Hotels on the Pacific coast: Rest and relax in paradise

Don’t spend your time daydreaming about escaping to warmer climes, book these hotels on the Pacific coast and discover your own slice of paradise

The magnificent Pacific coastline stretches out from the Gulf of Alaska to the tip of Argentina and the Pacific Ocean is known as the largest ocean in the world. This 750 million-year-old coastline offers picture postcard vistas and paradisiacal stretches of fine golden sand. You may want to pinch yourself when staying at one of the hotels on the Pacific coast as it will be hard to believe that you are not dreaming. Yet, with so many fabulous destinations to choose from, we have rounded up our favorite must-see places in the Pacific

When is the best time to check into hotels on the Pacific coast?

If you are feeling tempted by the array of idyllic Pacific coast vacations on offer, you are not alone. However, it is best to plan your stay for when the weather is at its best. As a rule of thumb, it is always best to visit the hotels on the Pacific coast during the dry season which runs from December to April. This will guarantee you prime sunbathing weather and allow you to see these destinations at their best. However, “if you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain” travel to the Pacific coast is possible outside of the dry season as there are still many sunny days to be enjoyed, however, it is important to be mindful of hurricanes and other tropical storms. So, if you feel like exploring this picture-postcard coastline, here are our top places to visit.

Experience the Mexican Pacific at  Barceló Karmina, Manzanillo

Explore the Mexican Pacific coast and all its treasuren

The Mexican Pacific coastline, especially the section stretching from Puerto Vallarta to Acapulco, is known as the Mexican Riviera and offers all the trimmings for a glitzy, glam getaway. These Mexico Pacific coast destinations are brimming with natural beauty and visitors to these shores will enjoy exploring the mangroves, rainforests, and wild beaches. In Mexico, the Pacific coast is characterized by its large cliffs, its lush natural landscape, and its expansive beaches.

In Mexico, the Pacific coast is characterized by its large cliffs, its lush natural landscape, and its expansive beaches

But without a doubt, you’ll find some of the true jewels of the Pacific on the seafloor. The reason? These coasts were once the target of numerous pirates. You can discover vestiges of this rough-and-tumble era in the form of many sunken ships just off the Pacific coast, which scuba divers can explore to their heart’s delight. Be on the lookout for treasure chests while enjoying your stay at the Mexican hotels on the Pacific coast!

Explore Mexican west coast resorts starting in Manzanillo

When you think of a trip to Mexico, you probably first picture the Caribbean beaches and resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya. But what if we told you that there is another special destination that offers sunbathing, deep blue waters, and access to outdoor adventure and wildlife? That place is Manzanillo, located on the shores of the Pacific. It is one of the most perfect spots for travelers in search of the best hotels on the Pacific coast without sacrificing adventure and excitement. One of the Mexican resorts on the Pacific coast where Manzanillo is on display in its pure essence is the all-suite, all-inclusive Barceló Karmina, featuring a private beach and an ideal location for exploring the main attractions of this paradisiacal region. 

Las Caletas in Puerto Vallarta offers an eco-paradise for travelers on the Pacific coast of Mexico

Enjoy Mexico Pacific coast vacations in Puerto Vallarta: Mountains + Beach = Pacific bliss

Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and facing the Pacific Ocean, Barceló Puerto Vallarta has a privileged location on the shores of Mismaloya beach, just south of Puerto Vallarta (home to some of the famous Mexican resorts on the west coast). For an ultimate Puerto Vallarta eco-adventure, visit Las Caletas. This is a beautiful refuge on the beach, located in a protected cove that is only accessible by sea and offers a variety of activities, including relaxing, snorkeling, or simply exploring the area and its surroundings.

