Great weather, nice beach and restaurants
Hardly any action outside the hotels, only in the clubs. Kind of boring.
A great place to relax
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...more
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...more
Paseo Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Guerrero, 40880, Mexico
Good for: Business
Noisy and smelly room. Had communicating door with the room next door. Persistent sewage smell....more
Boulevar Paseo Punta Ixtapa s/n Lote 2, Ixtapa, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, 40880, Mexico
Good for: Business
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
55 Reviews and Opinions
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!more
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.more
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.
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.
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,...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
55 Reviews and Opinions
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...more
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...more
Fondest memory: Our favourite place to hang out, cool off, grab a margarita and enjoy the view of the islands to the west.