Mexica West Coast

Mexica West Coast

Ten days on Mexico’s Pacific Coast will allow enough time to visit this rather large region. This sample itinerary will have you riding a wave of nostalgia as you visit the most popular places from days gone by. Don’t worry though. This area has undergone a renaissance and is welcoming over five million visitors annually.

To move efficiently through the country, this itinerary uses flights as the preferred method of transportation. As an alternative to flying, visitors with a valid US driver’s license can rent a car in Mexico. However, be sure to have your travel advisor help you if you choose this option as scams are prevalent.

Fly into Mazatlan General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) early in the day. Check in to your hotel in the Zona Dorada area. If you’re feeling up to it, take a 30-minute hike up to the lighthouse at El Faro. You’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous sunset welcoming you to Mexico.

Just a short boat ride away is Deer Island. Pack your sunscreen and a picnic lunch for a day filled with white sand beaches and calm waters. After returning to your hotel, change clothes and eat at a local restaurant. Try aquachile; it is like ceviche but made with shrimp.

In the morning, stroll down the cobblestone streets of Mazatlan’s historic district, also known as Centro Historico. From there walk the Malecon, a 13-mile sea wall which runs next to several of Mazatlan’s neighborhoods. No matter how far you go, you’re sure to find local action. End the day with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean.

Check out of the hotel and catch a flight to Puerto Vallarta, Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Then drop off your bags and find a new favorite restaurant.

Wake up early and take a 15-minute hike to Mirador de la Cruz for the best view of both sunrise and Puerto Vallarta. Spend the rest of the day in Sayulita enjoying cobblestone streets, trendy cafes, and beautiful beaches. If you’re a “wanna be” surfer, this is the perfect location to take lessons.  

Today is all about the water. Go scuba diving, swim with wild dolphins, or go snorkeling at Los Arcos National Park. You might even go sport fishing. Discover why Jacques Cousteau called this region the “aquarium of the world.” When it’s time to dry off, visit Mama Lucia Tequila Factory for a tour and tasting. After dinner, check out the local nightlife.

Sleep in late and take a flight to Alvarez Intl Airport (ACA) in Acapulco. Dinner at a quiet café relaxes you as you become familiar with the town.
In the morning visit Our Lady of Solitude Cathedral and the central square for a snapshot of local life. All the characteristics of a Mexican town square can be found here. In the afternoon, watch La Quebrada Cliff Divers as they perform their death-defying jumps off the cliffs into the waters below.
Take a guided boat tour through Laguna de Tres Palos, an important ecotourism destination where you will see herons, mangroves, and giant lilies. Spend the rest of the day catching rays at one of the many beaches in the area. To end your trip, a sunset dinner cruise will have you dreaming of your next trip to Mexico.

DAY 10
It’s time to say, “Adios, Mexico,” as you board a flight and head home.