Careyes, Mexico


Sunshine from the Casita Window. Open to outdoors the casita's in Careyes remind you of little beach houses open to the sun. Luckily the weather is pretty perfect here year round. Just watch out for the bats and lizards that sometimes like to spend the night. 

 

This is the view from one of the four pools at the Careyes Club and Residences. There are also three restaurants and another private beach, as well as a retail shop. However this beach has a lot of pebbles you must cross through to get to get into the water for swimming. So you might want to try Playa Rosa which is the beach next door.

 

 

Playa Rosa: Perfect beach for swimming, and during the day many yachts park here and enjoy watersports. You can also paddle board and fish. There is a restaurant and bar which serve great cocktails and appetizers. Be sure to try a coconut water. Once you are done they will cut it so you can enjoy the meat inside.

 

Mariachi Band at one of the Sand Castles. Each sand castle is unique and beautiful and most have an amazing view of the ocean. If you get invited for sunset cocktails, do not pass up the opportunity to enjoy the view!

 

Infiniti Pool/Living Room Goals: Spectacular view from one of the amazing Sand Castles, yes this is a real photo LOL

 

Tips and Tricks: Fly into the ZLO airport instead of the airport in Puerto Vallarta. Although Puerta Vallarta has many more flights, the taxi or car rental drive will take you at least two and a half hours. However, the taxi or drive from ZLO is less then an hour away. Save yourself the headache trust me. I got caught driving at night on one laned roads that are not very well lit. There are also many speedbumps when going through the small towns so be careful. Rent a car so that you can enjoy the food at all the nearby wonderful restaurants and do simple things like go to the pharmacy, grocery store or local restaurants in your own time. Most local businesses are family owned, so it's a great way to contribute to the local economy. Take note that when you rent a car in Mexico it is best to do it through that companies website versus third party sites. Many of the rates on third party sites don't include the mandatory Mexican Car insurance that will probably end up making your rental two or three times more than you thought it would be.

Be sure to bring cash with you (pesos) because there is only one ATM in Careyas town and it often runs out of cash. Many places here will accept US dollars and give you change in pesos but as you can imagine, the exchange rate is not the greatest. If you can go to one of the larger brand gas stations, it's best to come with a full tank. But, if need be the lavanderia (laundry) in Zapata has a man that sells gasoline literally out of his truck. He uses a funnel and manual suction to start pouring a large bucket of gasoline in your tank, (it's amazing to see).

Last Thoughts: I traveled as a female solo and felt perfectly safe the entire time I was in Careyes. To be specific, the kind of safe where you can leave your wallet and phone in your beach bag while you swim, or go to the restaurant to use the facilities. Note that the neighboring town of Zapata is also patrolled by the National Guard so that equates to a second line of safety in addition to the private security in Careyes.