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Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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Overview

Ixtapa, originally a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary, is actually a government-planned tourist resort that started back in the 1970s. Today, Ixtapa is one of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations, as it is the home of many luxury resorts, upscale boutiques and restaurants.

Zihuatanejo, located only about 3 miles from Ixtapa, is a fairly unspoiled and relaxed fishing village with nice beaches. If you're looking for less crowds and more nature, this intimate village is the place for you.

Among the more popular things to do while in this area are deep sea fishing, sunning at the beach, snorkeling, golfing, shopping and bar hopping.

These two cities are only about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco. While visiting this area, cruise ships actually anchor offshore in Zihuatanejo, but it's very easy to get over to Ixtapa from the pier.


Destinations
Ixtapa is included on many Mexican Riviera cruises.


Cruise Lines Departing Here
Ixtapa is not a cruise departure port.


Currency
The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN). US Dollars are accepted at many places as well. Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. However, many locals in Zihuatanejo will speak English in the stores and market, while just about everyone in Ixtapa speaks English.


Tourist Attractions
Right when you are dropped off in Zihuatanejo by the cruise ship's tender boats, there's an open-air crafts market right there (great for some bargain shopping). If you're looking for more high-end items, you're better off heading over to Ixtapa to check out the boutiques there. There are a few bars and cafes within walking distance of the pier as well.

The main (typically crowded) beach in Ixtapa is Playa del Palmar. It's a 2-mile long beach, with soft sand and small waves. Water sport activities, such as jet skiing, banana boating and parasailing, are available at a cost. Another popular Ixtapa beach is Playa Linda, which is great for families. Playa Quieta (located about 6 miles from Ixtapa) is known for being great for swimming and snorkeling.

Delfiniti Ixtapa is a place in Ixtapa where you can "swim with dolphins." They offer a wide range of dolphin encounters at this venue, including encounters for young children.

If you're looking for "brand name" Mexican bars, such as Carlos'n Charlie's and Senior Frog's, Ixtapa is where you want to be while in this area. Ixtapa Also in Ixtapa is Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa, a 18-hole championship golf course. Another popular activity to participate in while in this area is horse riding on the beach.

There are a bunch of dive sites in this area, as there is a lot of marine life to see in the waters. Sport fishing (for fish such as marlin) is another option, as there are many deep sea fishing excursions available in this area.



Port Location
Cruise ships anchor offshore in Zihuatanejo Bay and use tenders to transport their passengers between the ship and shore. Zihuatanejo's shops are within a few minutes walking from the pier, while downtown Zihuatanejo is about a 15 minute walk. Ixtapa is only about 3 miles from the pier in Zihuatanejo, and can be reached via shore excursion, taxi or bus.
 
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