Welcome to Zihuatanejo!
"My First Glance at the Bay"
Until the hurricane on the Gulf side a couple of years ago, travelers to Zihuatanejo were mostly native Mexican families. But when Cancun took the hit and was ravaged, left without power or palms, spring break spread west, to the dismay of many like me. I love the relatively "ordinary" traditional pace of Zihua'. Not to mention absence of the "mewing and puking" party crowd. Guess we qualify as "old farts" these days. Not that I was ever into the all out debauch. My idea of excitement is, I guess, more esoteric.
"Very "Touristy" Place to Shop"
Anyone looking for "kitch-y touristalia" will be perfectly contented shopping in Zihua. During our two "girls' escapes" there, my friends and I found lots of fun things to drag back to loved ones at home. But, unlike Puerto V. and other larger cities, it wasn't great for higher-end items and "real" shopping. Just one of the reasons to visit more than one place in Mexico! Part of the fun of the Zihua marketplace is "meeting" the local critters, like this Fernando- (my cat)-look-alike, lounging above the souvenirs.
"A Beautiful Trap"
Nearby Ixtapa Island is lovely. And, I'm glad we went for the day. But if you decide to make the trip, be warned. You will be coralled to a specific portion of a beach by a guide who will expect you to "take up residence" for the day and purchase your food and beverages from them. If you do.... ASK FOR A MENU. We were told that many tourists fail to do so, and discover that the lovely fresh catch meal they ordered cost a (not so) small FORTUNE!