Tuesday, May 07, 2019
BREAKING NEWS! Massive 30 Year Development south of Puerto Vallarta and north of Manzanillo
I thought the whole article would come up, but alas, only the photo. I suggest you go to Mexico News Daily, an online English language newspaper to see the amazing amount of development plus the widening of the road from Melaque to PV!
Having driven that road more times then I can remember, on winding steep cliffsides, I wonder how they are going to take a windy two lane and turn it into a four lane.
The announcement said that there will be an immediate beginning to buy the land necessary for this change to Hwy 200. It is a good thing that they said 30 year development.
I knew three years ago that something was afoot. Four Seasons had quietly begun construction on a hotel north of Cuestacomate and also there was scuttlebutt that a regional airiport would be located midway between PV and Manz. That was not mentioned in this article.
Ahh, for at least the last ten years, if not longer, I have scoured, visited, lazed and enjoyed the many barely occupied beaches of this area. From Cuestacomate north there were many that you could walk and not see another person. Tecuan comes to mind.
Two years ago, even though there were guards and a gate, I finagled my way in because I still was driving my trusty Pathfinder with the Texas license plates. I told the guard I had driven all the way from Texas to go there and, he relented and let me in.........Well, I DID drive from Texas, at some point. I wrote about it on the blog and you can see and read about it by going to the search box on the blog and typing in Tecuan. The reason there was a gate was it is private land and there was heavy equipment in there, so I assume someone was developing it. I was thrilled to spend at least an hour in there just gasping at the beauty and the expanse along with the horizons. My kind of place! If you read the post you will see it was not as easy to get out of there as it was to get in. It is funny now but a bit scary back then!
Then there is Tenacatita where many a day was spent in the water and in a chaise lounge with a pina colada, a good book and Flash, my dog, with me. Ahh, those were the days. Then some guy from Guadalajara "took possession" of the land, the hotels, the houses, etc and closed it off with fencing and cleared the land of the buildings! Yes, expats and others owned the hotels and houses. It went to court and took, at least six or seven years to get a ruling against him! By then, I guess those landowners had left. I stopped by there two years ago and it was a sad, sad sight.
All the restaurants and businesses had moved down the road to La Manzanilla which is in a sweet little bay and has much rental property along with a few good restaurants. Another place to start
my routine back with a pina colada, a chaise, but by this time, no Flash. Flash died in 2004.
For many, many, many years, I have gone and stayed up on a cliff side looking out at the Pacific along with the Bay of Cuestacomate. It is the closest place to heaven that I have ever stayed.
Watching for whales breaching daily, (you get where you can recognize a slight swell in the water before you even see the whale), the oyster diver without an oxygen mask, and best of all the fishermen in the mornings pulling in their hauls and at night laying their nets. I have never tired of it. I would go for a month and end up staying two months because of the gracious hospitality of my dear friend John Horton who I have known for almost 45 years. He build a lovely hacienda with two wings so I had mine and he had his with a huge palapa in the middle for enjoying all good things of life.
I guess this post is an ode to this wonderful place NOW. It is not glamorous, unless you love nature and Mexico. If you want fancy, you to go PV or Manz, but inbetween is just a gentle, tranquil place to sink yourself into nature and into the people of Mexico!
With the lists that I have read of what hotels and groups are going in, that will all change. Doubtful it will be finished in my lifetime. The days of a bungalow on the beach for less then $1000USD will be a thing of the past as will a little palapa covered lean-to on Yelapa that I used to stay in for $15USD a night. That one is long gone.........
I'm GRATEFUL that I got to experience all of it for so long...........I'll try to post some photos of the area, manana. Or, if you don't want to wait, I usually posted photos in January/February each year on the blog under the names of Melaque, Barra de Navidad, Cuestacomate, Tenacatita and Tecuan, just to name a few.