Ixtapa Zihuatanejo are two sister beach resorts that share the destination name but are in fact quite different. The contrast is quite startling but offers us a unique possibility of two vacations in one. Ixtapa is the modern part, with top-notch facilities and services, while Zihuatanejo is a typical Mexican beach town with laidback environment. Whatever you choose, the luxurious resort-style or savvy pueblo, you will love it. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is easy to get into. There are many flights from U.S., although they are less frequent in the summer. You can also fly with local carriers (Aeroméxico and InterJet) from Mexico City or Toluca. From the airport you can get a taxi to the Ixtapa hotel zone (around 350 pesos) and to Zihuatanejo (around 300 pesos). You can also share a van for 4 or 8 people and make the price lower.
It’s also quite easy to get by car, as the roads are in good condition and views are breathtaking. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has two bus terminals and you can travel with different companies from Acapulco, Puerto Escondido, Huatulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and other places. The trip to Mexico City will last around 9 hours and to Acapulco from 4 to 5. To get around Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo is not complicated at all due to its dimensions. Taxi fares are not high (around 60 pesos between the two destinations) but you will need to add 40% from midnight to 5am.
There is also a shuttle bus (only 8 pesos) that travels between Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo every 15 minutes but can get quite crowded with local people. There are many reasons why you should visit this twin destination and one of them is definitely its good weather all year round. The location keeps it away from hurricanes and drastic temperature changes.
You need to visit the Archeological Museum in Zihuatanejo, showing artifacts that date back to pre-hispanic times. A unique submarine sanctuary and part of the Via Crucis of the Holy Friday is also an impressive spot to mark on your list. The coral reef offers many diving and snorkeling spots to observe its biodiversity and sunk boats. Don’t miss the Cocodrilarium in Playa Linda and reserve some time to observe the carey turtles, golfinas and more than 300 species of birds. If you prefer more active style, try one of the two golf courses, or hit one of the beaches, ideal for surfing.
If you plan some shopping, there are seven shopping centers in this dual destination and Zihuatanejo is full of handicraft markets and boutiques. For dining, you can choose from over 150 restaurants with superb seafood. You won’t have problems neither with finding a place to dance to the wee hours as Ixtapa Zihuatanejo seems to have it all.