Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

Travel Guide
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
Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa resort is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Vista Hermosa Beach and 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from El Palmar Beach. Ixtapa Golf Course and Magic World ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (965 reviews)
"Great rooms (could use a bit of upgrading), view great, clean, wonderful pools and private beach. Beds were the worst problem. The mattresses slide on their wooden base. By three turns in bed the sheets are all over the place...can't tuck them in when mattresses moves with slightest turn. Uncomfortable. ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2021

Las Brisas Ixtapa
Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All Inclusive
Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard Ixtapa, Lote 2, Playa El Palmar Ixtapa, Ixtapa, GRO
Nestled on the beach, this Ixtapa property is within a 10-minute walk of El Palmar Beach and Magic World Aquapark. Vista Hermosa Beach and Marina Ixtapa are ...
3.8/5 Good! (632 reviews)
"The building and rooms are old . The smell in the corridor is bad and also inside the room."

Reviewed on Nov. 6, 2021

Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All Inclusive
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
Located in Ixtapa, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Azul Grand, Varadero Beach, and Ixtapa Island. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (843 reviews)
"Good service"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 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 within a 15-minute walk of Zihuatanejo Bay and La Ropa Beach. Las Gatas Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (65 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
Los Patios - Penthouse Loft Ixtapa
Los Patios - Penthouse Loft Ixtapa
Ixtapa, GRO
Situated in Ixtapa, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of El Palmar Beach and Magic World Aquapark. Vista Hermosa Beach and Marina Ixtapa are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
stopover
"Very spacious, comfortable bed, comfortable chairs for reading. However the place could use a good cleaning: the floors are very filthy,the fridge door had to be washed, the coffee pot had to be washed with Javex before we could use it. We were not able to use the washing machine."

Reviewed on Mar. 31, 2020

Los Patios - Penthouse Loft Ixtapa
Marea Beachfront Villas
Marea Beachfront Villas
4 out of 5
Carretera a Playa Blanca Lote 28, Colonia Playa Blanca, Zihuatanejo, GRO
This Zihuatanejo aparthotel is on the beach, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Larga Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Riscal Beach and La Ropa Beach. Virgin of the Tree ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (101 reviews)
"Marea Beach Front Villas is our new go to vacation spot. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The property is clean & spacious. It's perfect for a relaxing and/or romantic getaway."

Reviewed on Sep. 6, 2021

Marea Beachfront Villas
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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