Welcoming Visitors

Costa Careyes beckons to those looking for a new Mexico destination

By: Terra Judge

Costa Careyes, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, hopes to draw more visitors in the new year with a variety of activities and increased accessibility.

Throughout the winter, one of Careyes’ most unique activity options is polo, with tournaments scheduled now through April. With over 60 horses available for guests and two polo fields, the Careyes Polo Club offers lessons for beginners or advanced players, as well as riding experiences through the area’s tropical landscape. Players and spectators alike can sample Italian cuisine and Argentinean meat and a selection of tequilas at the Polo Club restaurant, Rancho Don Andres.

El Careyes Beach Resort offers 48 guestrooms and suites, as well as three oceanfront casitas. Activities at the resort include kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and tennis. Guests at the El Careyes Beach Resort and the private rentals of Careyes have access to El Tamarindo’s championship-style 18-hole golf course, 45 minutes from El Careyes.

Careyes is also maintaining its commitment to ecological preservation, and guests can currently spot whales with a whale-watching program that runs December through March. The sea turtle program is also popular. Each summer from July through November, sea turtle eggs are collected at a nursery to be released back into their natural habitat, and guests can participate in the program and watch the early morning releases.

And, on Feb. 8, guests can take part in the annual Chinese New Year celebration in Careyes.

Getting to Careyes is also about to get a little easier. Currnetly, regular non-stop flights are available into both Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. A 4,000-foot grass landing strip is located 10 minutes from Careyes for small private aircraft. Additionally, plans are underway for a new airport to be built this year for both private and small commercial flights.