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Mexico’s Pacific region is home to some of its most spectacular resort areas— with Mexico for living amenities, lifestyle choices, a broad range of housing scenarios, and coastal living across nine diverse States, truly something for everyone.
A prime destination for sun and sand, the region also has lots of other attractions that can usually be found right in the traditional downtown areas or within a short distance of them. And though they share similar jungle-mountain scenery as you travel further south, a coastal highway and (in some cases) even airports, each has its particular charm.
As you move south, the northern deserts of Sonora give way to Sinaloa, home to popular Mazatlán and its inland colonial towns. Nayarit is sparsely populated, tropical, and home to a string of cities, towns and villages that stretch into Banderas Bay and the border with Jalisco. Together, these two States serve up the best of Mexico for coastal living in places like the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta: great air access, mild winter weather, cultural icons, quality medical care, expat enclaves for socialization, volunteer opportunities and all the familiar box stores and products from NOB (that’s “north of the border”).
Pacific coastal living
Continue south and embrace coastal living in more remote setting (Colima State and Michoacan State), including the CostAlegre, Barra de Navidad, Manzanillo, and the largely uninhabited seacoast of Michoacan. You’ll give up amenities in exchange for more rustic coastal living. You may be without certain essentially for adult living (fewer medical care facilities, less commercial access, reduced air access). But this might be exactly what you are looking for.
Guerrero State and neighboring Oaxaca bring you into Mexico’s cultural heartland, where ancient Amerindian heritage seeps into everyday life. Modern resorts like Ixtapa and Acapulco are surrounded by villages and towns such as Troncones, Zihuatanejo, and the ultra-deluxe Riviera Diamante. These places offer a slower pace alongside access to amenities. Once in Oaxaca, a string of beach towns like Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel and Huatulco are infused with Oaxacan cuisine, crafts, traditions, and even archaeological assets.
Finally, there’s Chiapas and Mexico’s international border with Guatemala. As a cultural crossroads for centuries, today this is Mexico’s least explored or developed seacoast. It could be a possibility for escapists wanting Mayan fishing village, off-the-grid living.
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