Pacific Coast • Mexico

From: Mexico Travel Guide

See also: Northwest MexicoYucatan Peninsula

Pacific Coast
The coastline of Mexico's Pacific Coast is incredibly diverse offering no end of excellent swimming and scuba diving opportunities as well as small fishing coves and quiet secluded beaches.

There are no shortage of beach resorts and beach towns along the vast expanse that is Mexico's Pacific Coast with popular locations such as Mazatlan, Manzanillo, San Blas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Ixtapa and Playa Azul amongst some of the most well known especially during the months of October through to May which often enjoy the hottest of the dry weather.

Along the Pacific Coast you'll find thriving fishing ports such as Puerto Angel which offers both a bustling fishing village combined with the superb Playa Panteon beach which provides excellent swimming and scuba diving opportunities.

Ixtapa offers plenty of restaurants and shopping alongside beautiful sandy beaches and coves that are surrounded by lush green vegetation which includes the wildlife preserve at Barra de Potosi containing the large salt water lagoon rich with many species of birds. This area is also popular for walking and horseback riding as well as water sports with plenty of boat tours also available for viewing the large whale population who visit during December to March.

For those after a more lively scene then Acapulco is one of the best places to go with the added bonus of a vast long stretch of golden sand, no end of shopping opportunities and plenty of nightlife, although be warned it can get very crowded here.

There are also plenty of bustling markets to found all along the Pacific Coast, often selling plenty of hand crafted goods as well as fresh food and other souvenirs.

Puerto Vallarta is one of the more glamorous locations along the coast with its quaint cobblestone streets and up market galleries and shops combined with a stunning beach which offers excellent swimming, diving and snorkeling whilst being surrounded by dense jungle. The whale watching season is from around December to March where you can take a boat tour out into Banderas Bay and be treated to the likes of humpback whales and dolphins.

For those looking for some surfing and bogie boarding then Playa Azul which is around 15 miles west of Ciudad Lazaro Cardenas and Caleta de Campos are both popular locations. Playa Azul has a more rural and relaxed feel to it, although it is not as suitable for swimming due to the strong currents, however there are plenty of other coves further west that offer calmer waters for relaxing.

Major Cities Along The Pacific Coast
Ensenada, San Jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Acapulco and Salina Cruz.

Pacific Coast Climate
The Pacific Coast often averages between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit with the wettest weather found during June, July, August, September and October during this time you'll find heavy rain and humid conditions often occurring every few days, although don't be put off as the rain causes the vegetation to come to life and refresh many areas.

Mexico's Pacific coast stretches along Mexico's southwestern side enjoying both vibrant beach resorts to rugged areas of coastline and deserted beach spots.