While the country’s Caribbean coast collects the bulk of travellers year-round, Mexico's western Pacific Coast shines with hidden gems and idyllic, beachfront towns worth discovering. Here’s our round-up of what to see and do on the west coast.
Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching
Los Cabos is known as the "Marlin Capital of the World," and deservedly so, as more marlin are caught here than any other place on Earth. Experience the thrill of battling these incredible creatures!
From December to April, look out for (much) larger fish stirring these waters, as that's when humpback whales and gray whales make their way down to warmer waters. Whale-watching tours take you as close as possible to these spectacular species.
Designated by the Mexican government as a pueblo mágico for its "magical" heritage and culture, Todos Santos is a former sugar cane milling town turned charming art mecca. Wander through colourful streets, break for a delicious lunch, and pop in to artisan shops.
Jump on-board a water taxi to El Arco—the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a limestone rock formation that straddles the point where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Book an excursion to Isla Espíritu Santo to swim with wild sea lions, or head to the national marine park of Cabo Pulmo for the best diving and snorkelling.
Las Gatas Beach
Spend a perfect day on a beautiful, secluded white-sand beach, accessible only by boat. Snorkel or swim in clear waters, or just soak up the rays. Lined with restaurants, it also serves up delicious seafood on-shore!
Whether you're surfing your first wave or seeking out the big wave, you'll be amped to discover the sublime surf spots. Try Zihuatanejo's La Madera beach, and Ixtapa's Las Escolleras or Linda beaches.
Participate in the preservation of turtles, including Black Sea, Olive Ridley, and Leatherback sea turtles. Depending on the time of year, you can either witness sea turtles nesting and laying the eggs, or help with the release of hatchlings back to the sea.
Puerto Vallarta / Riviera Nayarit
Sail to Yelapa, a charming fishing village overlooking the Bahía de Banderas. Snorkel in secluded coves, see the work of rosewood artisans, hike to a waterfall, or relax on the beach.
See Ya in Sayulita
Just north of Puerto Vallarta, this boho beach town has beckoned surfers to its shores for decades. Make it to the nearby uninhabited Marieta Islands and check out the art galleries for the vibrant art of the indigenous Huichol people.
Rhythm of the Night
Watch the sunset from the malecón (boardwalk) and delve into Puerto Vallarta's legendary nightlife. From hip beach bars to LGBT-friendly spots, microbreweries and jazz clubs, this city keeps you up till sunrise.
Culture & Traditions
Learn about Huatulco's artistic and culinary traditions! The region is located in the state of Oaxaca, known for its delicious cuisine and unique culture. Sample its moles, complex sauces made with countless ingredients, and its smoky, agave-based liqueur—mezcal.
Bounce from bay to bay! Huatulco includes nine beautiful bays, from the cruise port of Santa Cruz Bay to the luxury resort-lined Tangolunda Bay. Snorkel at La Entrega, reach La India by boat only, bird-watch at Cacaluta or surf at Barra de la Cruz. To each their…bay!
Do Go Chasing Waterfalls
Two Huatulco day-trips take you into the wild. One option is a jaunt to Hagia Sofia, an ecological park completes with botanic garden, riverside trails, and a lovely waterfall inviting a refreshing dip. Alternately, go for a trek to the Sierra Madre mountain range, which, don't worry, also has a waterfall.
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