Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - LONELY PLANET -

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.

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