Two Weeks on Mexico's Pacific Coast
Collected by Catherine Craddock-Carrillo, AFAR Local Expert
Mexico's Pacific Coast is where Mexican beach tourism began. Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán-- the names hark back to bygone eras of mid-Century Hollywood royalty and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. The allure of Mexico's Pacific Coast has not vanished. Old town Mazatlán overlooking the beach, Sayulita surfing and fish tacos, fun-loving Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco in all its cliff-diving glory--these magical places and more await the visitor to Mexico's Pacific Coast.
Ferrocarrilera, Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico
Mexico is full of beach tourism destination and well-known surf spots. Mazatlan is not particularly well known for either of these (it's known as more of a cultural destination) but that doesn't mean that they don't exist there. The city of...
La Quebrada, Acapulco, Gro., Mexico
There are several of these cliff-diving shows a day (unfortunately I can't remember the name of the cove, but say 'cliff divers' in Acapulco and everyone knows what you're talking about). To call them 'shows' is a bit belittling, though. They dive...
Carretera Ecenica Sn, Playa la Ropa, 40895 Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
Guests who lounge too long on the Viceroy Zihuatanejo’s La Ropa beach can find instant relief at the resort’s six-room spa, which features a sunburn-soothing treatment of freshly picked aloe vera, Baja lavender, and organic chamomile. Nearby,...
Camino Escénico a Playa la Ropa S/N, Playa La Ropa, Playa la Ropa, 40880 Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
When we decided to spend a long weekend in "Zihua" we wanted a hotel with great views, conveniently located near a beach, and within walking distance of town. Casa Que Canta delivered these in addition to a tasty good restaurant with helpful,...
Playa las Gatas, Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
We hiked along a rocky trail starting at Playa La Ropa to get to Playa Las Gatas. You can make it in sandals although it's not a walk in the park. Once we arrived we were met with a crowd of locals enjoying their weekend. As you stroll the beach...
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Guadalajara visitors craving an escape from the city should know that the ocean breeze isn’t far away. The bohemian beach town of Sayulita is about a four-hour drive, and even closer by plane. Popular in the 1960s among American and Canadian...
Acclaimed Mexican artist/painter Diego Rivera (a.k.a. Mr. Frida Kahlo) created these Aztec mosaic murals, which continue to the left, on the outside walls of this house in the old tourist center of Acapulco. He stayed in this house, which belonged...
Monte Nahuac Lote L, 63734 Higuera Blanca, Nay., Mexico
Check out the tub in my bathroom at the Imanta Resort, just outside of Punta Mita, Mexico. It's an amazing 12 room property on the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This tub was a boulder on the property and they built the suite around it....
Avenida Coppel s&n, Zona Nuevo, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico
I'm not a big spa person, but I've never seen anything like this. The men's spa in the Emerald Bay Resort is one of the most beautifully designed and aesthetically pleasing rooms I've ever been in. There are several different kinds of showers to...
Yelapa, Hab los Fresnos, 63197 Tepic, Nay., Mexico
Technically speaking, Yelapa is an idyllic cove that never quite caught onto the fact that the rest of the world has electricity--until about eight years ago. I boarded a small Vallarta Adventures charter boat from the pier in Nuevo Vallarta, and...
San Sebastián del Oeste Centro, San Sebastián, Jalisco, Mexico
56 Km from Puerto Vallarta (Hwy 544) Lat. 20.39'N Long. 104.35'W Elevation 1600 m. (5000 ft.) We drove for one hour from Puerto Vallarta. A nice uphill winding road, beautiful landscape. Temperature dropped significantly and suddenly we were in a...
Bucerías, Nayarit, Mexico
You have to check out Investours in Bucerias. Their walking tour takes you around this tiny fishing village to meet local artisans. We met Luz, who sells her tamales and atole, a traditional Mexican hot drink, around town. It was incredible to...
Malecón, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Puerto Vallarta's "Zona Romantica," or "Romantic Zone" has all the elements that make the neighborhood name a fitting one: cobblestone streets, proximity to the beach and its stunning sunsets, and plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars,...
Paseo Punta Ixtapa S/N, Zona Hotelera II, 40880 Ixtapa, Gro., Mexico
Built into the side of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Capella Ixtapa is a luxurious resort hotel with 59 rooms, all suites with ocean-facing views. As might be expected, accommodations are generous in size, with each guestroom featuring a...
Barra de Potosí, Gro., Mexico
Barra de Potosi, near Zihuatanejo, is a small coastal village at the mouth of a lagoon. The lagoon, together with long stretches of adjoining beach, are home to over 200 species of birds, endangered butterflies, rare mammals and reptiles, nesting...
Michoacan can claim only a small stretch of Pacific coastline in comparison with neighboring states, but what it has is lovely and blessedly lacking in tourist overdevelopment. Playa Maruata is the most beautiful of Michoacan's beaches and the...
Fuerza Aerea Mexicana 17, Pie de la Cuesta, Acapulco, Gro., Mexico
If you're going to Acapulco, you might want to consider staying in Pie de la Cuesta, 10km to the north. It offers relaxation and tranquility that are hard to come by in Acapulco but is still close enough so that you can take a taxi into the resort...
Av. Reforma 2013, Tellería, 82149 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico
Mazatlán is going through a renaissance. "The Pearl of the Pacific" saw its original heyday along with Acapulco during the glamorous 50s and 60s, when Hollywood stars mixed with Mexico's elite for sun and fun and cocktails. By the 90s, however,...
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