Vacation from vacation in Mélaque
There is a little town just north of the Manzanillo airport called Melaque (May-lah-kay) that we have been hearing a lot about. Since we were dropping off Gino’s mom at the airport on Monday for her return to Québec, we thought it would be worth going a couple of days early to first visit Melaque and the surrounding area.
Melaque is a tourist town on a beautiful bay where many expats (american/canadians) spend the winter. It has a reputation of being “authentic mexican”, yet providing well for the American tourist. In fact, we have been asked by multiple people since being here – “why aren’t you living in Melaque?”. In fact it was almost to the point where I questioned it myself! Should we be living in Melaque?
Now that we have visited Melaque, my new answer to that question will be “Eh, we like Cuyutlan better and Melaque has no surfing”.
However, it did turn out to be a nice little spot for a mini-vacation and I would go back. There were three things I really appreciated about Melaque – 1) having the chance to eat “American” again. Gino and I went out for a nice supper and we happy to find a menus offering something besides fish and tacos! 2) the lively town center with a diverse choice of restaurants/shops 3) The snorkelling in a nearby beach called Tenacatita.
It is true that the Melaque bay is nice and the beach was actually very quiet (at least while we were there). It is full of restaurants and hotels, but nothing too fancy or big. I found myself missing the wild surf and crashing waves of Cuyutlan though.
It was nice to vacation to some “american” services. Gino is happy with his find.