IXTAPA AND ZIHUATANEJO - ESCAPE THE CROWDS AND HURRICANES OF MEXICO
Less Crowds~Old Mexico Charm~ All Inclusive Resorts & Romantic Inns
Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo are south of Puerto Vallarta, and north of Acapulco. What many couplesdo not know is that this is one of the few areas of Mexico that rarely (if ever) gets pounded by hurricanes making it a relatively safe destination to visit from July to October. Also, it is a lot less touristy than Cabo and Cancun making it more of a romantic destination for couples who seek privacy. Ixtapa is the resort area with many all inclusives dotted along a long stretch of beautiful beach, and Zihuatenejo is the sleepy fishing village around the corner nestled in a perfect bay.
While Ixtapa is a sparkling development of all-inclusive resorts, restaurants, clubs, and shopping centers, the rural seaside village of Zihuatanejo dates back to the pre-Columbian era, when it was the privileged home of the Mayan nobility. Its inns and caf?s are family-run, and native markets share your attention with the malec?n (seaside promenade). Tucked into one Mexico's most picturesque bays, these towns deliver the best of everything in one neat package!
Why Visit Ixtapa / Zihuatanjo
-This is the ultimate "twofer" vacation spot - bounce back and forth between Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo quickly and cheaply, with cab rides averaging about US$10. Between them, the sister cities have dozens of wide beaches, championship golf, world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports, horseback riding, and tennis.
- No Hurricane Zone. Very rarely if ever has this area of Mexico ever taken a direct hit from a hurricane making it one of safest areas to visit during hurricane season July to October
- Old Mexico Charm- Walk around town and you'll immediately feel that old Mexico charm which is now almost non existant in places like Cancun and Cabo.
- Great Restaurants. if you are staying at one of our favorite hideaways like The Tides or Casa Que Canta then you'll enjoy some of the great dining in Mexico. We found fabulous, inexpensive restaurants all around Zihuatanejo.
(we will give you a list of our favorite places when you book with us !)
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What To Do & See- Ixtapa and Zihutanejo
Cruise the Bays: All-day or half-day cruises take you through the Pacific waters of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo under the bright sunny skies or at night, on a romantic sunset venture. An open bar, live music, dancing, and a fresh fish dinner at Ixtapa Island make a party of it!
Diving & Snorkeling: If you can dive or just plain breathe through a snorkel and paddle around, you'll see lots of pretty corals and colorful fish in the crystal-clear waters. Don't worry if you don't have your own equipment, as there are many outfitters to get you suited up in no time at all. Cruises take you to the best spots and feed you, too!
Tour the Countryside: See the real Mexico on a visit to a tropical plantation, a small-town tile factory, and the small fishing village of Barra de Potosi, whereyou can dine on the catch you watched the fishermen bring in! This idyllic fishing settlement also boasts an enormous lagoon with excellent bird- and wildlife-watching.
Isla Ixtapa: This wooded island is home to a diversity of wildlife, including armadillos, iguanas, deer, raccoons, and dozens of species of native birds. Each of the four beaches has its own character, with safe beaches and pretty snorkeling opportunities.
Museo Arqueol?gico: Zihuatanejo traces its history back to pre-Columbian times, when it was a sacred sanctuary for Mayan nobility. Artifacts, ceramics, and stone carvings indicating that the settlement dates back to the Olmec civilization are regularly found. Close to a thousand pre-Hispanic pieces, as well as murals and maps of "The Place of the Women" (as Zihuatanejo translates) are on permanent display.
Playa Las Gatas: This secluded beach across the bay from Playa Ropa and Zihuatanejo is the best for swimming and bringing the kids. With exceptionally clear water and an absence of undertow or big waves, the small coral reef is popular with snorkelers and divers. The only full-time resident of Las Gatas is the dive shop owner, one of those "living legend" types who charms his clients with tall tales and a colorful personality. Open-air seafood restaurants on the beach cook up your meals in a jiffy, and small shaded launches make 10-minute runs to Las Gatas from Zihuatanejo pier.
