By Maria Mora
Thanks to a new service from US Airways, it’s even easier to head to one of Mexico’s coveted Pacific resorts. Since June, the airline has been offering flights from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Mexico three days a week. Flights arrive early in the afternoon and depart in the afternoon to get passengers back to North Carolina by early evening.
Take advantage of these new flights to experience the Pacific’s unique opportunities, such as the proximity to mountains, humpback whale-watching and deep-sea fishing — adventures that resorts in the Cancun simply don’t offer. (On the other hand, Cancun offers amazing snorkeling opportunities and natural reefs.) Personally, I’d have a hard time deciding between visiting the Riviera Maya and visiting Puerto Vallarta. But as a Floridian, I’m easily swayed by mountainous terrain. I wouldn’t mind zip-lining through the forest canopy on a Mexican mountainside.
Pacific resorts like the Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa cater to families and singles. So whether you’re traveling for romance or heading on a family adventure, it’s easy to find classy accommodations. I was impressed to find dozens of family-friendly resorts considering Puerto Vallarta’s reputation for having a scorching-hot nightlife. (I mean, who doesn’t have a friend with a story about sleeping on the beach in Mexico?)
Insider tip: Book a Puerto Vallarta hotel and airfare package online at the same time to save 20 to 40% off the combined price.
Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.