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THINGS TO DO  (Melaque-San Patricio)

Many people come to Melaque to do nothing but relax, but others may want to.....

Take a van tour of the surrounding area. Rent a Jet ski or take a banana boat ride on Playa Melaque, right in front of the palapa restaurants.  Enjoy the remnants of a glorious sunset after an afternoon swim or a long stroll down the beach.  Take the time to slowly make your way through the public market and food stalls on the narrow portions of Calle Ramon Corona.  Tour the central plaza (Jardín) four blocks north of the beach on Calle Lopez Mateos.  Mail a postcard home from the post office on Calle Orozco or send an e-mail to a friend from the internet booth in the commercial alley across from the bus station on Avenida Gómez Farías.  Hire a panga (small open boat) for a costal ride to a deserted beach or fishing excursion.  Check out your ability to call home from Casetas around town.

Take your companion on a taxi ride to explore an outlying pueblo or beach area.  Take a short walk west along the coast past the free trailer camping spot to a rocky area suitable for tide pooling or snorkeling.  Play a few rounds of golf at the Tamarindo or Grand Bay resorts.  If you like beach hikes, walk the 4.5 km to Barra de Navidad along the playa, then take the local bus or taxi back after dinning on the sunset at a beachside palapa restaurant.  Shop for handicrafts, new sunglasses or an original designed T-shirt from one of the many street side tiendas toward the plaza.  Sponsor a student in the local school Walkathon.  Bargain for a new belt, hat, blanket or hammock from the odd beach vendor who approach as you try to read or nap on the playa.  For a change of scenery, wander over to Barra or Cihuatlán on one of the local buses which pass by the bus station about every fifteen minutes.

BILLIARDS (Billar Americano)

BILLIARD SAN PATRICIO

Billiard San Patricio
Calle Clemente Orozco & Juárez
Melaque pool hall offers pool, carambola, snooker (billar ruso), and dominó.
Located 3 blocks from the plaza and one block from the post office.
Open 10am-11pm.  Smokey, men-only hangout.

DISCO

DISCO BANANAS

Bananas Night Club (Old Disco Tanga)
Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 8pm - 2am.

For the under 30's crowd.
Located on the west end of Avenida Gómez Farías at the corner of Calle FCO. I. Madero. 

BOOKSTORE

Libreria Saifer is located on the corner of Juarez and Hidalgo south side of the park.

ART WORKSHOPS

COSTA ALEGRE RAKU WORKSHOPS

Costa Alegre Raku Workshops  "New in 2004/2005"
Melchor Ocampo No. 33
Tel: (315).355.6936
Dueña: Michele Morehouse    E-Mail    WebSite
Open November till April.  Located in Villa Obregón.

La Paloma Oceanfront Retreat also conducts art workshops and classes.

SCUBA DIVING

Dive charters and equipment is available in the Barra-Melaque area from Susan Dearing or Carlos Cuellar in Manzanillo.  Tel/Fax: (315).333.0642  E-Mail  Mail: A.P.No.295, Santiago, Colima, 28860.  Scuba diving instruction courses are also available.

MARKET DAYS (Tianguis)

On Wednesdays there is a public street market (Tianguis)(10am-3pm), which runs 5 blocks along Avenida Morelos between Calle Reforma and Calle Esmeralda in Villa Obregon. Mostly domestic items for sale, but there are crafts, tapes & cds', jewelry, clothing, novelties and souvenir's. Booths are set up under tarps for shade.  This is a good chance to practice your bartering skills. If you miss the market in Melaque, it relocates to Barra on Thursdays.  The Tianguis also travels to the following towns: Manzanillo-Monday(Lunes), Cihuatlán-Tuesday(Martes), Santiago-Saturday(Sabado), Salahua-Sunday(Domingo).

FISHING

Melaque panga fishermen will take you out on day fishing excursions.  Ask at Tereza Cortes or any other palapa restaurant on the beach.  Barra de Navidad is the main center for deep-sea fishing, as Barra has boat launching, secure marina moorage and good anchorage.  Both large and small professional guide boats are based there.  Make sure you ask about a fishing license!

HORSEBACK RIDING

Ridehorse Paseo a Caballo
Hidalgo No.75
Daniel Rodriguez  (315).355.6316
Horseback riding around San Patricio and Melaque.

GYMNASIUM

Napo's Exercise Gym

Napo's Gym Gimnasio Mixto  ***CLOSED***
Calle Ramon Carona No.107
Located in San Patricio.

OTHER

Hotel el Portico del Mar in Cuastecomates may rent windsurfing gear and small sailing catamarans (Hobie Cats).  You may have to stay a day or two in order to participate.  They also have tennis courts.  (315).355.573

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