Ixtapa Island

Vacation Travel Guide

Take a boat to this small tropical island to experience peace and quiet, enjoy sweeping coastal views and take scenic hikes.

Venture to Ixtapa Island, off Mexico’s majestic south coast, for a day of snorkeling, kayaking and sightseeing. With its sheltered bays and coves, the island is a popular place for those seeking a quieter beach experience. Join a guided boat tour or rent a panga, a small motorized boat and make your way to the island. Follow scenic hiking trails, swim with dolphins and snorkel in clear waters.

Head to one of Ixtapa Island’s four spectacular beaches and stretch out on the golden sand. Playa Cuachalalate is the busiest beach and is where most boat tours to the island dock. Here you can play beach volleyball, rent a banana boat or drink cocktails while you dip your toes in the warm water.

Walk around the island to reach Playa Coral. Rent some snorkeling equipment from one of the oceanfront restaurants and plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Colorful fish and sea creatures dart between you and the coral.

Follow one of the marked hiking trails to reach the peaceful waters of Playa Varadero. Admire local plants and flowers as you go, including a range of palms. Escape the crowds at peaceful Playa Sacrificio. Follow the path up the hill and admire the panoramic views out to sea.

Ixtapa Island’s aquarium, Delfiniti, offers visitors the opportunity to meet and swim with dolphins. Hold on to their sleek fins and race through the water. Play a round of golf at one of the two courses surrounded by coconut trees and jungle.

Ixtapa Island is a 10-minute boat ride from the mainland. Boats can be organized from the Zihuatenejo Municipal pier or the small jetty at Playa Quieta. You can also catch the local ferry from Playa Linda, which is a fun way to meet locals. Plenty of vendors and restaurants service the island but keep in mind prices can be inflated. Bring your own food if you choose.

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Top Hotels Close to Ixtapa Island

Qualton Club Ixtapa - All Inclusive
Qualton Club Ixtapa - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Escenica S/N Playa Linda, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $121 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa property is steps from Cuachalalate Beach, Linda Beach, and Ixtapa Island. Sacrificio Beach and Coral Beach are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (257 reviews)
"Nice hotel to stay in family with proper conditions due to covid"

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Qualton Club Ixtapa - All Inclusive
Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
4 out of 5
Paseo Punta Ixtapa, Lote 2, Zona Hotelera II, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $215 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within a 10-minute walk of Playa Azul Grand, Cuachalalate Beach, and Linda ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (819 reviews)
"Everything was excellent at this property except the beach access. It was a very small and rocky beach instead of sandy. Water is so dirty when it rains because there is a lake that overflows and mixes with ocean water. The pools where amazing too."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort and Convention Center - All Inclusive
Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort and Convention Center - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Paseo Punta Ixtapa Lote 2, Zona Hotelera, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $193 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa property is within a 10-minute walk of Quieta Beach, Linda Beach, and Ixtapa Island. Varadero Beach and Marina Ixtapa are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (550 reviews)
"I loved it, the service, the food, the facilities, it’s a perfect place to go with toddlers, a big plus was the bike path out of the hotel."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort and Convention Center - All Inclusive
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Best Lodging Options Near Ixtapa Island

Emporio Ixtapa
Emporio Ixtapa
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard Ixtapa S.n., Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $67 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Emporio Ixtapa
Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
4 out of 5
Paseo Punta Ixtapa, Lote 2, Zona Hotelera II, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $215 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort and Convention Center - All Inclusive
Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort and Convention Center - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Paseo Punta Ixtapa Lote 2, Zona Hotelera, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $193 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort and Convention Center - All Inclusive
Qualton Club Ixtapa - All Inclusive
Qualton Club Ixtapa - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Escenica S/N Playa Linda, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $121 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Qualton Club Ixtapa - All Inclusive
Luxury Villa in the Exclusive Porto Ixapa Club
Luxury Villa in the Exclusive Porto Ixapa Club
Ixtapa, GRO
Luxury Villa in the Exclusive Porto Ixapa Club
Qualton Club Ixtapa
Qualton Club Ixtapa
3 out of 5
S/NCARR. ESCENICA - PLAYA LINDA, Ixtapa, GRO
Qualton Club Ixtapa
Beautiful Beachfront Villa/ Tesoro Ixtapa
Beautiful Beachfront Villa/ Tesoro Ixtapa
Ixtapa, GRO
Beautiful Beachfront Villa/ Tesoro Ixtapa
Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
5 out of 5
Paseo Punta Ixtapa S/N Zona Hotelera II, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $308 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
4 out of 5
Playa Vista Hermosa, Po Box 97, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $88 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Las Brisas Ixtapa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.