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The 15 Best Beach Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Mexico is so much more than tequila, fajitas and sombreros. With a diversity of landscapes, languages, cuisines and indigenous cultures, a wealth of historical sites and museums, fantastic restaurants and an exciting arts scene, Mexico is a truly fantastic travel destination. It’s also a great place to find sunshine, white sand and clear seas. And if that’s what you’re looking for you need our Guru’s list of the 15 Best Beach Hotels on Mexico's Pacific Coast.

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Mexico’s beautiful, and often historic, coastlines have plenty to offer on their own, and our list of the 15 Best Beach Hotels on Mexico's Pacific Coast offer the perfect bases for seeing some of the sights as well as enjoying the beach lifestyle of your choosing - from the promise of some great parties, to uncovering ancient treasures to discovering only yourself, but on a peaceful private beach.

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Running from the north of the coast to the south we've picked hotels in pretty, relaxed, Punta Mita, then in charming, cobbled Puerto Vallarta, which is backed by mountains bearded with palm trees and teeming with cute cafes, artisans and fascinating historic sites. Whether you're whale-spotting or surfing, canopying across jungle or lounging at the beach, you will fall in love with this wonderful, laid-back town.

Jalisco beyond that we've picked for its tranquility, and for being close to an exological reserve, then we like the resort city of Zihuatanejo, with its galleries, slowly arching beaches backed by palm trees, and the ocean just off shore which teems with marine life including dolphins and turtles.

Below that we love Acapulco! Closing in on the southern end of our journey along Mexico's Pacific Coast is the Acapulco that features in many a song about sunshine and good times, because this is Mexico's original 24hour beach party town, a playground for the rich, famous and glamorous, in the town's heyday JFK took Jackie on their honeymoon.

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The next of our favourite hotels down are in Puerto Escondido, the port town and beach resort known for its buzz, palm trees and thatched rooves, which is in Oaxaca, which has earned its position on many a travel itinerary because of the ruins of Monte Alban, one of the most impressive ruin sites in Latin America, a vast ancient pre-Hispanic complex, built atop the highest mountains in the area. The city of Oaxaca itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in terms of history and culture, it stands unrivalled in South America. But the city boasts more than archaic ruins: a vibrant place teeming with wildlife, art, good food and beautiful churches, it makes for the perfect family holiday destination.

The 15 Best Beach Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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Jalisco’s Cuixmala is a glorious boutique, tropical paradise. Well proportioned rooms are light and airy with white washed walls contrasted by bright turquoise splashes. Dine on Mexican delicacies in the restaurant (private casas get their own chefs) and enjoy any of the numerous activities. Fabulous.

Cuixmala

Playa Viva is a collection of 12 casitas on a secluded stretch of beach surrounded by lush vegetation. Simple yet luxurious open-air rooms are made from natural materials with minimal furnishings and plenty of light. A restaurant produces tasty health focused meals and daily yoga is on offer.

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Jalisco’s Las Alamandas is a tranquil resort set amidst a private ecological reserve and just steps from a white sand beach. Rooms mix traditional charm with contemporary style; think beamed ceilings, white washed walls with bright pops of colour. Feast on healthy fresh Mexican cuisine and unwind under the sun. Bliss.

Las Alamandas

Xinalani is a rustic-chic yoga retreat on the stunning coast 12 miles down from Puerto Vallarta. Only reachable by boat, limited connectivity, open-air bathrooms and daily yoga sessions guarantee that you will get in touch with nature. The food is health conscious and they cater for vegan and gluten free.

La Casa Que Canta is a luxury property sat atop a cliff with spectacular bay views. Comprising of 25 spacious suites, the best of which feature plunge pools. Spend days unwinding in the spa, practicing yoga or exploring this quiet corner of Mexico. The ideal spot for lovers or those looking for utter tranquility.

La Casa Que Canta

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Puerto Vallarta’s Hacienda San Angel sits high above Vallarta's cobbled streets, a magnificent example of colonial architecture with luxurious and elegant suites and a superb rooftop restaurant.

