COSTALEGRE

Costalegre is called the new Cancun and has a plan for its development in the next 30 years that has attracted investments of more than 3 billion dollars.

Costalegre in Jalisco, Mexico
Costalegre in Jalisco, Mexico

Declared in the 1990s as an Ecological Tourist Corridor, a set of beaches located between the Port of Manzanillo in Colima and Puerto Vallarta, named Costalegre, is not only the new tourist jewel of Jalisco, but will also be a model to follow for the rest of the country's tourist destinations, especially sun and beach, such as Cancun, Los Cabos and Acapulco, because the state government's plan to develop this region will have a direct impact on social welfare, the economy, land-use planning, and environmental protection.

Today there is the constant use of agrochemicals, poaching and fishing in wetlands, land tenure conflicts, deforestation of the jungle for agricultural activities, illegal logging and there is no proper waste management, so it is a necessary intervention in the area to activate it socially and productively.

The Master Plan includes several actions, such as infrastructure works to improve the state of communication routes, both roads, and aeronautics, as well as new schools and health modules for social development.

It also seeks to integrate the population of the region, which today is mostly dedicated to agriculture and livestock, the tourism sector, the service area, through training programs, as it is expected the arrival of millionaire investments to build new tourism developments, as well as significant growth of travelers. So far investments of more than $3 billion dollars have been announced to develop high-level hotel projects, such as Four Seasons and Louis Vuitton, which are under construction.

Luxury hotel in Costalegre, Jalisco
Luxury hotel in Costalegre, Jalisco

There are three actions in terms of infrastructure: the first is the beltway Puerto Vallarta-Costa Alegre, are 35 kilometers that will save about an hour, an hour 20 minutes to integrate into Costa Alegre. The lack of this beltway had been one of the obstacles to the growth of this region. The resource is already committed, is already guaranteed by the federal government and was confirmed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in his recent visit to Jalisco.

The second is the extension to four lanes of the Federal Highway 200, which is currently the only access road to the Riviera Nayarit and the main one to Puerto Vallarta; it only has two lanes and they are no longer sufficient, as the flow of private vehicles and cargo and passenger transport has grown a lot. And then there are some other feeder roads that are in the process of development.

And the third is the project of the new airport of Costalegre, which will serve luxury tourism that will visit developments such as Sapphire, the French Louis Vuitton, which will be the most important luxury hotel in Mexico, located in the bay of Chamela, Careyes beach, within the municipality of La Huerta in Jalisco.

The new Costalegre airport is located in the municipality of Tomatlán. It is a small, single runway airport that is already completed and will serve private jets and charter flights.

Costalegre's development plan also includes the issue of electricity, electrification of the area, as well as Internet access.
Costalegre's development plan also includes the issue of electricity, electrification of the area, as well as Internet access.

But this is just the beginning. The aim of this plan is to generate sustainable tourism. There will be economic and social development. There is a serious problem of deforestation, with 14,000 hectares of maximum fragility, which represents 2% of the region's total, and high fragility in 35.5% of the region's territory. 

Next year, this jewel of the Mexican Pacific will be presented at the 45th edition of Tianguis Turístico, to be held in Mérida, Yucatán. And everything indicates that Costalegre will be one of the great attractions of this event.