Crystal clear waters - perfect for snorkeling, diving, or simply splashing about! Transparent surf is the hallmark of the twin resorts found on the Pacific coast of Mexico less than 150 miles northwest of Acapulco. Here, you'll find the best of all worlds - perfect weather, natural treasures and beautiful resorts as well as authentic Mexican travel experience.
From ideal fishing conditions to intriguing under-water marine and coral discoveries, you'll delight in these still relatively undiscovered tropical waters. Above sea level, boogie boarding, parasailing, water skiing and romantic cruises are popular diversions.
There are also plenty of on-shore activities as well. Poke through the local shops for handmade items, artwork and crafts. Explore the mysterious caves, go horseback riding through a coconut plantation, enjoy a nature hike, or spend the day on a mountain biking adventure. Or simply relax and take in the sights and sounds on the warm, inviting sands.
After sunset, beach eateries abound in Ixtapa, or stop at a thatched-roof, family-owned restaurant in Zihuatanejo. If you head to a finer establishment, "look-good casual" is the standard every night. Hotels often offer fixed-price Mexican Fiesta nights with dinner, followed by singing, folk dancing and games. Zihuatanejo is an early-to-bed destination, but Ixtapa has a good selection of nightclubs, discos and bars that rev up after 11 p.m.
Sights that delight
The Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande - When you're in downtown Zihuatanejo, stroll the Fisherman's Walk to this great archive of local history. Browse the exhibits of ceramics, carvings, figurines and other artifacts. You'll also find maps and other information here.
Municipal Market - This collection of specialty shops is filled with quaint stalls of fruits and vegetables, jumbo shrimp, octopus and tuna. In downtown Zihuatanejo, you can also browse the Artisan's Market in a compact shopping area where you can find clothing, jewelry and much more.
Fiesta Mexicana - Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture at a real Mexican fiesta. You'll be greeted by an authentic mariachi band as you enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner with open bar. Then, watch the colorful whirl of classic folk dances from the different states of Mexico. Ole!
Countryside & Barra de Potosi - Venture off the beaten path to Barra de Potosi, a picturesque fishing village. Relax on the beach, kayak in a lagoon or go for a horseback ride along the beach. Along the way, you'll also visit tropical fruit plantations and a handmade tile factory.
Isla Ixtapa - Enjoy a relaxing boat trip to charming Isla Ixtapa. Launches depart just north of the hotel zone in Play Linda - be sure to look for boats with the "Coopertivo" mark and keep your ticket stub for the return trip. The wooded island is home to diverse tropical wildlife and four beautiful beaches perfect for sunning, swimming and snorkeling. End your day with a fresh seafood meal at an open air restaurant.
Melia Azul Ixtapa - The luxurious all-inclusive Melia Azul Ixtapa is nestled between a deep green hillside and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Many guestrooms enjoy fantastic views of the ocean with impressive rock formations out in the bay. Take a romantic stroll on the boardwalk leading out to the Oyster Bar restaurant, constructed on solid stilts above the ocean along the cliffside.
Presidente InterContinental Ixtapa - This all-inclusive resort is perched on the golden sand along the Pacific Ocean, the Presidente InterContinental Ixtapa represents the ideal tropical vacation destination for families in search of activities for all ages, outstanding value and a genuinely friendly welcome.
NH Krystal Ixtapa - NH Krystal Ixtapa is situated on one of Ixtapa's best beaches in the heart of the resort zone near the main market center, marina and golf courses. The ultimate setting for relaxation, the resort features breathtaking ocean views, captivating sunsets, and a luxurious free-form swimming pool complete with waterfall and slide. Guest rooms have been recently renovated and are well equipped with all the comforts of home. All-inclusive option available.
Costa Real Ixtapa - Located within walking distance to local shopping, restaurants and exciting nightlife, the Costa Real Ixtapa offers the perfect place to rest and relax while enjoying the privacy of this elegant Mexican designed building. All-inclusive option available.
Las Brisas Ixtapa - Built on a lush oceanside mountain, Las Brisas Ixtapa exudes great beauty and magnetism. Located near shopping and just ten minutes from Zihuatanejo, all the rooms in this resort face the ocean and offer a terrace with a hammock for relaxing, romancing and enjoying the spectacular sunsets.
Hotel Dorado Pacifico - A beachfront property, the Hotel Dorado Pacifico offers a striking atrium lobby withy glass enclosed elevators. Discover pleasantly decorated guest rooms, all facing the ocean. Outdoors, a sparkling clear swimming pool with two water slides and a separate children's area is the perfect place to cool down under the warm Mexican sun. Kids under 13 stay and eat free.
La Casa Que Canta - This "handmade" retreat sculpted on a cliffside offers breathtaking views of Zihuatanejo Bay. Each intimate, adult-only suite features finely crafted Mexican furnishings (some have private pools). Enjoy the freshwater infinity pool and oceanfront saltwater pool nestled among the rocks. La Casa Que Canta is a member of the small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Villa Del Sol - A renowned luxury hotel, the romantic Villa del Sol is located on one of the Mexican Riviera's most beautiful beaches. This intimate tropical paradise features spacious suites, some with private pools and king-sized canopied beds that invite you to romance. Relax in the atmosphere of casual elegance and barefoot sophistication.