Hacienda San Angel

Capella Ixtapa is a luxurious property perched cliffside with spectacular sea views. Spacious rooms feature large terraces, soft hues, contemporary art work and the best have hot tubs. An exemplary restaurant serves regional dishes. A glorious spa and infinity pool offer space for total relaxation.

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Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta is utterly beautiful. Decorated with warm whitewashed walls, exposed wooden beams and antique furniture, this is an absolutely elegant hotel, and the fact that the rooms look out onto the Bahia de Banderas is really the icing on the perfect cake. Plus the restaurant serves sumptuous Mexican fare.

Casa Kimberly

The Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is a stunning eco lodge boasting spectacular sea views. Secluded rooms offer enormous terraces (the best have plunge pools), free standing baths, plenty of glass and minimalist furniture. Spend evenings in the romantic restaurant and sampling tequila and days basking in the sun.

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Casa Oaxaca is a seven room hotel converted from a charming colonial building, also in the centre of old Oaxaca. Rooms are arranged around a central courtyard and there's a roof terrace, pool and private gardens. This is a great option for foodies, as the chef, and manager, is happy to offer Mexican cooking workshops.

Acapulco's Las Brisas sits on a hill overlooking the sea, a gorgeous hotel offering cool and contemporary rooms and suites, swimming pools, a tennis court and a brilliant gourmet menu. Relax in the sun at the private beach or make use of the hotel shuttle bus to travel from place to place. Great value for money; ideal for large families.

Las Brisas

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Oaxaca’s Hotel Azul is ideally located for exploring the city's sights, the simply-styled courtyard-facing rooms are kitted with light wooden furniture and artworks. There is a classy terrace bar and a restaurant serving the best of Mexican fare.

Punta Mita's Four Seasons Punta Mita is a luxury property set beside a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach. Generously proportioned rooms feature large terraces, luxury bathrooms and wonderfully comfortable beds. Complete with glorious infinity swimming pool, pampering spa and manicured golf-course; utterly spoiling.

Four Seasons Punta Mita

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Las Bugambilias is a great value, family run B&B with plenty of traditional colour and charm. Its nine rooms allow you to stay right in the heart of old Oaxaca in comfort, and its restaurant serves classic Mexican dishes in a rustic, friendly setting.

Las Bugambilias

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Boca Chica is a beachfront hotel on one of the 'arms' of Acapulco Bay, looking directly across the water to the little island of La Roqueta. You're not in the centre of town, so you'll find a relaxing haven here, but it also has a lively bar and its own nightclub, so you can dance the night away after swimming, golfing, fishing, snorkelling or cliff-diving the day away. The hotel also has a nice spa and a seafood restaurant.

Boca Chica

If you haven’t found your ideal Mexican beach break hotel on our list of the 15 Best Beach Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast you could:

15 Best Beach Hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

  • Cuixmala Careyes, Jalisco 13 rooms from £429

    Find tropical paradise in this glorious boutique property. Well proportioned rooms are light and airy with white washed walls contrasted by bright turquoise splashes. Dine on Mexican delicacies in the restaurant (private casas get their own chefs) and enjoy any of the numerous activities. Fabulous.

    Total relaxation  -  Set amidst the jungle and just minutes from a stunning beach - paradise
    Surfing  -  Head to Arroyo Seco for excellent surf conditions
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Playa Viva Juluchuca, Guerrero 12 rooms from £207

    A collection of 12 casitas on a secluded stretch of beach surrounded by lush vegetation. Simple yet luxurious open-air rooms are made from natural materials with minimal furnishings and plenty of light. A restaurant produces tasty health focused meals and daily yoga is on offer. The perfect getaway.

