This is a two for one destination that delivers top value for couples that like to mix old and new. IXTAPA is a collection of modern hotels strung out along Palmar bay, which is bordered by flat white sand beaches and gentle waves. ZIHUATANEJO, four miles away, is an old fishing village with pleasing simple elegance and a laid back lifestyle. The destination has Acapulco's fine weather without the large groups of people and delivers some of the best value for your money of any Mexican resort.
A stroll along the Pacific beaches is inspiring for anyone deciding to visit these two neighboring towns, so close but so different. Ixtapa is a sophisticated tourist center, while Zihuatanejo is a small, quaint fishing port. Together, they are a must-see destination for romantic travelers in search of a unique beach experience. This combined destination offers excitement of all kinds from diving in the blue depths of the Pacific, to walking or biking along mountain trails, to swimming with dolphins, or even zip-lining through treetops cooled by ocean breezes.
Hotels in Ixtapa abound, including four- and five-star properties, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels and inns.
From any angle, Ixtapa is synonymous with tranquility and pleasure, with beauty and tradition, and boasts photography lovers perfect sunsets that transform the sand into magical hues.