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Nature, tranquility and adventure come together in Boca de Iguanas and La Manzanilla, in Costalegre

Facing the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, these two beaches in Costa Alegre, Jalisco, stand out for their recreation options in full contact with nature.
Boca de Iguanas captivates with its adventure proposals and its intact beauty as it does not have a nearby urban settlement.


La Manzanilla mixes the ecological care of its mangroves and its crocodile, with tourist attractions such as the main square and an emblematic kiosk.

Between the immensity of the Pacific Ocean and the estuaries and natural areas that surround the southern coast of Jalisco, the Costalegre region brings together a large number of splendid beaches that with their sea breeze cause the sensation of being in a unique and unparalleled place. Specifically, in Tenacatita Bay, one of the few places on the Mexican coast where in seasons the sun emerges and disappears on the same side of the sea, there are two beaches with calm waves and soft sands that you should definitely know: Boca de Iguanas and The Chamomile.


With a distance between the two of 4.5 kilometers by land (either along the Boca de Iguanas Trail or along Federal Highway 200), Boca de Iguanas and La Manzanilla are two places whose main attraction is recreation, rest, relaxation and full contact with nature. Its gastronomic offer based on birds, fresh fish and seafood, especially zarandeado fish and deviled shrimp, is combined with all the adventure activities in the area such as camping, kayaking, boat rides and an estuary with a large crocodile community. The best seasons to visit them are in summer, during the months of June and July, or the winter season from November to March.

To get to both beaches, the Manzanillo-Costalegre International Airport is the best option; From there you can take a taxi to Barra de Navidad and Melaque, where there is urban transportation to La Manzanilla in a journey of approximately 45 minutes. If you travel by land, the best route is Federal Highway 200 that leads to Puerto Vallarta. From Manzanillo, you can take this road and drive to the detours to La Manzanilla and Boca de Iguanas. It is worth mentioning that on this last beach there is no type of public transport, so we recommend arriving by car or taxi.

Punta Pérula, the spectacular beach that you must visit to discover the natural wealth of Costa Alegre

In Chamela Bay, you will find this paradise al site with a variety of places where you can practice fishing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and swimming.
Its beach is the habitat of endemic birds, marine species, migratory whales and bats, which you can get closer to through unique and special experiences.
Due to their proximity, on Isla Cocinas and Isla Pajarera you can also take advantage of the ecotourism options offered by Costalegre, Jalisco.

Among the earthly paradises that exist in the 384 kilometers that make up its coast, the region of Costalegre, Jalisco, is made up, among other coastlines, of Chamela Bay, a special place with a variety of natural contrasts and maritime settings that range from extensive hills for those who want to contemplate the sea to quiet beaches and rocky areas where you can practice sports such as diving and snorkeling. One of the places that make up this bay is Punta Pérula, a spectacular fishing village with a fine sand beach that offers one of the best waves in the area.

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Considered a benchmark in Costalegre for being one of the most important commercial fishing places in the region (most of the fish and seafood consumed in this area of Jalisco is obtained there), Punta Pérula stands out for the multiple options that can be found. take: pleasant walks that offer ideal moments to meditate, immerse yourself in the calm waters of the beach, learn sport and shore fishing, sail in boats and get to know the nearby islands, practice snorkeling, surfing with local guides, paddle boarding, kayaking and diving , try the exquisite gastronomic offering of the restaurants in this wonderful town, or at sunset, live a magical bat-watching experience.

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If you want to arrive by car, there are several options: you can travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta and drive along Federal Highway 200 towards the south for a journey of approximately four to five hours. Or if you prefer, choose Highway 80 until you cross Highway 200 before reaching Melaque at the same time mentioned. You can also travel to Manzanillo from the capital of Guadalajara via Highway 54-D and connect with Federal 200 towards Vallarta. And recently, with the opening of the Autlán de Navarro-Villa Purificación-Chamela highway, you can reach Chamela Bay at the moment of connecting with “La Costera”, as Federal 200 is also known. If your option is by By air, the international airports of Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo are the two options. In these cities, buses from companies such as ETN, Primera Plus and Futura leave for the towns of Tomatlán or Campo Acosta; Then a taxi can take you to Punta Pérula in an estimated time of 20 to 45 minutes.


