Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

Side by side beach resorts, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo share geography, but they couldn't be more different in character. Ixtapa is a model of modern infrastructure, services, and luxury hotels, while Zihuatanejo "Zihua" to the locals is the quintessential Mexican beach village. For travelers, this offers the intriguing possibility of visiting two distinct destinations in one vacation.

Those looking for luxury should opt for Ixtapa (eex-tah-pah). You can easily and quickly make the 6.5km (4-mile) trip into Zihuatanejo for a sampling of the simple life in a pueblo by the sea. Those who prefer a more rustic retreat with real personality should settle in Zihuatanejo (see -wah -aneh-hoh). It's known for its long-standing community of Swiss and Italian immigrants, and its legendary beach playboys.

At a Glance

 Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo at a glance

There are a variety of sights and activities to enjoy with Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and golf among the favorites. These picturesque towns boast a backdrop of the Sierra Madre with the Pacific Ocean in the foreground. 

Fast Facts

 Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Fast Facts

Most popularly known as the dream "getaway" talked about in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is known as an old World Mexican fishing village nestled around a small bay.

Shopping

 Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Shopping

Since the State of Guerrero is home to several craft traditions of Mexico, you can find items such as ceramic or carved hard wood fish sculptures, colorful wooden or clay ceremonial masks, paintings on tree bark, handcrafted decorated boxes and the world famous hammocks, and so much more!

Beaches

 Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Beaches

Enjoy the pretty and secluded Las Gatas Beach which is a must see when visiting the Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo area as well as Ixtapa's main beach, Playa Palmar,with it's lovely white-sand arc on the edge of the Hotel Zone, and dramatic rock formations silhouetted in the sea. 

Restaurants

 Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Restaurants

With restaurants that vary from top of the line formal including gourmet cuisine, to more casual gastronomy with a funky attituds and great tasting food, dining in Ixtapa or 5 km away in the town of Zihuatanejo is always a pleasurable experience.From Asian to Mediterranean or Italian Restaurants.

Nightlife

 Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Nightlife

 Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo nightlife can be active, relaxing or very romantic. Most of Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo nightclubs are located along the boulevard and feature music and ambiance for all types of tastes. If you prefer something quite try one of the beaches or a cozy bar while a trio plays your favorite Latin songs.