26 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

26 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pacific Coast route planner

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Mazatlan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Culiacan
— 1 night
Drive
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Taxco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Acapulco
— 6 nights
Bus to Zihuatanejo, Taxi to Zihuatanejo
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Zihuatanejo
— 5 nights
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Sayulita
— 3 nights
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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.
Visit Plaza Machado and El Faro Mazatlan for their historical value. Attractions like Old Mazatlan and Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mazatlan, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Olas Altas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brujas, and don't miss a visit to Malecon de Mazatlan.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan online route builder.

Toronto, Canada to Mazatlan is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, Mazatlan is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Culiacan.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Culiacan

— 1 night
Culiacán is a city in northwestern Mexico. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): catch a live event at Estadio Tomateros, then get curious at Centro de Ciencias de Sinaloa, and then browse the exhibits of Jardin Botanico Culiacan.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Culiacan trip site.

Traveling by car from Mazatlan to Culiacan takes 3 hours. Traveling from Mazatlan in July, you will find days in Culiacan are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taxco.

Things to do in Culiacan

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Taxco

— 3 nights
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Prisca de Taxco and Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa. Take a break from the city and head to Rio subterraneo Chontalcoatlan and Las Pozas Azules. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Casa Humboldt, get engrossed in the history at Museo Guillermo Spratling, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Plata o Tianguis Sabatino, and take some stellar pictures from Cristo Monumental Taxco.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Taxco trip planner.

Drive from Culiacan to Taxco in 15.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Culiacan to Taxco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Culiacan in July; daily highs in Taxco reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Acapulco

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Fuerte De San Diego and Punta Diamante. Relax by the water at Barra Vieja Beach and Playa Pie de la Cuesta. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Las Brisas, don't miss a visit to La Quebrada, and stroll through Playa Condesa.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Acapulco road trip site.

Drive from Taxco to Acapulco in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Taxco in July, things will get a bit warmer in Acapulco: highs are around 40°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Zihuatanejo

— 5 nights
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Visit Playa Las Gatas and Playa Larga for some beach relaxation. Kids will appreciate attractions like Isla Ixtapa and Playa El Palmar. Get out of town with these interesting Zihuatanejo side-trips: Ixtapa (Playa Quieta, Ciclopista de Ixtapa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Ropa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, look for gifts at Alberto's, and take in the exciting artwork at Suazo Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zihuatanejo planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Zihuatanejo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Sayulita.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Relax by the water at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Destiladeras Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marietas Islands and Sayulita Beach. Explore Sayulita's surroundings by going to Bucerias (Sone, A Broken Art, &more). There's still lots to do: tee off at Punta Mita Golf Course and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sayulita online road trip planner.

You can fly from Zihuatanejo to Sayulita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sayulita can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Coast travel guide

4.3
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.