Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa

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    Sample serious surf, stunning scuba and silver folk art

How to enjoy Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa

Kick back in Ixtapa where the world revolves around the unbeatable cocktail of sun, sand and sparkling sea, before browsing the folk-art boutiques and local cafes in quaint fishing village, Zihuatanejo

  • For local handicrafts and exquisite handmade Taxco silver jewelry and homewares visit the Mercado de Artesanias
  • Try your hand at sport fishing where the Pacific Sailfish (weighing in up to 175 pounds) are the primary catch
  • 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

Non-identical twins is one way to describe sister resorts Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Purpose-built beach resort Ixtapa is ideal for lazy afternoons sipping cool drinks and slipping in and out of your personal plunge pool. More action is on tap with sport fishing, scuba exploration and enough surf schools to keep even the most stoked Benny, Dude or Wahine happy.

Spend a while in picturesque Zihuatanejo to see locals pull in the day’s catch. Or stroll through the narrow, stone-paved streets for the chance to pick up local art or a silver trinket. For a something a little more active, there are opportunities for kayaking, tennis, yoga and golf at one of two 18-hole courses designed by Robert Von Hagge and Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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    When to visit Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa

    Charter a boat in winter to catch the annual whale migration and enjoy unsurpassed whale-watching opportunities.

    Or visit in February for the annual Zihua Sail Fest, which raises funds for the education of disadvantaged children in Zihuatanejo. In addition to sailboat races, the five-day event includes cocktail parties, concerts, auctions, chili cook offs and street fairs.

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