Mexico's West Coast

By Lisa Monforton - Mexico's West Coast Resorts

You might think that three popular coastal resort cities along Mexico's Pacific side Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan would compete with each other for precious tourist dollars, but you'd be wrong. Each has its own personality and appeals to tourists lured by its distinctive features.

There are dozens of reasons why repeat visitors choose their particular destination: Puerto Vallarta for its affordable all-inclusive hotels as well as the charming El Centro and family friendly Malecon; Mazatlan for its world renowned sport fishing and festivals; and Los Cabos for the beaches, marine life and celebrity-spotting. If you haven't decided where to relax your winter-weary bones, here's a snapshot of three popular resorts.

 
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