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Honeymoon Packages in Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

Honeymoon Packages in Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Honeymoons

Old Charming Mexico meets luxury resorts and spectacular beaches

Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa on the "Mexican Riviera" are considered two resorts in one. Located in the northwestern part of the state of Guerrero, 150 miles up the coast from Acapulco via coastal Highway 200. Unlike any other Mexican beach resort destination, it comprises two entirely different places with distinct lifestyles, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, only 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) apart.

Ixtapa- luxury world class all inclusive resorts dotted along a spectacular beach
A fabulous stretch of white sandy beach dotted with luxury all inclusive hotels that are affordable and beautiful, The entire "hotel zone" extends along just a 2-mile strip of wide sandy beach called Playa del Palmar, on the open Pacific. This is one of many beaches in and around Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo. Across Boulevard Ixtapa and the hotels are village-like shopping malls, and it is all walkable.

Zihuatanejo: Andy's destination in Shawshank Redemption

around the corner, and down the coast (southeast) from Ixtapa is an old fishing town on a picturesque sheltered bay that is only 1.6 miles wide. Its one of our favorite spots in Mexico to send honeymoons and lovers. Its old Mexico, not tourisy and free from hurricanes.

Tranquil & pleasant Zihuatanejo Bay
Until the advent of Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo was hardly known even among Mexicans. With the advent of Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo began to grow and the little dirt streets were paved with decorative brick. Yet, the town retains its original charm, traditions and congeniality. The easily walkable central area (el centro), with small restaurants, shops and a delightful brick-paved beachfront promenade (paseo del pescador or fisherman's walk) is only a quarter of a mile wide.

The temperature averages 79 degrees Fahrenheit, with summer highs in the low 90s and winter highs in the upper 80s. During the rainy season, June through September, showers are usually brief and generally at night, so the sun shines practically every day.

Toward the end of the rainy season, the countryside and the mountainous backdrop of the Sierra Madre del Sur turn brilliantly green with multicolored blossoms of trees and flowers. A few months after the rainy season, vegetation turns gradually brown until the rainy season begins again.

For those wishing to venture outside these two spectacularly beautiful resorts, small fishing villages such as Troncones and Barra de Potosi make wonderful day trips.

Dining in Zihuatanjejo / Ixtapa
Restaurants range from simple beach eateries to deluxe establishments. Chefs, cooks and waiters are sincerely eager to please and take pride in the quality of their fare -- seafood is pre-eminent and meticulousy fresh. Regional seafood favorites include tiritas (fish strips), pescadillas (fish tacos), and a la talla (baked in foil).

Meals generally cost less in Zihuatanejo than Ixtapa. Even the most glamorous restaurants in either place cost considerably less than those in other resorts such as Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta. Dress is "Look-Good" casual even at night; men rarely wear jackets much less neckties, except maybe to the finest restaurants. Most restaurants accept you as you are considering it is a beach resort.Note: there are no U.S. fast-food franchises, however, excellent hamburgers, steaks and pizza can be found.

Many of the hotels in Ixtapa offer Mexican Fiesta nights with special buffets, entertainment such as folk dancing, singing and games. These events usually are held during the weekday evenings. Regardless of where you eat, tipping is the same as in most countries, between 10% and 15%, depending on service.

Ixtapa is the spot for nightlife. Most discos, clubs & larger bars can be found here, mainly in the hotel zone or in the marina area. Some of the larger resorts have their own discos. Zihuatanejo is much more quiet with most drinking establishments found in the local restaurants or hotels which close earlier than the lively nightspots in Ixtapa

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