Costa Careyes Journals

Careyes, the Pacific Turtle Coast

A November 2005 trip to Costa Careyes by JesusW

Chamela Bay Photo, Jalisco, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The name of the place, Costa Careyes, comes from the Carey Turtle that used to nest in huge numbers in these beaches not so long ago.

Careyes, the Pacific Turtle Coast

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Overview

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This coast has several faces, all of them different but at the same time so unique to this place that they blend in a peculiar way. The pristine face: This area has been declared a Biosphere Reserve "Chamela-Cuixmala" and is home for many species of birds and other animals, incluiding the panther. In the ocean, you are able to see whales during winter. The laid-back face: In the deserted beaches, you can picnic almost alone if you pick a not-so-known beach, but even in the little villages, you won't feel crowded anytime. The boutique face: There are some small hotels that cater to high-spending tourists (starting at a night), but that is just to start--you can rent a villa to hous...Read More

Hotel Careyes

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Hotel

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Do not blame me. I didn't stay at this hotel, since it was way over my budget, but I'm writing a review of it, as I was working in the next-door resort, the now-defunct Club Med Playa Blanca, and got to visit the place some times. First, this is a boutique hotel, which means that is not for the average budget and they have very few rooms, 48. I never saw it completely booked. If you have the money to stay in this hotel (prices start at $300 per night in low season), then don't hesitate. This is almost paradise. The gardens and pools are incredible, and the architect that designed the hotel and some houses in the area has really good taste. You will find intricate patterns in the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

La Lantana

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Restaurant

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This place is so wonderful that we went here to have dinner on special occasions. The restaurant is part of this fancy and luxurious hotel, Careyes, located between its great pool/garden/patio and the ocean. You can eat indoors if the night is cool or the weather is rainy, but otherwise, the seaside experience is a must. The first thing you will love is the bread, freshly baked and still warm. There is an incredible oil-vinegar dip to soak your piece of bread in. You could only have this for dinner and not feel disappointed. The specialty of the house is seafood, and you will know that is really fresh, as they will cook the catch of the day only, so it is better to make a reserva...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

Chamela Bay

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Attraction | "Bahia de Chamela"

Chamela Bay Photo, Jalisco, Mexico
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This bay is very extensive and sheltered by three little islands that break the force of the ocean. You can arrive at a couple of hotels in the middle of the bay and the bar in the Playa Chamela. Otherwise, go the northern end at Punta Perula, where you will find basic services, food, small grocery stores, and restaurants. Perula is a really small fishing town at the north end of the bay. Here you can arrange for trips in the area, and going deep-sea fishing is possible, but will require a larger and more powerful boat, if you ask the day before you will probably get one. The bay is several kilometers long and lonely most of the time, except on weekends, when locals take advantage ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

Chamela Bay

Chamela, Mexico