Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are unique sister resort towns a few miles apart along Mexico’s deep-blue central Pacific Coast known as the Mexican Riviera. They share an international airport and miles of beaches. Zihuatanejo is the original settlement and actual town. Ixtapa was built as a resort on a former coconut plantation by the Mexican government in the early 1970s. Zihuatanejo has the traditional charm of an authentic Mexican fishing village, while Ixtapa is more similar to modern Acapulco. It can be hot and humid during monsoon season (June to September), when the rain really pours down.
Ixtapa’s main beach, Playa El Palmar, is lined with high-rise resorts and small hotels, dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, live entertainment, shopping, golf and tennis. A short water taxi ride from Ixtapa is an island called Isla Ixtapa, which is accessible from the pier at Playa Linda. Activities abound, from snorkeling, diving, surfing and sport fishing to cave exploration, skydiving, swimming with dolphins and horseback riding on the beach.
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Over the past few years, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo has experienced major changes that have helped it become a favorite two-in-one Pacific Coast destination. Kor Hotel Group’s entry into the market with the purchase of Villa del Sol, a Small Luxury Hotel and for decades Zihuatanejo’s only...Read More
Club Med’s new focus is on upscale family vacations – and that’s exactly what Club Med Ixtapa Pacific delivers. After a $20 million renovation, the resort re-opened in 2008 as an upscale family all-inclusive.
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Mayakoba is fast becoming the last word in luxury travel to Mexico. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, the lavish resort community hosted its first PGA event, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, in 2007, with only one of its five ultra-luxurious properties open. The Fairmont Mayakoba opened its doors in...Read More
What the Champs-Elysees is to Paris, the Paseo de la Reforma is to Mexico City. In addition, this wide, tree-lined avenue is also the distinguished address of the city’s only privately owned luxury hotel, the Marquis Reforma. The pink granite building houses 209 Art Deco-inspired rooms and...Read More
In 2006, Club Med kicked off a $530 million investment program intended to revamp its existing portfolio of properties to make them more appealing to the upscale family market. Structural and cosmetic changes were further complimented by the addition of more family-centric offerings, such as...Read More
Las Brisas Resort
Nuzzled on a mountainside, follow the private entrance into the courtyard where you can snatch glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. Once in your room you'll want to step out on your balcony and drink in the sights, sounds and smells of the surrounding lush vegetation. Swing in your hammock or mingle in the open-air reception area. You decide how secluded or interactive you want your experience to be.(more)
Barcelo Ixtapa Beach Resort
This five star all inclusive resort is Mexico's newest vacation destination. A Mini Club for children 5-12 and a babysitter available upon request guarantees fun for every member of the family. Get together on the beach to play all day and then in the evening take a romantic walk along the shoreline or snuggle up on the beach and watch the day slip away.(more)
Dorado Pacifico Hotel
Choose one of three room styles and escape the winter cold. Soak up the warm rays on any of the nine local beaches, try an invigorating tour on horseback or enjoy a Mexican fiesta. Embark on a sparkling sunset cruise and wind up your day by unwinding with an anti-stress massage at the Massage Center at Dorado Pacifico Hotel.(more)
Best Western Posada Real Ixtapa
An affordable beach front oasis in the heart of paradise, this hotel offers all the usual amenities plus a children's playground and pool, game room, currency exchange and Jacuzzi. The Best Western Posada Real Ixtapa is a family friendly establishment within walking distance of restaurants, shopping centers, golf courses and more. This hotel is already a great value, but you can save more with early or off season bookings.(more)
400 rooms and the Mexican Pacific's largest Convention Center makes this the ideal place for corporate or vacationing visitors. Three swimming pools, four whirlpools, a water park with slides, tennis and paddle courts and activities like bingo, volleyball and water polo puts family fun at your fingertips. Snack on light meals throughout the day, peruse the buffet or make a dinner reservation at the Oyster Bar or Costa Azul Restaurant. Whatever your taste there is something sure to satisfy any palette at the Melia Azul.
Have you ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins? Delfiniti will make your dreams come true. Come and share the love, fascination and respect for these noble marine mammals. A trained staff not only entertains, but educates visitors on these endangered creatures.(more)
Located in the heart of Ixtapa, this family friendly authentic Mexican restaurant has a laid back atmosphere and encourages patrons to do as they please, including dancing on chairs and on the bar. The lively staff entertains guests with comical skits and songs for a unique and memorable dining experience.(more)
Senor Frog’s is a worldwide Mexican themed restaurant and bar chain, featuring tons of tequila and lots of fun. Senor Frog’s has several dining sections and a warehouse like bar with raised dance floors to dance the night away.(more)
Marina Ixtapa Golf Club
This championship 18 hole course is ranked by Golf Digest as one of Mexico's best. The Marina Ixtapa Gold Club features a series of saltwater inlets, allowing water to come into play on 13 of the 18 holes. The complete facility includes a club house, two lighted tennis courts, lockers, a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool.(more)
Enjoy world class scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean through Zihua Aquadivers. Located right off the coast of Guerrero, dive with Mexico’s finest and very knowledgeable scuba instructors through the aqua blue waters of Ixtapa and see the tropical sea life up close.