Ixtapa is a resort area created and built in the 1970s on a vast coconut plantation and twinned with Zihuatanejo, a coastal fishing village that has developed with hotels and private villas over the years. Tap into what locals call the ‘Grand Coast’ and its flavour of life with various attractions and activities from snorkelling, surfing and fishing to modern city life in Ixtapa with its main beach, Playa el Palmar, stretching gloriously for three kilometres.

Must See

Tour Ixtapa Island: take a tour to the manmade island and give yourself a day of paradise. Enjoy multiple beaches, wildlife reserve and its beautiful waters with underwater explorations.

Costa Grande Archaeological Museum:  discover some of the history of the region with several exhibit rooms illustrating human evolution from prehistoric to pre-Hispanic eras, according to findings from 54 archaeological sites and settlements discovered nearby and along the Costa Grande.

Playa Linda: visit this beautiful beach with a family-friendly atmosphere and featuring a path for cycling and inline skating along the marina.

Must Do

Have a fiesta – Ixtapa’s nightlife has something for everyone, since it offers Mexican fiesta shows, bars with romantic music and discos to suit every taste. During the high season some of the major hotels arrange a Mexican Fiesta Evening one day a week, which begins at approximately 7 p.m. with a sophisticated dinner-buffet, live folk music and regional dances.

Find tranquility – in an unusually beautiful site in the heart of the Mexican Pacific, surrounded by mountains covered with tropical forest reaching down to the coast, lies the peaceful, picturesque fishing village of Zihuatanejo with its wonderful combination of tranquility and exuberant surroundings.

Beaches and beyond – in Ixtapa, the high-rise hotels meld harmoniously into the beach scenery. Although its main attraction is the golden beaches that surround its gorgeous bay, wandering around the cobbled streets in the town centre is a sublime way to enjoy your time.

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