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Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo
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El Palmar Beach featuring a sunset, tropical scenes and a luxury hotel or resort

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.

Las Brisas Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa
4 out of 5
Playa Vista Hermosa, Po Box 97, Ixtapa, GRO
The price is CA $100 per night from May 2 to May 3

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! (987 reviews)

"the beach and ocean were great along with beach staff"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2021

Las Brisas Ixtapa
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 $66 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

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 ...

3.4/5Good! (984 reviews)

"Awesome views from ocean view rooms. Staff was always very kind and accommodating. Clean rooms. Only negative is the slow elevator that seems to miss floors when called. Got some much needed exercise using stairs though so it wasn't too bad"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2021

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $249 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (770 reviews)

"The staff service was great, the hotel facilities good. The food was good as well, but we didn't like even there is a sign were it says Do not please reserve pool loungers, people come early before breakfast, and put their towels or belongings, and than go to take breakfast or to finish getting ready, ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2021

Azul Ixtapa Grand All Inclusive Suites & Spa
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.
Bungalows La Madera
Bungalows La Madera
3 out of 5
Eva Samano de Lopez Mateos 25 Col., La Madera, Zihuatanejo, GRO

Nestled on the beach, this Playa la Madera apartment building is just steps from La Madera Beach and Zihuatanejo Bay. La Ropa Beach and Las Gatas Beach are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (64 reviews)

"Pretty large apartment with Terence and Mountain View . Cloes everything in town . Parking is limited . Kitchen is very basic."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 1, 2021

Bungalows La Madera
Hotel Villas Ximena
Hotel Villas Ximena
3 out of 5
Los Guayabos S/N, Col. Centro, Zihuatanejo, GRO

Located in Zihuatanejo Centro, this aparthotel is steps from Kioto Plaza and Zihuatanejo Bay. La Ropa Beach and La Madera Beach are also within 15 minutes.

4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)
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"Very good"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Hotel Villas Ximena
Air-conditioned Zihuatanejo - Close To Beaches & World Class Snorkeling! 2 Bedroom Condo
Air-conditioned Zihuatanejo - Close To Beaches & World Class Snorkeling! 2 Bedroom Condo
3 out of 5
Chelonia, Ixtapa, GRO

Situated in Ixtapa, this condo building is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Magic World Aquapark and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from El Palmar Beach. Marina Ixtapa Golf Club and Delfiniti ...

Air-conditioned Zihuatanejo - Close To Beaches & World Class Snorkeling! 2 Bedroom Condo
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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