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Attractions in Costalegre

When you explore the famous destination of Costalegre you can admire the high cliffs of the bays of Mexico's Pacific coast, the tropical plant life, and the amazing views of the coastal jungle. In Costalegre there is an almost endless array of attractions, among which you'll find beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, a wonderful climate, cultural activities, and lots of ecological areas. As a first-rate tourist destination, it also has a number of professional golf courses.

Beaches

Beaches in Costalegre

The peaceful, golden beaches of Costalegre are surrounded by cliffs, rocks, and the soothing waves of the Pacific Ocean, creating a stunning setting that gets even more beautiful and colorful at sunrise and sunset. Don't pass up the chance to visit Barra de Navidad, Costa Careyes, or Costa Majahuas. Each one features marvelous white beaches and tranquil waters that contrast perfectly with the mountains and lush greenery typical of the area. 

Snorkeling and Diving

Snorkeling and Diving in Costalegre

Bahia de Tenacatita is a paradise for snorkeling fans. It is home to a wide variety of coral, colorful fish, whales, turtles, and dolphins.

 

Surfing

If you're thinking about going surfing, then think of Barra de Navidad and Majahuas. Here you'll find big, powerful waves, the optimal conditions for surfing. Another great place to visit is El Tecuan, which is about three miles from Tenacatita and is perfect for surfing, due to the strong winds that come from the west. These sites are known to be the best for experienced surfers.

 

Fishing

Fishing in Costalegre

The Barra de Navidad region is a popular area to go sport fishing, as it is home to a diverse selection of fish, including marlin, sailfish, and tuna. The International Sailfish Fishing Tournament is held here every winter, during the last three days of the last week in January.

Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve

Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve

This nature reserve is home to more than 2,900 species of plants, over half of which are endemic to Mexico. The reserve is spread over 370,000 acres that houses numerous endangered species. It is an ambitious project that aims to conserve the biodiversity of the region and create regulations that promote sustainable tourism. The number one priority here is to protect and preserve the habitat, and to teach a culture of respect for all plant and wildlife.

Costa Careyes

Costa Careyes

This area is famous for its beaches full of turtles, the different colors of the sand, and the diversity of the wildlife. Here you can see the exceptional beauty of virgin beaches complemented by luxurious residential and tourist complexes.

Barra de Navidad

Barra de Navidad

This small fishing town is located in the south of Costalegre and has developed into a tourist destination over recent years. Many visitors wonder where the town's peculiar name (Christmas Bar) came from. Barra de Navidad is a natural sandbar that runs perpendicular to Punto El Viejo and was discovered during Christmas decades ago. The restaurants here are ideal for people looking to eat fresh seafood and typical regional cuisine. 

Bahia de Chamela

Bahia de Chamela

This is the bay with the most islands in the country. It has more than nine islands, as well as a number of islets, home to dolphins and birds. The bay is easily accessible from Puerto Vallarta or Barra de Navidad, and offers excellent tourist services.

Bahia de Tenacatita

Bahia de Tenacatita

Tenacatita is a chain of beaches located less than an hour from Manzanillo, full of virgin beaches that are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It's perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as it only has a few tourist developments, but a lot of immaculate areas of natural beauty. Some of the villages in the region with stunning beaches include Boca de Iguanas, Punta Serena, and La Manzanilla, so don't pass up the chance to visit them! This area also features rivers, lagoons, and ocean, along with diverse plant and wildlife, earning it the protection of the state and the title of "Chamela Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve".

Costa Majahuas

Costa Majahuas

Enjoy the sun and sea on the beautiful light grey beaches of this bay. It is a perfect spot for fans of fishing, as you'll find an abundance of lobsters, octopuses, and crabs. This area is also where you'll find the largest turtle grounds in the state.

Cuastecomates

Cuastecomates

Cuastecomates is a beautiful town with a peaceful atmosphere. It is located in a picturesque cove with calm waves, making the beach perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You'll also find cozy thatched-roof restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood.

La Manzanilla

La Manzanilla

This small fishing town mixes the magic of the ocean waves with the biodiversity of the lagoon mangroves. Here you can admire stunning beaches as you marvel at the variety of wildlife in its natural habitat. Species that call the area home include numerous fish and reptiles, such as caimans and alligators.

Melaque

Melaque

Melaque is a coastal town located by Barra de Navidad with a wide variety of restaurants dotted along the beach that serve typical regional cuisine. It is surrounded by large rocks and golden beaches.

Tomatlan

This municipality combines the characteristics of the coast with those of the green mountains. It has about 30 miles of coastline that stands out for the variety of plant life. This is where you'll find the salt mines in the state of Jalisco.

Other Attractions

Atracciones en Costalegre

Visit Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island), the Playa Teopa turtle farm, and the Volcan de Fuego volcano. You can have fun at the Bullfighting Festivals in Melaque, with their great atmosphere and fireworks. At Barra de Navidad you can join in the Costalegre Carnaval, which is celebrated five days before Ash Wednesday. Get close to nature and enjoy the many tours that will take you to discover the incredible geographical beauty of this part of Mexico's Pacific coast.

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