Art and Travel in Mexico: vacation villa rentals, hotels, resorts, beaches 
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  • Travel Mexico: see map of Mexico Riviera. Get a flight to Puerto Vallarta for fabulous weather and a great beach vacation. Read about our trip and check out cruises, villa rentals, hotels, car rentals, holiday packages and visit all the beaches on our map of the Mexican Riviera. Buy exquisite, colorful, unique Mexican hand made art that you won't see anywhere else. Find bargains on Mexican real estate and escape cold winter weather permanently.
  • Costa Azul (Blue Coast) is the official designation of the coastal stretch between the northern tip of the Bay of Banderos (Punta Mita) north to San Blas. With many resorts, hotels and villa rentals, it is a beautiful region of coastline where the jungle vegetation zone extends all the way to the many fine sandy beaches.
  • Sayulita, where the jungle meets the sea, is a great place to start your Mexican Vacation. Fly to Puerto Vallarta and drive north for 45 minutes. The airport is north of PV, so you don't have to wrestle with city traffic.
  • If you're looking for villa rentals, hotels or resorts in Sayulita, Mexico, take a look at this great new bungalow complex with one and two bedroom suites surrounding an inner courtyard with a fabulous swimming pool. For a very reasonable cost, you get a brand new bungalow suite with a fully equipped kitchen and cooking facilities. Your hosts, Roberto and Carlos Martinez, provide excellent service and the grounds are kept in immaculate condition.
  • Viilla rentals in Mexico - a great way to take a vacation. These villas in Sayulita are good examples of the beautiful fully featured homes available for rent. Longer term stays such as two weeks or a month can be very reasonable, and you get a whole house with a pool in many cases. See photographs of a typical villa rental on this page.
  • San Francisco is a quiet, pretty little town just north of Sayulita on the Nayarit coast - the Costa Azul. There are resorts, hotels and villa rentals available, but they are not as plentiful as other areas on the coast. The Huichol natives sell their bead work and yarn paintings at the beach plaza.
  • Rincon de Guayabitos is a tourist mecca on the Costa Azul in Nayarit state, Mexico. The excellent beach is ringed with hotels, resorts and villas of every conceivable description. There are old Mexican style hotels, brand new villas and modern hotels to choose from, with many activities available, such as parasailing, boat tours, snorkeling, horseback riding and just about anything else you can think of.
  • Chacala is another of those beautiful unspoiled beach vacation villages north of Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican Riviera. There is some development around the point where the exclusive real estate offering of Marina Chacala is located.
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  • Bay of Banderas, or Bahia de Banderas is a great vacation destination for winter getaways. There are many villas, hotels and resorts in Puerto Vallarta and numerous other communities around the bay, including Bucerias, Punta Mita, and Mismaloya. Find budget hotels in Puerto Vallarta, or luxury resorts such as the Four Seasons at Punta Mita.
  • Puerto Vallarta is a great holiday destination on the Mexican central Pacific coast - the Mexican Riviera. Hotels, resorts and villas are plentiful, as are leisure activities and entertainment.
  • If you're planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta, you may soon be flying on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, instead of a 747. Scheduled to fly in 2007, it will be a great way to start your Mexico travel vacation.
  • Barra De Navidad (Bar of Christmas) is a bustling, folksy little town, chock full of hotels, villa rentals, restaurants, shops and bars. It shares the beach with Melaque on the Costalegre, and it's a great place for a vacation in Mexico.
  • Melaque, San Patricio, and Villa Obregon are three beachfront villages with plenty of hotels, resorts and villas that collectively make up the community referred to as Melaque. The village of Melaque is at the western end of Bahía de Navidad, San Patricio is a section in the middle and contains the Zocalo town square with many retail shops, and Villa Obregon is the easternmost residential area. The three villages form the largest coastal community between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, and the official name is now 'San Patricio-Melaque'.
  • The little hamlet of Cuastecomate, just 5 minutes from Melaque on the Costa Alegre, is in a world of its own. Situated on a quiet bay with an excellent swimming beach, it is a great place to relax.
  • Tenacatita Bay is the jewel of the Costa Alegre on the Mexican Riviera coast. It has spectacular beaches, numerous hotels, resorts and villa rentals, and possibly the best diving location on the coast at Playa Mora. The sheltered coral reef and gently sloping sandy beach is perfect for snorkeling, with a spectacular underwater vista of irridescent multi-colored fish species.
  • Cihuatlan is a town in Jalisco, near to Carlos Santana's birthplace of Autlan De Navarro. In 2005, he came to Mexico City and gave a free concert to 100,000 people in the Zocalo.
  • Colima is one of the smallest states in Mexico, but it has huge volcanos, tremendous agricultural production, and a rich history. Most of the electricity for the surrounding states is generated in Manzanillo, which is also Mexico's largest port on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Manzanillo has a large beachfront tourist area with many hotels, resorts and villa rentals. It is considered to be the sailfish capital of the world, and is also a major reef diving area.
  • Colima city is the capitol of Colima state, situated in an elevated interior valley near the base of the Volcano of Fire. It has a beautiful historical downtown, with a large Zocalo, Cathedral, Government Palace, and state museum. The Best Western Ceballos hotel, across from the Zocalo, was built in the 1800's and is a superb place to stay.
  • The Colima volcano is considered to be the most active and potentially the most destructive of all nine volcanoes located in central Mexico. There are two peaks three miles apart, one active and one dormant.
  • The Colima volcano is considered to be potentially the most destructive of the nine volcanoes located in central Mexico. There are two peaks, one active and one dormant, three miles apart. We drove up and got some great pictures of a minor eruption. This satellite photo from Google Earth shows Colima City clearly on its flanks.
  • The Mayan Riviera is a beautiful, warm winter destination brimming with culture and a celebration of life. It has an almost infinite selection of vacation resorts to choose from, whether you want a megaresort in Cancun, a hotel room in the boisterous town life of Playa Del Carmen, or a quiet beachfront cabana somewhere along the coast, such as Akumal or Tulum.
  • Mexico weather forecasts - check 10 day weather forecasting for major Mexican cities and resort areas such as Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos), San Jose, Ixtapa-Zihautanejo, Loreto, Huatulco, La Paz, Tijuana, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Juarez. Get weather reports for Acapulco, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, Monterrey and many more.