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Flying to Vallarta in the Mexican state of Jalisco, means landing at the Puerto Vallarta airport located in the north end of the city of Puerto Vallarta. From there many vacationers head north (15 minutes) of the airport to their destinations along the beaches, not realizing that they have left Puerto Vallarta and the state of Jalisco. Welcome to Nuevo Vallarta (the other Vallarta) and the state of Nayarit.
So what? Well for the average tourist, they just think they are in “Vallarta” - there is a lot of development and cool places dotting the coast of Nayarit. Luxury places like Four Seasons at Punta Mita, mega all-inclusive operations like Mayan Palace, and beach side towns like Bucerias. Surfer dudes and others like the vibe at Sayulita and San Poncho further north. You can expect lots of people, and finding a virgin beach is not going to happen, and there is little chance of solitude except in your room. This is perfect for many and that was what the state of Nayarit and the Mexican Federal government had in mind when in the 1980’s they usurped the Vallarta name and created this tourist mecca with rich incentives for developers.
The state of Jalisco of course has the original Puerto Vallarta, the one made famous many years ago with the filming of the movie Night of the Iguana. Puerto Vallarta has retained much of its original charms and it also has a very sophisticated restaurant and art scene. You can also find everything from Costco to farmers markets, and street vendors in Puerto Vallarta.
The state of Jalisco is known for many other attractions, including the second largest city in Mexico - Guadalajara, it’s capital city. The state also is where tequila comes from. There are some beautiful historic colonial towns that are worth checking out. And perhaps the real sleeper is the virtually undiscovered and underdeveloped beach area south of Puerto Vallarta along what is known as the Costalegre, (aka, the happy coast). This is the area worth watching, as it has now started to develop. Luxury developers have announced major projects and a new large airport are slated to be ready for service in 2017. This area starts about 45 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, and continues down the coast of Jalisco.
When you see this area, you will be amazed by the lack of people along the 43 bays, coves and beaches that make up the Costalegre of Jalisco. Many have said this is the last of the underdeveloped stretches of beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Certain to soon be the new hot beach destination in Mexico. It is only a matter of time, and tourists’ will head south of Puerto Vallarta, or fly into the new Costalegre Airport, to experience this beautiful new area in the state of Jalisco.
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Running along Highway 200 from Careyes to Punta Dorada, this strip of Mexican coastline attracts tourists in search of communion with nature without sacrificing comfort. Navidad Bay, Tenacatita Bay, Costa Careyes, Chamela Bay, Costa Majahuas, and Cabo Corrientes are just some of the places where you can stop to breathe the fresh air and drink in the expansive view from the cliffs, before basking a while on warm beaches. Your choices range from clean, well-kept and affordable hotels at La Manzanilla – where air-conditioning is unusual –, to isolated and more intimate hotels where the dress code sometimes includes a no-clothes option, or luxurious master suites in Costa Careyes, famous for hosting political leaders alongside film and sports stars. Home to some of the most select hotels in the country, Costalegre is the ideal spot for jet-setters in search of privacy.
An exclusive group can practice their skills at local golf courses, while lovers of the outdoors can enjoy cliff-top trails for a bracing early morning walk; forgetting the camera is just not an option here. In the shelter of these cliffs, you'll find naturally isolated beaches where privacy is offered in abundance to visitors – and for free.
Tourists can rent cars to visit Costa Careyes, El Tamarindo, Las Alamandas, Isla Navidad, Barra de Navidad, Tenacatita, Chamela, and Perula, towns with renowned resorts and by far the most interesting beaches.
Due to strict controls on gentrification and massive advertising campaigns, 150 miles of tranquil beaches located between the ports of Manzanillo, Colima, and Puerto Vallarta remain largely hidden and pristine. Relaxation is the main offering here, but if you want some action, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, golf and water sports are also on the menu.
Costalegre’s cuisine is an additional treat. Traditional Mexican dishes, especially fish and seafood, are prepared daily with the freshest ingredients. Many hotels cultivate onsite the fruits and vegetables they use for their guests’ consumption. These lucky tourists can enjoy the local gastronomy in a totally natural environment, surrounded by palm trees and a luscious view of the ocean.
Parties, religious and pagan celebrations and colorful traditions are part of every Mexican town, and Costalegre is no exception. Festivities at Barra de Navidad are held during the month of July to celebrate their patron saint, Anthony of Padua. In September, they pay homage to the Christ of the Lowered Arms who, according to legend, saved the town's residents from a storm. Both religious festivals involve pilgrimages, a small fair and a mass of fireworks.
In Melaque, the Festival of San Patricio – held every March- brings together a small and varied food festival, and an exciting midnight jaripeo (Mexican version of the rodeo).
- from VisitMexico.com
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costalegre life: a lazy summer lunch.... on the costalegre of mexic...: A nice breeze off the ocean, feet in the sand, and a lunch of fresh shrimp, octopus, and scallops. Wash it down with chilled wine or ice c...
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Chachalaka. Our plan seems to fit within the grand plans for highend - low density development. This LINK is a good piece on what is happening.
Friday, March 13, 2015
It is satisfying to now have achieved our goal. We had found a very special property, and what we have created is amazing. Certainly there is nothing else like it around here. Little by little the road has improved as promised. It may even be done soon. The road brings new people and ideas to the area. Changes, good and bad will occur, some have already started. The new airport to serve the south coast of Jalisco, rumors only a few years ago, seems to be happening. As we believed years ago, the south coast is the future of Jalisco and a new frontier for development and tourism. So we are fortunate to be here now.
It seems the subject now is more about a larger story of the south coast of Jalisco Mexico. Mayto, is but one place along the way.
Certainly, our blog has provided the opportunity for a lot of people to discover this amazing area. It has influenced many about their travel plans. When you google "Mayto" today, so many things come up. In 2007, nothing came up. It is time to change the focus.
Our story will keep evolving as we make our plans to share what we have created... Chachalaka
Sunday, January 4, 2015
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A few savvy travelers have discovered a paradise south of Puerto Vallarta. This is further south than the usual places the tourist flock to. Mayto is the area you want to head towards and then take it from there. Lots to discover for those willing to drive a little further.
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Chachalaka: endless beach.......: On the Costalegre of Mexico. Endless beach ......... as far as the eye can see. We're surrounded by natural beauty - secluded beaches and miles and miles of prist...
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We had heard the stories about the rooster fish off Mayto beach. What a morning and great fishing. We are told that this is actually a small fish. We were happy anyway. August and September are usually the best months because the waters are warm and calm. This year November has been hot... so far.