Travel By Fingertip...Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

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Points of Interest in Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

Beaches

Zihuatanejo was originally a sleepy fishing village tucked in a cozy bay and Ixtapa is a man-made resort along a pristine stretch of coast - and their beaches reflect those characteristics exactly. In Zihuatanejo, the loveliest beach is the curving Playa la Ropa. Known for sunsets and small hotels perched on the hill behind, the pace is relaxed, the palm trees abundant and just enough restaurants and shops. Playa Las Gatas, great for snorkeling, rounds a rocky bend and many take a launch from the town pier. Playa Madera is a more tranquil choice. The restaurants along the gentle Playa Municipal are popular for watching the local fishermen as they pull up their boats along the shore. In Ixtapa Playa del Palmar, the main beach parallel to the hotel zone, is a long curve with spectacular rock formations and an occasional spell of rough surf. Gentle Quieta Beach, across from the island Isla Ixtapa, can be reached by boat taxi.

Isla Ixtapa

Reminiscent of what the area was like before major development, this island is reached by boat from town pier (see the Sporting Life). Numerous beaches, waterfront restaurants and nature trails. 

Museo Arqueologia de la Costa Grande

Artifacts and tribute items depicting the Pre-Hispanic importance of this area as an ancient trade center. Small but well worth the visit. Tues.-Sun. 10am-5pm. Addr: Paseo del Pescador.

Paseo del Pescador

Also called the Malecon, walkway along the Playa Municipal, considered the heart of Zihuatanejo. Los Moros de los Pericos Islands: Out in the middle of Ixtapa Bay, a favorite spot for bird watching. A breathtaking natural environment. Boats can be rented at the town pier in Zihuatanejo.