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Captivating Real del Mar residential resort opened the gates of architectural history on the Punta Mita corridor

Whether spying the cliff-hanging grand villas on the horizon across Banderas Bay or craning your neck to grab a glance at a peak-perched estate as one drives past the periwinkle-blue, curved privacy walls of Real del Mar, an acute curiosity is aroused. What is really inside those gates?

In the early 2000s, this residential community originally set the tone for the styling, ambience and lifestyle that was to follow suit on the Punta de Mita corridor—then but a rustic road with the beginnings of the Four Seasons Punta Mita being forged at one end and the fishing village of La Cruz at the other end with not much more than a few fish boats strewn on the beach.

It has evolved to over 50 homes of distinction—characteristic of what is known in the architectural world as Careyes Style. Imposing yet elegant, they’re ingeniously integrated into a promontory of six gentle summits that make up its 30-acre enclave, all set on a pristine ribbon of Mexican Pacific waterfront with one of the areas most idyllic beaches, and placed to exploit the many view angles while maintaining maximum privacy.

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Soft architectural edges, sophisticated applications of clay tile, palapas and pergolas, the artistry of handcrafted wood and stone detailing of the finest workmanship are its signature. Its tailored jungle is the epitome of landscape architecture. The master plan architects could never have known that the already-amazing vistas upon Vallarta and the outer bay would be further enhanced by the addition of the Marina Riviera Nayarit, which came along in recent years and now embellishes the view of many of the southeast facing homes.

What makes this property that much more alluring is its comfortable, rather than pretentious, air. Casual elegance is the perfect descriptor—fits like a glove.

A complete spa, gym and tennis facility complements the resort’s amenities. Stand up paddle boarding is perfect along its shoreline and inside its little harbour. For those with a vessel, temporary off-shore anchorage is easy on gentle waters that make shuttling to the main beach hassle-free. World-class marina moorage is a three-minute drive to the now grown-up touristic town of La Cruz, which also provides for authentic and very appealing local diversion and gives this oasis a very real community connection. Fifteen minutes to Punta Mita brings one to the elite hotels of St. Regis and Four Seasons as well as several golf courses, connecting Real del Mar with sophisticated dining and leisure activities.

Equidistant between Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita, it is secret and private yet connected by its dominance on the horizon and its access to community. The mystery of what is behind those gates is well worth discovering.

Property Features

  • 59 residences on 30 acres
  • Beach club with two oceanfront infinity pools
  • Residents’ Bar and Restaurant operated by Frascati
  • Sports and Internet lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Two tennis courts
  • 24-hour security


  • Three minutes to Marina La Cruz and La Cruz centro
  • 15 minutes to Punta de Mita
  • 25 minutes to Puerto Vallarta International Airport
  • 25 minutes to Sayulita

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See current listings for Real del Mar finished homes and the last lots for custom home construction:

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Article by Victoria Pratt


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