Along Mexico's vast Pacific coastline, well-known glitzy resorts such as Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco share space with smaller, more low-key towns, villages, hotels and unspoiled beaches. Mexico Pacific Coast holidays are generally more relaxed than those in either the Yucatan or Baja California, and are ideal for surfing, mountain biking, fishing and lovers of barefoot eco chic. In addition, the beaches tend to be unspoiled with fewer visitors, and the fragile ecosystem better protected, meaning that this region contains some of Mexico's most important sea turtle and bird reserves. In the state of Jalisco,
fields of cactus cover the arid landscape and you are likely to reach your idyllic beachfront hotel via a dusty dirt track as desert gives way to crashing waves. On the subject of hotels, they tend still to offer superb levels of service, accommodation and, of course, setting, but they tend to be more sensitive to their environment here, and you are more likely to be sleeping in charming 'casitas' or small thatched houses than in an air-conditioned building.
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What can you find on Pacific Coast holidays that you won’t find anywhere else?
Sublime beaches, the blue immensity of the Pacific Ocean and an irresistible chance to escape all await you on Pacific Coast holidays in Mexico. From the glamorous resorts of Acapulco and Puerta Vallarta to smaller gems like the port town of Puerto Escondido and the private beach resort of Careyes, each tantalising area offers a different state of mind. For expert surfers in search of big waves that just won’t quit, the famous laid-back beach town of Puerto Escondido is nirvana. A former fishing port, its powerful swells attract pros from across the globe. If boutique hotels and hippy vibes are your thing, the coastal town of Zipolite emanates bohemian magic and is best known for having Mexico’s only nude beach. Yearning for a pocket of peace? A stone’s throw away in the small fishing village of Puerto Angel there’s tranquillity at every turn; be lulled by the murmur of the surf against the sand, the gentle bobbing of fishing boats and rows of palm trees swaying in the breeze. For luxury in spades, Careyes Bay awaits - an exclusive enclave of untamed nature, boutique hotels and private villas, it’s a magical location coveted by the rich and famous.
Who are Pacific Coast holidays best for?
A sun-drenched escape is practically guaranteed in Mexico, and avid beachgoers will be in heaven during Pacific Coast holidays. But the region also has an elegance and history to it that’s unmistakable – visitors can bathe in the green glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean one day, then dive into the heart of an ancient and fascinating culture the next. With a wild coastline that’s popular with divers, green hills ripe for hiking and countless mountains and rivers that offer every action sport going, it’s the perfect place for travellers who struggle to sit still. For families, luxury seaside resorts offer every comfort imaginable and idyllic days can be spent sculpting sandcastles on white sandy beaches or picking up souvenirs in quaint fishing villages.