Overview

The Pacific coast is backed by rolling hills covered in vegetation varying from arid desert to Mediterranean-style scrub and luxuriant forest. Tumbling down to the shoreline, these cliffs and hills harbour many horseshoe coves and beaches of white to ochre sands. The waves on the Pacific coast have a long way to come, and these rollers are much beloved by surfers.

Along the vast length of this coastline there are areas which are highly commercialised (Acapulco, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta). However there are also hotels and resorts with their own extensive grounds on less developed stretches of coast, especially around Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo. The Oaxaca shoreline around Huatulco and Puerto Escondido is particularly spectacular, with stretches of virgin beach. 

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Landscapes here vary from white-sand surfer beaches and arid deserts to Mediterranean-style scrub and luxuriant forests. The golden beaches of the Pacific coast are hot, humid and sunny all year round, with rain falling June - September. The busy holiday period runs December - January and July - August. Huatulco hosts the Fiesta del Mar in April and in November there is traditional folk dancing for the Festival Costeño de la Danza in Puerto Escondido.

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