Photographer Mathieu Young captures light and life in small-town Pacific Mexico.

The Costalegre, or “Happy Coast,” is a stretch of Pacific coastline between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo in Mexico. For years it has remained pristine, a well-kept secret amongst expats. But now that the land has been made available for international purchase, development has begun to creep in. Both the locals and the expats that call this area home are concerned their paradise may be quickly lost.

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Children in the surf

1. Children splash into the surf during a perfect sunset on the Costalegre.

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Mexican fisherman

2. A fisherman shows off his spear at a secret fishing hole.

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Mexican morning

3. A man watches as birds feed on the scraps of the morning's haul of fish outside the local fish market.

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Costalegre sunset

4. Locals of this small town sit and watch the sunset.

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Roasted chicken

5. My favorite meal.

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Carniceria, Costalegre

6. Locals outside of a carniceria.

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Intestines and organ meat, Mexico

7. Intestines and organs for sale outside of a carniceria.

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Scooter family

8. A not uncommon sight of a mother and child on a scooter.

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Mexican welder

9. A welder creates a birdhouse.

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Bicycle repairman, Mexico

10. A bicycle repairman in his shop.

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Fishing net

11. A fisherman repairs his net in the early morning light.

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Sailboat, Mexico

12. An ex-patriot and his father stand with his sailboat.

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Mexican beach

13. A woman sells handcrafts to tourists on the beach.

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Fish

14. Ray poses with his day's catch.

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Sunset horse ride

15. Sunset on the Costalegre.