Last spring I drove Highway 40D, the new toll highway in northern Mexico that connects Mazatlan on the coast with Durango in the interior. This highway is a replacement for what is known as the “Devil’s Backbone,” one of the world’s most dangerous highways. The Mexican government had been quite anxious to build a new […]
San Patricio Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Six years ago I had never heard of the place. It is a well-kept secret of the Canadian and American snowbirds who have discovered this little piece of paradise only a five-hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta and 45 minutes north of the industrial port of Manzanillo.
Melaque is actually a conglomeration of three beach towns that have grown into each other: San Patricio, Villa Obregon and Melaque itself. Adjacent on the bay is the charming fishing town of Barra Navidad. Barra is also known for its quaint streets, good restaurants and its expensive five-star resort, the Grande Bay. The resort is on the other side of the harbor entrance, accessible by water taxi. Its isolation by water protects Barra somewhat from the high-class crowd.