• Islas Marietas National Park

Pacific Coast Holidays

Mexico’s Pacific Coast is growing in popularity, and fast becoming one of the country’s most exciting holiday destinations.

Head to the buzzy town of Puerto Vallarta, a spot that teams a modern atmosphere with traditional Mexican warmth and hospitality in stunning surroundings. Puerto Vallarta’s famous Banderas Bay is one of the biggest bays in the world, and it’s littered with historic architecture and luxury hotels.

Shopaholics should make a beeline for the El Malecon boardwalk, which is lined with market stalls and boutique shops. Afterwards, indulge in a delicious Mexican dinner or stop off at the popular Los Archos amphitheatre for live music. There are also plenty of dinner and cocktail spots that look out to the yachts bobbing in the picturesque marina. It’s the ideal viewpoint for a sophisticated night on the town.

Jaw-Dropping Natural Beauty and Wildlife on Pacific Coast holidays

While holidays in the Pacific Coast are known for their quality shopping and dining opportunities, the region also offers plenty in the realm of sublime natural beauty and wildlife too. The Pacific Coast is a top spot for whale watching. You can embark on a whale watching expedition to marvel at the magnificent ocean giants cruising in the waters. 

Snorkellers can head to the sparkling blue waters of the Marieta Islands to duck beneath the waves. Under the ocean’s surface, keen explorers are treated to the sights of bright and colourful coral reefs and tropical fish species.

The Pacific Coast beaches are perfect for a relaxed day on golden sands, as well as sports enthusiasts. Banderas Bay is the most popular beach spot, especially for surfers who attempt to tackle the soaring blue waves.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Watch a sunset to remember from the Los Muertos pier in Puerto Vallarta
  • Soar through the verdant trees on a ziplining jungle canopy tour
  • Learn how tequila is made on a distillery tour
  • Snorkel the blue waters and discover the vibrant marine life of the Marieta Islands

Our favourite hotels

There are plenty of luxurious hotels and resorts scattered across the Pacific Coast. Here are some of our favourites.

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Pacific Coast

H&J Rating
Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Pacific Coast

H&J Rating
Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours 30 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

MXN - Mexican Peso

Visa Information

British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Mexico but will require an immigration form for arrival and departure. You can obtain either when you arrive, on-board your flight, or online in advance from the National Institute of Immigration website.

Language

Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Information

No vaccinations required, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

Pacific Coast

The Pacific Coast is a hot and sunny destination year-round, however, the best months to visit Mexico’s Pacific Coast are between November and April. This is when temperatures peak at around 29°C to 32°C, with little rainfall. From May to October, temperatures are higher at around 34°C, and there’s a higher chance of rain too.

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Puerto Vallarta
29ºC
25mm

Average weather in February

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Puerto Vallarta
29ºC
7mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

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Puerto Vallarta
29ºC
6mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

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Puerto Vallarta
30ºC
7mm

Average weather in May

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Puerto Vallarta
32ºC
11mm

Average weather in June

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Puerto Vallarta
33ºC
210mm

Average weather in July

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Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
362mm

Average weather in August

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Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
315mm

Average weather in September

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Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
360mm

Average weather in October

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Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
120mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

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Puerto Vallarta
32ºC
13mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

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Puerto Vallarta
30ºC
19mm
  • Caroline, Destination Executive

    Caroline

    Destination Executive

    “Visit the open air market in the little seaside town of Bucerias and pick up some local craftwork or art by the resident Huichol people.”

  • Jas, Destination Specialist

    Jas

    Destination Specialist

    “For a yummy snack, try street-side corn on the cob or tacos on the beach.”

  • Navy Day

    Navy Day is celebrated in all coastal towns across Mexico, and that includes Puerto Vallarta. In June each year, Navy Day commemorates men and women who have contributed to naval services in the past and present. 

    Festivities start early, featuring a boat launch into Banderas Bay. Afterwards, enjoy a flower wreath ceremony which takes place on the water. Make the most of the all day parties on the beaches, which continue into the evening.

     

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day is celebrated all over Mexico, but the biggest festivities in the Pacific Coast are hosted in Puerto Vallarta. On 16th September, immerse yourself into a world of live music, colourful fireworks and vibrant parades on the shores of Puerto Vallarta.

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