We’re all familiar with the Caribbean’s postcard-perfect beaches, swaying palm trees and sparkling blue waters, from Riviera Maya to Punta Cana to Aruba. But there’s a competitor when it comes to a sun-drenched getaway south of the equator. The beaches and resorts of the Pacific await. It’s time to discover beautiful destinations of the Pacific Coast in Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta and Ecuador. Each one offers an idyllic representation of pure beach life.
Make no mistake, these countries are very different from one another, each with their own cultures, cuisines, attractions and customs. But they all share one common denominator. The waters of the Pacific Ocean bathe them – the same waters that bathe Asia and Oceania. They’re the places to be when it comes to summer vacations. So say hello to your new favorite getaways in the Pacific, the spots that will have you saying: “this must be the place.” Are you ready?
Manzanillo: The best beaches in Mexico are not only in the Caribbean
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 total luxury without sacrificing adventure and excitement. One of the resorts in the Pacific where Manzanillo is on display in its pure essence is the all-suite, all-inclusive Barceló Karmina, featuring a private beach and near the main attractions of this paradisiacal region.
- Scuba diving for sunken treasure: 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 sea floor. 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!
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. 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.
Costa Rica: The Gulf of Papagayo’s inviting waters
Next, we’ll take a look at 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. Everyone who sets foot in Costa Rica says: “This must be the place.”
The adults-only, all-inclusive Occidental Papagayo is a fantastic resort experience in the Gulf of Papagayo. 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, there is nothing better than making the most of activities such as diving, cycling, guided tours, kayaks and many more options.
Ecuador: a jewel in the rough
Ecuador is a jewel in the rough on the Pacific coast, with an array of experiences waiting to be discovered. In its cosmopolitan capital Quito you can enjoy cultural and gastronomic delights that every traveler is looking for. But to put the icing on the cake, you can also spend a few rejuvenating days on the beach of Salinas, a famed retreat.
Playa Salinas in Ecuador is one of the best areas of the Pacific to enjoy the summer. Located in an area of salt wells or lagoons of Ecuasal, where you can relax watching birds and other animals that live in the salt flats, as well as refresh with the different spa services offered by the all-inclusive Barceló Salinas, taking advantage of the benefits that the rich iodized soil from this area provides to the skin. The resort is located beachfront at Playa Salinas, offering first class facilities and services, as well as 129 spacious, comfortable and modern rooms, making it one of the best vacation spots in South America.
A trip to Ecuador isn’t complete without a visit to the Galapagos Islands, home of the world-famous Galapagos turtles. The longest-living vertebrates in the world, they have become a symbol of the country. and can be seen on this remote archipelago – just remember to treat them with the utmost respect. In addition, the Galapagos Islands are the ideal peaceful enclave to immerse yourself nature at its best: iguanas, sea lions, seals … they’re all waiting on the Galapagos Islands.
Be sure to make plans to discover these Pacific Ocean destinations during your travels in 2020. To make things even easier, Barceló Hotel Group has introduced the Must Be The Place campaign which includes enticing discounts at its all-inclusive resorts in the Pacific. Learn more.