Excellent weather, gorgeous natural setting, small-town atomsphere retained
It's occupants are all very poor, but that is the fact of life in Mexico.
Lots of local color.
In Barra de Potosi, about 30 minutes south of Zihuatanejo, there is an amazing new wildlife sanctuary Refugio de Potosi. Butterflies, hummingbirds, caged scorpions and more iguanas than you can shake a stick at. It is not far from the seafood restaurants. For an overnight stay in the area, check out www.barravista.org; major eco luxury.more
Deep sea fishing IS the thing to do in Zihua! Every night we'd go out to dinner a little late, around 9:00 pm. And we couldn't figure out why the town was so quiet each night. Where did everybody go? We finally figured it one morning when we awoke at 5:00 am to get to the dock before sunrise and meet up with our guide on a chartered boat for a day...more
we headed down to where the fishermen are after the morning catch, and we were hoping to negotiate a price for a boating excursion. well, we were approached, and we negotiated about $20 per person, for an all day adventure, with just ourselves and the two boat hands! it was brilliant! we bought beer, and in the middle of the day, they brought some...more
Hello,If you enjoyed your holidays in Zihuatanejo, and if you want to discover another side of the city and the population,Come back and help our association! We organize English and French lessons for the citizen of Zihuatanejo from 4th July to 22nd August 2008.We need your help: nowadays communication is indispensable, especially in an area so...more
hi I'm from zihuatanejo but I live in the U.S and I love going to "PUNTA ARENAS" is one of the oldest restaurants in town, great food!! is small, great prices, is close to the pier el "muelle" you can walked and cross the bridge or by taxi like if you are going to hotel puerto mio, it is no open all year. but we love it , the people there is so...more
I arrived in Zihuatanejo, Mexico by cruise ship and wanted to do something special, relaxing, but fun with the short amount of time I was in town. I had read a review about Playa Las Gatas with the calm waters, palapas on the beach and restaurants so I thought, "Why Not?".If you go to the Marina in Zihua (Pronounced Zee-Wah, short for Zihuatanejo)...more
For about $5 you can take a cab from Zihuatanejo to Ixtapa, have them drop you off at the beginning of hotel row, and walk the beach to the end where the entrance to Marina Ixtapa is. At the marina you will find the El Faro Piano Bar which is a great place to enjoy entertainment while watching sunset and enjoying a cocktail! Since it is at the top...more
An annual springtime event with some incredible musicians. A full week of guitar music in this fabulous bay setting on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Music ranges from classical to blues, jazz to country, flamenco to traditional ballads. The 2005 festival was held from April 3 through 10, 2005. The third annual festival will be held from March 26...more
Playa Principal is not the most beatiful beach in Mexico, but it is an important outlet to any tourist activities you might want to do. Along the Principal, there will be beach front restaurants that will ask you to come in and sit down. Playa Principal, in contrast to La Ropa, has very cheap yet still very good food. You if you walk only it...more
Isla Ixtapa is like a Hanauma Bay in Mexico. The snorkeling is pretty good, but I wouldn't take the kids because the current is pretty strong, and its not always easy to get out of the water. The beach is also coral chunks rather than sand, but its definatly worth the visit! You travel there by boat (30 pesos/person) and like most other restaurants...more
In April 2004 Zihuatanejo hosted the 1st International Guitar Festival with some wonderful music all around town for a full week, in venues ranging from prestigious beachfront restaurants and clubs to a number of smaller, fun, night time bars downtown. Music genres included classical, blues, Mexican ballads and country. If you're a music lover,...more
We decided to see Ixtapa, right over the hill from Zihuatanejo, so hired a car and driver for a brief tour. He was wonderful and took us through Ixtapa, along the oceanfront and to the "end of the road" where there was a tream and grove full of small, medium and very large gators. I'd never seen so many in one place.more
Beautiful! If you want only the best, either here or The Tides are your options.more
In everyone's lifetime, they should experience a place like Casa Cuitlateca at least once. This...more
It was November of 2010 and it was my parents 30th anniversary, my mother thought she was going to...more
