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Why This Coastal Region Of Mexico Is Set To Become The Next Tourism Hotspot

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Mexico is the most popular destination for American travelers right now. Hot spots like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are attracting record numbers of visitors.  

But if you’re always looking for the next big thing and don’t want to go to the same places as everyone else then why not consider visiting Costalegre instead?  

Barra de Navidad beach, cihuatlan, Jalisco, mouth of river, Melaque Beach, Costalegre, cabo of mexico, bay of navidad.

Here’s why this coastal region of Mexico is set to become the next tourism hotspot:  

Outstanding Natural Beauty  

Costalegre translates to mean ‘the happy coast’ and it is a fascinating coastal region as well as an area of outstanding natural beauty.  

Away from the crowded beaches of Cancun you’ll find relaxing and secluded beaches here. You’ll find a 238-mile stretch of coastline in the region.  


Costalegre also boasts lush jungles, rugged cliff tops, and verdant scenery. The Yelapa waterfalls are in the region and the opportunity to hike to the top or swim in its pools is a particular highlight.  

 The Costalegre region is an incredible base for outdoor adventurers hoping to indulge in activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, and SUP or canoeing along the coast.  

Yepapa waterfall, Costalegre, Mexico

Easy Access By Air Travel 

If you choose to visit Costalegre right now, then the best way to access the region is to fly into either Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo-Costalegre airport and then transfer via bus or taxi to your resort.  

Puerto Vallarta International Airport

But by mid-2024, visitors to this emerging hotspot will have direct access to the best resorts by flying into the Chalacetepec International Airport, which is currently in development.  

This airport will be an international hub, making access to the Costalegre region easier than ever and driving tourism here.  

The Chalacetepec airport will sit midway between Careyes and Punta Perula. It will be less than 20 miles away from the towns of Tomatlan and Chamela and just 40 miles north of La Manzanilla. This airport should completely revolutionize travel to the region and it is when this airport opens that we expect to see visitors to the region really explode.  

Beautiful beaches seen from the road in Mexico

Once you arrive in Costalegre getting around is easy too. Highway 200, also known as Carretera Pacífico is a well-maintained highway that will take you to all of the region's best sites. Why not rent a car, hit the road, and explore?  

New Luxury Developments  

At the end of 2022, the Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo opened in Costalegre.  

In 2026, the Six Senses Xala will also open in the region, bringing more rooms and opportunities to a region that is already home to a robust collection of luxury resorts.  

boardwalk, Barra de Navidad beach, cihuatlan, Jalisco, mouth of river, Melaque Beach, Costalegre,

The Las Alamandas is considered the best Costalegre resort according to Tripadvisor, followed by the Cabo Blanco Hotel and Marina and the Cuixmala resort.  

The region's four municipalities are Cabo Corrientes, Tomatlán, La Huerta, and Cihuatlán. Each offers something unique but appealing to their visitors.  

Further development is coming to Costalegre too. In December 2023 it was announced that Xala would break ground on a $1 billion development spanning 3,000 acres. This is set to become one of Mexico's premier destinations and will sit along the rugged Pacific coastline of Costalegre. The scope of the project is to include two luxury boutique hotels and 100 estate-style vacation homes.  

Environmental Focus 

If you consider the environmental impact of your travel then Costalegre is a sustainable and environmentally sound destination to choose right now.  

Costalegre's main priority is the preservation of the land. This means that when planning and boosting their tourism offerings the local community still have providing a low-impact and environmentally-minded visitor experience at the forefront of their priorities.  

Island in the middle of the lagoon of Barra de Navidad beach, cihuatlan, Jalisco, mouth of river, Melaque Beach, Costalegre

Costalegre is known for its traditional Mexican towns that boast robust eco-tourism offerings, stunningly beautiful architecture, and have a reputation for the quality of their traditional cuisine too. This eco-philosophy will be kept at the forefront of any further development in the region.  

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