Rincón de Guayabitos
Rincón de Guayabitos is a modest and colorful fishing village and resort that sits between the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains and the Bay of Jaltemba. It is known to be a friendly, safe and family-oriented beach town, as well as a vacation area for travelers on a budget. Guayabitos has gained popularity as a vacation and second home destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans over the past 5-10 years. “Corner of little guava trees” is what the name Rincón de Guayabitos means, referring to the guava orchards that were planted throughout the bay area in the past.
The main street Avenida del Sol Nuevo spans the entire length of Guayabitos. The town is divided into two areas at the main entrance; if you turn left (south) you will be going past the church and plaza, and then into the Commercial Zone and Hotel; if you turn right (north) you will drive past the police station and tourist office, and into the Residential Zone.
The Zona Residencial (Residential Zone) is made up of vacation homes small and large and with pools and gardens that are well maintained, and curving cobblestone roads decorated with manicured shrubs and trees. There are several rental homes and Bed & Breakfasts, a few bungalows and hotels and, as well as tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts.
In contrast, The Zona Hotelera (Hotel and Commercial Zone) is filled with hotels, condos, bungalows, and trailer parks that draw Canadians and Americans during the winter months and Mexicans in the summer, Christmas and Easter holiday. You will also find several mercados (grocery stores), gift shops offering Mexican handicrafts, pharmacies, clothing and jewelry stores, clubs, and restaurants and food stands featuring Mexican and American cuisine. There is a casual and relaxed beach type atmosphere.
Playa Rincón de Guayabitos is coated with restaurants covered with palapas and has many beach vendors in colorful carts selling everything from coconut macaroons and drinks, to grilled fish and shrimp on a stick. The water in the ocean is generally warm and calm which makes it safe for kayaking, swimming, boogie boarding. The ample beach sweeps a little more than 1½ miles and is the perfect place to walk along, or just simply sit and watch the waves come in while you run your toes through the sand.
There are two small islands off the coast of Rincón de Guayabitos which provide an anchor for the whole bay. The smaller island is named Isla Cangrejo (Crab Island). The larger island is called either Isla La Peña or Isla Coral (Rock or Coral Island), depending on who you ask.