Surrounded by thirty thousand acres of nature preserve and miles of virgin beaches, the community dazzles with its "Careyes Style" architecture and lush tropical landscaping. Its Mexican Mediterranean vibe attracts people who like the rare combination of La Dolce Vita and unspoiled natural beauty. It is sophisticated and yet casual, relaxed, and  friendly. Careyes has a highly regarded Polo Club with many tournaments throughout the winter season. Careyes hosts the Ondalina Music Festival and Arte Careyes Film and Art Festival. Careyes is also famous for its annual Chinese New Year’s Celebration.

Fine dining is available within the community such as the Playa Rosa Beach Club (Mediterranean/Mexican), Punto Como (Italian), La Duna (locally-sourced, health-conscious cuisine), Casa De Nada (Mediterranean/Mexican) and Coscolina (Moroccan/French). There are also many excellent local Mexican restaurants in the immediate area. The Plaza in Careyes has a collection of shops, galleries and an open plaza for events and celebrations.


The nearby Playa Rosa Beach Club offers paddle boarding, ocean kayaking, snorkeling or just lounging on their beach with views of the picturesque bay. Boats can be chartered for coastal fishing or whale and dolphin spotting. Horseback riding and polo lessons at the Polo Club, and tennis at the El Careyes Club are also available. Nearby there is scuba diving, surfing and surf lessons and golf at El Tamarindo. With thousands of acres of unspoiled nature, the area is ideal for mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and eco adventure.