Mexico’s Pacific Resorts—Si!By Christine Loomis

Coastal destinations to love south of the border

Mexico’s Pacific Resorts— Si!

From the colonial city of Mazatlan and on south to the resorts of Huatulco, between Los Cabos on the tip of Baja and the small city of La Paz to its north, Mexico has hundreds of miles of dramatic coastline. Its western shores are graced with sweeping beaches and the wildlife-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, which meet off Cabo San Lucas.

Lining these shores are hundreds of hotels and resorts, as well as modern convention facilities that draw groups to Mexico for productive—and cost-effective—meetings. Although Mexico has suffered due to headline-making drug-related crime, primarily occurring in border cities and states, the meetings industry remains strong, with good reason: Most visitors to Mexico are nowhere near the violence noted in the news, and towns and cities popular with convention-goers remain blissfully unaffected by it.

Mexico’s largest tourism conference and trade show, Tianguis Turistico, draws some 5,000 attendees annually. This year, it took place in March in neighbors Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. President Felipe Calderon was among those who attended the event, which went off without a hint of trouble—just as hundreds of conventions and meetings do all over Mexico.

GETTING THERE

General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) is a 30 minute drive from Mazatlan.
Huatulco Interational Airport (HUX) is 15 minutes from the resort area.
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH) is about 10 minutes from downtown Zihuatanejo and 15 from Ixtapa.
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is 20 minutes from San Jose and 50 from Cabo San Lucas.
Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport (LAP) is 11 miles southwest of La Paz and 7 miles from CostaBaja.
Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) is six miles north of Puerto Vallarta.