The Stunning Beach In North America Is Such An Underrated Spot For A Laidback Vacation

Burying your toes in the sand or wading in warm ocean water are simple, soothing actions that can leave you feeling relaxed and grounded. This presence enables you to observe and potentially get lost in the pleasant sounds of the gentle breeze, the sea, the chatter and laughter of those around you, the birds singing as they fly above, and more. This form of nature is especially calming on a bright and sunny day. One place to experience such serenity and beauty is the laid-back and underrated Playa de Melaque.

Next time you book a vacation to Mexico, consider stopping by this beach in the Jalisco Region, in the quaint village of Melaque. You'll find delightful markets and restaurants in town and beautiful views from the sand. It's a favorite spot for American and Canadian tourists who flock to it during winter to escape the cold and catch some rays.

What to do at Playa de Melaque

Once you arrive at the beach, you'll find an array of options at your fingertips. There's something for you whether you want to be on or in the water. Sunbathe and unwind, bring a soccer ball or volleyball, and start a game with your friends or some of the other beachgoers, or take advantage of the sparkling waves before you. Go for a swim or tackle another engaging sport. You can enjoy some great water sports, including surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and more.

Test your balance and rent a stand-up paddle board from Ocean Paddle Melaque for an afternoon, or go snorkeling to see the white coral reef just off the shore. The area is also great for fishing. You can rent a boat and spend a day at sea, reeling in all sorts of catches. Fishing Costalegre offers fishing tours for those wanting to learn about the region and test their luck.

Where to stay and how to get around

When you're done relaxing on the beach in Mexico or adventuring in the water, you can rinse the sand off in the public showers or sit in the shade under a palapa. You can grab a bite at a renowned taco stand — think of the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors. You'll have options for places to stay, too. Consider booking a stay at Hacienda de Melaque, which has 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor and is only two blocks from Playa de Melaque. Alternatively, La Paloma Oceanfront Retreat boasts 4.6 stars on Google and features gorgeous beach views.

As for transportation, you'll find that it's simple to navigate and inexpensive. "The best way to get around Melaque is to rent a bike. There are lots of places that [rent] them," a reviewer wrote on Tripadvisor. "Cabs are relatively inexpensive and they also have uber in little tuk tuks. Buses run frequently and are super inexpensive. The drivers are very helpful."