Greetings from Mexico‘s west side, the golden Pacific Coast, whose long stretches of sand and crystal clear ocean calls to you. As November’s destination of the month, this is the perfect spot to escape to for a healthy mix of relaxation and adventure. The idyllic silence is broken only by those enjoying ziplining through forests, parasailing above the ocean and bungee jumping from bridges.
This is the Pacific Coast, where relaxation and intrepid exploration goes hand in hand.
The Pacific Coast at a glance
One of the most popular spots in the Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta may be a resort, but at its heart lies a charming old Mexican town. Think cobbled streets, winding roads, market traders and an authentic party atmosphere.
Take a 30-minute drive up the beach and you’ll reach Neuvo Vallarta, which, as the name suggests, is a new favourite among the tourists in the area. This is where you can break free from the hustle and bustle of the Pacific Coast’s main resort, and experience some peace and quiet.
Banderas Bay is one of the most-loved Pacific Coast destinations, not least because for fishermen and those touring its ocean by boat, the sights of the sea come out in full. Humpback whales, mantra rays and turtles all make the watery canyon of Banderas their home. If you’re lucky, a visit to this beautiful bay may allow you to watch the baby turtles crawling into the ocean for the first time, after being birthed on the beach just months before.
Things to do
Zipline through the jungle
Visit the zipline aerial adventure park and experience Mexico’s longest zipline. Ideal for all the family to enjoy, the full treetop exploration package is available from £64.
A private boat to a secluded beach
For the small town beach vibe, visit Playa Las Animas. A charming little spot just south of Puerto Vallarta, many like to hire a private boat to take them to this beach from Playas de los Meurtos, exploring the coast by sea.
For all the sights, sounds and aromas of the Mexican Pacific Coast, visit Playas de los Meurtos. A beach which not only boasts the best sunset in the Banderas Bay, but also some of the most loved restaurants. Platinum sands lined with palm umbrellas invite you to lie for hours a day tanning and sipping on tasty cocktails.
Witness the giants of the deep
Few people get to experience Dolphin and Whale watching in their lifetimes, so if you’re visiting the beautiful Mexican Pacific Coast, this is a must-see. There are plenty of companies in Puerto Vallarta that offer to sail people out to prime locations to watch these magnificent sea creatures move beneath them.
Rum in the coconut
Playa las Gemelas is a very quiet beach spot on the Pacific Coast. Ideal for a relaxing retreat, where you wont be disturbed, except by the one lone vendor who sells rum coconuts that he machetes open right before your eyes.
Fun facts about Mexico’s Pacific Coast
1. It rose from the ashes of a volcano
Many believe Banderas Bay to have been formed after the eruption of a huge volcano. The truth is, it is the end of a huge underwater canyon that stretches way out into the Pacific Ocean.
2. There’s a famous turtle-born tradition
Turtles lay their eggs on the beaches on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and tourists and locals alike gather from miles around to watch the babies crawl back into the ocean.
3. Longer than you might think
The Pacific Coast of Mexico spans roughly 3,500 kilometres from Mazatlan to Acapulco.
4. The west end of Mexico
Night of the Iguana was filmed there, and famous actors Ava Gardner and Richard Burton, both fell in love with the Pacific Coast of Mexico when there in the early 60s.
5. There’s an easy way down the mountain
The Sierra Madre mountains in the area are home to the longest zipline in Mexico.
Here are some of our top money-saving deals on holidays to Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Hilton Puerto Vallarta
7 nights, All Inclusive
The Hilton Puerto Vallarta is set in a prime location on Banderas Bay, nearby the romantic stylish marina and top class restaurants. This 5* hotel deal is for a whole week, All Inclusive, with a luxury spa on site for those who need a bit of time to themselves.
Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort and Spa
7 nights, All Inclusive
Panoramic views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, tiered swimming pools and rows and rows of sun loungers, that’s Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills. As the name suggests, this top quality resort is set back into the Mexican hills, set within a protected reserve. All this, plus the beach is just 10-minutes away on the free shuttle bus.
Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa
7 nights, All Inclusive
Drinks, food and entertainment are dished out around-the-clock, All Inclusive style, at Sunscape Resort and Spa. Enjoy yoga, wine tasting, a kid’s club play area, sandcastle competitions and evening music. All this is part of their Unlimited Fun programme, which brings endless amusement to guests at this idyllic resort and spa.
Discount = today’s online saving on TUI’s in-store price, plus any applicable further reduction against this holiday’s launch price
Look out for more posts on this divine corner of the world later in the month, including our ultimate guide to the BPM Festival and 5 Things You Can Do For Free in Mexico.