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Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

You will enjoy the clear blue waters of  Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo, so beautiful, and the freedom and peace of gliding along in your kayak.

Watch the magnificent sunset from your kayak as the sun dips into the ocean, splashing color across the sky. Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is known for its amazing sunsets, so romantic and so atmospheric with the sun seeming to melt into the Pacific. Paddle along the beautiful coastline a fun, an eco-friendly way to explore the pristine coastal waters of Acapulco.

Kayaking is a peaceful and relaxing activity, and perfect for enjoying the marine life and landscape around you.

Playa Ropa

The main beach for swimming and water sports is Playa La Ropa. This perfect beach is about a mile long with, usually mild waves making it perfect for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. It’s possible to body surf the 1 to 3 foot waves there on a normal day.

According to local legend, a Spanish galleon sank nearby and clothes from the wreckage washed up on the shore. The waves range from mild to medium-sized, although they become large in the rainy season, which is ideal for water sports.

The main beach for swimming and water sports is Playa La Ropa The longest beach of Zihuatanejo’s bay and approx. 1 km (0.63 miles) long. Soft to medium waves most of the year. Medium to high waves during our rainy season. Water sports rentals. Many restaurants and snack-bars along its shore that open from breakfast to dinner. It is probably the most famous and popular beach of our destination.

Playa Las Gatas

If you like snorkeling then Playa Las Gatas is ideal whether you’re a beginner or an old-hand; it has a reef that forms a haven from the waves, although surfers can sometimes be seen catching waves as they curl around the entrance to the bay. Get away to this quiet stretch of sand secluded from the world, with practically no waves. It is ideal for snorkeling or diving. Along the way, enjoy the view of the pre-Columbian breakwater that was built by a Tarascan king to create a giant swimming pool.

From shore the underwater sea wall is where you will find hermit crabs, tropical fish, coral reef formations, different types of sea urchins, star fish, sea cucumbers and also an artificial coral in the shape of a bell. During the snorkeling you will also have the opportunity to see a statue of Jesus Crises Under water. While you snorkel there will be a tour guide showing you all of the beautiful under water marine life in Las Gatas Bay. Across the bay. A secluded beach with practically no waves due to the underwater reef constructed by an ancient civilization. Ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Many water sports available. Lots of restaurants on its shores. Recommended for a whole day outing. Best way to get there is by taking the shuttle boats from pier at Playa Principal beach. It got its name from the the docile and harmless nurse or cat sharks that lived at the bottom of this beach many, many years ago.

Playa La Madera

The waves are usually good for bodysurfing at Playa La Madera where you can wade out quite a distance before reaching the breaking waves. There is a waterfront walkway from the Playa Principal that passes several small picturesque coves, although you still may have to get your feet wet due to the surf splashing against the walkway. The beach’s name originated in viceregal times when Spanish merchant ships loaded oak, pine and mahogany wood here. The swells run from mild to moderate and it is an ideal place to relax. 

Playa Municipal

La Playa Municipal is the beach in front of downtown Zihuatanejo. At one end there is El Muelle Municipal (the Municipal Pier) where you can catch a water-taxi to Playa Las Gatas or charter a fishing boat, and at the other end is El Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande where you can learn about local pre-Columbian history. Port Beach is more than 1,200 feet long. It’s in downtown Zihuatanejo, next to the main pier. Many restaurants alongside. This beach is the main Pier from where you can take a boat to Playa Las Gatas beach or for a fun day of fishing. From here you will be able to admire the four beaches located within the bay. Officially it bears the name of “Playa del Puerto” (Beach of the Port) but everybody refers to it as “Principal” (Main beach.) 

Kayaking Highlights

  • Playa Ropa
  • Playa Las Gatas
  • Playa Madera
  • Playa Municipal

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Fun & Adventure

  • Playa Contramar
  • Playa El Palmar
  • Playa Larga
  • Playa Blanca
  • Playa Linda

Playa Contramar

Playa Contramar is a beautiful place to snorkel but the beach is made up of surf-polished rocks and not sand. It’s recommended to go there by boat and take a lunch. There is no reliable restaurant there but the coral and rock formations underwater are well worth seeing (look for the tunnel!).

Playa El Palmar

The main beach in Ixtapa is called Playa El Palmar and if you like a beach lined with high-rise hotels then this is for you. There is a smaller somewhat secluded beach in front the Westin Hotel, called Playa Vista Hermosa.  Where the main hotel’s strip is located in hotel’s Zone I. Semi-open bay of about 2.5 kms. (1.6 miles) long. Most water sports available including parachute rides. This is Ixtapa’s main beach, a broad stretch of pleasantly-soft sand and it’s one of the places to watch spectacular sunsets. Its named “the palm trees beach” because it was a huge coconut plantation before Ixtapa was developed. Enjoy the semi-open bay with soft golden sands while skydiving, windsurfing or jet skiing, along with other water sports.