Vacation spots on the west coast of Mexico: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

The Pacific coast of Mexico is full of an array of experiences waiting to be discovered during your west coast getaways. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is one of the best areas of the Pacific for a family getaway thanks to its pristine beaches that are safe for swimming and the vast choice of entertainment and excursions to enjoy. Located in the Mexican state of Guerrero, this resort town has all the trimmings for an unforgettable vacation. A trip to Mexico isn’t complete without a visit to the Delfiniti of Mexico water park where you can get a chance to swim with dolphins. These peaceful mammals are not the only treasure to be found in the Pacific Ocean. This area is a famous scuba diving site and locals cite the granite rocks of Los Morros de Potosí as the top dive site in the area. Of course, with vistas as good as those overlooking El Palmar beach, you want to get as close as possible. We recommend checking into the Barceló Ixtapa to enjoy the luxurious beachfront bedrooms and premium wellness facilities. 

Who wants to take a dip in this pool at the Occidental Papagayo?

Explore the Gulf of Papagayo’s inviting waters with Pacific coast getaways to Costa Rica

Next, we’ll take a look at the perfect corner in which to rest from adventure and adrenaline — Costa Rica. On the west coast of the country, the Gulf of Papagayo waters have warm temperatures throughout the year, and its beach area is perfect for swimming and shade, thanks to palm trees that serve as natural umbrellas. The adults-only, all-inclusive Occidental Papagayo is a fantastic resort experience in the Gulf of Papagayo, and one of the best hotels on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

The adults-only, all-inclusive Occidental Papagayo is a fantastic resort experience in the Gulf of Papagayo, and one of the best hotels on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

Guests can enjoy both the comfort of the all-inclusive experience and the exotic fauna in the vicinity. The resort features spacious and bright rooms, designed with everything necessary for the enjoyment of guests in an adults-only environment. To enjoy the area of Guanacaste and Culebra Bay even more during your Costa Rica Pacific coast holidays, there is nothing better than making the most of activities such as diving, cycling, guided tours, kayaks, and many more options.

Snorkeling is one of the top activities to enjoy while visiting Costa Rica

Guatemala deserves a place on your list of Pacific coast travel destinations

While many people flock to the vacation spots of Mexico’s Pacific coast, Guatemala is quickly becoming a must-visit destination amongst those in the know. If you are looking to get away from it all and lose yourself in nature, this is the destination for you. The lack of hotels on the Pacific coast of Guatemala gives the 300-kilometer-long coastline a local, timeless appeal that is hard to find in today’s overdeveloped world. Known as La Costa Sur, Guatemala’s Pacific coast is home to some under-the-radar destinations worthy of exploration. The port of San José has long been a sun, sea, and surf hotspot for Guatemala city residents keen to escape the noise of the city. Close by, Puerto Quetzal is an up-and-coming destination, made famous for the cruise ships that stop here. Don’t expect golden sand and palm tree-lined beaches though, the Guatemalan Pacific coast is the hub of the country’s agriculture production and boasts rich, fertile soil and black volcanic sand beaches. Once you have enjoyed a few days exploring nature, venture to the capital where the Barceló Guatemala City provides an ideal base to explore everything that Guatemalan culture has to offer. 

Venture off the beaten track on your Pacific coast holidays to Nicaragua

Head off on a tropical adventure and explore one of the most privileged spots in Nicaragua: Montelimar. This secluded spot is home to the best hotels on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua as well as the country’s only all-inclusive hotel: the Barceló Montelimar. Here visitors can make themselves at home on the textbook-perfect beachfront surrounded by luscious expressions of nature. While away the time soaking up the warm rays of sunshine, snorkeling in the clear waters, or if you are feeling active, why not try your hand at horse riding or golf? One of the star-studded experiences not to be missed while on vacation in Montelimar is witnessing the fiery sunsets. These are best enjoyed with loved ones by your side and a plate of something delicious in front of you. Once you experience the incredible natural beauty of this idyllic setting you will understand why it has garnered itself a reputation for being one of the best honeymoon spots on the Pacific coast.

Manzanillo is Nicaragua’s top vacation spot on the Pacific coast, discover it on your next trip.