Day Trip to Acapulco: Don't miss this fantastic day trip down the coast to seethe famous cliff divers at La Quebrada and still have time for lunch and shopping in the playground of the Silver Screen stars!
Horseback Riding: Perfectly-trained horses on Playa Linda Ranch or at La Manzanillo (at La Ropa Beach) take you on a beautiful and unforgettable ride along the beach and through coconut plantations. How many times have you seen this image in a movie and wished yourself there? This is your chance!
Playa La Ropa: Zihuatanejo's largest and most beautiful beach has a long sweep of sand with a great view of the sunset and gentle waves. Its name, "Clothes Beach," comes from a cargo of silk that washed ashore when a galleon sank during a big storm. Some lovely small hotels and restaurants are nestled into the hills and palm groves that edge the shoreline.
Playa Palmar: This white-sand arc on the edge of Ixtapa's Hotel Zone has lots of activity. Its beauty belies an often-rough surf, so use caution and don't swim when a red flag is posted!
Golf: One of Mexico's best-rated golf courses, the Palma Real Golf Club, was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Its 18 holes provide a diverse assortment of challenges as the course wanders past lagoons and from jungle hilltops to the sands of Playa Palmar. The course also serves as a wildlife preserve! A clubhouse with 5 lighted tennis courts, a large pool, pro shop, lockers, restaurant, and bar completes the perfect golfing spot.
Fishing: Anglers have been going to Zihuatanejo for decades to fish for marlin, sailfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, and wahoo. The equipment for rent is first-rate, and boats range in size from the 24-foot pangas to 38-foot sport fishers, and catch-and-release practice is highly encouraged.
Nightlife in Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo
Discos, clubs, and bars line the Hotel Zone and marina area of Ixtapa, where the party goes on until the wee hours. Some of the larger resorts have their own discos, as well as Mexican Fiesta nights with live music, dancing, and fantastic buffets. Zihuatanejo is much quieter with most bars in the local restaurants or hotels, which close relatively early compared to Ixtapa.
Beach Serenades: Destined to be one of the most romantic memories of your life will be the night when you stroll hand-in-hand along the shore, settle in the sand to snuggle, then find yourself being serenaded by strolling musicians!
Carlos-n-Charlie's: Drenched in nostalgia and photos from the Mexican Revolution, this restaurant-nightclub is always abuzz with a party ambiance and good food. And it's quite adventurous: the menu includes iguana in season! A raised, al fresco wooden platform out back is a picture-postcard spot for dancing. Ixtapa
Christine's Disco: The area's poshest disco stages an incredible light show at midnight, in addition to spinning great dance music. Ixtapa
Dino's: Popular with visitors and locals alike for its energetic, but not frenetic, scene. Zihuatanejo
El Faro: Perched atop an 85-foot lighthouse, this is the motherlode for seekers of the perfect sunset view, especially if you'd also like a bar, live music, and dancing. Ixtapa
Fandango: This is a casual and fun seaside bar that regularly features good local bands. Zihuatanejo
La Valentina: Live tropical music is always the center of attention at this chic venue. Ixtapa
SHOPPING IN IXTAPA:
?Ixtapa's shopping centers are as gorgeous as its resorts, and they are all nestled together in Los Patios, so you needn't worry about getting around between them. There are stores that carry things you wouldn't necessarily expect to find in a seaside village, like handmade, exquisite jewelry. The prices can be high, but most are cheaper than you would find in the US.
SHOPPING IN ZIHUATANEJO- on the other hand, is a haggler's and bargain-hunter's dream. Have lots of $1 dollar bills and pesos handy, because you'll find everything you want in a street market waiting for your bid, from straw hats, to wood crafts, to jeans. The Mercado Central is the local "flea market," full of stalls and priced-to-sell goods from food to pottery. There are also some good-quality craft shops, with beautiful handmade pieces priced far below their worth.
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