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I just returned from a visit to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific coast. This beautiful coastal area sits between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco on two scenic bays, surrounded by lush green mountains and coconut plantations. This is a great destination for folks who have already done the “usual” Mexico destinations and are looking for something different. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, two beachside towns on two adjacent bays are both charming, sleepy, and authentic feeling — especially when compared to Cancun & Playa del Carmen. Ixtapa has the larger hotels, while Zihuatanejo (still a tongue twister) has the best beach, Playa la Ropa.
Beautiful Playa la Ropa
My top picks for hotels in the area:
- Azul Ixtapa and Azul Ixtapa Grand – these sister properties (4 stars and 4 ½ stars, respectively) are great choices for families, groups, and adults. All-inclusive, multiple pools and restaurants, tennis courts, a convention center, and a view of Ixtapa Island just off the coast keeps you as busy as you want to be. Located on the “Hotel Strip” of Ixtapa and near Senor Frogs and shopping.
- Sunscape Dorado Pacifico – this 3 ½ to 4 star all-inclusive resort is great for families, friend groups, and simple destination weddings. While this hotel is “nothing fancy” the food is very good and the rooms are pleasant and comfortable.
- La Casa de Canta – switching gears, this is a breath-taking, small and intimate boutique hotel suited perfectly for a romantic getaway. Situated in Zihuatanejo and just above La Ropa Beach, you can enjoy views from your own private plunge pool. Gorgeous! Five star luxury. Meals not included.
- Viceroy Ixtapa Hotel – another 5 star gem. Located on the best beach (Playa la Ropa), this property is a bit larger than La Casa de Canta though equally as elegant. Perfect for couples and adult friends travelling together. Also an excellent choice for a destination wedding. Families are welcomed, though there’s not too much for kids to do here. Optional meal plans available.
Flights to Zihuatanejo require a connection from most major US cities. And, don’t forget passports are required. Weather is tropical year round, with high season occurring December through April.