If the Beach Beckons

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If the Beach Beckons

You won't find any beaches in Guadalajara, but the city is only a 4½-hour drive (or 5-hour bus ride) from Puerto Vallarta, the hub of the Pacific Coast Resorts. The smaller, less touristy beaches of Sayulita and Manzanillo are even closer at about a 3½-hour drive. With a little planning, these completely different destinations can be combined.

If you plan on traveling to both the West Coast and the Guadalajara area, be sure to compare airfares. Depending on where you're flying in from, it might be cheaper to start your journey in Puerto Vallarta and work your way inland. If you're driving to PV, the best route is toll Highway 15D to Tepic, followed by Highway 200 (pick it up at the Compostela toll booth).

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