Ixtapa, Mexico
Photo by: Jake Putnam, Creative Commons

This majestic city is a beach resort in Zihuatanejo de Azueta, Guerrero. It’s located 240 km northwest of Acapulco. The city itself became a main stop for cruises and the beaches became one of the major attractions. If you’re planning a vacation to this tourist spot, consider staying in a hotel or resort that offers all-inclusive packages that will help you lower the cost of your expenses. Here are some of the hotels where you can stay, NH Krystal, Emporio Ixtapa, La Brisas Ixtapa (formerly the Westin,) Melia, Holiday Inn, Park Royal, Capella Ixtapa, Hotel Ixtapa Palace Resort & Spa and Club Med.

The best time to visit Ixtapa is between winter and spring which starts in November and lasts till May. During the summer, June and July are hot and humid. May thru October is the rainy season.

If you are looking for more activities and fun, Ixtapa is the best destination. You will not find any museums, just gorgeous beaches along the Pacific coastline. For snorkeling and swimming, go to Isla Ixtapa – a small island with quiet beaches and palapa restaurants. Water taxis are a popular mode of transportation in this wonderful island leaving regularly from Ixtapa’s Playa Linda and Zihuatanejo (the main pier). Check also Playa del Palmar – Ixtapa’s main beach. Petacalco beach and Troncones – best for surfing.

Here are some activities you can do while enjoying the sand and gorgeous beaches of Ixtapa:
・ Swimming
・ Surfing
・ Deep-sea fishing – VIPSA, an outfitter with an affiliation with Hotel Las Brisas offers boats for four or six people.
・ Scuba lessons and expeditions
・ Golf

After a day of fun and activity, don’t forget to eat the famous “pozole.” This is a delicious pork and hominy stew dressed with numerous sides such as, shredded cabbage, radishes, onions, oregano, lime, chile, tortilla chips and fried pork skin (chicharron). Tamales y Atole Any (pronounced “Annie”) is the BEST pozole restaraunt located in Zihuantanejo.

Here are some restaurants that you can dine in on your stay:
・ Casa Morelos – famous for its breakfasts
・ Beccofino – for a fanciful Italian dinner near the Ixtapa marina
・ Kau-kan – for breathtaking bay views
・ La Casa Que Canta – for breathtaking bay views
・ Il Mare – casual spot for pasta and seafood dishes

End your travel with some local shopping. You will find the best crafts from aroound the country like fanciful wood and papier-mache sculptures, hand-painted ceramics, tin-framed mirrors and sophisticated embroidered clothing.

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