20 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

20 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

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Zihuatanejo
— 3 nights
Taxi to Zihuatanejo, Bus to Acapulco
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Acapulco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taxco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manzanillo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sayulita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mazatlan
— 5 nights
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Zihuatanejo

— 3 nights
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa La Madera and Playa Contramar. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Troncones and Playa La Ropa. When in Zihuatanejo, make a side trip to see Isla Ixtapa in Ixtapa, approximately Ixtapa away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Gatas, look for gifts at Cielo Zapoteco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zihuatanejo journey site.

Edmonton, Canada to Zihuatanejo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Edmonton to Zihuatanejo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Zihuatanejo is warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Acapulco

— 3 nights
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Tlacopanocha and Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Caletilla and Playa Hornos. There's much more to do: cruise along Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman, explore the ancient world of Palma Sola, admire the landmark architecture of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace), and take a tour of Yate Bonanza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Acapulco trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Zihuatanejo to Acapulco in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September in Acapulco, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taxco.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Taxco

— 2 nights
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Silver Museum (Museo de la Plateria), examine the collection at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa, steep yourself in history at Casa de la Cultura de Taxco (Casa Borda), take an in-depth tour of Museo Guillermo Spratling, then don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Prisca de Taxco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Cristo Monumental Taxco, then admire the landmark architecture of Ex-convento de San Bernardino de Siena, and then sample the fine beverages at Casa Nayaa Mezcal.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taxco trip planner.

Getting from Acapulco to Taxco by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, Taxco is little chillier than Acapulco - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Manzanillo

— 3 nights
Manzanillo is a city, seat of Manzanillo Municipality, in the Mexican state of Colima. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Tenacatita and Cuastecomates Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa La Audiencia and Cocodrilario La Manzanilla. Change things up with a short trip to Melaque in Barra de Navidad (about 1h 5 min away). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Olas Altas and stroll through Playa de Oro.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manzanillo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Taxco to Manzanillo takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taxco in September; daily highs in Manzanillo reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sayulita.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sayulita

— 3 nights
Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa De Los Muertos and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Mita Golf Course and A Broken Art. Change things up with a short trip to Nuevo Vallarta Beach in Nuevo Vallarta (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stop by Tiendita Hola Sayulita, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, head outdoors with Sayulita Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sayulita travel planner.

Traveling by car from Manzanillo to Sayulita takes 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sayulita can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Mazatlan

— 5 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Norte and Zipline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Faro Mazatlan and Museo El Rincon de Pedro Infante. Explore Mazatlan's surroundings by going to Parroquia de San Francisco de Asis (in Escuinapa) and Iglesia De Nuestra Senora Del Rosario (in El Rosario). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Luna: Arte Contemporaneo, admire the striking features of Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a Jose Angel Espinoza Ferrusquilla.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mazatlan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sayulita to Mazatlan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sayulita to Mazatlan due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Mazatlan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Pacific Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Landmarks
Long the playground of mostly American visitors, Mexico's Pacific Coast draws a growing number of travelers from distant corners of the world with its diverse landscapes and good tourist infrastructure. White-sand beaches backed by lush vegetation remain the top Pacific Coast attraction, though this area also encompasses mountains and rugged jungle terrain ideal for adventurers, nature lovers, and photographers. A trip to Pacific Coast puts action in the great outdoors right at your fingertips, allowing you to swim in jungle-framed coves, eat in quaint fishing villages, and zipline through the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. A popular alternative to overcrowded Cancun, this coastline also features Puerto Vallarta, boasting a colonial-era plaza and a network of cobblestoned streets.