Exclusive resort enclaves mingle with tiny fishing
villages, hidden beaches, rocky coves, and marshy mangrove lagoons
filled with countless species of bird. Combined with a pleasing
year-round climate averaging 75 degrees F and 345 days of spectacular
sunshine, the Costalegre coastline is a forgotten paradise for
those who wish to escape the fast pace of big city life.
Surrounded by lush tropical jungle and the
Sierra Madre mountain ridge, spectacular cliff-top mansions and
open beaches, the Costalegre Pacific coast area is often referred
to as the “Mexican Riviera” for
its exclusive location, allure for wealthy European and foreign
jetsetters, and pristine landscape.
Activities and pursuits in the Costalegre center around the sea:
deep sea fishing, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling,
windsurfing, boating and yachting. Horseback riding, tennis, golf
on three championship courses in the area, bird watching and polo
are also favorite past times.
The Costalegre has cultivated its reputation as the playground
of the rich and for foreigners seeking their own private escape
in an ecologically stunning setting. Although the coast has been
slow to development, the Jalisco government has been building and
upgrading the regional tourism infrastructure. Several luxury hotel
properties exist in the area in their own private enclaves of nouveau
aristocracy. President Vincente Fox visited and toured the area
in late 2004, as an added sign of confidence in the future developments.
With a flight time of just under three (3)
hours from Los Angeles, the Costalegre destination is serviced
by Manzanillo’s international
airport (ZLO) to the south and Puerto Vallarta’s airport
(PVR) to the north. An international airport is also in the planning
stages for the Costalegre.
The Costalegre is connected to both by a modern,
well-paved, two-lane highway: driving from one end to the other
takes less than three hours. A toll-road is planned to be constructed
over the next few years that will allow for the same distance to
be traveled in 2 hours and thus connecting the Guadalajara-Manzanillo-Puerto
Vallarta- Guadalajara tourist loop.
Boca de Iguanas boasts a pleasantly remote yet accessible location
along Mexico's undulating Costalegre coastline, roughly 35 minutes
north of the Manzanillo International Airport (ZLO), three hours
south of Puerto Vallarta and a four hour 30 minute drive from Guadalajara.
The Government of Mexico requires
that all visitors provide a valid passport - No longer accepted
are birth certificates or picture ID - effective January 2007. To enter Mexico, you will need
either a valid passport or your original birth certificate along
with a valid photo ID such as a drivers license. Citizens other
than U.S. or Canadian may have other requirements such as a visa.
Please contact a Mexican consulate or embassy near you.