Once you arrive at this splendid beach, you can delight in the different variety of seafood and fresh sea products offered by beachside restaurants such as El Pirata, El Playón, Punta Pérula, El Jabalín and La Sirenita. And to stay, there are options ranging from budget rooms and traditional hotels to bungalows and boutique accommodations. As a recommendation, preferably choose spaces that are registered with the National Tourism Registry and that are located within the town, to avoid traveling long distances. You can take advantage of the Easter and summer holiday periods, or the December holidays, which are the most ideal seasons to get to know this paradisiacal destination.
Nature and adventure

Without a doubt, Punta Pérula offers many adventure options to immerse yourself in the natural wealth of Costalegre. On the beach, you can spot birds, mainly species such as the booby bird, albatross or different types of seagulls. Various local boat operators also offer tours of the local reefs and corals; There you will see fish, manta rays, turtles, starfish, gophers and even dolphins swimming. From November to March, humpback whales and, on special occasions, orcas can be seen off the coast. We recommend you go with professional guides and respect the regulations for sighting.


In front of Punta Pérula, there is a group of islands with soft white sand beaches, home to endemic birds and unparalleled natural views. During your visit to Pérula, you can take the opportunity to escape to Isla Cocinas or Isla Pajareras, which you can reach by boat. There you can snorkel and swim, relax and watch birds through a kind of photo safari. Just remember to consider the rules of use and operation of these islands as it is a protected natural area. Bats in sight.

If you want to arrive by car, there are several options: you can travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta and drive along Federal Highway 200 towards the south for a journey of approximately four to five hours. Or if you prefer, choose Highway 80 until you cross Highway 200 before reaching Melaque at the same time mentioned. You can also travel to Manzanillo from the capital of Guadalajara via Highway 54-D and connect with Federal 200 towards Vallarta. And recently, with the opening of the Autlán de Navarro-Villa Purificación-Chamela highway, you can reach Chamela Bay at the moment of connecting with “La Costera”, as Federal 200 is also known. If your option is by By air, the international airports of Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo are the two options. In these cities, buses from companies such as ETN, Primera Plus and Futura leave for the towns of Tomatlán or Campo Acosta; Then a taxi can take you to Punta Pérula in an estimated time of 20 to 45 minutes.


Once you arrive at this splendid beach, you can delight in the different variety of seafood and fresh sea products offered by beachside restaurants such as El Pirata, El Playón, Punta Pérula, El Jabalín and La Sirenita. And to stay, there are options ranging from budget rooms and traditional hotels to bungalows and boutique accommodations. As a recommendation, preferably choose spaces that are registered with the National Tourism Registry and that are located within the town, to avoid traveling long distances. You can take advantage of the Easter and summer holiday periods, or the December holidays, which are the most ideal seasons to get to know this paradisiacal destination.

Nature and adventure
Without a doubt, Punta Pérula offers many adventure options to immerse yourself in the natural wealth of Costalegre. On the beach, you can spot birds, mainly species such as the booby bird, albatross or different types of seagulls. Various local boat operators also offer tours of the local reefs and corals; There you will see fish, manta rays, turtles, starfish, gophers and even dolphins swimming. From November to March, humpback whales and, on special occasions, orcas can be seen off the coast. We recommend you go with professional guides and respect the regulations for sighting.


In front of Punta Pérula, there is a group of islands with soft white sand beaches, home to endemic birds and unparalleled natural views. During your visit to Pérula, you can take the opportunity to escape to Isla Cocinas or Isla Pajareras, which you can reach by boat. There you can snorkel and swim, relax and watch birds through a kind of photo safari. Just remember to consider the rules of use and operation of these islands as it is a protected natural area. Bats in sight

Another of the charms of Punta Pérula is a wonderful phenomenon that occurs only in this area of Jalisco: the sighting of bats. In a cave located in the sea, there live three types of bats that during the sunset cross in front of the immensity of Chamela Bay. If you want to live this unparalleled experience, there are boats that leave the Pérula docks an hour before sunset to sail south and position themselves near where these eccentric creatures emerge. The stay is 30 minutes maximum, and the return is before the sun sets, but not before enjoying all the islets of Chamela Bay such as Isla Cocinas and a beautiful sunset. The maximum number of people is six per boat; You must reserve 48 hours before the activity and the price per boat is $9,800 ($1,633 per person, approximately). During the tour, you will be accompanied by a specialized guide who will provide you with various interesting details about the life and habitat of this mystical species.


Without a doubt, these activities make Punta Pérula the perfect bridge to connect with nature. Endemic birds, marine species, whales and bats combine with the landscapes and traditional charm of a town that offers the best options for vacations, traveling with family or friends, taking a break from the urban hustle and bustle or living an unparalleled romantic experience. Be sure to visit a destination like this: a paradise located on the southern coast of Jalisco, surrounded by vitality, under the immensity of the Pacific Ocean and endless activities in which you can enjoy all the charm and brilliance of a region like Costalegre .

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