stillhowlyn's travels 2010 travel blog

Chacala on north end of bay; Punta Mita at the south!

Chacala unspoiled!

Chacala town!

Colorful vendor displays!

Restaurants line the beach

Swimmers are out in force on a busy weekend!

Condos & hotels occupy the beaches of Punta de Mita!

Charming town offers shops, surf & dive, restaurants!

Some fishing, but mostly siteseeing vessels!

Looking sporty in his flashy boardshorts!

Many of the roads heading west off Mexico highway 200 lead to beautiful bays and beaches. Playa Chacala, to our north, is located about 6 miles off the main highway and is very representative of a typical Mexican beach town, though some tourist-type condo development is in place. The streets are dirt and rutted and packed with vendor stands and palapa-style restaurants line the beautiful beach, which was well attended on the Sunday we visited!

Punta de Mita, to our south, occupies the northern tip of Bahia de Banderas, a beautiful large bay with pristine beaches. A complete opposite to Chacala, Punta de Mita has been overdeveloped with condos, timeshares and golf courses and the little town was crawling with bus traffic from the airport and cruise ship terminals in Puerto Vallarta. We did agree that, though a bit overdone, the improvements were nicely done but not being able to enjoy the beaches unless you eat at one of the restaurants or stay in the hotel was annoying, so we gave in and had a couple of beers with chips and salsa and enjoyed the view.

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