Playa Larga

One of the longest beach in here, more than 3 kms. (1.8 miles) long. Big waves because it is open sea. Many informal seafood restaurants. Nothing but suntan, food and great long walks or jogging. Best way to get there is by taxi. It gets its name “the long beach” because of its length. Witness the spectacle of the tall waves as they crash repeatedly into the sand while you enjoy a pleasant walk.

Playa Blanca

At Barra el Potosí, immerse yourself in the waters of Playa Blanca, and be one with the sea and the river. During rainy season, the river becomes a large lagoon that you can swim in. Another of the longest beaches of this destination. Located south of Zihuatanejo and after Playa Larga beach. Here is located the renown “Barra de Potosi” (Potosi’s river mouth) with many informal restaurants. In some of them you can pick the fish and they will prepare it to your liking. You can take a tour that includes an appetizing seafood lunch or go on your own. High waves in open sea, medium to soft on Barra by the river. Its named “the white beach” because of the prevailing color of its sands.

Playa Linda

Enjoy the surf tournaments that take place at Linda Beach. Visit the natural estuary that is protected and fenced. You can watch the crocodiles that live there or take a horseback ride around it. North of Ixtapa. More than 1 Km (0.65 miles) long. Here is the pier where you can embark for a visit to the island. Medium to high waves most of the year. Here is where surfing tournaments are held.

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Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Destination

Your Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo vacation is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining through the jungle, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing


Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From beachcombing to swimming and sunbathing, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo beaches will not disappoint.



With over 20 miles and over a dozen beaches, there truly is a beach for everyone and every activity. You will find beaches with gentle, moderate waves in the small bay of Zihuatanejo, perfect for families with children.


Get away to this quiet stretch of sand secluded from the world, with practically no waves. It is ideal for snorkeling, swimming and basking in the sun.


Weddings, Honeymoons & More 


Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Romantic weddings on a golden sand beach, rich sunsets and the most beautiful bays in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.


Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With bit of planning  beforehand, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.


Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing


Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the marine environment in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Easy to learn and a great way to have fun in the beautiful bays of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventure, exploring and paddling in the beautiful bays of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, visiting deserted islands will make your kayaking excursions something to remember for a long time.


Sea breezes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving


Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s warm waters and rocky reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor. Whale sharks and humpbacks although rare sometimes make an appearance.


A premier holiday destination with an established scuba industry. We have Scuba Diving with more than 30 world class sites around us. Shallow dives great for beginners to deep dives with pelagics. There is an underwater experience for every level.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake


Mexico’s Pacific Coast has long been famed for fabulous sport fishing, but the Mecca for angling adventures is, without a doubt, the picturesque Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. For many decades has been considered one of best places in the world for big game fish.

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.


Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.


Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences


If you love Golf, we have two excellent courses, home of famous national and international tournaments. Club de Golf Palma Real Ixtapa (Palma Real Golf Club) and Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa (Marina Ixtapa Golf Club).


Whether you are looking for a championship course, a golf resort or a quick nine holes, you are definitely going to find what you are looking for in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

If adventure is on your mind, we have guided bicycle rides, horseback riding, rappel and other great adrenalin perk-up options or if you prefer something more relaxing, take a city tour, a countryside adventure or a sunset cruise.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungles.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through jungles full of surprises and new adventures.


Live the Lifestyle


Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.


Many consider Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.


Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for entrepreneurs in the business. Beachfront and beach view homes, condos, apartments and private land are all good options for investing in this attractive and up and coming area.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments, and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.


Experience the Culture


REFUGIO DE POTOSI. Ecological park in the rainforest. Beautiful tropical path connecting to the Observation tower 15 meters (50 feet) high. Spend time at the Butterfly Observatory, Iguana Reserve, Macaws Refuge and the Hummingbird Sanctuary.


The Zocalo
Simply put, El Zócalo is a must see for travelers interested in exploring local Mexican culture and nightlife. The city’s main square houses the city’s government buildings and several popular and affordable local restaurants.


Both of our destinations have large and colorful artisan markets (called Mercado Turistico de Artesanías) with more than 100 stands for the one in Zihuatanejo and more than 50 stands for the one in Ixtapa.


Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Enjoy the sunset with exquisite shrimp tacos, red Zihuatanejo clams, pescado a la talla or the famous Zihuatanejo tiritas, fish sliced in thin strips and marinated in lemon with red onion and spicy green chili peppers.

Fine Wine

The cultivation of wine began over 500 years ago with Hernan Cortes. Today the wine production in Mexico is gaining importance nationally and internationally. In Mexico, there are seven main estates where wine production is carried out.


Beer in Mexico has a long history. From  Mesoamerican times and the arrival of the Spanish, European style beer was introduced and Mexicans have been brewing beer for centuries and is one of the world’s top beer-producing countries.


Tequila is a regional distilled alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort


Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo resorts are perennial favorites among globetrotters. With a variety of beach options, rich heritage and fantastic food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that’s got more to offer within such easy reach of most travelers.


With her gorgeous beaches and upscale resorts, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a tequila tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures.

Look for dolphins, whales and rays. Paddle in deep blue waters, and enjoy the natural world...



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