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Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Travel Guide

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Plan Your Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Vacation

Although they couldn't be more different, Ixtapa (eesh-tah-pa) and Zihuatanejo (zee-wha-ta-NEH-ho) are marketed together as a single resort destination, and both have gorgeous bays and beaches. They may also be the friendliest of Mexico's major resort areas. Ixtapa is quite pleasant, and filled with beachfront hotels. Zihua also has many beachfront hotels, but more of an authentic Mexico

feel. There are plenty of beachfront hotels, and the cluster of pedestrian-only streets close to the marina is completely touristy.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking Zihuatanejo Bay is all about water sports. And the warm Pacific is as appealing to orcas, humpback whales, and dolphins as it is to humans.
  2. Authentic charm The beaches around Zihuatenejo are a great place to experience what's left of Mexico's timeless local rhythm. Fishermen still set off in outboard-motorized skiffs and return a few hours later to sell their catch right there on the beach.

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