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Cozy & relaxed location up to 5 hours from Mexico City

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Cozy & relaxed location up to 5 hours from Mexico City

Hi All.

I am going to Mexico this September with my wife. We are looking for a place for 4-6 days to chill out. We are going with our friends (couple + 2 small children). We are looking for a quiet place by a beach/lake where we can relax. Any recommendations?

We will have a car with us.

I've heard of "Valle de Bravo" which seems nice but I am afraid it will be too crowded and touristic (like Acapulco).

Would appreciate any idea or comment


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1. Re: Cozy & relaxed location up to 5 hours from Mexico City

The only beach within 5 hours is Acapulco which is far from crowded and there is a place called Pie de la Cuesta just up ther coast from there if you want to be totally chilled (google it for more details). Valle de Bravo is fine but you might want to also consider Patzcuaro which is an ideal base for day trips.

Edited: 6:53 pm, July 06, 2012
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2. Re: Cozy & relaxed location up to 5 hours from Mexico City

Hi byron33,

Valle de Bravo is a very nice town by the lake and 3 hr drive west of Mexico City, but on weekends is full of Mexico City residents and driving around is not good, however the town also has more activity during these days...

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3. Re: Cozy & relaxed location up to 5 hours from Mexico City

Since Mexico City is in the very central part of the country the beaches are a long ways away. Unless you go to Valle de Bravo or Patzcuaro (located farther east than Morelia but you can easily get there in one day's drive) you might want to fly to some beach place. We have not been to the Valle de Bravo (yet!) but from what I have heard and read go during the week and avoid weekends.

If you choose to fly I recommend flying to Ixtapa and then using a taxi to the nearby town of Zihuatanejo. Unlike most of the fancy beach resorts with high rise hotels Zihua is a fairly small town but has all the amenities that you would want. You can also find affordable places to stay there which is often difficult in the other places. Also Puerto Vallarta has a regular town in addition to hotel zone.

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