Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Mexico Guide

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Mexico is a beautiful tourist destination keeping the traditional Mexico atmosphere everywhere you go. It is a charming town with traditional Mexican markets, surrounded by sophisticated landscape, diverse flora and fauna and with choices for accommodation from bed and breakfasts to world class resorts.

About Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa is a typical tourist destination in Mexico. It is preferred by those who want an authentic Mexico vacation with great touristic services.

Ixapa Zihuatanejo Mexico is located 235Km (146 miles) Northwest of Acapulco (about 2 hour drive).

It is within driving distance from colonial cities in Mexico such as Morelia, and Taxco.

The climate in this region of Mexico is great and predictable.

The average high temperature in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is 87°F (30°C), and the low is 74°F (23°C). In the winter in the evenings is normal to go down to 60°F (16°C). The rainy season is from June to November.

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Things to Do in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Places to Visit

Here are some of ideas for enjoying Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:

  • Shopping
    In Avenida 5 de Mayo where you can find variety of stores with crafts, jewelry, and other things.

  • Water parks
    There is a dolphinarium and also a family water park with slides, lazy rivers, pools, etc.

  • Spa
    Enjoy a relaxing massage!

Beach and Water Activities

  • Scuba Diving
    Here you can find coral reefs along the coast. We recommend Playa Triste (Sad Beach) for Scuba Diving 10 minutes away from Zihuatanejo with warm and calm waters. There is also Playa La Ropa (Beach The Cloth) where you can see a sunk shipped. The best place for scuba diving in Mexico, although not very close to Ixtapa, is the island of Cozumel in the Yucatan Peninsula.

  • Fishing
    This is one of the best destinations for fishing in Mexico and is increasingly becoming very popular having an International Fishing Tournament in May. You can find black and blue Marlin and yellow-tailed tuna among other species.

  • Surfing
    There are excellent beaches to practice this sport. One of them is La Saladita Beach which is 45 minutes away. Another option is Petalco Beach where the bay and the open sea meet creating waves 10 m (30 ft) high.

  • Kayaking
    There are beaches with calm waves ideal for kayaking.

  • Sailing
    You can hire or rent a boat for sailing at the marina. The path would normally take you through the coast of Zihuatanejo to the hotel zone. You can admire a wonderful sunset in the Pacific Ocean!

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Dining and Nightlife

In this world-class destination you can enjoy all kinds of cuisines and nightlife; from typical Mexican restaurants to international gourmet restaurants, and from bohemian cafes to large techno or pop clubs. It is definitely a destination with things to do for all tastes.

How to Get and Move Around in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Mexico

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a large international airport (Airport code: ZIH) with flights from major US hubs and major cities in Mexico. You will have no issues finding a cheap flight to Ixtapa.

You can also travel to Ixtapa by land with a good highway system across the center of Mexico.

Another option is to fly to Acapulco Mexico and then drive approximately 2 hours.

In Ixtapa the best way to move around is in taxi or with a group tour; unless you are the adventurous type of person that wants to travel on your own schedule. Even if you want to rent a car, there is no need to rent it for the whole length of your stay because you most likely will like to enjoy the town or the resort you are staying.


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Where to Stay

Places to stay in Puerto Escondido will be modest and traditional, but that's the whole idea of going here, right?

  • Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa *****
    A truly exceptional hotel. Close to Playa Linda and Marina Ixtapa. Excellent reviews!

  • Temptations Hotel & Lounge Pool ****
    An adult only resort.

  • Las Brisas ****
    Excellent hotel with reasonable prices. Golf, tennis, shopping and huge terrace.

  • Hotel Cuitlateca ***
    Near the beach in Zihuatanejo for the budget traveler. With great reviews!

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Mexico is the perfect tourist destination for those looking for a different experience with a Mexican town feel and choices of accommodation ranging from the basic bed and breakfast to the world-class resorts.

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