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Along the banks of the Pacific Ocean, you'll find several Mexican destinations where WestJet flies. Seemingly made for those who enjoy spending time outdoors, these west coast destinations offer many fantastic snorkelling, golfing and hiking spots. For those simply looking for some rest and relaxation, the region's luxurious spas, stunning ocean views and refreshing margaritas are sure to soothe your stress away.
On the tip of the Baja California peninsula is Los Cabos, where the shimmering blue Sea of Cortez sparkles amid pink tree blossoms surrounded by rugged mountains and desert. This municipality is home to the upscale beach town of Cabo San Lucas, where many Hollywood stars vacation. Marinas here are filled with luxury yachts, and open-air restaurants offer world-class fare. This is also the location of the famed Cabo Wabo Cantina and other upscale clubs, offering a nightlife experience that rivals Los Angeles.
Los Cabos also includes San Jose del Cabo, where you'll find many more fantastic places to dine and unique art galleries to browse. Explore historic buildings and monuments and peruse handicrafts made by local merchants. Visit one of the region's many golf courses or, if you prefer, spend the day lounging in the sun.
The designated tourist area of Huatulco is an area made up of several small towns surrounding an ecological reserve on Mexico's south coast. The area is frequented by locals due to its natural beauty and proximity to several beaches.
Mazatlan is located on the mainland directly east of Los Cabos. A favourite among those looking to escape the cold Canadian winters, this gorgeous coastal city boasts a beautiful boardwalk, endless gold sand beaches and beautiful blue lagoons. Mazatlan is an ideal spot to go on a fishing excursion – its waters teem with fish, including marlin, sailfish and swordfish. The historic Old Mazatlan area offers markets, churches and open-air plazas (including the lively Plazuela Machado), where you can learn about the region's history and culture. To the north is New Mazatlan, the area where you'll find luxury vacation condos, restaurants, resorts and a lovely marina.
La Paz sits just north of Cabos San Lucas and the southern tip of the Baja peninsula on the Sea of Cortez. This peaceful, boardwalk-framed city has great access to clear water and clean beaches. Smaller than some of Mexico's bustling metropolises, La Paz sparse population density makes it ideal for relaxation.
The city of Loreto is farther north along the coast and offers a similarly low-key approach to a Mexican vacation. Guests looking to head straight to the beach will appreciate that the airport is walking distance to the beach in this city pinched between desert and the sea.
In the southern state of Guerrero, the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo region has become a popular vacation destination. Visit Ixtapa for all-inclusive resorts and beautiful beaches. Or head to Zihuatanejo to take in the area's thriving local culture. Quaint fishing villages line the coast and small street-side and beachfront restaurants serve the day's freshest catch. You’ll also find plenty of shops and galleries along Zihuatanejo's well-maintained pedestrian walkways.
Manzanillo was a key Latin-American port town for the Spanish and has grown into Mexico's most important commercial seaport. This sunny spot is known for more than business as it also attracts foodies, beach goers and sports fishers.
Known for its vibrant local community, the city of Puerto Vallarta was recently voted friendliest city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Golden beaches like Playa los Muertos sit against a backdrop of mountains. With a diverse range of recreation and relaxation activities available, Puerto Vallarta is a destination geared to adventure travellers and sun worshippers alike. Zipline across the jungle, go for a mountain hike or head out on a snorkelling trip. From December through March, visitors will also have a chance to see humpback whales migrating to the Bay of Banderas – not to mention the orcas, dolphins and sea lions that call these waters home.