    Hideaway  -  Just 12 castitas on a protected piece of land overlooking a secluded beach.
    Surfing  -  Find waves nearby for everyone from beginners to experts.
    Fishing  -  Deep-sea fishing for Tuna and Marlin among others.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Las Alamandas Jalisco 16 rooms from £282

    A tranquil resort set amidst a private ecological reserve and just steps from a white sand beach. Rooms mix traditional charm with contemporary style; think beamed ceilings, white washed walls with bright pops of colour. Feast on healthy fresh Mexican cuisine and unwind under the sun. Bliss.

    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil resort set within lush gardens and overlooking a stunning white sandy beach.
    Sailing  -  Take a scenic boat ride up the San Nicolas river.
    Surfing  -  The beach has great waves for surf enthusiasts.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
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  • Xinalani Puerto Vallarta South Shore 23 rooms from £519

    A rustic-chic yoga retreat on the stunning coast 12 miles down from Puerto Vallarta. Only reachable by boat, limited connectivity, open-air bathrooms and daily yoga sessions guarantee that you will get in touch with nature. The food is health conscious and they cater for vegan and gluten free.

    Eco break  -  Rooms only have three walls to allow the seabreeze to act as a c02 free AC, all natural building materials and sustainable food
    Total relaxation  -  Geared towards yoga fanatics, this health centric retreat offers massage, shamanic rituals and twice daily yoga sessions
    Yoga  -  Two daily yoga sessions are included, with three studios- Sand Terrace, Jungle Studio, Meditation Cabin, or Greenhouse
    Other Activities  -  With limited WIFI, no tvs, no ipads and no distractions it is time to kick back, relax and be at one with yourself
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • La Casa que Canta Zihuatanejo 25 rooms from £273

    A luxury property sat atop a cliff with spectacular bay views. Comprising of 25 spacious suites, the best of which feature plunge pools. Spend days unwinding in the spa, practicing yoga or exploring this quiet corner of Mexico. The ideal spot for lovers or those looking for utter tranquility.

    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil coastal haven, well away from Mexico's mass tourism.
    Diving  -  Discover the underworld during a diving excursion.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore majestic Mayan ruins on a guided tour.
    Fishing  -  Deep-sea fishing tours can be organised.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
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  • Hacienda San Angel Puerto Vallarta (Centro) 20 rooms from £340

    Located high above Puerto Vallarta's cobblestone streets, the elegant Hacienda San Andres features colonial architecture and turn-of-the-century furnishings. Their 20 luxurious suites offer wonderful views whilst their rooftop restaurant serves up exquisite cuisine. A truly magnificent spot!

    City Style  -  Hacienda San Angel is situated in a perfect location for those looking to get to know quaint Puerto Vallarta
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the streets of Puerto Vallarta getting a feel for the city or wander down the coast at sunset and enjoy the views
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Capella Ixtapa Zihuatanejo (Paseo Playa Linda) 59 rooms from £222

    A luxury property perched cliffside with spectacular sea views. Spacious rooms feature large terraces, soft hues, contemporary art work and the best have hot tubs. An exemplary restaurant serves regional dishes. A glorious spa and infinity pool offer space for total relaxation. Superb.

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil seaside escape ideal for getting away from it all.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn to cook regional dishes with the hotel's chef.
    Sailing  -  Take a romantic cruise along the coastline.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Casa Kimberly Puerto Vallarta 9 rooms from £382

    A wonderfully romantic villa boasting stunning views of the Bay of Banderas. Individually designed, colonial style suites feature white washed walls, exposed beams, dark antique furniture and heavenly bathrooms. Iguana Restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine. Utterly beautiful.

    City Style  -  A romantic adult-only property with style harking back to a more elegant era.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe just a short walk from the property.
    Great walks  -  Wander along the sculpture-filled seafront Malecon.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
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  • Banyan Tree Cabo Marques Lote 1 Col. Punta Diamante Acapulco 47 rooms from £187

    A stunning eco lodge boasting spectacular sea views. Secluded rooms offer enormous terraces (the best have plunge pools), free standing baths, plenty of glass and minimalist furniture. Spend evenings in the romantic restaurant and sampling tequila and days basking in the sun. Superb.

