An alternative to the Mexican Caribbean which attracts more tourists every year are Mexico’s Pacific Beaches which combine the best of local cuisine, stunning beaches, nightlife, crystal clear warm waters and high vantage points with the best sunsets from all over Mexico.
These characteristics have made the Mexican Pacific one of the most sought-after options by tourists who, year after year, choose this destination to spend their holidays at any time of the year, since the temperatures are high in all seasons, some opt even for the winter because it is the least rainy season and it is an escape from the harsh winters in northern Mexico.
Three alternatives to exponential growth in terms of hotel infrastructure and shopping centers, which are only a few kilometers apart and which can be a good option to visit during the same trip: Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and Sayulita.
These tourist guides will allow you to choose three destinations that have grown in popularity in recent years and are worth knowing and visiting.
Puerto Vallarta, the pear of Jalisco
Puerto Vallarta is located in Banderas Bay and belongs to the state of Jalisco. It is considered the most beautiful city in the state for its beaches and high viewpoints in a jungle environment.
For accommodation, you can opt for Marina Vallarta, which is the most luxurious and exclusive area. It is about 15 minutes from the city center and has high quality restaurants. Another option is the Romantic Zone or Old Vallarta, which is the older part of town and has bars and plenty of shops, in addition to the area’s largest concentration of restaurants.
The luxury resort and accommodation area is located in Conchas Chinas, which has access to the Sierra Madre to the south of the city. There is also the possibility of staying in Nuevo Vallarta (recently renamed Nuevo Nayarit), a few kilometers away and with a wide variety of accommodations.
The main attractions are its beaches and the Muelle de Los Muertos (the pier), which allows you to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world as the sun sets over the Pacific in Banderas Bay.
Another attraction is the Los Arcos National Marine Park, which consists of huge rocks that jut out from the sea and can be accessed by kayak or boat for diving or snorkeling to learn more about the variety of fish that live there.
For those who prefer to walk around the city, it is possible to visit the Malecón, or promenade, which is 1.5 kilometers long and allows for walks and outdoor sports. Also in the city, the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a popular destination on a walking tour just from the Malecón.
Crossing the Ameca River to Nueveo Vallarta (Nayarit)
A few minutes from Puerto Vallarta, crossing the Ameca River and leaving the state of Jalisco to enter the state of Nayarit, is Nuevo Vallarta. 5 kilometers from the beach and with calm waters, you can enjoy a modern city designed for tourism.
It is also located in Banderas Bay, so the geography is similar to Puerto Vallarta, but differs due to the number of hotel condominiums and resorts that have been built in recent years.
For accommodation, Nuevo Vallarta has a hotel zone where all the most luxurious hotels in the region are grouped. It is also possible to stay in Puerto Vallarta and visit these generally quieter and less crowded beaches.
Throughout this region of the Mexican Pacific, which also includes Sayulita, it is possible to taste the best national and international dishes, with a wide variety of fish and seafood, combined with traditional Mexican cuisine.
You can visit the Aquaventuras water park which has slides for children and adults. There is also the Dolphin Adventure Park option which offers different activities with the dolphins.
Islas Marietas National Park is a series of uninhabited islands not to be missed, however, you must book a visit, the number of people allowed in the area per day and the time you are allowed to stay are limited for the Environmental Protection. the reasons.
The Surfing Mecca of Sayulita
30 kilometers from Nuevo Vallarta and 40 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta is Sayulita in the state of Nayarit. This city of around 3,000 inhabitants has become a must-see destination for surfers from all over the world, in addition to being widely chosen by those seeking peace and quiet.
This tourist town attracts those who practice surfing because it has an even swell, which makes it perfect for surfing.
It is also an ideal destination for sport fishing enthusiasts, species such as blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish can be caught, all highly sought after by anglers around the world. It is also a good area for yellowfin and lemon tuna fishing.
Sayulita has a lively nightlife with bars that offer the best cocktails to spend a pleasant night after long days at the beach and outdoor activities.
Another activity not to be missed is the trekking to Cerro del Mono, which consists of a walk, starting from the town of Higuera Blanca, along the hill to the top to obtain an unmissable panoramic view of the whole region.
These three tourist areas are some of the options of the whole range that Mexico offers, from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, a country unique in its culture, gastronomy and attention to tourism.
Without a doubt, Mexico is the Latin American country par excellence for tourism due to its warmth and its infrastructures that grow year after year to be a leader in the region and to be the most chosen destination to enjoy its beautiful beaches.
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