From the Puerto Vallarta Airport we made the hour and a half drive north to the private beach of Marina Chacala, Mexico. Jose, the owner of Mahajua Hotel, helped us get situated while his wife Carmen cooked us a fresh seafood dinner. Everything about this place felt like a scene in a post-revolutionary Mexican movie. Somehow time slowed down and as we listened to the waves crash, we realized how special this hidden paradise was. We were so grateful to have found it.
The next day we woke up early for breakfast and to explore the little fishing village. There are only about 500 people living in the area so you can imagine how quiet and secluded it felt from the rest of the world. Since the village only stretches two blocks, we finished exploring the grounds right around lunchtime (at which point we enjoyed tacos, chips and salsa!). For dessert I even found a guy selling ice cream on the beach! We then went back to our hotel for some much-needed rest on a few colorful hammocks.
The neat part about this village is that throughout the area you’ll find abandoned fishing boats sprinkled all over. I recommend hiring one of the locals to take you out to explore the surrounding marina and hidden beaches. And you can always enjoy a fresh caught fish in any of the local eateries!
If not photographing weddings in Southern California, you can find Ashley road tripping and backpacking across the Great Northern Pacific and small little villages all over the world.