Mexico Beach Holidays: An Overview

Along Mexico's vast Pacific coastline, well-known glitzy resorts such as Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco share space with smaller, more exclusive towns, villages, hotels and unspoilt beaches.

The Pacific coast is generally more low-key and relaxed than either the Yucatán or the Baja California beach options, and is ideal for surfers and lovers of barefoot eco chic.

Hotels still 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.

In addition, beaches tend to be unspoilt with fewer visitors, and the fragile ecosystem well protected, meaning that this region contains some of Mexico's most important sea turtle and bird reserves.

In 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.

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Punta de Mita hidden beach
If You Do Three Things
Visit Punta de Mita

Take a trip to Punta de Mita, Puerto Vallarta's more polished ocean-front neighbour. Its quieter waters reveal secluded snorkelling spots around its offshore islands. Dip into the turquoise waters of the Marietas Islands where the coral underworld offers exquisite sightings of sea turtles, stingrays and puffer fish. You can also explore unique underwater topography like caves, rock arches and a stunning hidden beach, only accessible through a tunnel.

Pod of dolphins
If You Do Three Things
Swim With Dolphins

Venture out into the Pacific Ocean to go swimming with wild dolphins; you can often spot pods playing not too far off shore. Head out in a rib with a marine expert who'll offer insight on these resident bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Don't worry, we follow the best practices to ensure these creatures are not disturbed by your presence.

Spear fishing
If You Do Three Things
Go Spear Fishing

If spear fishing is on your bucket list, now is your chance to carry out your dreams in one of the most idyllic settings. Accompanied by a local fisherman, take a boat out into the sparkling Pacific where you'll scour the jade green waters for shoals of fish. Don a mask and dive for your prize; tuna, marlin and trigger fish - delicious in ceviche and exceptional in fish tacos.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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