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TOWNS & PLACES  (In the Costalegre)

Alphabetical Listing

Barra de Navidad    Boca de Iguanas    Careyes    Chamela    Colimilla    Cuastecomate    El Rebalsito    El Tecuan    Inland Places    La Manzanilla    Melaque    Mex 200 Towns    Pérula    San Patricio    Tenacatita    Villa Obregón

Listing South to North
COLIMILLA

The village of La Culebra (better know as Colimilla) is directly across the lagoon from Barra de Navidad. It is widely known for suburb dinning experiences at it's lagoon-side restaurants.

BARRA DE NAVIDAD

The most southerly seaside town of the Costalegre, Barra is a seaside community of fishermen and farmers.  It is popular in winter as a quiet vacation destination for adventurous North Americans.

SAN PATRICIO MELAQUE

Just 4.5km to the north of Barra, are the tri-villages of Melaque, San Patricio and Villa Obregón.  Melaque is a popular tourist area because of the abundance of accommodations and restaurants.

CUASTECOMATE

Four km northwest of Melaque lies the secluded cove and beach of Cuastecomate. A great spot for snorkeling, swimming or sunbathing.  Many people are surprised by the dark sand here.

LA MANZANILLA

This tranquil little fishing village and beautiful crescent shaped beach is 21km north of Melaque.  When traveling north it is the first seaside pueblo on the large bay of Tenacatita.

BOCA DE IGUANAS

The wide open beach area of Boca de Iguanas is popular for its serenity and seclusion.  People who like to camp or RV in an isolated place with few amenities would like it here.

EL REBALSITO

This pueblo located on the Tenacatita access road sports a hotel, one restaurant, three grocery stores (abarroterias), a caseta de larga distancia and a gasolinera (gas station).

TENACATITA

Tenacatita is a small pueblo on the north side of the Bahía de Tenacatita.  This area is know for wilderness camping spots along the beach.  Swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing are great here.  There is currently a dispute over who owns this pristine area.

EL TECUÁN

El Tecuan is an abandoned hotel 9.6km off the highway at mile marker 33, just 5.5 km north of the junction for playa Tenacatita.  This area was once owned by a Mexican military general.

CAREYES

Costa Careyes is a resort and residential area surrounding Bahía Careyes.  Luxury resorts and condominium developments are located here.  The area is famous for its turtle nesting beaches.

CHAMELA

Bahía de Chamela is 72 km north of Melaque.  The village of Chamela is located on the southern end of this large picturesque bay, which has numerous off shore islands.

PERULA

Pérula is a beautiful isolated beach pueblo on the northwest end of the Bahía de Chamela.  Pérula marks the northern end of the Costalegre costal area.

INLAND PLACES

Toward Guadalajara on Mex 80 there are numerous towns and villages to explore.  One town worth mentioning is the colonial town of Cocula, which is famous for the birthplace of Mariachi's.

TOWNS ALONG MEX 200

There are many small pueblos situated between Barra de Navidad and Pérula.  Some are along the highway and others a short distance away along dusty gravel roads.  These towns are not set up for visitors as most do not have any accommodations, but all have Tiendas for food and drinks, and some have taxis & telephones.

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