Why Costa Alegre

‘Costalegre’ translated to English means the “Happy Coast”, and is a remote and pristine paradise located in the southern area of pacific coastal Mexico between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. It is known for its enchanting sunsets, warm deserted beaches, seclusion and serenity.

It is said that this is one of the few spots on the Mexican coast where the sun rises and sets on the sea, depending on the observer’s position.

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“Group of beaches that nature has placed in a single space of little more than 150 km of scenic landscape.

It’s declared by presidential decree as an Ecological Tourist Zone.“

Located in the state of Jalisco, water sports and terrestrial activities wait for you in natural landscapes of unique beauty. Costalegre includes the coasts of Bahia de Navidad, Bahia de Tenacatita, Costa Careyes, Bahia de Chamela and Costa Majahuas.

Activities and Attractions

Each one of these coasts has its very special enchantment and provides incomparable tranquility, spectacular cliffs and creeks, mangroves and extensive zones of tropical forest. Prodigious place for the culture and home of a great variety of flora and fauna. You will be able to enjoy all the comforts, from modest bungalows till luxury resorts.

Top 10 reasons to visit Costa alegre

1. Strategic Location

The Costalegre comprises a 95 mile stretch of unspoiled paradise between Playa Mismaloya and Bahía de Navidad. With it's spectacular beaches, tropical rainforests... The Costalegre comprises a 95 mile stretch of unspoiled paradise between Playa Mismaloya and Bahía de Navidad. With it's spectacular beaches, tropical rainforests...

The Costalegre comprises a 95 mile stretch of unspoiled paradise between Playa Mismaloya and Bahía de Navidad. With it's spectacular beaches, tropical rainforests, freshwater lagoons, exotic birds and wildlife, Costalegre is more than just a beach destination.

2. Delicious Weather

The climate in this region of Mexico is another reason why so many people come to Costalegre. It’s deliciously warm and mostly dry between November and May, and even in the rainy season you can enjoy generally sunny mornings and early afternoons, followed by theatrical thunderstorms in the late afternoon which also serve to cool down the evenings during the hottest months of the year.

3. Exclusive Hotels

Unlike most beach front resort towns in Mexico, Costalegre has the advantage of complete privacy for their guests. The private boutique style hotels located in this destination are on their own spread across miles of empty beach giving the feel of complete exculisivity!

4. Beaches Galore

The Pacific Ocean with its emerald-green waters bathes the golden sands of Costalegre's beaches. Here, visitors can admire uncontrollable and howling waves constantly crashing against static cliffs and crags that protect and mark off peaceful beaches. It is said that this is one of the few spots on the Mexican coast where the sun rises and sets on the sea, depending on the observer's position.

5. Endless Options

The area is quiet and serene, but there are plenty of activities and pastimes to engage with. Sports fishing is an important pastime, three of Mexico’s best golf courses are within easy reach; dolphins, whales and nesting turtles are here for your watching enjoyment, in season. Other activities in the area include horseback riding, yoga, spa days, tennis, cooking classes, volleyball and surfing.

6. Ecologic Sanctuary

The 160 hectare spanning nearby Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra de Manantlán was declared a Reserve by Federal Executive Authority in 1987. Here live more than 2,900 plant species with 50% of them to be found only in Mexico and several animals that are in danger of extinction including small tigers, leopards, wolves and jaguars as well a large variety of exotic birds.

7. Fishing par Excellence

Fishing is excellent year-round in Costalegre. Duke it out with a Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo or Dorado: cast a top water lure from the shore and hook into a record sized Jack Crevalle or an exotic Roosterfish; or how about fly fishing in one of the lagoons for Snook and Mangrove Snapper… Local and international tournaments and derbies attract big game fishers from all over the world.

8. Gastronomy

Cost Alegre's cuisine is known for preparing dishes with the freshest products from the sea. With excellent catches of octopus, marlin, tuna, crab and lobster, the gourmet traveler will find that Jalisco's coasts produce the finest cuisine, product of the creativity of internationally acclaimed chefs who seamlessly blend traditional recipes with modern techniques.

9. Arts & Crafts

The shops in Costalegre are also an attraction. Take the time out to shop for decorative Mexican handicrafts, all of which can make for great souvenirs. Shopping is just around the corner so take a piece of Costalegre with you.

10. Accessibility

This region is extremely accessible - by air, arriving through either Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo airport and by road, via Highway 200 on Mexico's Pacific Coast - and has become a favorite holiday destination for foreigners and Mexicans alike looking for highly exclusive, extra-special travel experiences.