Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Known for its beautiful beaches and spectacular swimming spots, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a twice-as-nice destination for an unforgettable trip. Zihuatanejo preserves the charm of a traditional Mexican town and in Ixtapa you can find a first class tourist development.


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About Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: One trip. Two paradises

The combination of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo offers the visitor a mixture of unique travel experiences thanks to its blend of traditional Mexican fishing village with the tourism infrastructure and facilities of a Master Planned Development such as Ixtapa. This is undoubtedly a very interesting combination for both national and international visitors.


Zihuatanejo is a port that has evolved over time from a quiet fishing village to a charming tourist destination. Its beautiful bay, gentle beaches, personalized service and the warmth of its people make it an ideal place for travelers to truly relax and enjoy themselves.


Zihuatanejo has currently undergone a renovation process, with new tourist attractions that represent the essence of this paradise and they also offer a great alternative of entertainment, services and visual impact; such as the new Paseo del Pescador, a joint effort by important architects such as Arq. Enriqye Zozaya managed to give new life to the center of Zihuatanejo. The Zihuatanejo Bike Path has become another important attraction for sports lovers, you can safely go from downtown Zihua to Playa Linda in Ixtapa, two representative tourist attractions that join both destinations to continue the travel experiences.


Ixtapa, on the other hand, is a tourist development that boasts first class hotels, a destination that reflects both the sophistication and the serenity of the region. It also offers two magnificent golf courses—the newly rehabilitated Palma Real Golf Course, and Marina Ixtapa Golf Club—both designed by top golf professionals, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Texas’ Robert Von Hagge, respectively. Both have played host loads national and international tournaments.


Thanks to the diversity and abundance of underwater species in the area, Ixtapa Zihuatenejo is currently holds the spot as one of the premier destinations for sport fishing. The climate, nautical services and facilities, the air and land connectivity and the wide range of hotel accommodations also influence the positioning of this tourism destination.


How to arrive

Within Mexico there are regular direct flights from Mexico City, Tijuana and Monterrey (only in high season). From the US the regular direct flights come in from Los Ángeles, Houston, Dallas y Phoenix.


On winter season direct flights from Minneapolis and Chicago from United States and from Canada, direct flights are available from Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Victoria (November – April).


On land, the Century XXI Highway connects Ixtapa Zihuatanejo with Morelia, colonial capital of the state of Michoacán. Federal Highway 200 also connects Ixtapa Zihuatanejo with Acapulco, where the “Autopista del Sol” branches off to connect with Mexico City.


Some great ideas 

During your stay you’ll find an enticing array of tourist attractions, from the warm waters of beaches such as Playa Principal, Madera, Ropa, Las Gatas and Playa Blanca in Zihuatanejo. Playa El Palmar, Playa Quieta, Playa Linda and Isla Grande (also known as Isla de Ixtapa) en Ixtapa. Nowadays Playa El Palmar y La Ropa are recognized as “Clean Beach” (national certification) and "Blue Flag" (international certification www.blueflag.org),


The recently upgraded bike trail is another excellent option for outdoor fun. Follow it on skates, on a bicycle or just jog along—it’s probably the best way to get up close and personal with the beautiful vegetation that helps cool the surrounding air.  For birders this is paradise, as the entire coastline of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has registered over 320 migratory and resident species.


And, of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention surfing: there are several breaks in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, plus others nearby. Whether you’re a top professional surfer or an amateur on the board, you’ll find the waves you’re looking for.


Try a bite!

As for gastronomy, well, in this destination it’s a true pleasure and one of the best-loved attractions for both locals and visitors. Its excellent and diverse cuisine is evident in both Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo; dishes are created using the freshest and most tasty seafood plucked right from the surrounding waters—it’s the signature stamp of the gastronomy of this paradise destination. Zihuatanejo is home of the traditional—and famous—tiritas de pescado, an exquisite recipe created by an imaginative local fisherman who found himself with very few ingredients back on the dock at the end of the day, don´t forget our traditional “Jueves Pozolero”.


Let´s party begin! 

Nightlife in Ixtapa is intense, the local bars and discos are open till the wee hours of the night. Others prefer to head over to La Marina, a gorgeous backdrop for very enjoyable evenings. And we can’t forget the magic, bohemian and entertainment that you can discover in Zihuatanejo.



Our Binomial of the Mexican Pacific have been awarded with first place in the World Travel Awards 2020 by obtaining Mexico’s Leading Destination 2020 recognition that positions it on the list of best beach destination in the world


To this honor, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo adds three more recognitions for two of its incredible hotels, for La Casa que Canta in the category Top Boutique Hotel in Mexico 2020 and in the same category it obtained one more for Central America after competing against countries like Costa Rica and Belize.


On the other hand, Hotel Thompson Zihuatanejo is featured as The Most Romantic Resort in Mexico 2020 competing against globally recognized resorts in the Mayan Riviera, San Miguel de Allende, Los Cabos, and Punta Mita.


Without a doubt, these distinctions positions Ixtapa Zihuatanejo as one of the preferred destinations not only in the Mexican market, but internationally, specifically in the United States and Canada, with whom it has direct air connectivity.


The New York Times webside positioned Ixtapa Zihuatanejo at # 5 as one of the 52 recommended international destinations to visit in 2022, where tourists can "make a difference", due to its activities focused on sustainability, for the conservation of the environment and fauna.


There’s no doubt Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a tourism destination with its very own identity and its very own story, but there’s always something new to discover. We invite you to experience in two destinations in one that will always surprise and amaze you.


Contact and more info:

Zihuatanejo Tourism Office.

@: turismo@zihuatanejodeaueta.gob.mx

Tel: +52 755 5550700 Ext. 1224