A winter paradise...
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!
"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.
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.