Ixtapa Travel Guide

  • Beach at Ixtapa Island
    Beach at Ixtapa Island
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  • Hotel Dorado Pacifico - Ixtapa, great Hotel.
    Hotel Dorado Pacifico - Ixtapa, great...
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  • Coolin off with a cold beer in Ixtapa
    Coolin off with a cold beer in Ixtapa
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Ixtapa Things to Do

  • Swim with and ride Dolphins at Delfiniti

    You must do this. It’s a big huge salt water pool with about 6 Dolphins and tons of trainers. I can’t express enough how cool it is. When it was first suggested to me that I “ride” Dolphins I thought they were lying. I thought you were only allowed to “swim” with them. I don’t think you can in the USA, but you sure can in Ixtapa. I was still...

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  • Marina

    The Marina runs parallel to the hotel zone strip. You cross an easy 4 lane street to get to it, and it's fun just to shop, walk around, and get something to eat and drink. Several restaurants to choose from and a cool piano bar.

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  • Playa Las Gatas

    Spend a day at Playa Las Gatas. First thing in the morning, get to the pier in Zihuatanejo (el muelle) - all the cab drivers know where it is. Go to the pier and immediately to your left as you face the pier is a ticket booth. Buy your tickets for a water taxi to Las Gatas. They are round trip tickets that cost a couple bucks (US). Hang on to your...

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Ixtapa Hotels

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  • Capella Ixtapa

    Paseo Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Guerrero, 40880, Mexico

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Las Brisas Resort Ixtapa

    Noisy and smelly room. Had communicating door with the room next door. Persistent sewage smell....

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  • Barcelo Ixtapa Beach Resort

    Blvd Ixtapa s/n, Ixtapa, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, 40880, Mexico

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Ixtapa Restaurants

  • Best Beach Locations

    There are mixed reviews on this restaurant. Other people have posted negative reviews about this restaurant on other sites. I can believe other posters - their biggest complaint has been slow service. However, I have just returned from Ixtapa/Zihua after two weeks (1/8/05 to 1/22/05). I had two meals there, I had good service, I waited no longer...

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  • Delicious creamy treats to beat the heat

    There are so many different icecream shops in Ixtapa and they always were doing a brisk trade and no wonder - the icecream was so good. I highly recommend the "Cajeta" flavoured icecream. Cajeta is Mexican caramel and it is so good. I wish I brought some cajeta back with me to make cajeta icecream at home but I'll have to try and make it myself.

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  • Senor Frogs

    Senor Frogs has a fun atmosphere an extensive menu and huge drinks. Menu was a mix of both Mexican and American. We had ribs and steak which were very good. Because it is a chain restaurant it has a reliable level of service and food. Lots of partying later on in the evening.

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  • Great tacos and drinks

    Casual outdoor atmosphere, pop music and videos on large screens playing at bar area. The tacos were inexpensive and tasty with lots if toppings to taste and the drinks were good.

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  • Best Hiuchinango

    Small, off the beaten track restaurant in Ixtapa. Looks more like a little sidewalk restaurant/taco stand and one you might walk right by. Whole grilled red snapper with garlic and guajillo peppers (not hot) was incredible and a very good price. I have had this dish in many restaurants in Zihua and Ixtapa and this was the best prepared, the...

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  • Breathtaking Dinning

    This place is amazing…the food, location, music, service, ambiance, etc. It’s about a 5 minute taxi ride from Ixtapa. It’s located on a cliff overlooking the ocean and shore of Ixtpa. Someone told me it used to be a home before being converted to a restaurant. The tables are outside on a huge wooden patio with an incredible view. Very very romantic...

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Ixtapa Nightlife

  • New Years in Ixtapa

    Everyone was out and about or in a restaurant waiting for the New Year, including families, but the party didn't really get started until after the fireworks and midnight celebrations. Our hotel had decorated the place and put on a buffet, set-up a stage and all the tables around the pool, so we stayed for a while and then headed out. We ended up...

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  • To whoever thinks the sun is too bright

    Ixtapa has great nightlife, the best clubs were probably Senor Frog's or Carlos O'Brians if you're looking for people. Christine's or Millenium if you want the place to look good. And Bandillo's if you want to get a great orange flavored drink that'll get you HAMMERED.There is also an afterhour called Liquid, which wasn't that amazing when we went...

