Legend has it that a Tarascan king (from an indigenous, pre-Hispanic community) built the breakwater on Playa las Gatas to create a sheltered area for his daughter's exclusive use. Named for the gatas (cat-whiskered nurse sharks) that once lingered here, this beach is bordered by a long row of hewn rocks that create a breakwater. Snorkelers scope out the rocky coves, and surfers spring to life with the arrival of small but fun summer swells. The beach is lined with
simple seafood eateries that provide lounge chairs for sunning, as well as kayak and snorkeling-gear rentals, and guiding services. (You really can't go wrong with any of the concessionaires, but La Red del Pescador, at the far end of the beach, has the best setup with the hippest music; ask for Cruz if you need a kayak guide.) Overlooking the beach is El Faro (the lighthouse); the view from the top is marvelous, but the safe path up can be hard to find—ask any of the waiters to point it out. You can reach Playa las Gatas in about 20 minutes by climbing over the rocks that separate it from Playa la Ropa. But it's much more common and convenient to take one of the skiffs that run from the municipal pier every 10 or 15 minutes between 8 am and a half hour before sunset. Buy your round-trip ticket (about $4) on the pier, and keep the stub for your return trip.
Nov 24, 2004
Calm clear water. Coral reef and sea urchins on rocks. Restaurants all want your business. Great for snorkeling. Even cheaper if you are adventuresome and walk over the rocks to reach it from the Playa La ropa beach. Enjoy
Sep 15, 2004
Make an inexpensive and enjoyable day trip and visit Playa Las Gatas ("Beach of The Cats"). Go to the municipal pier in Zihuatanejo and buy a ticket at the ticket stand located at the beginning of the pier. They are very inexpensive. Then take a water taxi to Las Gatas beach. Be sure and save your ticket stub for the return trip. When you get off the water taxi, you can walk down this beautiful beach and stop at any of the restaurants located there.
I go to Otilio's, second from the far (south) end, and look for Franco and Lalo, the proprietor and his brother. Any of the restaurants are fine, you don't have to go to my favorite one. Then just park yourself on a comfortable beach chair under a palapa and enjoy the day! The restaurants will cook a tailor-made breakfast for you if you wish, and be sure and have a lunch there. Many of the fishing charter captains bring their mahi-mahi, tuna and other fresh fish there, so they always have wonderful fresh fish! The prices are all reasonable. If you don't have snorkel gear, you can rent it from Carlos' Scuba (a P.A.D.I. certified outfit) located on the beach. This beach features some fine snorkeling habitat. Look to buy peanuts from the vendors who walk up and down the beach. Then, in the late afternoon, pack up your things and walk back to the small pier at the north end of the beach and take the water taxi back! This is a cheap, do-it-yourself way to have a special day while visiting Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo! I make sure I do this at least once every year!