Many people come to Melaque to do nothing
but relax, but others may want to.....
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.
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
Open 10am-11pm. Smokey, men-only hangout.
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.
Libreria Saifer is located on the
corner of Juarez and Hidalgo south side of the park.
Alegre Raku Workshops "New in 2004/2005"
Melchor Ocampo No. 33
Dueña: Michele Morehouse
Open November till April.
Located in Villa Obregón.
La Paloma Oceanfront Retreat
also conducts art workshops and classes.
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)
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),
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!
Ridehorse Paseo a Caballo
Daniel Rodriguez (315).355.6316
Horseback riding around San Patricio and Melaque.
Gym Gimnasio Mixto ***CLOSED***
Calle Ramon Carona No.107
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