People staying in Ixtapa’s luxe hotel zone enjoy a sweeping view of Playa Palmar from their resort terrace. Infinity pools, outdoor bars, lounge chairs and other hotel amenities line the soft sand. Barter for a souvenir from a roving vendor or venture under a beach canopy for a massage or hair-braiding session. Guides offer Jet Ski and Hobie Cat rentals, banana boat rides, parasailing trips and tours via horseback or boat.
A bicycle path from Ixtapa’s hotel zone takes you to Playa Linda, a narrow beach with a proximity to Ixtapa Island that shields it from rough waves. Swim in the calm surf and visit the eco-preserve to see crocodiles, iguanas, turtles and birds. Lined with palm trees, the beachfront attracts locals and visitors to its labyrinth of souvenir stalls.
As its name implies, Playa Quieta offers a tranquil experience. Locals like to swim in the gentle waters near shore, while others venture further out to sail, windsurf and snorkel. In Zihuatanejo, relax on small beaches lined with thatched-roof shacks or head to Playa Las Gatas, a serene gem with crystalline water. Access this area by a rocky footpath from Playa La Ropa or hire a water taxi to ferry you there. The man-made reef that borders the beach shields it from strong waves and creates the ideal conditions for marine coral to grow, thus creating a desirable habitat for brilliant fish.