Visit This Underrated Beach Town In Mexico For A Laid-Back Vacation

Mexico is renowned for its sun-kissed beaches, historic sites, and bustling resorts. Places like Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen often hog the limelight, but there's a hidden gem located on the Pacific coast of Mexico that remains completely untouched by crowds of tourists — Troncones in Guerrero. Nestled just a 30-minute drive north of the twin beach towns of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Troncones offers a perfect blend of tranquility, authenticity, and unspoiled natural beauty.

Unlike the more commercialized beach destinations, Troncones boasts miles of golden sandy beaches with crystal-clear 79-degree waters year round that aren't overrun by beach umbrellas and vendors. Think of it as Tulum, but 30 years ago. The population is only 500 people! This quiet fishing town is uncrowded; everything beachy is within walking distance; and the vibe is as chill as it gets. The waves are a mix of tranquil waters for relaxation and stronger currents ideal for water sports. Visit Playa Troncones, Playa Majahua, and Playa Buenavista for a blissful day at the beach.

Troncones is slowly gaining a reputation among surfers. It's an excellent destination for surf adventures and offers several spots catering to beginners and experienced surfers. Whether you're looking to take your first lesson with ISA Mexico surf camp or hunt for the perfect wave at "La Saladita" and practice your cross-step, Troncones won't disappoint. Peak surf season is between May to November. If you happen to visit between February and March, you might even spot the majestic humpback and gray whales during their migration along the shores while catching a wave.

Adventures, local culture, and palapas dining in Troncones

For those seeking some adrenaline beyond the surf, Troncones offers a variety of outdoor activities. There's no shortage of adventures, from horseback riding on the beach to hiking in the nearby Sierra Madre mountains. Costa Nativa offers organized eco-tours like estuary kayaking and wildlife observation, a snorkel tour to Ixtapa Island, and a mountain cave hike. You can also go fishing, take a scenic boat ride, or even volunteer in turtle conservation programs with ECOT.

Compared to other vacation spots in Mexico, Troncones is committed to preserving its natural beauty and keeping things as they are — idyllic, peaceful, and quaint. By choosing Troncones over the more touristy areas, you're choosing to immerse yourself in authentic Mexican culture. The town has resisted the urge to commercialize fully, ensuring that local traditions remain intact. One of the many reasons visitors fall in love with Troncones is the sense of community and safety. The locals are friendly and often go out of their way to make visitors feel at home.

Troncones' local restaurants, often called "palapas," serve some of the freshest seafood you'll ever taste. Siete Mares, Chenchos, La Mexicana, and Costa Brava are some of the best-rated restaurants in the area. Everything is authentic — there are no tourist traps in Troncones. Side-by-side in the palapas, locals and travelers alike enjoy dishes like ceviche, fish tacos, and grilled snapper. Make sure to try a refreshing "michelada" (traditional Mexican beer cocktail) or freshly squeezed tropical juice.

Eco-lodges and wellness for a sustainable stay

The laid-back ambiance, combined with the sound of crashing waves and tropical breezes, makes Troncones a preferred destination for yoga and wellness escapes. Several places offer yoga sessions, spa treatments, and other holistic activities to rejuvenate the mind and body. Tres Mujeres and Present Moment are two highly-rated, long-standing boutique hotels offering pilates classes, detox cleanses, yoga retreats, dance sessions, and many more wellness initiatives. With beachfront yoga decks, these are perfect for sun salutation vinyasas.

You'll also find several accommodations that emphasize sustainability and minimal environmental impact. Hacienda Eden is a laid-back oasis with an intimate number of 14 rooms, fantastic amenities, and a beach just steps away. 70% of the property's guests come back, so there must be a reason! To get to the town of Troncones, you would ideally arrive at Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport (ZIH). From there, you can rent a car in advance through or upon arrival at one of the four kiosks outside the airport. You can also take a taxi (agree on the price before you get in), public bus (less advised), or inquire if shuttles are available to your hotel.

Troncones, Guerrero, is the ultimate down-to-earth paradise for those feeling overwhelmed by the crowded beach resorts and commercial hubs. Here, the pace is slow and authentic, the energy is relaxed, and nature remains pure. Pack your bags, leave behind your worries, and let this underrated beach town show you the true essence of a laid-back Mexican vacation.