Guadalajara Vacation Info

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Guadalajara vacation info, Mexico

Guadalajara weather, nightlife, golf, things to do in Guadalajara Mexico

Guadalajara is the capital of the state Jalisco, Mexico. After Mexico City it is Mexico’s 2nd largest city with 1.5 million people. Together with all its 7 ‘municipalities’ it has close to 4.5 million citizens.

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Guadalajara’s main industry is the Information Technology, but since long the more traditional industries like textiles, talavera (Mexican tiles with unique designs, full of color) and shoes have been important too.
Guadalajara got the status of a city in 1542. Since 1823 it has been the capital of the State Jalisco.

Things to do in Guadalajara
Mercado Libertad or San Juan de Dios Mercado Libertad is a huge three level market where you can buy basically everything. You can find handcrafts, fruit, meat, vegetables, DVDs, computer programs, bags, sugar cane drinks, shoes, cowboy boots, guitars, sombreros, stereos, car alarms, watches, battery replacement, telephones and more. You can spend hours and hours strolling around this market, have some delicious Mexican food at one of the stands, and get you a nice pair of boots.

Guadalajara Vacation info

Guadalajara Vacation info

Guadalajara talavera tiles

Guadalajara talavera tiles

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque is a must if you are visiting Guadalajara. It is a small town full of artists, handcraft workers etc. It is only 10 km from Guadalajara’s centre. At the heart of Tlaquepaque, where some 300 artists have their shops, no traffic is allowed. You’ll find an incredible variety of artisans for a good price.

The name Tlaquepaque derives from Nahuatl and means “place above clay land”. The area is famous for its pottery and blown glass. Tlaquepaque has a very romantic large Plaza, El Parián, with very good restaurants and bars. El Jardín Hidalgo (“Hidalgo Garden”) is the main square in the city centre.

Tonalá
Tonalá is a suburb thirteen km southeast of downtown Guadalajara, just minutes from Tlaquepaque, it is the home of many artisans. It is a little smaller than Tlaquepaque, in Tonalá the artists make and sell their handcraft. Here it is cheaper than in Tlaquepaque, that’s why you’ll find wholesale buyers from all over the world. Thursday and Sunday there is a huge street market, a must to see!

Tlaquepaque Guadalajara

Tlaquepaque Guadalajara

Tonala Guadalajara

Tonala Guadalajara

Tequila

Tequila got it name from the famous Mexican licor Tequila, that is produced here. There are huge Blue Agave fields, the plant where Tequila is made of. Some of the biggest Tequila distilleries are located here. Close to the town Tequila you will find Toma de Tequila, a beautifull place with waterfalls, clean fresh watersprings and amazing panoramas of the nature. You can easily spend a day here, enjoying all the fresh waterpools.

Guadalajara is considered to be the cultural center of Mexico, not only because of the Mariachis, whose origins lay in Guadalajara, but also because a large number of international cultural events, such as the International Film Festival of Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Book Fair, so you won’t have to be worried about what to do in Guadalajara…

Tequila Guadalajara

Tequila Guadalajara

Lake Chapala
Chapala quiet town some 45 minutes from Guadalajara. It is the place for the ‘well to do’ Guadalajara people to have their weekend house, and more and more tourists find their way to Chapala too. Ajijic, a charming little town at the Lake of Chapala is wellknown for it’s golf and tennis courts. Lake Capala is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake.
Lake Chapala

Lake Chapala

Guadalajara nightlife, nightclubs

In general the nightlife in Guadalajara ends quite early, if you want to party till the wee hours, go the the Nightclubs. You will find most nightclubs at Avenida Vallarta, and Avenida Patria. The younger, well to do people hang around here. Most of these bars usually close by 3 am.

Chileno bay

Chileno bay

Playa Barco Varado (Shipwreck Beach), 6 miles north of cabo, curves around a rocky shelf and the remains of a Japanese freighter that was shipwrecked here in 1960. Playa Cementario, 2.5 miles north of Cabo, is a nice white-sand beach, ideal for swimming.
Santa Maria Bay is an excellent Cabo beach for divers because of the great visibility in the sea.
Located near the Hotel Twin Dolphin, the beautiful coloured mountains which drop into the water at either side of this moon-shaped Cabo San Lucas beach make it one of the best beaches you will see. Perfect to have a swim and enjoy all kinds of watersports.
Bosse Guadalajara nightlife

Bosse Guadalajara nightlife

Barba Negra
The place for somewhat older people, they play mostly alternative rock in Spanish and English.

Bossé
Bossé is open until late, and usely has great DJ’s. Good place for younger people to dance all night long. Bossé has been open for quite some years already, and has proven to be a succes.

I Latina
One of Guadalajara’s hot spots, I Latina is where you will spot a cool, upscale local and international crowd having cocktails.

Maestranza
A bar with lots of nice cold beers. Maestranze has been around since ever, and is well known in Guadalajara.

So come and enjoy the Guadalajara weather, Guadalajara nightlife or play golf at the Guadalajara golf courses on your Guadalajara Mexico vacation!

Maestranza Guadalajara nightlife

Maestranza Guadalajara nightlife