Beautiful, Tranquil Zihuatanejo Mexico
Zihuatanejo is located on arguably the most beautiful bay on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and has some of its most beautiful beaches. Located in the state of Guerrero, 150 miles (245 km) north of the hustle and bustle of Acapulco, the atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. The climate is perfect for those hoping to escape the cold, with an average year-round temperature of 82º F (28º C).
Nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific ocean, Zihuatanejo has a traditional, rural feel. Nearby you will find the resort town of Ixtapa, a modern tourist resort with high-rise hotels and a marina with more than 600 slips.
In Zihuatanejo you can enjoy gorgeous beaches like La Ropa, La Madera and Las Gatas, which have calm waters, making them ideal beaches for swimming, windsurfing, and relaxing. Nearby, you can go scuba diving along coral reefs. You can go fishing for smaller fish (tuna, dorado, etc.) and for sailfish, which is fairly abundant in these waters. Fly fishing on or close to shore is also offered. The fishing is so good in Zihuatanejo, the town hosts the Zihuatanejo Annual International Sailfish Tournament in May.
But Zihuatanejo isn’t just about the sea and sun. In the surrounding areas, covered with lush vegetation, you can go for ecotourism outings and observe wildlife at such places as the Club de Golf Palma Real, which have an abundance of crocodiles and eagles. What’s more, you can participate in wildlife conservation programs to help protect endangered species, such as the hawksbill turtle and the Olive Ridley sea turtle. The Barra de Potosi has a beautiful mangrove lagoon, which is accessible by panga boat or kayak. There is excellent bird watching in the lagoon, with tours available.
There are many restaurants In Zihuatanejo, from simple, family-run taquerias and pozolerias where locals go, to excellent beach seafood restaurants, to elegant dining. If there’s one thing the “Costenas” know how to do, it’s cook!
What more can you say. Just about anywhere you go, you’ll find Zihuatanejo simply fascinating.
Forty years ago, Ixtapa was uninhabited rocky cliffs, mangrove swamps, and coconut plantations. Today, Ixtapa lays claim to being the premier resort location on Mexico’s west coast. World-class golf, a 450-acre marina complex, boutiques, all-night discos, and restaurants are elegantly blended with the unspoiled ecological nature reserve that surrounds it.
The area has a wealth of activities to keep you entertained during your visit. Enjoy an endless variety of water and beach sports, including world-class deep-sea fishing. Ixtapa also has two excellent championship golf courses.
From Casa Cuitlateca, a five minute cab ride (or a fifteen minute walk) will bring you to downtown Zihuatanejo. A short six-minute walk downhill leads to magical, vibrant white-sand beaches.