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.

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 CA $161 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! (974 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
Las Brisas Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
4 out of 5
Playa Vista Hermosa, Po Box 97, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is CA $94 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! (1,057 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
Barceló Ixtapa All Inclusive
Barceló Ixtapa All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
1 Blvd Ixtapa S/n, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is CA $255 per night

Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ixtapa Golf Course and El Palmar Beach. Vista Hermosa Beach and ...

4/5Very Good! (451 reviews)

"It was a beautiful spot. The service was great. Friendly staff and very efficient. The only down side were the beds. Very hard and noisey."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

Barceló Ixtapa All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa Island
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Ixtapa Island

4.5/5(67 reviews)

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

El Palmar Beach
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El Palmar Beach

4.5/5(20 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.

Linda Beach
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Linda Beach

4.5/5(61 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. 

Top things to do in Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo Baby Sea Turtle Release Eco Adventure
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Zihuatanejo Baby Sea Turtle Release Eco Adventure

CA $67
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Enjoy the Island
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Enjoy the Island

CA $72
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Ixtapa City & Countryside Tour with Lunch
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Ixtapa City & Countryside Tour with Lunch

CA $127
Per adult
Zihuatanejo Small-Group Food-Tasting and Walking Tour
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Zihuatanejo Small-Group Food-Tasting and Walking Tour

CA $67
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Magic Sunset on board
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Magic Sunset on board

CA $141
Per adult
Ride to the Beach "Las Gatas"
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Ride to the Beach "Las Gatas"

CA $72
Per adult

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