This summer, skip the typical tourist traps and embark on the ultimate relaxation/ luxury/ adventure/ eco trip to Costa Careyes, Mexico. It's not Cancun or Mazatlan ... and while both hold their own merits (ah hem, Spring Break of year's past?) we think you'll like this spot a little better now that you have more sophisticated taste. You might still spy the occasional bikini-clad co-ed but you'll be so preoccupied planning your activities that you won't notice any teeny-bopper frolicking?well maybe that's a stretch.
Good enough for the likes of Giorgio Armani, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino, Costa Careyes is one of the most interesting areas of Mexico. Part of Costa Alegre in the state of Jalisco, the third richest Mexican state features 200 miles of virtually undeveloped coastline-- all protected by stringent development rules. Do it up like a celebrity at one of the amazing Castles of Careyes properties. Sol de Oriente leaves nothing to be desired. A truly unique experience, Sol de Oriente is a house built in a, 11,000 square-foot infinity pool, with three of its six bedrooms having direct pool access. You'll enjoy star treatment from your own personal staff, including a cook, butler/driver, two or three maids and gardener/poolman.
Crazy about golf? A short 45-minute drive away is El Tamarindo Golf Resort, which boasts a fantastic 18-hole, 72-par golf course on a 2,040 acre natural preserve. The resort is located in the bay of Tenacatita, the second largest bay in Mexico. If you'd rather relax and absorb the pure natural beauty of the area, head to Playa Rosa for an afternoon or evening at one of Careyes' finest beaches. There you will find a small palapa roof restaurant, serving up fresh Mediterranean-Mexican food including Carpaccio, quesadillas and fresh lobster. The private beach is secluded and quiet, perfect for long swims in the bay, where skiing, jet skiing and spear fishing are forbidden.
If it's an eco-adventure you're after, visit the 30,000-acre University and Biosphere Reservation Cuixmala-Chamela where you'll encounter more than 1,100 species of plants, 270 species of birds, and 80 mammals. Featuring some of the most interesting vegetation in Mexico, the area is best known for its dry and tropical climate, combining hills and wet lands. For action adventurists, there's kayaking, surfing and mountain biking and for shop-aholics there's plenty of shopping at El Careyes Beach Resort and local villages offer seafood, fruits and vegetables. More serious shopping is available in nearby Barra de Navida or in Puerto Vallarta.
P.O. Box 87 Melaque,
Jalisco, México 48980. or
Km.53.5 Carretera Barra de Navidad to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mèxico.
Tel. Real Estate: + 52 (315) 3510 320
Fax: + 52 (315) 351 03 24
Tel. Reservations: +52 (315) 3510 240
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