Travel By Fingertip...Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

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Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo Profile

When Fonatur decided in the late 1960's to tack a major ultra-modern resort development onto the charming fishing village of Zihuatanejo, it hoped to strike an inviting balance between the old and the new. Today, the area has a nicely established reputation as just that, a double destination that fits anyone's notion of tropical Mexico.
The two romantic seaside paradises, however, are as different as can be. Ixtapa stretches along a 24 mile beachfront whose heart is the Playa del Palmar. Although a strong sense of "newness" is inescapable, an appealing mix of luxury and tranquility stakes Ixtapa's uniqueness from other Pacific resorts.
Zihuatanejo, just 4 short miles away, is a complementary opposite. This single bay curves deeply inland, sheltering the town and its beaches from any Pacific turbulence. Still a working fishing village, the beaches are dotted with colorful small boats pulled up on the white sands. Many of the hotels are perched on the various hillsides and offer spectacular views of the bay and ocean beyond. Zihuatanejo is colonial in style with narrow, cobblestoned streets begging to be explored. Paseo del Pescador, the beachside promenade, overlooks the town pier and is lined with tiny cafes and breezy restaurants.