Ukulele Vacations, Yoga Vacations

Activities with Learning on Vacation

For a small town, Melaque and surrounding areas offer a lot of activity options.

The activities listed below are just some of the fun things you may want to do.

(all activities are optional of course)

Local Activities include:

Hiking with Lola (Dawn’s dog) to the Mirador – a lookout approx. 30 minutes from the hotel. This hike is on a dirt road with an easy slope. Some community members chose to jog or cycle up the road.

Biking – bikes are available for rent and are an excellent way of getting around and seeing more of the area.

Yoga – a local yoga teacher offers a class from 6-7:15pm. Participants might chose to walk or bike to yoga. 90 pesos (approx. $6) per class.

The beach –  walk, sit, meditate, enjoy a coffee…

Birdwatching – up the mountain, by the lagoon, or just outside your window.

Optional Afternoon Excursions

Bike trip to Pinal Villa/ Jaluco – This ride will take us out of town and onto the back roads where you will see farmer’s fields and small communities.

Lunch in Colimilla – This outing includes taking the local bus in Melaque (you can think of it as a tour bus as it will take us all over town) to a nearby town, Barra de Navidad. From Barra we will take a short boat ride to a restaurant in a village called Colimilla.
We will enjoy a leisurely lunch there, and then return to Barra. Barra has excellent shopping, a small museum and some great café’s and restaurants. People will have free time to roam in Barra for a few hours, catch dinner and enjoy a Barra sunset. Return to the hotel by taxi (buses stop running in the evening) at the cost of 90 pesos ( approx.. $6 )for up to 4 people.

Other recommended destinations/excursions/activities:

Cuastacomates, a nearby beach town, has a lovely beach and snorkeling. There are reastaurants along the beachfront with umbrellas. All are welcome to relax and enjoy table and chairs under the umbrellas, unrushed, even just with the purchase of a drink. A nice option for a beach afternoon.  Early morning, it is a great walk to Cuastacomates (approx.. 45 minutes each way).

La Manzanilla is a nearby town that is reachable by public transport (12 pesos/$1 CAN) or by taxi (180pesos, approx. $13). La Manzanilla is known for it’s crocodiles, arts community, and long beach.

A Sunset Mangrove Crocodile and bird watching tour available in La Manzanilla. Approx. 400p (approx $20) per person.

Boca de Iguanas  is at the far end of the La Manzanilla beach. There is a boutique hotel/restaurant there (not much else) accessible by car or by a long walk on the beach. A beautiful spot with good food. Canadian chef.



Horseback Riding

Skim Boarding


Paddle Boating


Yoga Classes



ask Dawn for more information and to help arrange any activities you are interested in.

Ukulele Vacations

Recommended Flight from Toronto

If you are able to fly out from Toronto, we recommend flying with Aeromexico with 1 stop over in Mexico City. (easy to book at

If you are flying from anywhere else, we recommend you fly to Mexico City and join the group for the second flight (from Mexico City to Manzanillo).

In view of the detrimental effect of flying on the environment, we would like to encourage you to consider purchasing carbon offsets for your flight. There are many ways of doing this, including through some airlines when you purchase your ticket, and through independent organizations. Molly and Norman are donating to an organization based in Switzerland with high standards,, that has a calculator to tell how much carbon your fight is producing, and how much to offset it. Please note that the David Suzuki Foundation recommends NOT using tree planting to offset. Thanks for your support for our environment.

These are the details for this flight (subject to change- closer to the date we will have the exact times).

Flight 1-

Airline: Aeromexico

Departure Time: 9:15am from Toronto

Flight Number: AM693

Duration: 4 hours to Mexico City

Arrival Time: 1:30pm

Flight 2 –

Airline: Aeromexico

Departure Time: 6:05pm

Flight Number: AM2568

Duration: 1.5 hours to Manzanillo

Arrival Time: 7:30pm

You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. A late dinner will be served at the hotel.

Returning to Toronto, we recommend:

Flight 1

Airline: Aeromexico

Departure Time: 12:08am

Flight Number: AM2565

Duration: 1 hour 20 min to Mexico City

Arrival Time: 1:40pm

Flight 2

Airline: Aeromexico

Departure Time: 5:35pm

Flight Number: AM616

Duration: 4 hours to Toronto

Arrival Time: 11:30pm

If you are coming from somewhere else and it is easy to make your way to Mexico City, try to join the second flight (AM 2568 departing Mexico City at 6:05pm). People joining from other flights will likely need to taxi to the hotel. Please discuss your plans with Dawn.

Ukulele Vacations

Ukulele Party

Join us for a great party! Enjoy a week in a tropical paradise. Play in group classes, prepare new material to share at open mic performances, and enjoy the company of like minded musicians.

The Ukulele Party week will include lots of time for rest and relaxation. Enjoy the surf and sand on Melaque Bay just one block from your hotel.

For active types, there are opportunities to hike, take yoga classes, swimming and water sports, bike riding, horseback riding and more.

Breakfasts and lunches are included in the package. Delight in delicious Mexican meals prepared with the freshest ingredients with love. For dinner, venture into town for a variety of delectable options at local restaurants and food stands.

For more information contact