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The Western Pacific

Mexico’s Western Pacific region includes the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán. It is known for a generally mild climate (except for the coast) and some very nice beaches.

Jalisco is known for its bustling capital of Guadalajara, the city which gave Mexico not only Mariachi music but Tequila as well. It features some marvelous colonial architecture, including some particularly interesting government buildings, theaters and religious buildings. ?It also offers some of the best golf courses in Mexico. The beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta is also in Jalisco state. Mismaloya Beach is known for celebrity sightings, and the malecĂłn (boardwalk) is a great place for a stroll. Puerto Vallarta is a well-known stop on the cruise ship circuit.

The state of Nayarit is an often-overlooked visitor destination. Some of the highlights include Mexcaltitán Island, a popular spot home to wildlife and interesting flora, and Vallarta-Nayarit, a long stretch of gorgeous beaches. The small towns along the Nayarit coast are home to world-class fishing and many annual tournaments are held there. The historic city of San Blas is a dreamy visitor destination you won’t want to leave.

Colima is a tiny state—one of Mexico’s smallest—but it nevertheless has much to see and do. El Nevado de Colima is a picturesque mountain popular with hikers and photographers, and active El Volcán de Fuego (Fire Volcano) as also a popular attraction. On the coast, Manzanillo is a posh resort known as “The Sailfish Capital of the World.” Manzanillo boasts many fine hotels, restaurants and beaches.

Michoacán is a beautiful region of the country. The capital, Morelia, is a stunning city with colonial architecture and pleasant places to stroll. Nearby, the El Rosario Monarch Reserve is an unforgettable trip: millions of butterflies covering everything…even visitors! There are several important national parks in this state as well. The Day of the dead celebration in Pátzcuaro draws visitors from around the world.









By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
27 Apr 2011

The Best Beaches of the Western Pacific

Playa Linda

This  beach in Ixtapa is frequented by the locals. Busses go back and forth all day for about sixty cents. Patio chairs, tables, and beach umbrellas can be rented for about $5 to $10 for the ...
Beach
Ixtapa, Mexico

Isla Ixtapa

The beach at Isla Ixtapa is Ixapa’s version of Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo. It is very popular and filled with restaurants, beach chairs, umbrellas and families having a good time. Because it ...
Beach
Ixtapa, Mexico

Playa Del Palmar

This beautiful white sand beach is lined with all of the area’s big resorts. Resort-goers are plentiful, and the chairs set up along the beach are for them. There are public entrances to the beach, ...
Beach
Ixtapa, Mexico

Top Restaurants in Western Pacific Mexico

El Escarabajo Bar Scratch

138974 El Escarabajo means "beetle," but this bar known as Scratch is not really sought after for its insects. It is instead beloved for many reasons: its odd, even obscene artwork; its rough and ready ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

Caudillos Disco Bar

138979 In a city known for its gay population, Caudillos is one of the most friendly and interesting gay bars with live transvestite performances. It's conveniently located downtown, on one of the more ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

Bar Américas

Open since 2002, this capacity-300 concrete-box hotspot is still one of the most popular nightclubs in Guadalajara. If local and international DJ-selected trance and similar repetitious thumping ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

El CallejĂłn De Los Rumberos

138976 This, you realize, is the real thing, when you sit at your tiny table with a bucket of beers or passel of margaritas and watch the exhibition dancers in slinky, slutty bright-as-punch costumes ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

La Maestranza Museo Taurino Y Cantina

138972 Open since 1940, La Maestranza (formerly known as El Panchos) speaks volumes about Guadalajara's love affair with bullfighting. The walls of this cavernous cantina are covered with memorabilia, ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

Barba Negra

138978Incongruently located in an affluent residential neighborhood, this wooden roadhouse for wanna-be pirates and bikers is known for its live music (blues, rock, cover bands) on weekends. Open since ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

La Mutualista

Open since 1941, La Mutualista is a run-down downtown mansion with a dodgy bar and wide dance floor that stays deserted until salsa lessons or salsa bands pack in the crowds. And then it is ...
Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

Los Carajos

107441This place is one of the few bars in the heart of the city and it is a good bet for Mexican flavour. The large hall-like restaurant has high ceilings, wooden decour and a nice lay-out and ...
Restaurant, Bar
Guadalajara, Mexico

I-Latina

Do not panic when arriving at I-Latina. This old warehouse that faces the railroad tracks actually has one of the trendier restaurants in Guadalajara. This is the place where the ...
Restaurant
Centro, Guadalajara, Mexico

Birrieria Las 9 Esquinas

138963 The prettiest, cheeriest restaurant on the Plaza of Nine Corners also happens to have excellent traditional Mexican food, prepared in front of your eyes in a plethora of pots and ovens in a ...
Restaurant
Guadalajara, Mexico

Chai

138962 A kinda smug, yuppie-friendly café, the downtown Chai has a blah breakfast buffet but plenty of tables and cushioned places to lounge when you want to check your E-mail via WiFi while eating ...
Restaurant
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hotels of the Western Pacific

Casa Alebrijes Hotel

142892Boutique hotel for gay men and women (and friends), located in the Historic Center and just two blocks from the center of the gay nightlife area that has some twenty-five gay bars and discotheques ...
Hotel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hotel Francés

138944 An imposing structure in the heart of downtown, the Hotel Francés has been an institution in Guadalajara since 1610, when it opened to provide temporary lodging to traders. Nowadays, the popular ...
Hotel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hostal Brujas

138945 The Hostal Brujas (witch hostel) is about a seven-block walk north from the Catedral and other major tourist attractions. But the benefits of its pedestrian side-street location include the ...
Hostel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hostelito Inn

138946 At heart a hostel, the Hostelito Inn is remarkable for the colorful and funky artwork animating the walls of the six-bedroom, four-bath, three-shower property. Many of the painted scenes (roosters, ...
Hostel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hostal De Maria

138947 A member of Hostelling International, Hostal de Maria maintains is a clean, well-run little hostel. Located in a 19th-century colonial-era house, the hostel has private rooms with cable TV and five ...
Hostel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hostal Rojo (in Guadalajara)

138948 Around the corner from party central on Avenida Chapultepec, Hostal Rojo (red hostel) is a modest place to relax and maybe play some ping-pong while you wait for nighttime entertainments. The dorms ...
Hostel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hotel La Calandria

138949 If you want to stay near the old bus station on the cheap, the Hotel la Calandria is just down the street. One of a cluster of inexpensive hotels, the Hotel la Calandria seems a bit above par for ...
Hotel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Pousada Maura

138950 Southeast of downtown, near the old bus station and the large city park called Parque Agua Azul, this colonial-era guest house is a calm and economic place to stay. An old dog and mature caretakers ...
Guesthouse
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hostel Degollado (in Guadalajara)

138951 Open since November 2009, the Hostel DeGollado has that new-hostel smell. The place is impeccably clean, with several large airy rooms taking up the second floor of a colonial building just a ...
Hostel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Gardet Residence Boutique Hotel

138952Crisp, cool and collected, this fancy little boutique hotel caters to \"VIP\" guests who want to luxuriate in special treatment at a small establishment. Basically a converted mansion, the hotel has ...
Hotel
Guadalajara, Mexico

Hotel Morales

138943 The Hotel Morales traces its roots to the arrival of the railroad in Guadalajara in 1888. Along the way, the property has been an inn, a poorhouse and a hotel known for hosting bullfighters, ...
Hotel
Guadalajara, Mexico
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