Golden Acapulco, Mexico, a kind of Cancun-by-the-Pacific but more old-fashioned beach resort.
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The central Mexico Pacific Coast has
several hundred miles of coastline (in other words a lot more than on the Mayan Riviera coast) with golden sandy beaches and excellent
Pacific Mexico beach choices are endless, from international resorts
like Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco if you want monster, densely packed, all-inclusive resorts, to smaller beach resorts
with ethnic colour such as Chamela (one of the prettiest, 165 km south of Puerto Vallarta), Barra de Navidad and Zihuatanejo.
All these places offer a vast range of things to do, superb seafood and lively night life.
Puerto Vallarta, another beach resort in the 'old mould' on Mexico's Pacific coast
Puerto Vallarta is a long-standing Pacific beach resort for Mexico vacations with its cobbled streets, handful of fine colonial style buildings, extensive beaches, a fine newly extended boardwalk, plentiful marine life, the Sierra Madre Mountains as a backdrop and a vibrant culture.
Things to do range from scuba diving, deep sea fishing, dolphin and sea lion encounters and whale watching (mid-December to end of March) to sailing and kite-surfing in Banderas Bay and the usual noisome jet skiing and parasailing. But don't waste your time looking for good surf here!
On land activities include horse-riding, hiking
into the sub-tropical forest of the Sierra Madre mountains, ziplining across canyons or tree tops, rappelling down waterfalls, crossing jungle bridges and splashing through streams and natural river pools.
Playa la Ropa in Zihuatanejo, south of Puerto Vallarta, is typical of the Pacific coast's more backpacker-friendly operations.
Mazatlan town and beaches, Mexico
Mazatlan is a lively port town, both a transport hub with ferries to Baja California and a beach destination with long stretches of sand and warm waters. Mazatlan is a popular Spring Break destination due to its variety of low-cost accommodation.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on the Baja California peninsula
(aka Los Cabos) offer miles of stunning beaches; this is perhaps America's favourite Pacific beach resort, whether they come for the world's best sports fishing, classy golfing, big surfing, lazy lounging, or tanning and drinking tequila till dawn. Beware of strong rips at some of the beaches.
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A Cabo San Lucas Resort
Cabo San Lucas, Lover's Beach, the Pacific Ocean this side, Sea of Cortez the other side - but only accessible by boat. Click to see Pacific Coast Oaxaca Riviera beaches.
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