Chacala, Mexico

I really don’t know why people stick with big-city beaches. This one, Chacala, a kilometer wide bay with perfectly soft brown sand, is 90 minutes’ drive north of Puerto Vallarta. Twenty years ago it was a tiny fishing village you had to hike into from the highway. It’s still only partly developed — with no resorts or ATMS (or smooth roads). I liked how locals and tourists played volleyball together, musicians played to play (not for money), and a new married couple went right out into the waves — in full wedding attire — for photos.

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Robert Reid is a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times, ESPN), travel expert (Today Show, CNN's Headline News), travel videographer (76-Second Travel Show) and travel artist (don't ask).
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