Melaque is joined by San Patricio and Villa Obregon in forming a beachfront community of 12,000 inhabitants. This number increases during the winter with the arrival of a significant number of snowbirds from Canada and the U.S.. Located on the crossroads of Hwys 80 and 200 it has been a popular weekend spot for visitors from Guadalajara and other inland towns nearby for sometime.
It possesses a beautiful beach on Navidad Bay which it shares with it's neighbor, Barra de Navidad
. Ideal for bird watching, the large fresh water lagoon named 'El Tule' separates the two communities.
Travel towards Puerto Vallarta along Hwy. 200 and you'll find a number of nearby places
with incredible vistas of the rugged Pacific coastline. There are numerous bays and beaches less than an hour's drive away.
Being much bigger, Melaque offers many choices of lodging. Besides several nice hotels there are a lot of bungalows and apartments with all the comforts of home. For those who wish to spend more time many can be rented on a long term basis. There is a trailer park along the beach for those with RVs but it is booked well in advance. At the very west end of the beach
is another site used by campers. A small fee collected by the local authorities helps provide garbage collection.
Numerous seafood restaurants line the beach and in town are many different types of eating establishments. For the budget minded the market has several locations with traditional Mexican fare.
Deep sea fishing is available a short trip away in Barra de Navidad
, with the choice of several charter operations. They are listed in the following guide.