Costa Careyes is an exclusive luxury estate resort found in the Costa Alegre on the Pacific coast of Jalisco, Mexico. Founded in 1968, Careyes is well known in insider circles for its charismatic and unique international community of bohemians and creatives who come here to escape the madding crowds and embrace the power and magic of the land. The characters you’ll meet in Costa Careyes are equally arguably as colorful as the place itself - eccentric, elegant, educated, multi-lingual, and always with more than a story to tell. Careyes combines the sensuality of the Mediterranean with the unique architecture, vibrance and warmth of Mexico. Cosmic art installations are dotted around the coast, so go explore (see Activities for more ideas on exploring this surreal landscape and all its secret treasures).
Careyes has a wonderfully curated selection of local restaurants and bars that'll entice even the most discerning foodies (although you may find it a little difficult to leave the beauty and solitude of the house).
Playa Rosa Beach Club is just down the road and focuses on fine Mediterranean-Mexican cuisine featuring fresh fish and seafood. The local’s spot, this is where everyone comes to mingle and engage in a long Mexican-style “sobre mesa” lunch overlooking the beach and tranquil bay. Breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner are served daily. Full bar.
Punto Como is found in the Plaza de los Caballeros del Sol, five minutes south on the highway in the Pueblo of Careyes. It is a delicious Italian steakhouse featuring succulent steak and roast meats, Neapolitan pizzas baked in a traditional brick oven and fresh pastas. A great dinner spot.
La Coscolina is just across the square from Punto Como and has a healthy menu of multi-cultural cuisine with a focus on fresh Moroccan flavors and a selection of freshly pressed juices and smoothies. Salads, paninis, fish, vegetarian and vegan entrée options abound here, along with their signature handmade gelato and sorbet desserts. Breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner.
Pueblo 25 is also found in the Pueblo and focuses on an international menu of sustainable, hand-picked and fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers, fishermen and hydroponic growers who help to sustain the local economy. Their extensive wine cellar and tasting room are home to a collection of bottles curated from around the globe and are hand selected for pairing with the restaurant's dishes. In an effort to minimize their carbon footprint, they don’t use any plastic or non-recyclable items and insist that their suppliers and vendors do the same.
Cocodrilo Azul is Careyes’ only elegant beach bar on Playa Careyitos. The menu here focuses on elegant Asian fusion dishes with excellent sushi, sashimi, cut rolls and cooked items. At night, this is the spot to come for live music, disco beats and dancing barefoot in the sand. Open in high season.
The Careyes Foundation
The Careyes Foundation has worked to preserve the region’s sea turtles since 1983, when a preservation program to increase their chance of survival against predators officially began with the help of biologist Alejandro Pena de Niz. Only 10 nests were protected the first year. To date, 16,579 nests have been protected and more than 1,350,000 newborn turtles from four different species — Olive Ridley, Black, Hawksbill, and Leatherback — have been released back into their natural habitat.
Both locals and visitors are encouraged to participate in collecting nests and releasing hatchlings, providing a unique insight and appreciation for one of the world’s oldest surviving species.
La Copa del Sol
It'll be hard for you to miss La Copa del Sol, a massive upturned bowl on the opposite peninsula to the Estate, which represents the female energy. This striking masterpiece rises 35 feet from its base and is over 88 feet in diameter. Equally an acoustic and visual marvel, it catches and cups the sun... Come here at sunset or after dinner for a surreal experience.
The Polo Club
For polo players and riding aficionados, head to the polo club, located three miles south of the Costa Careyes resort. Inaugurated in 1990, the club has 2 regulation Bermuda grass fields and stabling for 150 horses. There are 60 playing ponies for every level of play, on site during the season ready with grooms and full tack. Games are held four times a week – normally Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Careyes Polo Club has been the host for International Federation of Polo (FIP) playoffs with teams from USA, Canada, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, two Ambassadors Cups, Bodegueros Cup and La Herradura clinics with the famous Gracida brothers.