Located on a quiet and cozy street in Zihuatanejo, ITA Cafetería Restaurant y Arte is a hidden gem. Open for breakfast and lunch, this restaurant serves authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine. The food is absolutely amazing! The meals and ingredients are fresh, colorful, clean, healthy and full of flavor. Each dish is prepared with exceptional...more
We had read about this Cafe in the Lonely Planet Travel Guide. Milk based espresso drinks were highly recommended. We were not disappointed.This cafe has two entrances, one on the bigger street it is located on and one from the smaller street in the back. Both sides have outdoor seating but the back street is much quieter and better shaded. There...more
Its not named Cocodrilo's Cafe for nothing. Just a few footsteps away is a lagoon full of crocodiles and there's nothing between you and them, but some beautiful white sand. This hotel restaurant serves fresh local seafood and fresh juices, and also caters to the tourists with some basic food options on the menu. But that definitely wasn't the...more
The Blue Mamou opened in November, 2004 - a great spot for live music in Zihuatanejo, with some killer guest musicians coming in from all parts. The club was open the 1st year through the end of April and will open again in the late summer/fall of 2005, hopefully to stay open the whole year. Full bar with barbecued ribs and chicken being served.
Dress Code: Whever goes... in a beach location like Zihuatanejo, expect to see and wear anything from neat long dresses and pants to short-shorts and t-shirts. Dancing is always better barefoot!!
http://www.zihuatanejo.net/localtransport.htmlthe buses will get you around town for about 55 cents. from the main bus station, you can get to other cities by simply looking at the kiosks that sell the tickets and reading the destinations. you can ask for the price or it will be listed. buses are not actually going to each destination listed. i saw...more
There are three bus stations in Zihuatanejo sitting side by side along the highway. The Elite / Futura station is the largest, with Estrella Oro in the middle and finally the independents in an office closest to town but not much larger than a convenience store. Having not particularly enjoyed my experience with Elite, I also wanted to arrive at...more
The two towns, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, are so close together that you only need to take a local bus for 7 pesos and 15 minutes later you're in the other town. The buses are frequent, well marked and easy to get on and off. In Zihuatanejo, the main embarkation point where Jose Morelos and Benito Juarez meet. Several buses may be waiting for...more
We bought some lovely blankets at a very good price at the flea market near the church.
it is common to be traveling on a bus, either during the day or night, and be stopped at a military checkpoint. don´t be alarmed. this is routine. i was told by a local that they like to interrogate foreign women. they came onto the bus, one person guarding the front of the bus with a rifle in hand, and one making the rounds...my friend´s bag was...more
this area has one of the 16 most polluted beaches in all of mexico, according to an environmental survey. you will see the trash, especially during june, july and august, in the height of the mexican tourist season. DON´T DRINK THE WATER and i would absolutely steer clear of eating seafood. all you have to do is walk on the beach (playa madera in...more
I am supposed to fly to Zihua Sunday and am quite anxious. The Drug gangs have attacked the police twice this week, killing four yesterday. If I had known it would be like this I would not have booked my trip. I would advise thinking long and hard about traveling there at this time.more
Upon arriving at the Zihuatanejo airport, look for a taxi kiosk. I learned this the hard way. Do NOT buy a ticket before you see the cab and definitely do not pay for a round trip ticket. A man named Jorge Grotewold Sanchez gave me a voucher saying I had paid upfront and that's the way it was done there, that I would have to pay for both ways. I...more
Sometimes you just need to exchange cash. Be sure that when you do, you keep a REALLY good eye on what they are counting back at you, and that they do it on top of the counter where you can see. One time we needed $1200 pesos but the girl only gave us $1100, and when we asked her to recount, she "slyly" slipped that extra 100 in. She seemed pretty...more
Aparently there are busses that are at the airport that are available to take you to Zihua. We couldn't find them, so be prepared to shell out some money for a taxi. Its about $20 - 30, depending on how much they think they can take advantage of. Although this is definatly a major rip off, it might be easier to find your hotel unless you are...more