Mountain living does not mean having to completely forsake the beach
A standup paddle boarder at the St. Regis Punta Mita. Photo: courtesy of St. Regis Punta Mita
One of the biggest concerns for those considering a full-time move to the mountains is often giving up the beach. Alpine lakes and snow-covered peaks are a source of serenity and inspiration for so many, but for those who grew up near the coast, nothing truly replaces a dawn-patrol surf session or a sunset over the ocean.
Since the early 2000s, many people throughout the Intermountain West have been finding that beach fix in Punta Mita, Mexico, an upstart resort community just north of Puerto Vallarta. In just two decades, Punta Mita has transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a…