COSTALEGRE TRAVEL GUIDE WELCOME TO COSTA ALEGRE, JALISCO, MEXICO

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GETTING HERE  (Let us count the ways)

BY AIR  (Flying is the fastest & easiest way to travel to Costalegre)

Playa de Oro International Manzanillo airport ZLO  One of the most beautiful airports in the world lies between a long and secluded white sand beach and tropical groves of bananas and coconut palms.  There are a number of international air carriers here that can provide good access for Canadian visitors desiring to come Costalegre.  The small terminal has a restaurant bar, snack bar and gift shops, as well as car rental agencies and taxis.  Although called the Manzanillo airport, it is actually 36km away from El Centro, halfway between Manzanillo and Barra de Navidad.

TIPS

There is no local or regional bus service to and from the Manzanillo airport, so you are forced to take a taxi or rent a car.  Both are expensive propositions. Most resorts have free shuttle vans.

You can save on taxi fares by sharing one with others from your flight.  After your plane lands, ask (shout out) if anyone wants to share a taxi to some destination.  Bare in mind that most cabs are small compacts and carry only 5 passengers (including the driver).  There are a few suburbans and station wagons, but these cost more. 

Although slower, another way to save on taxis is to take one only as far as Cihuatlán, then take a local bus to Barra or Melaque for less than 15 pesos.  You could also change some money or do some shopping before catching the hourly bus.

If you are arrived early, are physically fit and have a lightweight pack, you can walk or hitch the 5km to Mex 200 where you can wait for a regional bus to take you north to Costalegre.  Most regional buses with empty seats will pick you up for a modest cost, and drop you off at Melaque or Barra de Navidad or other places to the northwest.

NOTE: The Casa de Cambio (Money Exchange) at the Manzanillo airport is Closed!  The ATM Machine may be working.  Pesos' are needed for taxies and parking (estacionamiento), credit card for car rentals.


LIC. GUSTAVO D. ORDAZ INTERNATIONAL (Puerto Vallarta airport) PVR

Fly to Puerto Vallarta's airport, then rent a car or bus to your selected area, town, or resort. Taxis will take you to Costalegre, but the cost is prohibitive. It's more economical to take a Regional bus, either from the new bus terminal north of the airport, or from el Centro. You can catch a local city bus to old town right in front of the airport. If you arrive by airplane in the late afternoon, you will have to stay overnight before bussing south, because the bus trip takes 3-4 hours and you would arrive in Costalegre in the late evening, a poor time to start looking for a hotel.


MIGUEL HIDALGO Y CORTILLA INTERNATIONAL (Guadalajara airport) GLD

Fly to Guadalajara's airport, then rent a car or bus to Costalegre. (bus travel time about 5-6 hours)

ESCORTED VISITS

Join one of the many tour groups that come to Mexico on a regular basis.  Pick one that appeals to your personal tastes and budget requirements.

DRIVING

It is cost effective to drive your car, camper or recreational vehicle to Costalegre for holidays lasting a month or more.  Having your own vehicle in Mexico is the best way of getting around to see each area.

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