TOWNS & PLACES
(In the Costalegre)
Listing South to
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
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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.