The Little Towns of Mexico That Have It All
In both Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, tourists will find stunning white-sand beaches, picturesque sunsets, five-star hospitality, crystal clear waters for surfing, diving, and snorkeling, along with a taste of the small-town Mexican life.
Zihuatanejo, or Zihua as it is most often called, used to be a small fishing village with a minimal amount of tourist traffic for hundreds of years.
Ixtapa, on the other hand, was created in the 1970s when the coconut plantation that was once there was cleared by Mexico’s National Fund for Tourism Development.
Both towns are laid-back and have since attracted a lot of attention. Although Ixtapa is a pleasant town, the only attractions here are a few golf courses and a lovely marina with upscale seafood restaurants. Other than that, Ixtapa only has a long line of beachfront resorts.
These resorts are like mini-islands as they are equipped with restaurants, beaches, pools, and activities to keep families and tourists in general occupied without having to leave the property. Those who do decide to leave often venture out to the rock coves for deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, or horseback riding along with beaches.
Everything You Need While on Vacation
In Zihua, you get to experience a more authentic feel of the Mexican lifestyle. There are different beaches and each one has its own feel. There are hotels, resorts, and restaurants that range from casual to super luxurious.
You can also find pedestrian-only streets that are full of restaurants, nightclubs, souvenir shops, and more. It’s the small-town-charm you need when on vacation in Mexico.