In Costalegre, Jalisco, life is about tranquility and relaxation. Known as the tourist capital of the area, Costalegre is located between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, along with two quaint little towns called Barra de Navidad and Melaque. This village, already very popular among Mexicans, has, in recent years, also seen a big increase in the number of international tourists as well.
Melaque is a traditional Mexican coastal town, nestled beside the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, where the sun meets the sea every evening. It is in one of Mexico's most beautiful bays, Bahia de Navidad (Christmas Bay). Here, children can have fun on the beach and enjoy splashing and playing in the ocean. This small town has all the ingredients for a perfect weekend getaway and will definitely ensure you to forget about the hustle and bustle of city life. Melaque, just like the grand majority of Mexican towns, offers a smooth, slow-paced lifestyle perfect for a relaxing vacation.
The ocean off Melaque's coast is ideal for swimming and water sports, such as fishing, diving and sailing. The beach has a tranquil family atmosphere, perfect for rest, relaxation and working on your tan.
After waking up with a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean and having a fresh breakfast in one of the palapa restaurants that line the beach, you could take a lovely stroll through the streets of Melaque, get to know the locals, and maybe have the chance to listen to their many interesting stories. You might also want to spend some time just admiring the beauty of the area and enjoying the peace and quiet of this gorgeous little town.
For lunch, get ready to experience the traditional flavors of the local cuisine. Melaque features plenty of charming restaurants that serve freshly caught seafood and fish, along with many other specialties. The majority of these small eateries are located on the beach and are constructed with rustic thatched roofs, called palapas. They are the ideal places to visit if you want to enjoy a generous meal at incredibly affordable prices and, of course, dine with a spectacular view of the ocean.
As for drinks, don't forget to ask for a refreshing glass of ''Tuba'', the region's traditional beverage, which is made from an extract of the coconut palm flower. You can also find this traditional beverage mixed with peanuts, almonds, apple, cucumber, or hibiscus flowers. Drinking a cold Tuba under the shade of an ocean-view palapa is one the most delicious, traditional ways of quenching your thirst.
Shortly after eating it's almost mandatory to take a siesta, which here in Malaque usually involves a 30-minute nap in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree or in your room. Paradise has to be something pretty close to this!
Melaque features excellent handicraft and clothing stores, thus being a perfect place to go shopping during your Costalegre vacations. In most of the pedestrian streets you can find all kinds of items at incredibly reasonable prices, including leather goods, jewelry, clothes, paintings, pottery, candles and even vendors selling traditional delicacies.
Melaque is a very quiet town, where it is easy to discover the art of living a slower pace of life. People here take their time, relax and enjoy each others company. After a vacation in Melaque you'll really understand how to unwind and enjoy the simpler things in life.
A Day in Melaque
- Juan Pablo Pinzón