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Ixtapa Transportation

  • Fly to Zihuatenejo

    The only really practical way to get to this resort town is to book a flight into the airport at Zihuatenejo. Many U.S. carriers serve the airport directly -- especially from the midwest and west coasts. Many flights also originate each day from Mexico City. It's a small, clean airport with an excellent duty free shop!

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  • Make it cheap

    To get to Ixtapa from, say Zijuatanejo, the easiest and cheapest way is taking the bus. It only costs a few pesos and it's just one bus. To get around Ixtapa, I suggest walking, it's not a huge city and since you'll be on the beach doing nothing most of the time, you'll probably enjoy the exercise.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ixtapa Shopping

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    by freespirit13 Updated Sep 11, 2002

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    If you want to do a little shopping for presents or souvenirs, you might want to consider taking a bus to Zihuatanejo (about 1 $US) and going to the market there. There's everything, from clothes, to jewelry, to kitchenware, pottery, etc.

    What to pay: Whatever happens, you do NOT pay what they tell you. They jack up the prices quite a bit because they expect you to bargain. Just stand there and look at them while they start dropping the prices because they don't want you to leave. Tip: it's easier to bargain if you're buying a lot.

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Ixtapa Warnings and Dangers

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    by freespirit13 Written Sep 11, 2002

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    Women, when you go to a club in Mexico, you watch your drinks, where they come from, where they are,etc.

    Also, it's a good idea not to go to a club alone, because then you might get stuck with a bunch of Mexican men buying you tequila shots and expecting more than a thank you. It's a little more reassuring if you know your friend is watching out for you.

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Ixtapa Tourist Traps

  • Time Share vendors

    Local sales people will approach you and offer a free breakfast, free meal or some such deal in order to have you attend a time-share sales presentation. Time-shares are sold to tourists and offer a week at an existing condominium. Prices vary widely. If you are not interested in purchasing a time-share condominium, simply smile and say "no,...

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  • Beach vendors

    Beach vendors can be annoying - Ixtapa and the nearby town of Zihuatanejo have beach vendors. Their numbers are not like that in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan or Acapulco. Generally, these hard-working people try and make a living to support their family by selling goods along the beach. If you don't wish to be bothered, avoid making...

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Ixtapa What to Pack

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    by freespirit13 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring Immodium, it doesn't matter how classy your hotel is, you don't want to chance spending your vacation on the toilet.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure you have a good flash on your camera if you're a night owl. It's not really fun to try to figure out what you took a picture of after you're back home.

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Ixtapa Off The Beaten Path

  • If you really want to go off the beaten...

    Besides the area right around Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, the beaches are very much undeveloped so if you can get to them you're in for a treat if you don't like crowds. There is an amazing strip of beach between Playa Linda and Troncones that we went to. From the Ixtapa hotel zone heading north, take the bus to Pantla (about 20 mins for about 6...

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  • Authentic Christmas Eve Mass & Live...

    I’m not particularly religious, but my mom grew up Catholic so for whatever reason I had this overwhelming desire to go to a Christmas mass. I suspected it would be different than Christmas mass in the USA since Catholics are very prevalent in Mexico. Our guide told us to go to the church on the main street in Zihautanejo (where all the swap meet...

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Ixtapa Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkelling at Ixtapa Island

    One day we took a bus down to the marina north of the Ixtapa hotel zone and then a quick ferry (just a small boat) over the Ixtapa Island. There was a small cove on the west side of the island, where the water was warm, the beer cold and some decent snorkeling. It was nice and deep, getting cut on coral was not really a concern, but lots of...

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  • Parasailing in paradise

    This was the first time I had tried parasailing and I was a little nervous since I'm not great with heights. After watching other people do it a few times I thought I would give it a shot... and I'm so glad I did! It was breezy on the coast so I got great altitude. The boat went down the lenghth of the hotel zone and back - only about 15 minutes in...

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Ixtapa Favorites

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    by toontown Updated Feb 23, 2004

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    Fondest memory: Our favourite place to hang out, cool off, grab a margarita and enjoy the view of the islands to the west.

    infinity-edge pool overlooking the beach and ocean
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