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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Travel Guide


Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Introduction


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The twin cities of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo (sometimes the two are referred to as Ixta-Zihua) are anything but identical. If your idea of vacation heaven is a round of golf on a lush, green course followed by a leisurely lunch of lobster bisque and champagne, Ixtapa (pronounced eeks-TAH-pa) is calling your name.   Click here to see the full Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Geography


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Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are situated between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, on a tropical strip of Pacific coastline. Ixtapa is 4 mi/6 km northwest of Zihuatanejo.  Click here to see the full Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo History


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Intent on creating a Pacific-coast resort similar to Cancun on the Caribbean coast, the Mexican tourism-development agency, Fonatur, came up with the master plan for small but stately Ixtapa. After extensive market research, they decided that a coconut plantation 130 mi/209 km northwest of Acapulco had just the right climate (balmy), beaches (creamy white sand) and scenery (where the Sierra Madre mountains meet the Pacific Ocean) to lure vacationers. And it didn't hurt that centuries-old Zihuatanejo was nearby to supply the ambience of a traditional fishing village. The Mexican government bought the coconut plantation, and Ixtapa was born in the early 1970s. Today, it's an enclave of high-rise hotels, modern restaurants and outdoor shopping arcades.  Click here to see the full Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Sightseeing in Ixtapa is mainly limited to admiring the beaches and tropical flowers. (It's primarily a corridor of beach resorts surrounded by lush foliage.)   Click here to see the full Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Nightlife


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Ixta-Zihua is not a big party area, and partygoers will prefer such places as Acapulco or Los Cabos. The big hotels in Ixtapa tend to be all-inclusive, so outsiders cannot patronize their bars or discos. However, several of them offer a sunset happy hour—it's fun to stroll the paseo in front of the hotel zone late in the afternoon, then stop by at one hotel, or several.   Click here to see the full Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Restaurants & Dining


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Most establishments capitalize on the catch of the day—depending on the season, that might be lobster, clams, oysters, giant crayfish or fish, particularly red snapper. Local seafood makes its way into many cuisines: Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese, as well as traditional Mexican.   Click here to see the full Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo travel guide on Travel42 »

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