Nicklaus golf course. The small pedestrian promenade is filled with oceanfront restaurants, shops and cafes. For an amazing meal or just afternoon cocktails, try Casa de Mita (reservations a must due to it’s personalized attention), Si Señor, Casa Teresa, Café Des Artists, or choose one of the many others that reside on this tiny stretch of beach.

This “hidden gem” is quickly becoming a luxury destination. Our concierge has experience planning vacations for the discerning traveler and groups of English-Speaking kids. She can, arrange for you and your kids to surf with the best instructors, or you can watch them surf while you sip on a cocktail. The vivid sunsets will stay in your mind long after you leave here. If you’re more of a resort lover, you can plan for a day of tennis, golf, spas and dining in the gated community of Punta Mita.

Surrounding Areas
Sayulitais a picturesque fishing village and the perfect bohemian town. You can choose to have lunch at a wonderful ocean-front restaurant or at a fish taco stand on the street (of course only recommended street stands), both equally delicious, although you will remember the taco stand longer.

As you walk to the beach you will run into the surfers who give the town the surfing reputation, the independently wealthy that have relocated here from around the world in search of a simpler life, and the locals whose families have been in Sayulita for generations. Spend $2,000 on exquisite pearls or $3 on leather bracelets.

And don’t forget to partake in Latin and salsa dancing on Monday nights at Don Pedro’s Beach Restaurant. The children, dogs and chickens playing in the street add to the visual parade! This cobble-stoned village is only a 15-minute drive from Casa Suspiro.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle offers an off-the-beaten-path experience. La Cruz is a quaint and peaceful fishing village and a favorite destination of boaters from all over the world. The fish market is huge and you can buy fresh catch each morning to take home to prepare.

You will find a friendly Huichol Indian art gallery and café that supports indigenous weaving, a gourmet German restaurant that serves European cuisine that features live flamenco guitar music, an American bar/restaurant with live American music and local charity events, plus a wide variety of local restaurants and street stands serving an excellent selection of seafood and many local Mexican food.

La Manzanilla Beach is widely known by the inhabitants for its calm waters and delicious food offered at its palapa restaurants. 
The Arts and Crafts outdoor market is must when visiting the area over a Sunday. Only 15 minutes from Casa Suspiro. http://lacruzdehuanacaxtle.com

Bucerias’ name is derived from the word dive (buceo). It’s named this because the majority of its inhabitants were traditional oyster fishermen. Bucerias’ 5-mile stretch of soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and heartwarming charm give you the feel of simpler times. Along or near the wide stretched sandy beaches is a great selection of restaurants ranging from upscale to simple.

Don’t miss the Art Walk on Thursdays from 7 to 9pm (Nov. thru April) and the Organic Food Market on Mondays from 9 am to 11 am. Bucerias is only 20 minutes from Casa Suspiro.

Puerto Vallarta — The best way to describe PV is by quoting the visitors’ website: “Experience the warmth of a place which is quaint and full of history, yet modern, vibrant, exotic. Discover a destination of relaxing beaches, world class restaurants, and the latest in ecotourism and extreme adventure, in a setting that is internationally recognized for its charm and friendliness, with a backdrop of mountains, rivers, coastline, and emerald green waves of the Pacific Ocean.

Stroll down the Malecón, Puerto Vallarta’s half-mile promenade that lines the city’s historic center and waterfront. Enjoy the many cafés and nightclubs, as well as the famous open-air sculptures. Lose yourself in a breathtaking sunset.”

Wednesday nights are a particularly great night to visit PV for their Art Walk (Nov thru May). Galleries stay open late! Leave the kids at home, where they can enjoy a fun burger and a movie night. We’ll get a babysitter! http://www.vallartaartwalk.com/map.html

Act - PV church (SURROUNDING AREA)