    Hideaway  -  Find utter tranquility in this luxury property overlooking the sea.
    Cooking classes  -  Take a cooking class with the celebrated chef.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Casa Oaxaca Oaxaca 7 rooms from £130

    This Colonial manor turned boutique hotel is only five minutes from the action and offers a courtyard pool, a restaurant and bar. Cool comfortable rooms are adorned with local art. Enjoy the nouvelle Mexican cuisine surrounded by contemporary art works. A truly remarkable experience.

    Foodies  -  Chef Alejandro Ruíz has crafted two spectacular nouvelle Mexican cuisine restaurants around organic, fresh & local ingrediants.
    Local exploring  -  Oaxaca is famed as Mexicos artistic centre, learn more on one of the hotels tours of local artisan studios.
    Cooking classes  -  For a totally unique experience join the market tour and cooking class with one of Casa Oaxaca’s chefs- unbeatable!
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the beautiful cloisters of former monastery Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
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  • Las Brisas Acapulco (Fracc Marina Brisas) 251 rooms from £89

    Las Brisas sits in luscious gardens atop a hill overlooking Acapulco Bay. It features contemporary casitas which share a pool between 3 of them whilst the suites have their own private pools. Make use of the free bus service to spend the afternoon at the private beach club! A wonderful experience.

    Beach Life  -  The property is just 5 minutes from the beach so you can easily wander over and spend your days lounging by the seaside
    Total relaxation  -  Bask in your beautiful surroundings, enjoy the view and treat yourself to a massage or spa session
    Sights nearby  -  Rent one fo their jeeps and go check out the Chapel of Peace, House of Culture or San Diego Fort
    Great walks  -  Wander down the beach along the coast at sunset and admire the stunning views
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  • Hotel Azul Oaxaca 21 rooms from £105

    A historic building set around a picturesque courtyard. Bedrooms are simply styled with tiled floors, contemporary art and light wooden furniture. A chic terrace bar is the ideal place to enjoy an evening tipple and the restaurant serves up classic Mexican fare. The perfect base for city exploring.

    Local exploring  -  Well located as a jump off to exploring the city and its surrounds.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient capital of the Zapotecs, Monte Alban.
    Full of character
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Four Seasons Punta Mita Punta Mita 177 rooms from £260

    A luxury property set beside a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach. Generously proportioned rooms feature large terraces, luxury bathrooms and wonderfully comfortable beds. Complete with glorious infinity swimming pool, pampering spa and manicured golf-course; utterly spoiling.

    Beach Life  -  The ultimate in beach-side luxury boasting a glorious infinity pool and superb sea views.
    Surfing  -  Catch some of the best waves in Mexico off the coast of Punta Mita.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Boca Chica Acapulco (Fracc. Las Playas) 30 rooms from £88

    Beachfront hotel which offers a lively social scene in the form of bar and nightclub, as well as a relaxing chance to while away the days in the swimming pool or on the beach. Spa, boutique shops and seafood restaurant also on site. Golf, cliff-diving, fishing and snorkelling all nearby the hotel.

    Spa  -  Natural and herbal ingredients. Artisan aromatherapy.
    Lively  -  Nightclub on site
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Las Bugambilias Oaxaca 8 rooms from £70

    A characterful family-run bed and breakfast in arty Oaxaca. The three buildings are uniquely decorated with bright colours, Mexican art and plenty of charm. With large comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Yummy communal breakfast adds to the family vibes.

    Value chic  -  Fantastic value for money from this characterful and charming spot, full of quirky Mexican art and family vibes.
    Eco break  -  Eco-tourism hotel, members of ConservAgua, a program that promotes the sustainable use of natural resources.
    Cooking classes  -  Chef Pilar Cabrera runs the nextdoor Casa de los Sabores Cooking School, learn to master Mexicos inventive and exciting cuisine.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the famous Zapotec sites at nearby Monte Albán, Mitla and Yagul, the Cabreras will happily arrange tours.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 2nd May 2019