Beaches and Beyond Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo – A Double Dose of Paradise

If you read my previous article, you know that Zihuatanejo (see-wah-tah-NEh-ho) and its modern resort neighbor, Ixtapa, are located on the “Mexican Riviera” approximately 150 miles up the coast northwest of Acapulco. They have sometimes been called Mexico’s dynamic duo because of their unique ability to be only miles away from one another, yet world’s apart. But their common thread is that they both offer an incredible array of things to do and see. They are indeed a double dose of paradise.First things first… If you’re traveling to Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo, you already love the beach. So let me give you the run down of what’s what.

In and around ZihuatanejoPlaya la Ropa is a crescent-shaped slice of gorgeous beach. Known as one of the best and most picturesque swimming beaches in Mexico, the gentle waves merely roll to shore. You can rent Hobie cat sailboats and wave runners, or try some parasailing and water skiing. Have a memorable lunch at La Gaviota at the end of the beach. The charming Playa Las Gatas is only accessible by water taxi. The beach is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. A small reef just offshore draws plenty of colorful marine life and the shallow warm waters make it even more enticing. Fantastic fresh seafood can be found in the simple eateries that line the shore, and it is the perfect day excursion from both cities. Barra de Potosi is a tiny colorful fishing settlement (located near the airport about 10 miles outside of Zihua) sits at the beginning of the spectacular 8-mile Playa Blanca. An enormous lagoon with plenty of exotic birds can be toured by boat. Palapa-style (thatched hut) beachside restaurants offer fantastic, fresh seafood.