Costalegre : beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets
An almost secluded area, with very beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets, Costalegre is one of those places where once you arrived chances are you don’t want to get back home.
Stretching from Manzanillo to Puerto Vallarta, Costalegre comprises 160 km / 99-mile coastline of coast line. Costalegre – literally meaning Happy Coast – is made up of five coastal areas:
- Bahia de Navidad
- Bahia Tenacatita
- Costa Careyes
- Bahia de Chamela
- Costa Majahuas.
The average year round temperature ranges between 25 C/ 77F and 27C/81F , making it a perfect beach destination no matter when you plan to visit Costalegre.
The rainy season lasts between May and October but the showers won’t exactly interfere with your vacation, as the evenings are usually dry and cooled. The wettest month is September.
The long stretch of coast is perfect for practicing water sports such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and winsurfing. Also, you can take long romantic walks on the beach. If you want a more active approach, you can go mountain biking.
There are plenty of restaurants which cater for pretty much any budget. The seafood is at its best although you can find other types of dishes as well.
In the small town of Barra de Navidad you can find some incredible restaurants. Mar y Tierra offers authentic Mexican food in a really romantic setting. Ambar del Mar is the place to go if you want to eat European cuisine (mostly French and Italian).
La Manzanilla also offers some great places to eat. La Terraza Quetzal offers Mexican cuisines with French influences. Pepe’s Pizza is one of the most popular places to eat but don’t get fooled by the name, as you’ll also find tortillas in the menu. Yolanda’s offers interesting dishes with Indonesian influences and you can also enjoy their free wireless internet.
Places to Stay
Costalegre is indeed a place for all budgets and the places to stay clearly reflect that. There are hostels, small family run bungalows, as well as luxurious hotels and resorts. Boutique hotels are also a very good choice for the traveler.
El Careyes offers 51 accommodations, a swimming pool, bar, fitness center, tennis court, water sports and a golf course near-by. Prices are quite high though. During the high season (Jan to April) expect to pay US$315 per night for a standard resort view room. A master suite costs US$625 per night during the same period. The rates include a welcome cocktail and access to the spa but don’t include the taxes.
Hotelito Desconocido offers 24 accommodations, private beach, pool, spa and activities (horseback riding, mountain biking, bird watching, kayaking, windsurfing). The luxury place lives up to its name as the prices range between US$825 per night for a palafito (tropical view, king bed) and US$1295 per night for a palafito master suite (estuary view, king bed, private terrace, deck and boat), during the high season (Jan to Apr). The rates include breakfast and transport to/from the airport but don’t include the taxes. Discounted rates can be found if you look for packages online.