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Ixtapa - ZihuatanejoMexico

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

Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo showing a sandy beach and a sunset

Centro

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Unique features of Centro include the beaches and shopping. Make a stop by La Madera Beach or Zihuatanejo Bay while you're exploring the area.

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Darío Galeana

While Darío Galeana isn't home to many top sights, La Ropa Beach and La Madera Beach are some notable places to visit nearby.

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Top Hotels in Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Krystal Ixtapa
Krystal Ixtapa
3 out of 5
Boulevard Ixtapa S/N, Lote 4 y 4 A, Ixta Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $175 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Delfiniti and El Palmar Beach. Marina Ixtapa and Magic World Aquapark are also within 15 ...

3.5/5Good! (973 reviews)
Great Stay!

"Check in was amazing -- we arrived early and were allowed to check in and received a free upgrade for a beautiful room with a view! Everyone was helpful and friendly. Such a great place to stay!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Krystal 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 $170 per night

Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within a 10-minute walk of Playa Azul Grand, Linda Beach, and Ixtapa Island. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (706 reviews)

"Staff were amazing! Laura who cleaned our room was exceptional. As was the young woman who operated the towel check out. Concierge Getsemani was so courteous and helpful and Mario at the lobby bar was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
4 out of 5
Playa Vista Hermosa, Po Box 97, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is $82 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Vista Hermosa Beach and El Palmar Beach. Ixtapa Golf Course and Magic World Aquapark are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,064 reviews)

"Stay here every year. We love that every room faces the ocean. The private beach has the best service and no annoying sales people. Avoid booking during Mexican stat holidays as the hotel is a favourite and can be hard to get a beach umbrella and seating. This hotel is visited yearly by same Canadians ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Las Brisas Ixtapa

Popular places to visit in Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

La Ropa Beach
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La Ropa Beach

4.5/5(231 reviews)

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Ixtapa Island
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Ixtapa Island

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

Las Gatas Beach
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Las Gatas Beach

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Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Las Gatas Beach, a popular beach in Zihuatanejo. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

El Palmar Beach
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El Palmar Beach

4.5/5(55 reviews)

Swim, Jet Ski and dance barefoot at one of the most popular beaches in Ixtapa, which was once the site of a mango and coconut plantation.

Zihuatanejo Bay
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Zihuatanejo Bay

4.5/5(249 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Zihuatanejo Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Zihuatanejo. Amble around this relaxing area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Linda Beach
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Linda Beach

4/5(110 reviews)

This beach is a favorite among locals and is the perfect spot to take long walks, watch beautiful sunsets and relax with a cold beer. 

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