Must-see attractions in Central Pacific Coast

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    Playa La Manzanilla

    On Bahía Tenacatita, Manzanilla's calm water is ideal for swimming. You can spot good-sized crocs in the mangroved estuary; the beach itself provides a…

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    Playa Olas Altas

    True to its name (Big Waves Beach), this attractive stretch of sand has lovely surfable breakers and is backed by a handful of simple beach restaurants.

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    Playa de Quimixto

    This beach, just beyond Las Ánimas, has a waterfall accessible by a half-hour hike or by hiring a horse (M$300) on the beach to take you up.

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    Sinfonía del Mar

    Sinfonía del Mar is an outdoor stepped plaza that occasionally hosts concerts, but mainly serves as an amazing place to view sunsets.

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    Playa Escolleras

    Playa Escolleras, at the western end of Playa El Palmar near the entrance to the marina, has a decent break and attracts surfers.

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    Playa Sábalo

    One of Mazatlán's better beaches, Playa Sábalo extends north of the Zona Dorada and is backed by several luxury hotels.

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    Playa Icacos

    At the eastern end of the Acapulco strip, this lively beach is a good spot for summer sunsets.

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    Playa Boca de Iguanas

    On Bahía Tenacatita, the shore break here can be steep and fast, perfect for bodyboarding.

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    Playa Cerritos

    North of town, this appealing beach has a cluster of seafood restaurants and decent surf.

  • Los Toriles

    The little-visited ruins at Los Toriles, on the outskirts of Ixtlán del Río, give a rare glimpse into the lives of Nayarit's pre-Hispanic inhabitants. The…

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    Playas Caleta & Caletilla

    Playas Caleta and Caletilla are two small, protected beaches blending into each other in a cove on the south side of the Península de las Playas. They’re…

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    Acuario Mazatlán

    One of Mexico’s largest aquariums has tanks with hundreds of species of freshwater, pelagic and reef fish, a display of skeletons, and birds and frogs in…

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    Palacio de Gobierno

    South of the Plaza Principal is the Palacio de Gobierno. Look inside to see some impressive and colorful murals. Painted by José Luis Soto and finished in…

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    Parque Papagayo

    This large shaded children’s park, between Morín and El Cano near Playa Hornitos, is popular with Mexican families. Attractions include a lake with…

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    Playa Linda has a small cocodrilario (crocodile reserve) that is also home to fat iguanas and several bird species. You can watch the hulking crocs from…

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    Museo de Arte

    This is a small museum in a sprawling colonial courtyard complex, which makes a convincing case for the vitality and innovation of contemporary Mexican…

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    Playa Tlacopanocha

    One of the beaches closest to Old Acapulco is Playa Tlacopanocha, directly across from the zócalo, noteworthy more as a departure point for bay cruises…

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    Playa La Audiencia

    Playa La Audiencia, lining a gorgeous cove on the west side of Península de Santiago, has tranquil water and is popular for waterskiing and other noisy…

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    Playa Municipal

    In front of downtown, this is Zihua's least appealing beach for bathing, since the water could be cleaner. But the water is calm and without strong…