3. THE PACIFIC COASTLINE
Running from the desert islands of Baja California to verdant coves backed by lush tropical mountains, and from untrammelled expanses of sand to mangrove-fringed lagoons teeming with birdlife, Mexico’s Pacific coastline is stunning in its natural beauty. Punctuating this primordial grandeur is a series of lively resort towns – Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco – interspersed with world-class surf spots such as Barra de Nexpa, Boca de Pascuales, Troncones and Puerto Escondido. b beaches, you’ll b be so relaxed y you may not be able to leave. Head for the surf mecca and fishing port of Puerto Escondido, the low-key resort of Bahias de Huatulco or the ultra-laidback hangouts of Zipolite, San Agustinillo or Mazunte. Soak up the sun, eat good food, imbibe in easygoing beach bars and, when the mood takes you, have a surf or snorkel, or board a boat to sight turtles, dolphins, whales, crocs or birdlife.