Casa Sun And Moon

calle adelita no. 10, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, 40880, Mexico

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by oslocairo


Any suggestions about snorkling in Zihuatanejo? I saw a suggestion online about off of las Gatas Beach. Is it safe to do just by yourself? Where to go?

Re: Snorkling

by madamx

Hi again :o)

We didn't go to Las Gatas, but went to Ixtapa Island. The water was beautiful for snorkeling, but due to some circumstances, we personally ended up not snorkeling. It was about 130 pesos each way, I think. The cab will take you to Playa Linda in Ixtapa. You then take a small boat or panga over the island I think it was 350 pesos. You can negotiate with your cabbie to come back and pick you up, but there's plenty of taxis parked at the entrance to Playa Linda.

Have a look at my Mexico page if you want to see pictures of Ixtapa Island. It was really quaint and beautiful.

Re: Snorkling

by oslocairo

Thanks again! I'll look at your page.

Re: Snorkling

by madamx

There's three beaches at Isla Ixtapa, Playa Coral was our fave. The last beach is only accessible by boat. It's a really nice atmosphere :o)

Re: Snorkling

by travelmn

It depends on where you are staying. We went to Las Gatas and loved it. You can catch a, run often, about every 20 minutes or so, from main pier downtown Zihua. Water is shallow, warm, and very clear. Mostly rocks and pretty fish so if you are used to Caribbean, don't expect to much. We rented a chair and umbrella, had snacks, lunch (grilled pork chops!) and snorkel gear for a bout $30.00 last year. Great massages available. Beach is lined with restaurants and chairs for rent. Just keep walking till you see one you like. Bathrooms in back of each restaurant. Ferrys go back to main land constantly. Only takes about 15 minutes or so for ferry. We will go again!!!!

Travel Tips for Zihuatanejo

A winter paradise...

by mexicruiser

We flew down to Zihuatanejo for a getaway from the winter weather in Ventura (which turned out to be very nice for this time of year - actually better than summer!), and rented a nice apartment overlooking Playa la Madera for a week!

It came equipped with an outdoor kitchenette which was very handy on those rather warm days, when it was nicer to be outside on the patio than inside! It had a beautiful view of the bay, and the beach could be reached by taking the steps (approx 100!) down, however, coming back up later in the day was quite a workout!

A wonderful, relaxing getaway....

We took a cab to Ixtapa which was about 7 miles away, and found a lovely piano bar called El Faro (lighthouse) with a beautiful view of the islands off Ixtapa. It was a great place to enjoy cocktails and watch sunset.

Still in Ixtapa, we decided to have dinner along the Marina Ixtapa waterfront, and found a restaurant that looked really enticing....

Welcome to El Galeon restaurant, where we had a divine dinner, with excellent service and a wonderful setting!


by seagoingJLW

"A Sleepy Town"

About 70,000 people live in Zihuatanejo, a small fishing village. It is usually considered a retirement town. the name means "Place of Woman" in the Nahuatl language.

There are, however, many little shops, bars and cafés. along the cobblestone streets.

There are also vendor street stalls.

The downtown area is known as El Centro and is great for strolling as is the Paseo del Pescador, a brickpaved beachfront promenade.

Zihuatanejo is famous for its great fishing, diving and snorkeling.

There is a travelogue on Zihuatanejo on my Mexico page.

"Getting to Zihuatanejo"

In order to reach this tiny village, we have to tender in again. The pier cannot handle a large cruise ship.

December 2003


Artifacts, figurines, etc. found in the area indicate the presence of civilizations as far back as the Olmecs (3,000 BC.)

The original name, Cihuatlán, means "place of Women" indicating a matriarchal society. Weaving was the dominant industry.

In 1527, Spanish conquistadors started a trade route from Zihuatanejo Bay to the Orient., but the Spaniards did little colonizing here.


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