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San Patricio Melaque and Villa Obregón are the two adjacent beachfront villages that come together at the street Alvaro Obregón and make up the community referred to on this web page as Melaque. The village of San Patricio Melaque is to the west of Calle Alvaro Obregón and has been a vacation retreat for generations of Mexicans and more recently by Canadians. San Patricio Melaque is the larger of the two villages and contains the town square and most of the retail shops. Villa Obregón is to the east of Calle Alvaro Obregón and is more residential in character. The two villages form the largest coastal community between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

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Playa Melaque is the main beach in Melaque. As in Barra de Navidad, the slope of the beach is somewhat steep which causes the waves to break close to shore. The beach is good for swimming but will present some difficulty for small children due to waves breaking on shore. The beach is rather long, extending from the jetty in Barra de Navidad to the west end of Melaque.