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Vacation to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo
Travelers to Mexico include the neighboring beach towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, in the state of Guerrero, as favorite destinations, but that’s where their similarity ends. Visitors to this area will encounter two decidedly different vacation destinations just 6.5 km (4 miles apart).
Ixtapa, once a coconut plantation, boasts the high-rise hotels, all-inclusive resorts, air-conditioned restaurants and upscale shopping you associate with Mexican beach resorts and luxury travel.
Zihuatanejo, on the other hand, evolved from quaint fishing village to today’s incarnation of winding streets of galleries and folk art shops, small boutique hotels and palapa-style seafood restaurants serving the catch of the day. Cultural travelers appreciate “Zihua’s” laid-back vibe and postcard-worthy scenery of rocky cliffs, sand and sea.
Many of Ixtapa’s resorts stand steps away from the shoreline, so you can easily enjoy dips into the sea and your hotel’s pools. Pull up a chaise lounge by the infinity pool, order a margarita and bask in the pristine oceanfront beach views.
Ixtapa appeals to folks seeking adventure vacations and outdoor recreation. Outfitters and hotels offer tours to Isla Ixtapa, where seafood shacks share beach space with stands renting snorkeling equipment. Whether you play golf or tennis, prefer lap swimming or scuba diving, devote yourself to sport fishing or surfing, you will find your activity in Ixtapa.
Zihuatanejo has its own host of adventures, many of which take advantage of the town’s protected bays and, further out, powerful waves. Hire a guide to take you by boat to Playa Las Gatas where legend tells of a Tarascan king who built a reef so his daughters could swim safely. Dotted with palm trees and fish taco joints, the beach affords snorkelers the opportunity to spot sea turtles and rare species of fish, including one that looks like it has blue jewels on its fins, creating sparkling underwater reflections.
These are a few of the ways you can enjoy two vacations in one at Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.
- Ixtapa Island from $38.00pp
- Magical Sunset Cruise from $55.00pp
- Sail n’ Snorkel Tour from $76.00pp
- Fishing trips from $250.00pp