Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

Travel Guide
El Palmar Beach which includes tropical scenes, a sunset and a beach

Enjoy a relaxing break with the family at Ixtapa’s beach resort where you can see exotic birds, colorful reef coral and sly crocodiles.

Ixtapa (pronounced eesh-tapa) is a coastal town full of oceanfront hotels and golf resorts in the southwest Mexican state of Guerrero. Its countless beaches and islands are surrounded by warm water year-round. The area is known for its crocodiles, rare birds and coral reef.

Follow the bicycle path to Playa Linda (Beautiful Beach) in the north of Ixtapa. Investigate the crocodile sanctuary in a forest next to the beach. The reptiles have been known to wander onto the beach on rare occasions. Look for exotic birds, fish and iguanas as well.

Take a horseback ride along the shore. The sandy beach is 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) long with quite rough waves. Surfing tournaments are often held in the bay. Walk the 5-mile (8-kilometer) nature trail at nearby Parque Aztlan where you can spy extraordinary birds and picturesque scenery.

Hire a panga (a small motor boat) driver to take you to Ixtapa Island or use the collective water taxi from Playa Blanca. Try scuba diving or snorkeling around the coral reef just off shore. From your panga or larger charter, catch a dorado or sailfish and have an island restaurant grill it for your dinner. Visit other beaches on the islet for a bit of variety.

Drive south 15 miles (25 kilometers) to reach Playa La Ropa (Clothes Beach), a bay with seafood restaurants built into the cliffs. Take a surfboard out onto the rolling waves or try parasailing or Jetskiing. Mingle with residents at one of the local bars. Paddle a kayak to Playa Las Gatas (Cats Beach) for a tranquil refuge away from crowds.

Nearby get a massage at a hut along Playa El Palmar (Palm Grove Beach). Once a coconut and mango plantation, the beach is now a picturesque vacationer’s dream. Play beach volleyball with friends. Round out the day with a perfect Ixtapa sunset over the water on the west-facing beach.

You can fly to Ixtapa from many U.S. airports or arrive by boat.

Where to stay in Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

Las Brisas Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
4 out of 5
Playa Vista Hermosa, Po Box 97, Ixtapa, GRO, 40880
The price is $101 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Ixtapa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (960 reviews)
"All is ok"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Las Brisas 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, 40880
The price is $245 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Ixtapa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"Bonito hotel, pero no es cierto que es solo para adultos, nuestra estancia fue desagradable porque nos toco a lado de una habitación con niños y no nos dejaron dormir en dos noches, además en la alberca que decía solo adultos parecía alberca para niños, no tenemos nada en contra de los niños, pero ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
Barceló Ixtapa All Inclusive
Barceló Ixtapa All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
1 Blvd Ixtapa S/n, Ixtapa, GRO, 40880
The price is $164 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in Ixtapa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (569 reviews)
"Great food, beautiful scenery, great weather, great service."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Barceló Ixtapa All Inclusive
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.
Solez Zihuatanejo
Solez Zihuatanejo
3 out of 5
Carretera Escénica a las Gatas., Lote 1. Manzana 2. Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo, GRO, 40895
The price is $61 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Zihuatanejo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions La Ropa Beach and La Madera ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff. The hotel was beautiful and clean. Close to the beach!"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

Solez Zihuatanejo
Marea Beachfront Villas
Marea Beachfront Villas
4 out of 5
Carretera a Playa Blanca Lote 28, Colonia Playa Blanca, Zihuatanejo, GRO, 40880
The price is $218 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Zihuatanejo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (109 reviews)
"A quiet place to just relax and unwind. With beautiful views."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Marea Beachfront Villas
Luxury  oceanfront Condo with Private Plunge Pool and spectacular views.
Luxury oceanfront Condo with Private Plunge Pool and spectacular views.
Zihuatanejo, GRO
Stay at this condo in Zihuatanejo. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Zihu Condo
"The condo was fantastic and we really enjoyed our stay there. The condo worked very well for two couples travelling together. The location was also perfect for us - right between the two main beaches, and within walking distance of downtown and numerous restaurants. We had a great time and we would ..."

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Luxury oceanfront Condo with Private Plunge Pool and spectacular views.
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.

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