Things to Do

Casa Melissa offers a variety of ways to enjoy the sun and the gorgeous weather of the Pacific coast. Step out the door to bask beside the heated infinity pool with panoramic views of the ocean and the Mexican coastline. Or enjoy a trip to one of the many beaches nearby.

If you want to keep your workout in gear take a jog through the cool jungle trails or put your footprints down the mile long beach. You can spend every day exploring whole new worlds and filling your basket with the beauty of Casa Melissa and the area. Adventures a la carte include:

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Hiking
  • Polo Matches on Saturdays
  • Standup Paddling
  • And of course lots and lots of sightseeing!


Dining out can be what you want it to be. Drive to the luxury resorts of Puerto Vallarta or the Four Seasons Resort, or eat at one of several great restaurants, like Ola Rica, Barracuda, Mar Plata or Maria’s, in San Pancho, five minutes away.

If you like to have the flexibility of snacking at home, we can shop for you so you can stock up on your favorite foods. Many familiar American brands are readily available in Puerto Vallarta.


Private tennis court

Maybe you’ve never played tennis before. Maybe you’re nearly a pro. In either case you will enjoy playing on the lighted court we have provided on site.

Tennis on a cool evening under the lights, a few steps from your bedroom will probably spoil you for the Park and Rec court back home, but then you can always come back to Casa Melissa for more indulgent living far from the cares and worries of life in these United States. Get the kids involved. Who knows, maybe the next Venus Williams is closer than you know!

The court is an Australian product that is used in the tropics, a synthetic grass surface topped with sand. It plays like clay but is ready for play 15 minutes after a rain shower (very important in the summer). The other great thing about the court is that it slows the game down – great if you are playing mixed doubles. What makes this tennis court unique is that it has an ocean view! Try not to get distracted by the pelicans flying by as you play the game.

Whale watching from boat in front of Casa Melissa

Whale watching from boat in front of Casa Melissa

Other activities

Whales migrate along the coast between December and March. See them from the terrace or get close-up on a boat in the Bay of Banderas.
Nature lovers can enjoy tropical birds flying by at eye level or go on a bird watching tour with Luis. See iguanas, geckos, tejones or tour the turtle nursery and help release baby turtles into the ocean. Ocean kayaking, snorkeling and hiking in the palm jungle or walking on the mile long sandy beach are a few of the best ways to enjoy this tropical paradise.

The small town of San Pancho is unique. It has an active polo community and a polo field, a yoga center, a pilates studio, craft beer cervacerias and fabulous restaurants. There are many shops and a variety of restaurants within easy walking distance of Casa Melissa.

Events during the year include a national surfing contest, annual music festival, and Art Walk Friday nights in the winter. Or rent a car and explore the whole area.