After two days at Boca Beach, we were planning to head back home to Ajijic. We had considered staying in Melaque on the way north, but we had heard that they were usually full at this time of year, so we went to La Manzanilla instead. On the return trip, we decided to check out Melaque, and if it was full, we still had plenty of time to drive on back to Ajijic that day. We had stayed in a hotel in Melaque on two previous occasions, but had only found a few tiny, or rudimentary places to camp. Also they were full when we were there before.
From Wikipedia, here is a little about the town:
San Patricio – Melaque in the Mexican state of Jalisco is a busy community located 4+ kilometers northwest of Barra de Navidad on Bahia de Navidad. It was named for a unit of 175 mainly Irish immigrants, Saint Patrick’s Battalion, that fought with the Mexican Army against the US during the Mexican-American War (1846-48). The area comprises three beachfront villages: San Patricio, Villa Obregón and Melaque—all generally referred to as “Melaque.” The small village of Melaque has been a vacation retreat for Mexicans for generations. San Patricio is a kilometer strip in the middle of the three villages that contains a colorful town square and retail shops. Villa Obregón, to the east, is much more residential. The three “municipios” form the largest community along the coast between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Playa Melaque is the main beach in the area. The west end of Melaque beach is protected from the large swells found elsewhere on the beach, allowing for swimming for children and the less adventurous.
We recently read about a campground on the lagoon in Villa Obregón, associated with a hotel, but RV caravans often stay there taking up all of the spaces. The contact information on the Internet was incorrect, so we could not check ahead of time to see if there was space available. Lucky for us, there was plenty of space available. It was a little hard to find, but when we did we saw that it was a very nice resort hotel complex. Not anything that you would win a trip to on “Wheel of Fortune” but very nice, none the less. There was a restaurant occupying the bottom floor of one hotel building, an adjacent swimming pool with bar, beachfront tables with umbrellas, campsites, bungalows, a small tienda (store) for supplies, including beer, wine and liquor.
We only planned to stay one night, but very soon decided to stay for two nights. It just seemed the right combination of remoteness and convenience. Of course, if the campground had been full, it might have been another story. We had two empty campsites on either side of us.